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Flooding Can Happen Anywhere

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Cities all across America experience flooding to some extent. According to the National Weather Service, common sources of floods include: 

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

 Although Louisiana is not known to experience heavy snow, residents often travel to where it does snow and should be wary of the potential flooding impacts. On the contrary, Louisiana residents do experience large amounts of rainfall, flash flooding, river flooding, and systems. 

After a flood, you should tune in to your local news for updates and pertinent information. Always avoid floodwater and any damage such as fallen trees. Be sure to contact loved ones that might have also been affected by the flood to make sure they are fine.

If your home or business experiences a flood, SERVPRO of Metairie can assist! We can get your back to your preloss condition in no time. We help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Practicing Fire Prevention While Enjoying Winter Holidays | SERVPRO® of Metairie

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

House fires can occur at any time of the year and regardless of the weather—but during periods of cool weather in the winter, their likelihood is increased. Winter is the peak time for household fires based on reporting from the Red Cross. There are many reasons why house fires may occur, but many winter and holiday activities do increase the likelihood that a fire can occur.

Cooking accidents are always a top cause of fires, and people do tend to cook more when the weather turns cooler. Additionally, using space heaters, fireplaces and holiday decorations can all increase the risk of a house fire, too—here are some tips for how you can still enjoy these winter activities safely.

Enjoy Winter Activities While Keeping Your Fire Risk Low

Keep safe when cooking. Most frequently, household fires are caused by accidents surrounding cooking and baking—and with more people cooking holiday meals or baking winter treats, this is especially true during the cooler months. When in the kitchen, be very careful about where flammable objects are placed, never leave cooking food unattended and keep a fire extinguisher in the vicinity at all times, just in case.

Heat the house with proper precautions. A space heater is a great tool for knocking the chill out of the air, but it is important to always use them carefully as they are responsible for many fires every year. Any space heater should be equipped with safety features such as tip-over and overheating sensors, and never used around any flammable objects. If you are using a fireplace to heat your home, make sure your chimney has been inspected for the season and you practice all recommended fire-safe habits.

Decorate with care. Winter holiday decorations such as string lights are festive and fun, but they can introduce more dangers as well. Around 25% of fires of Christmas trees are started by decorations, but by checking your cords for wear and tear, unplugging everything when it will be unattended and safely plugging things into multiple outlets, you can greatly reduce the chances of this occurring.

If you have damage due to a house fire, you can depend on us to help. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.

Why Your Metairie Business Needs an ERP!

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Everything you have built at your Metairie business can quickly be ruined by a fire or water damage incident. Your Metairie business needs fast water removal and fire mitigation when an emergency arises. Water and fire losses quickly cause significant damage to the structure and the contents of your business, and the situation gets worse hour by hour.

By signing up for an Emergency READY Profile through SERVPRO of Metairie, you are saving your business from a potential interruption in the event of an emergency or disaster. The ERP focuses on incident response and disaster recovery. Having pertinent information in one place allows for SERVPRO to have an immediate plan of action to help minimize fire or water damage to your property. Did you know when a business faces disaster, only 50% recover and those that did had a plan in place?

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan and Profile (ERP) takes a few steps to complete. You can set up a time with one of our managers to walk through your facility with you and our manager will point out potential vulnerabilities, including areas where excess water could collect, records, systems, and supplies that are at risk for severe damage if any disasters occur.

What makes the SERVPRO ERP so special is that it is completely free to sign up! There is also no reoccurring fee to keep your profile active, which means you never need to allocate any funds towards it. You can also access your ERP at any time through our mobile app, which makes reporting an emergency or updating your info seamless. 

The ERP contains only essential information to keep your business safe and sound during an emergency. For example, where main valves are for gas, water, and electricity, any items we should recover first, if your business stores hazardous materials, and who the main point of contact is.  This allows our crew members to know the exact building layout, and important areas so your business is “Ready for whatever happens.” 

Because SERVPRO of Metairie is a 24/7/365 business, you can always count on us for your disaster mitigation and restoration services.  If you are interested in protecting your business by having a plan in place, call SERVPRO of Metairie at 504.496.0193 to get your disaster plan in place today!

Cooking Safety with SERVPRO® of Metairie

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

With Fire Prevention Week quickly approaching, SERVPRO® of Metairie wants to share our top cooking tips to prevent household fires and injury. Cooking can be a way to come together as a family, but did you know most house fires are caused in the kitchen from the stovetop?

Stovetop fires are normally caused when food is left unattended. Always be sure to pay attention to what you are cooking, especially if cooking with oil or at high temperatures. Be sure to remove food packaging, dish towels, paper towels, wooden utensils, and oven mitts away from the stovetop that can easily be burned or catch onto an open flame.

Make sure all appliances are in working order and unplugged when not in use. Crumb trays should be emptied, and fallen food should be cleaned from the oven and microwave when cooled. Be sure to never use metal in the microwave as it can easily spark and cause a fire. 

When cooking, it is best to wear tight-fitting clothing and tie long hair back. Baggy clothes, long hair, and dangling sleeves can easily catch the hot burner or open flame. If your clothes or hair catches on fire, be sure to STOP - DROP -  and ROLL to smother the flame. It is also best to keep your cooking zone “child-free” so children do not touch hot appliances, or get burned by hot liquids or flames. 

If you’d like to learn more about protecting yourself from a house fire and how our restoration services can help you recover, get in touch today to learn more.

Ensure Your Home Does Not Have Hidden Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Metairie

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

White Wall with Paint Peeling and Chipping Off Do you have any water damage to your home? Contact SERVPRO of Metairie, we are your local water restoration experts.

Many things can cause issues for homeowners, but water damage brings a whole host of unique concerns when it occurs. The cosmetic issues can be frustrating, but they are not the worst part—serious structural issues can arise from water damage going untreated over time, hurting the overall integrity of your home.

An at-home moisture damage check is not a difficult thing to do and can easily be made part of your routine home maintenance to keep problems at bay. This will give you the benefit of catching any issues early, which can significantly reduce the headache and the insurance claim costs associated with water damage.

Make a Water Damage Check Part of Your Routine Maintenance

Inspect your walls and ceilings. Walls tend to hide leaks rather well, but if you look closely at your drywall, you can often find evidence that they are there. Small things like discolored areas, paint that is peeling or soft spots might be indicative of a hidden leak that you should have a professional check out ASAP.

Don’t forget to look down. It is not uncommon for water to pool at the lowest point of a room, and it can easily soak into your subfloor without you ever realizing it. If your floors become warped, wavy or buckled, it might indicate that there is a moisture issue with the subfloor underneath that you are not able to see.

Inspect your roof. Keeping your roof in good shape is one of the best preventative things you can do in regards to water damage. Checking out your roof with binoculars on a nice day will tell you quite a lot about its condition. Additionally, checking your gutters during the next rain shower is wise, as it will alert you quickly to any drainage issues that could be starting.

Pay close attention to the basement. Having a basement with moisture in it was once a given, but now we better understand just how detrimental letting moisture sit in the basement can be. If you notice any signs of water working its way in, such as staining of the concrete or the smell of mold, it is best to have it professionally assessed.

If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.

Reduce Your Chances of Experiencing a Fire in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Metairie

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

white fire alarm being tested by a person If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Metairie to learn more.

A house fire is never a pleasant experience, but did you know there are ways to lessen the chances that one will occur? Prevention is the best strategy for dealing with house fires because of how rapidly they can spread through the home and how destructive they can be once they start.

Ensuring that you are doing all you can to protect your home can go a long way in making sure you never have to go through the house fire experience. You can keep your family much safer and have the peace of mind that you are doing all you can to not have to experience a fire at all.

Doing What You Can to Reduce Your Fire Risk at Home

Check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors are always the first step in improving your household fire safety, as they will be the thing that notifies you if a fire has started. Be sure to do a monthly test to make sure they are operational, and keep track of when they were installed so you know when to replace the unit altogether.

Create a fire escape plan. A fire escape plan is an important component of safety, as your family should know what to do if the smoke alarm sounds. It should take under two minutes to escape, which is why it is so important to formulate a solid plan and practice it regularly as a family.

Limit your fire risks. Your daily habits can go a long way in reducing the chances that a fire will ever occur. Small tasks, like cleaning your dryer’s lint tray with every load, avoiding placing towels next to your stove and not leaving your cooking unattended, can cut down on some of the most major fire risks that there are.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy. While fire extinguishers should only be used if it is absolutely safe to do so, they can prevent a small mistake from turning into a household disaster. Any time there is an open flame present, it is good to have an operational fire extinguisher nearby and be sure you know how to use it just in case things get out of hand.

If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 247 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.

COVID Proofing your Metairie Business

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Not every business gets the luxury of working from home during the COVID-19 Pandemic, especially if your business thrives on customers. Routine cleaning of your business is essential to limiting guests, and employees to exposure. Follow these tips to sanitize your space!

Start by educating workers, and developing policies for worker protection. This can include enforcing masks, and having a policy if workers start to feel ill. When cleaning your establishment, wear disposable gloves and start with plain soap and water and then use a disinfectant. Soap and water will reduce the number of germs and following with disinfectant will kill germs. Make sure to focus on high touch surfaces. These include but are not limited to: 

  • Tables
  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches 
  • Countertops
  • Handles
  • Desks
  • Phones
  • Keyboards
  • Toilets
  • Faucets
  • Sinks

If an employee or customer has tested positive for COVID-19 it is best to let the professionals take care of the sanitizing. SERVPRO® of Metairie offers a defensive pathogen cleaning program, that goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. We will tailor the program based on the need of your facility and use an EPA- Approved Hospital-Grade solution to decontaminate. Once completed you can be sure your business is Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned. You will get a Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned shield to place in your front window to let employees and customers know your business is committed to keeping everyone safe and comfortable.

If you are interested in our commercial cleaning services or want to learn more about our CDC complement Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned program, contact us!  

How To Use Technology for Storm Safety

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Technology can cause stress and sometimes is more of a burden than helpful. However, in the case of emergencies such as natural disasters, it can be extremely helpful for keeping you updated and letting friends and family know where you are. You more than likely already have the technology in your home to keep you and your family safe during a disaster, so follow these tips to use it effectively!

Remember, always be sure to keep portable charges ready in your emergency kit so you can always access your technology when you need it most.

Social Media for News

Using social media is a great way to get up-to-date news straight to your smartphone. Almost all local and national government has social media pages that are updated regularly, especially during a natural disaster. 

Mark Yourself Safe

Another way to use social media is to mark yourself safe. Facebook offers a feature called Safety Check that allows you to mark yourself safe if you are in the area of a dangerous situation. Marking yourself safe lets friends and family know that although you are in the area of disaster, you are safe. The Red Cross offers a similar feature called Safe & Well which is both an app and website where you can mark yourself as safe for friends and family. 

Use Online Storage

Services like Google Drive and DropBox are a great way to store personal information online in a safe manner. Keeping copies of identification cards, passports, insurance policies, medical records, and pet information is important if your documents get lost in a disaster or you forget them when you are evacuating. You can also access DropBox and Google drive on any computer or phone, just make sure you remember your password!

Create an Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO of Metairie offers an Emergency Ready Profile or ERP for free. Creating an ERP will help prepare your property or business in the event of a disaster.  Creating this profile will help prevent interruption by having an immediate plan of action and setting SERVPRO® of Metairie as your main point of contact in the case of an emergency. We will have all the information on file needed to make sure mitigation and restoration go smoothly. 

SERVPRO of Metairie® should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration due to our experience and 24/7/365 service. Contact us today if you are interested in signing up for an ERP or have questions or concerns about a recent property disaster. 

After a Fire, Call SERVPRO® of Metairie

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to restoring or replacing your home’s contents after a fire, the first 48 hours are extremely crucial. SERVPRO® of Metairie understands this timeframe is important and will show up to help with fire, smoke, soot, and any contents remediation your home may need.

The restoration process cannot begin until you call us. Our representatives will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Once on the scene, our technicians will inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. Because so much water is used to put out the fire, we must begin to dry the property with our dehumidifiers and air movers. We then can use our equipment to remove smoke and soot from all areas of the home. We are also able to remove the contents of your home and keep it safe at our facility while the mitigation is in process. To maintain security and protect against further damage, our team will board up any missing windows and place tarps over damaged roofs. 

Once the home is free of debris, water, and smoke we can start to clean up and sanitize the property. For items that can be restored, we can remove odor and bring it back to pre-fire condition. After these steps, the restoration process can begin and you can get your home and life back to normal. We will walk through your home to make sure everything is up to your standards and you are completely satisfied. 

Why You Need to Address Your Metairie Home's Water Damage Right Away

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage is extremely serious and needs to be addressed immediately in your Metairie home. Within minutes, water can spread through your property and saturate everything. This includes walls, floors, upholstery, books, documents, and pictures.

Within 1 to 24 hours your drywall will begin to swell and break down, a musty odor will appear, and metal surfaces will tarnish. Between 48 hours to 1 week, mold will grow and spread, paint will blister, metal will corrode, and doors will begin to warp. After one week the damage will be so serious that the cost and time to restore your home will be astronomical, and the structural safety of the home will pose risks to those who live there.

Because water damage is not uncommon in the Metairie area it is important to familiarize yourself with the below steps on how to mitigate water damage in your home. 

  1. Turn off the electricity to prevent electrical problems. 
  2. Address the source of the water and stop it from flooding your home.
  3. Remove standing water with specialized pumps or vacuums, but you can also do this manually. 
  4. Dry out the remaining water with fans and dehumidifiers to speed the drying process. 
  5. Sanitize affected items based on what type of water it came into contact with. 
  6. Restore items that can be salvaged and replace damaged items to prevent contamination and mold growth.

If the damage is too large for you to handle on your own, know that your local SERVPRO® of Metairie is available 24/7 to restore your home, personal belongings, and give you back your peace of mind. 

Maintaining Commercial Carpets in Your Metairie Business

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Although most commercial carpets are made for durability, dirt and debris will still build up over time in them because of all the foot-traffic. Maintaining regular cleaning will be beneficial to your carpet because once a carpet gets too soiled, it may never be restored to its original appearance. 

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Even when you follow preventive maintenance actions, carpets will still have dirt trapped below the surface that you cannot see with the eye, especially in dark carpets. Carpets act as a filter trapping gasses, hair, dirt, and dust. Did you know that 79% of soil in carpets is dry soil? To reduce that percentage, you should get your company's carpet professionally cleaned once a year. Protect your company's investment by having it cleaned by SERVPRO of Metairie!

Because each carpet is different, we offer a number of options to keep your carpet and upholstery brand new. Our cleaning methods include:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

For a cleaning from SERVPRO® of Metairie that is backed by state-of-the-art equipment and technicians trained to the highest standards, call us today to schedule an appointment. 

Be Prepared No Matter When a Severe Storm Happens | SERVPRO® of Metairie

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

The impact a storm will have on an area is widely unpredictable. While some storms will come through and cause little to no damages, others will present major issues for everyone affected.

Because severe storms can be so unpredictable, we highly recommend that people approach storm safety with a preparedness mindset. This way, no matter when a storm moves through an area, you will know you have done everything you can to protect your family and your home.

Prepare in Advance for Severe Weather

Prepare your home as much as possible. Though the nature of storm damage might seem erratic, by doing some preparation work in advance to protect your property, you can ensure you are taking the right steps to mitigate any possible damages. Trimming back any dead or overhanging trees is a great start, as is securing any objects that could possibly become loose during a storm. Many homeowners also have whole-home generators installed, allowing for utility usage if your power is out.

Create a family communications plan. If your family is often spread out across many locations, it is important to have a plan for checking in during severe weather to make sure everyone is safe. Be sure everyone knows the protocol for both being at home and being away from home, including where to take shelter in the house, how to check in with one another, and when to stay put or head home if severe weather is forecasted.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. Creating a household emergency kit is the first step for disaster preparedness in any regard, including for severe storms. An emergency kit should have sealed water, shelf-stable food, and any other necessities your family members may need both while a storm is raging and in the event, the power is out in the aftermath.

Consider getting a weather radio. Few things have changed our communications process more than cell phones, but they do not want to be the only thing you have to rely on during severe weather. Having a weather radio will come in handy in case cell networks go down or the power goes out and your battery dies, ensuring you are not at risk of missing out on any pertinent updates or weather emergency alerts.

If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. Contact us at any hour to report damage and receive a rapid response.

Better Landscaping Means Less Flooding for your Metairie Home

8/22/2020 (Permalink)

With the unpredictable weather in Louisana, by the time lunch rolls around after you have left for the day, your Metairie home can be flooded in a moment’s notice. Switching up the landscaping outside of your home can help reduce flooding outside of your home that could potentially cause indoor flooding. Below are four tips to help plan ahead if a neighbor’s pool floods into your yard or there is a storm surge.

  1. Add Heavier Mulch - Lighter mulch can easily be picked up by water and clog your drains causing a backup of water. Heavier mulch can absorb more water as well as stay in place. Don’t forget to place mulch six inches from the siding of your home so it does not rot your home’s exterior. 
  2. Grow a Garden - Planting native plants and plants with high moisture tolerance will help prevent soil erosion and allow water to drain better. 
  3. Grade your Yard - Sloping the ground around your home will allow water to flow away from your home’s foundation.  
  4. Use Rain Barrels - Rain barrels collect rainwater from downspouts to redirect moisture away from your home. SERVPRO® of Metairie Tip - use the collected water for both indoor and outdoor plants, or make a birdbath!



After taking measures to help reduce flooding in your yard always double-check your work. Excessive rain or dry spells can cause your landscaping to naturally change and consequently reverting your work. After extreme weather check to see how your drainage methods are doing and adjust accordingly. In the event your home does flood, SERVPRO® of Metairie is available 24/7 to help minimize damage and salvage the contents of your home.

Candle Alternatives that Aren’t a Downgrade

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Candles are a great way to light up, decorate, and make your home smell like fresh leaves, a beach vacation, or sitting by the campfire. However, According to the NFPA, from 2014-2018, there were an estimated 7,610 house fires that were started by candles per year that caused an annual average of 81 deaths, 677 injuries, and $278 million in property damage. Save your Metairie home, and use these candle alternatives instead!

Flame-less candles

For those who just want the aesthetic of a candle and no scent, flame-less candles are a great option! They are typically battery-operated and give the same flame-like feature as real candles. 

Wax warmer

Wax warmers are a great alternative because you can get that amazing scent that comes from real candles without the hazard. Warmers are typically either battery or outlet operated to melt the wax.

Diffuser

Calling all of our essential oil fans, this one is for you! With hundreds of combinations to try, diffusers are a great option for the whole house. 

Fairy lights 

Although they have no scent, fairy lights are a great way to light up and make a room feel cozy! Most fairy lights also come in with a standard plug or are battery operated. 

Stick diffusers

The most low maintenance option is a stick diffuser. Put your scent in the vase and let the sticks do the work. 

Room spray 

Another great option with endless scents is a room spray. You can buy pre-made ones, or make your own for that signature scent for your home!


If you still plan to opt for a candle, be sure to trim the wick before each use to minimize sparking, place the candle where it can’t fall or be knocked over, and always blow out the candle anytime you leave the room or plan to leave the home.

Preventing Mold Growth in your Metairie Business

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home can be stressful, but finding it in your business where employees and customers can be exposed is a concern that needs to be addressed immediately. Because some people are more sensitive to mold than others, as a business owner you may not notice it right away. However, those that are sensitive, can experience various health effects. 

How to Prevent Mold Growth in the Workplace

  • Fix water leaks - Any known water leaks on the inside or outside of the building should be dealt with immediately to prevent moisture. 
  • Use a dehumidifier - Your building’s humidity must always be kept at 50% or less. We recommend installing a commercial dehumidifier. 
  • Ensure proper ventilation - Keep your air vents and air filters clean and free of debris to allow for adequate ventilation. 
  • Deal with flooding immediately- If your business floods, do not let the water sit for more than 48 hours.

Common Types of Mold

Mold comes in many forms but these types are the most common to look out for.

What to Do If You See Mold: 

Always use gloves when dealing with mold, and always remove gloves after touching mold as you can accidentally transmit mold to other parts of the body. You should use a respirator mask and eye protection to avoid inhaling mold spores and getting it in your eyes. It is best to contact a trained professional to assess mold. Once the mold has been assessed SERVPRO®  of Metairie will come in and contain the infestation through the remediation process 24/7/365. Call SERVPRO® of Metairie at 504.496.0193 to ensure your mold infestation is dealt with professionally and carefully.

Disabilities and Disasters

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Woman in a wheelchair and the steps she is taking to stay safe during disasters While SERVPRO® of Metairie Keeps Your Home Safe, Here’s How to Keep Your Loved Ones Safe

Many storm surges, earthquakes, fires, and other disasters can happen at a moment’s notice. Keeping your family safe during stressful disasters is a priority and every family should have a plan in place. Mobility, hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can cause certain families to create extra precautions. Families, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers can all benefit from the below tips on how to stay safe during a Metairie storm.

Stay Informed Identifying common disasters in your area and learning how medical, physical, and cognitive needs may affect you or your family member’s ability to respond to each is the first step to disaster preparedness. Take time to learn about your community’s plans for dealing with disasters and sign up for warning and alerts to remain notified at all times.

Preparing The main factors you or your family should be aware of is who you can count on, where you can go, and what to bring. By creating a personal network of people who are able to help you during a disaster and ways to contact them if communication becomes disrupted can put you at ease.

If evacuation is needed be sure there is a safe space you can go to, and how you can get there if you need specialized transportation. By putting all prescriptions and important documents in an easily accessible place makes grabbing and going more efficient in case of an evacuation. If you have medical equipment make sure where you plan to go you can bring the equipment with you. If not, where can you keep this equipment in the interim so it does not get damaged?

Besides your prescriptions, documents, and equipment, other items to keep in your emergency kit can be: 

  • Flashlight
  • Radio
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Cash
  • Batteries

If you have a service animal make a separate kit for them including: 

  • Minimum 72-hour supply of bottled water and pet food
  • Portable water and food bowls
  • Paper towels 
  • Medications and veterinarian info
  • Medical records 
  • Leash and collar
  • Blanket and toy
  • Plastic bags
  • Bandages
  • Up-to-date ID tag and recent photo 
  • Copy of the pet’s license

Last but not least, practice your emergency plan. Make sure you know exactly what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency. As always, SERVPRO® of Metairie is here to assist with any emergency needs in your home 24/7/365. 

Your Washing Machine and Mold

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Mold thrives in washing machines but can easily be cleaned. Call SERVPRO® of Metairie if you suspect you have a mold problem. Your Metairie Home may be Lurking with Mold in Places you Never Thought of

Mold grows in warm and wet places, which makes your washing machine a perfect breeding ground. Just because you are washing your clothes does not mean the washing machine itself is getting clean. Mold thrives on residual detergent and wetness left behind in the washing machine. Whether you have a front or top-loading washing machine, below we have outlined how to prevent and remove mold in your Metairie home’s machine. 

Preventing Mold 

Preventing mold in your washing machine is quite simple. Every single time you finish doing your load(s), leave the top lid or front door open, and the detergent drawer open to let the inside of the washer dry naturally. Wiping down the gasket of your washer will also help prevent mold as this spot has a harder time drying naturally. 

Another way to prevent mold is to ditch the traditional fabric softer and use vinegar instead. Fabric softer has many additives that mold love and your clothes will still smell just as great using vinegar. Once the clothes have finished, remove them from the drum to prevent extra moisture. 

Cleaning your Machine

Top Loading 

  1. Fill the machine with hot water.
  2. Add 1 cup of store-bought mold remover or create your own.
  3. Allow it to sit for one hour.
  4. Allow the cycle to complete normally.
  5. Keep the lid open to allow it to finish drying or wipe dry. 

Front Loading

  1. Spray the inside with a store-bought or a homemade mold solution and let it dry.
  2. Add 2 cups of white vinegar directly into the wash drum.
  3. Run a wash cycle using the hottest water setting to get rid of mold, mildew, and mineral deposits.
  4. When done, spray the entire area with mold solution and wipe.
  5. Keep the door open to allow it to finish drying.

Front Loading Machine’s Gasket

  1. Make sure the washer is turned off and empty. 
  2. Using a damp rag, remove are any foreign substances on or in the gasket.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda inside the gasket and add vinegar. When bubbling subsides, scrub the gasket.
  4. Wipe down the gasket with a damp, clean rag, and dry it.
  5. (OPTIONAL) - Spray with a mold solution to kill any lingering mold and allow to air dry. 

Detergent Drawer

  1. Remove the drawer.
  2. Soak the drawer in hot water and vinegar for 30 minutes and then scrub any remaining debris.
  3. Dry drawer and spray with mold solution to catch any extra mold, and allow to air dry.

These tips should help you curb mold in your washing machine, which in excess can lead to health problems. Not only can washing machines cause mold, but they can also flood. Even while taking precautions damage can occur at any time. If you suspect you have a mold or water damage problem know that SERVPRO? of Metairie is ready to come out and rectify the problem at hand. 

A Guide for Picking the Right Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of Metairie

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

large downed tree laying on top of light brown house Choosing the right restoration company is crucial to getting things back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Metairie to set up an appointment.

A storm’s impact on a neighborhood can be devastating. Not only is it emotionally stressful, but if there are severe damages, it can be even worse. The damages from storms have risen in cost in recent years due to damages becoming more severe as a whole. That is why we always advise having a plan in place for what to do and who to call in advance.

If you need storm restoration at your home or business, the company you choose will set the tone for the entire experience. A trustworthy company that can handle the work and be there for you whenever you need is a must to provide you with valuable peace of mind during a stressful time. Here are some tips for determining who to give your business to:

How to Decide Who to Give Your Business to for Storm Restoration

Check on their reputation. It is important to do your research before deciding on a restoration company to use. Not only is it a big decision, but the frequency of restoration scams is on the rise, meaning it is best to be cautious. When you do your research on us, you will find that we are active both in Metairie and in the restoration industry as a whole, and we are proud of our fantastic reputation.

Check on their plans for high demand. Unlike fire or general water damage, storm damage typically impacts a large area all at once, meaning the restoration services in the area can easily get swamped if they do not have a plan. Fortunately, we have a national SERVPRO® brand to back us, meaning we can call for backup whenever we need it in order to provide everyone with the same level of speed and service.

Check on their emergency response times. Getting your storm damage addressed quickly is not just for peace of mind—it is also essential to preventing more damage from happening. That is why we are here for you whenever you need us with our 247 emergency line. You can call us as soon as you discover damage, and we will make it out to you as quickly as possible to get the restoration process in motion.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

SERVPRO of Metairie is the fire restoration experts.

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

It is great to spend your time outdoors and enjoy a good, grilled meal during the summer, but it is important to always keep fire safety in mind when you do so. While grilling is a frequent activity for many of us, any time an open flame is introduced, there is the potential for a fire to begin.

Predictably, grill fires tend to peak during summertime, and the U.S. Fire Administration has found that nearly 6,000 occur annually. A few grill safety tips can go a long way in preventing fires, however, so getting into the habit of these actions below will significantly increase your fire safety.

A Few Grill Fire Safety Tips That Go a Long Way

Create a safe zone around your grill. Though the primary focus is on convenience when you are finding a place to situate your grill, do not neglect safety concerns. Keep at least three feet around the grill free of children, pets and flammable materials, including decks and siding in case of a flare-up.

Clean your grill grates often. Over time, grease and other particles can build up on grill grates, making cooking less consistent and leading to an increased fire concern. Grease fires can be particularly dangerous to deal with, so simply scraping off your grates after each use is the best way to stay safe from these incidents.

Never leave the grill unattended. If a fire were to start and you (and your fire extinguisher) are nearby, you can put it out before it causes damage in many cases. However, if the grill is unattended, a disaster can quickly occur. Even if you are just taking a short break, be sure there is someone around to keep an eye on the grill at all times when it is lit.

Inspect the grill regularly. Every time you use your grill, do a simple visual inspection to ensure everything appears to be in good shape. With propane-powered grills, there is always a potential that a gas leak could develop, which can be disastrous if an open flame is introduced. Doing your due diligence to check these things is a smart way to be fire safe.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

Don't Let Coronavirus Stop Your Hurricane Plans

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

We have all been so focused on the coronavirus, we tend to forget that we are in the middle of hurricane season. Did you know SERVPRO of Metairie offers an Emergency Ready Plan? The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services should your business experience a loss.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small leak, large fire or area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the disaster happens, but well before it happens. 

The SERVPRO ERP Advantage- What is included?

- A concise profile document that contains the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster

- Establishes a great relationship with SERVPRO Metairie as your mitigation provider

- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin in a timely manner

- Provides facility details such as shut off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information

- ERP easy access on any iPhone/Android device through SERVPRO’s free ERP app. 

The best part? This is not cost to you or your clients. 

SERVPRO Metairie is the leader in water and fire damage response and can help you get back into working order “Like it never even happened.”

Call us today to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO Metairie. 

Quick Tips for Storm Safety Anywhere You Go | SERVPRO® of Metairie

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Metairie is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

Summertime in Southern Louisiana is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors, but when sudden storms pop up, staying safe is of paramount importance. Thunderstorms may come and go quickly, but while they are in the area, they can cause flash flooding and a concerning amount of damage.

While the safest place to be during a storm is at home, if a sudden storm pops up when you are away, here are some practical tips for safety.

Practical Tips for Staying Safe From Sudden Storms

Know your options for shelter. When you are made aware of a severe weather scenario and are safely at home, remaining there is the best thing you can do so you can wait out the storm. However, this is a luxury that will not always be present. If you are caught out in a storm, you can shelter in your car as long as you can pull over safely and cut off your engine. Remember to park your vehicle on high ground when possible.

Practice electrical safety. A lightning strike can hurt a structure in many ways, but the most common way is via a power surge. As the lightning travels through the home’s electrical system, the wires will become overwhelmed with charge and transfer that to anything plugged into an outlet. If you can, go through the area you are in and unplug everything before a storm. In general, it is best to also have surge protectors throughout your home and office.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Concrete structures are so sturdy in part because of how they are built. As concrete is poured around metal, it creates a great structure—but also causes a concern if there is lightning nearby. The metal in concrete can disperse electricity if the building is struck by lightning, so avoid touching these surfaces directly if possible.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. If you are out enjoying the day when a storm rolls in, make sure you are not rushing back out too soon and putting yourself in danger. Lightning strikes can travel tremendous distances, causing officials to urge people to stay inside for at least half an hour after the last clap of thunder. 

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Commercial Water Damage in Elmwood

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

When a water damage happens in Elmwood, Louisiana, our SERVPRO is the nearest business to handle your water restoration needs! Located 7 miles from Elmwood, our business will respond quickly to your commercial water damage needs. SERVPRO has the right team and equipment to provide proper service and the five star experience all of our customers have come to enjoy!

Elmwood water damage cleanup has been serviced by SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview since the 90's, establishing our commitment and dedication to water damage cleanup in this area. Commercial water cleanup can be difficult for the owner of the property, let our highly trained team of water damage experts lead you through this time and show you how SERVPRO's water damage service out performs all others in the New Orleans area. 

If you are in Elmwood and experience a water damage, call SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview for all of your commercial water damage and residential water cleanup needs!

SERVPRO the Brand

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Many people experience water damage or fire damage and wonder who they should use for their restoration project. SERVPRO has been training restoration professionals in water cleanup and fire damage restoration for over 40 years. 

SERVPRO has become the number one name in water damage and first restoration cleanup over the last decade. When a fire or water damage occurs, 64% of the time, customers think of SERVPRO for their needs before they consider any other company!

SERVPRO has catapulted itself to the top of the fire damage and water damage restoration pack due to hardworking professionals and being independently owned and operated. 

If you are in the need of fire damage restoration or water cleanup services, call SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview for all of your service needs. You are going to receive the same kind and considerate service our customer's have enjoyed for 40 years!

Commercial Fire Damages with SERVPRO of Metairie

6/21/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damages can become extremely challenging on a business owner. From the many questions regarding insurance coverage and business interruption, to which company to choose for fire remediation and fire reconstruction in Metairie, Louisiana. SERVPRO of Metairie, locally owned and operated in Metairie, Louisiana has the right experience to get your business operational. Our team of certified fire damage restoration professionals will help you navigate the fire loss experience while also working directly with your insurance company.  

The experience SERVPRO of Metairie has with commercial fire damage has placed the company as one of the leaders in fire damage restoration in Louisiana. Our company possesses experience in warehouse fires that require tedious inventorying of all salvageable stock to be cleaned, multifamily housing structures (completed project in 2019 involving a 420 unit complex) and office buildings with multi-stories. Your business can feel assured that SERVPRO of Metairie will complete your commercial fire damage project on time and correctly. 

Call SERVPRO of Metairie when you need help with a commercial fire damage. 

Leaky Windows?

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking out of a window into house Call SERVPRO® of Metairie @ 504-496-0193 today to handle your water isses!

What to Do if There Is a Water Leak Around a Window

The natural elements can wear down the integrity of a home. Over time, the homeowner may notice leakage around a window, which can possibly result in wood rot, mold and water damage. The longer the leak is left unaddressed, the more the repairs will cost.

Locate the Problem

Even a slow drip can mean that more water is sitting inside the wall. Once a homeowner notices moisture trickling from a window when it rains, the first step is to carefully look at the wall around the area to find the source of the leak. However, thanks to gravity, appearances can be deceiving; liquid may pool in one place, but that place is not always the leak's origin.

Two common problem areas are the edge and the rubber seal. The gap between the edge and the surrounding wall is usually sealed with caulk. Eventually, the caulk dries out and begins to peel and chip. Like caulk, the rubber seal situated between the panes and frame can ultimately dry out, creating rips in the rubber.

Gauge the Severity of Damage

Depending on the severity of the damage, the window may need to be replaced. A replacement is usually warranted when decaying or softness is found on nearby surfaces. However, even if the surrounding surfaces seem to be structurally sound, the homeowner should not just re-caulk the gaps without getting an expert's opinion on the full extent of the damage.

SERVPRO® of Metairie Can Help

A specialist at SERVPRO® Metairie can determine whether any ceiling tiles or drywall have sustained damage. After he assesses the situation, the restoration technician will give the homeowner the best remediation option to make the damage disappear. By acting quickly, the homeowner can prevent expensive repairs in the future. SERVPRO® of Metairie is always ready to help the residents of New Orleans and the city's surrounding communities solve their water damage problems.

Trust The Storm Heroes!

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

water damage photo with SERVPRO logo Don't panic! SERVPRO® of Metairie can help! Call us at 504-496-0193

Our SERVPRO® Metairie  Rapid Response Team Can Help You With Storm Damage In Your Property

Even though storm season is wrapping up, a nearby road overflow can cause significant issues in the ground levels of your property. Heavy rainfall results in sewer systems backing up and overflowing with contaminated Black Water. Due to the potentially harmful effects of Black Water, it is essential to hire a professional, qualified technician to help repair and restore your property safely. Indeed, many of your possessions can be salvaged by using professional cleaning equipment promptly.

Where there is Flood Damage in SERVPRO® of Metairie homes, the likelihood of contaminants being spread around the home is high. In the circumstances, it is not uncommon for our technicians to wear Hazmat suits to protect themselves from pathogens during the cleanup operation. We may also have to remove sections of drywall to clean in and behind walls, floors, and fittings. Left behind debris is not only odorous but have the potential to be harmful if not dealt with thoroughly.

For owners who find themselves in this position, it is only natural to immediately assume the worst, especially where personal possessions are concerned. Here at SERVPRO® Metairie we always work with a restore over replace mentality. Unlike other providers, our services are geared toward salvaging as much as possible. We enable our technicians to achieve this by providing them with state-of-the-art cleaning equipment and technology.

We can assess items immediately on site to decide which possessions are salvageable and which need disposal. Generally speaking, porous materials absorb black water making them exceptionally difficult to clean; this could include your carpets or curtains. However, where they are valuable fabrics, we can send them to a specialized facility for mechanical cleaning using Esporta washing machines. These equipment are expensive because they are advanced. However, SERVPRO® of Metairie provides technicians with everything they need to restore items rather than replace them.

Floods are considerable emergencies which is why SERVPRO®of Metairie training involves a rapid-response unit as well as a 24-hour emergency call line. Our skilled specialists are local to the area and can reach you fast to help mitigate loss and reduce the risk of permanent damage.

In an emergency, contact SERVPRO® Metairie at (504) 496-0193 for immediate assistance.

Trust Our Heroes!

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® house logo Trust our heroes in your time of need! 504-469-0193

Are you a factory owner whose inspection is coming up after damage to your workplace? Or maybe your office is overdue for a professional cleaning? SERVPRO® of Metairie can help in both situations!

You have probably seen our SERVPRO trucks throughout the greater New Orleans area . That's because we are the premier residential and commercial cleaning and restoration service.

We specialize in the following residential and commercial services:

  • Building services
  • Cleaning services
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold remediation
  • Storm damage restoration
  • Water damage restoration

While many of you know us for our disaster clean-ups and damage restoration, we excel at far more!

We have experience cleaning:

  • Apartment buildings
  • Government
  • High-rise residential
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Large office/high-rise office buildings
  • Large retail/big-box stores
  • Restaurants
  • Small office buildings  
  • Small retail stores

We also provide the best in commercial cleaning for your Nashville business. Whether you need a preventative maintenance system, electronics restoration or document drying, you can trust SERVPRO® of Metairie. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Our other professional cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Bio-hazard and sewage
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Ceilings, walls, and hard floors
  • Drapes and blinds
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Crime scene cleanup
  • Vandalism

SERVPRO® of Metairie is faster to any size disaster in the Nashville community area because we are locally owned and operated. If you need us anytime, contact us because we have 24-hour/7 days a week emergency service.

Our highly-trained and certified technicians are specialists in using technologically advanced products. We use OSHA-approved cleaning agents, and innovative techniques to restore your home or business to a preloss condition.

You can trust SERVPRO® of Metairie to keep your property’s appearance safe and healthy for your family, staff, and clients. Do you need help with your insurance claims, we provide a stress-free claims process by helping to manage the insurance paperwork process. Call us today!

Call SERVPRO® of Metairie Immediately After A Water Loss Occurs

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded room and with machine sucking up the access water Call SERVPRO® of Metairie for any help you may need. Our service line is always available day or night! 504-496-0193

Water Damage in Metairie Homes and Apartments Means Higher Humidity Levels

When a broken pipe happens inside your home, water coming out in a steady stream floods the area rapidly. Lost water like this can evaporate fast enough to cause other problems inside your home in Metairie. High amounts of water vapor can lead to a range of issues, from microbial infestations to loosened wall coverings.

We help property owners stabilize their home's humidity levels, which can prevent water damage in Metairie from developing. We use thermal imaging equipment to locate water leaks, trapped water, and areas with higher-than-normal amounts of moisture content. Our drying equipment includes pumps of different sizes, air movers, desiccant machines, and dehumidifiers. Air scrubbers also play a role in making your home secure again, "Like it never even happened."

Water damage that occurs after water loss events can happen anywhere inside the house. Water does not stay confined to only the area where the pipe broke. This is why we use thermal imaging equipment in looking for damaged areas that might remain undetected otherwise. Peeling paint on ceilings is more evident than mold hidden inside wall spaces and under cabinet bottoms. However, both need mitigation and cleanup work to keep your home healthy.

When homeowners call us immediately after an incident, we can extract the water and completely prevent water damage from spreading to other areas of the home. This process may seem highly intensive, but we must ensure that we extract the water as it spreads. Water travels to drier locations steadily, but extraction efforts can significantly slow this down.

Extracting water is only part of the work, and we set up the other machinery to ensure that water cannot settle in any location. Trapping it as either a liquid or as vapor in the air re-establishes dry conditions again. When a slow leak and not a broken pipe with sudden water loss caused the problem, we use similar methods. Either way, we restore dry conditions that protect your home from the effects of water damage.

SERVPRO® of Metairie performs both preventative work against water damage and mitigation where current damage exists. Contact us for more information by calling 504-496-0193.

Is Mold Still An Issue In The Winter?

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Mold spores with SERVPRO logo Trust the experts at SERVPRO of Metairie for any of your Mold concerns.

Are you wondering if you really have to worry if you can get mold in the winter?

Turning up the heater in the colder months will keep you cozy and warm. However, did you know that this very warmth also creates the perfect environment for a colony of mold? These infestations are both unsightly and unhealthy and can make life truly miserable for those who have allergies to these organisms. A mold colony can also spread quickly and secretly within your walls, compromising their strength and making your home or business unsafe. Mold and mildew, have recognizable differences. Mildew has a flat surface and will appear powdery. It begins growing with white coloration and will become yellow, brown, or black over time, while mold can be a wide range of colors and will have a fluffy appearance. The spores for both are everywhere, even in the air we breathe, and their risk increases when winter arrives since mold and mildew would much rather be where it’s warm when it’s cold outside (just like us).

Here are some tips for mold prevention this winter:

  • Mold and mildew feed on any organic material. Old food, the rug on your kitchen floor, or wooden cupboards - it’s all fair game for these organisms. Make sure surfaces are kept clean and dry and don’t allow food to sit out and become moist and warm.
  • Moisture condenses when it comes into contact with a colder area, so you will most likely see mold or mildew on tile grout, windowsills, and baseboards during the colder months. Taking care of leaks and areas that collect water right away will be a big help in keeping mold from becoming part of the family.
  • Once a colony establishes itself you can’t ever get rid of it completely. Once the moisture, warmth, and food it needs are reintroduced it will simply start to grow again.
  • Windows, exterior doorways, skylights, and indoor plumbing that are not properly sealed will produce conditions that are attractive to mold colonies. 
  • Keeping the air dry in kitchens, laundries, and bathrooms will be a big help when it comes to preventing mold this winter. Running these fans during times when the air is moist will do wonders. You can also use dehumidifiers in your home to prevent mold from establishing itself; follow the established recommendations for keeping your home at the proper level of humidity for this purpose. 

Rest assured you actually don’t have to worry about mold in the winter, if you take the proper steps to prevent it from colonizing.

If you have any concerns or suspect mold growth call SERVPRO of Metairie, and allow us to put your mind to ease and solve your issue. 

Tis' the Season to Protect Your Business!

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas tree decorated with ornaments with SERVPRO® logo All of us from SERVPRO® of Metairie wish you a happy and safe holiday season!

Avoid Holiday Tragedy in Your Metairie Business

Tis’ the season for festive decorations, colorful lights, and corporate christmas parties. However it is also a time full of tragedy as well. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics indicate that 30% of all fires occur during the months of December, January, and February caused by holiday decorations, lights, and Christmas trees. Fire damage is probably the last thing on your companies mind, but you may want to move it up on your list of priorities; preparation is the key!

  • Water Christmas tree regularly
  • Pay attention to Christmas lights and decorations
  • Use candle alternatives
  • Clean Chimney often
  • Use UL-approved lights and cords.

The first 48 hours after a fire often makes the difference between ‘restoring’ vs. ‘replacing’ your property and belongings. SERVPRO® of Metairie provides a timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal, to content claims inventory and document restoration. Here is a timeline to help ease your mind of what should be done before and after SERVPRO® of Metairie arrives:

  1. One Hour: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO® of Metairie professional will contact you to arrange for service.
  2. Four Hours: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® of Metairie technician will be onsite to start mitigation services.
  3. Detailed Explanation: A trained SERVPRO® of Metairie employee will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.
  4. Pretesting: A SERVPRO® of Metairie employee will begin pretesting for restoration, working from the source of the damage outward.
  5. Eight Hours: Within eight hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.
  6. Cleaning, Restoration, & Deodorization: SERVPRO® of Metairie will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property. We then use advance restoration techniques to make it “Like it never even happened.”
  7. Final Walk-through: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

SERVPRO® of Metairie responds quickly, offering a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services to help you return to your business  as soon as possible. Before risking further damage by attempting to clean up the damage on your own, call the fire damage clean up and restoration professionals at (504)-496-0193 .

We wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tis' the Season Season for Fires

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas tree on fire with presents under the tree. With SERVPRO house logo on bottom corner. Don't forget to water your Christmas tree this year!

Avoid Tragedy This Holiday Season!

Tis’ the season for the most wonderful time of the year including candy canes, hot chocolate, presents, santa claus, christmas trees, pretty lights, and cozy nights by fires! However, in the restoration world tis’ the season for fire remediation! You’d be surprise how often christmas trees catch fire. Between 2013-2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with a christmas tree. Fire damage is probably the last thing on your mind, but you may want to move it up on your list of priorities; preparation is the key. The first 48 hours after a fire often makes the difference between ‘restoring’ vs. ‘replacing’ your property and personal belongings.

SERVPRO® of Metairie provides a timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal, to content claims inventory and document restoration. Here is a timeline to help ease your mind of what should be done before and after SERVPRO® of Metairie arrives:

  1. One Hour: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO® of Metairie professional will contact you to arrange for service.
  2. Four Hours: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® of Metairie technician will be onsite to start mitigation services.
  3. Detailed Explanation:  A trained SERVPRO® of Metairie employee will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.
  4. Pretesting: A SERVPRO® of Metairie employee will begin pretesting for restoration, working from the source of the damage outward.
  5. Eight Hours: Within eight hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.
  6. Cleaning, Restoration, & Deodorization: SERVPRO® of Metairie will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property. We then use advance restoration techniques to make it “Like it never even happened.”
  7. Final Walk-through: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

SERVPRO® of Metairie responds quickly, offering a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services to help you return home as soon as possible. Before risking further damage by attempting to clean up the damage on your own, call the fire damage clean up and restoration professionals at (504)-496-0193 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Content Restoration

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO house logo with fire and water in the background Trust the professionals of SERVPRO N. Kenner Harahan & Lakeview to take care of your belongings!

Disaster occurring in your home is any homeowner’s biggest nightmare. Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Metairie take the very BEST care of your personal belongings.

SERVPRO of Metairie content restoration from furniture to antiques to artwork and appliances, we'll treat your treasures with the care they deserve. While some items can be cleaned on-site, in many cases we'll need to inventory, pack out and transport the contents of your property to our state-of-the-art facility to ensure the best care possible. We photo document as well as log all of your contents per each individual box. We arrive on-site and inventory all of your personal belongings.We carefully pack all salvable items to transport to our secure warehouse and cleaning facility. Unsalvageable contents are inventoried and discarded. We have trained professionals to help you establish replacement values versus restoration costs. We are also available for pricing of non-salvable inventory items.

For your content remediation call SERVPRO of Metairie at (504)- 496-0193

Let Us Help Keep Your Commercial Pipes from Bursting

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water pipe with frozen ice on it with a water flowing out of a crack. Don't get let this be you! Tips and Tricks form SERVPRO of Metairie to prevent frozen pipes.

Tips and Tricks to Prevent Your Pipes from Bursting

As we continue to list safety ideas for you to consider this winter, we have one today that carries a little more potential for costly damage due to the nature of when and where the disaster can occur. Frozen water pipes in your home can be a costly and damaging incident that can be prevented with some vigilance and preventative measures. Yes, even southern Louisiana winters carry the potential to wreak havoc in homes and commercial properties with frozen or burst pipes. So, let’s make sure you are as safe as possible this season by informing you of some well-known tips and popular tricks to keep your water flowing and your pipes safe and sound.

First, let’s talk about the what, how, and why of frozen pipes. As many of you know, when water freezes it expands. In cases of extreme cold, ice can expand to the point of breaking through or bursting your pipes that have water sitting in them.

Crawl spaces, attics, garages and similar places that are more exposed to the outside temperature without insulation are the most likely areas where pipe breakage will occur. So for these areas, it is important to drain the supply lines or remove the hoses that are commonly left in the cold. Swimming pools and water hoses are easy areas to begin the process. Speak to plumber about having insulation, or perhaps a pipe-sleeve, added to trouble areas. Keep the garage door closed if water supply lines are inside.

An area that sees potential for loss every year is families traveling for the holidays, commercial business are vacant during holiday breaks, or even when property managers are taking time off to spend time with family  and pipes bursting when no one will know for an extended amount of time. No one wants to return  after vacation  and see water all over the floor or running water trickling to a standstill. But don’t fear, there are ways to prevent these events as well. It is highly recommended to keep your thermostat no lower than 55 while away from your home or business. Some sources say even while there, keep the same temperature at night as you do during the day. We will leave that to your discretion as it could result in a higher than normal heating bill but possibly prevent a high repair charge.

If you suspect a pipe is frozen but not broken, it is possible to thaw the pipe and resume regular use. An indicator that a pipe is frozen is water trickling from a faucet when it would normally flow fast and free. If you locate a section you believe to be frozen, apply a heating pad or hair dryer while keeping the faucet open. If the water begins to run after some time warming, you found the area!  If you can’t never try something you are not comfortable with. Call a plumber and have an expert do the work. You can also ask for quotes on proper insulation for your pipes so they don’t freeze again in the future.

Enjoy your holidays with a peace of mind that your pipes are safe! If a disaster does occur, SERVPRO of Metairie is ready to help! Call us at (504)-469-0193

Content Restoration

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO house logo with fire flames and water drops in the background SERVPRO of Metairie cares not only about our customers, but their special belongings too.

Disaster occurring in your home is any homeowner’s biggest nightmare. Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Metairie to take the very BEST care of your personal belongings.

SERVPRO of Metairie offers content restoration from furniture to antiques to artwork and appliances, we'll treat your treasures with the care they deserve. While some items can be cleaned on-site, in many cases we'll need to inventory, pack out and transport the contents of your property to our state-of-the-art facility to ensure the best care possible. We photo document as well as log all of your contents per each individual box. We arrive on-site and inventory all of your personal belongings.We carefully pack all salvable items to transport to our secure warehouse and cleaning facility. Unsalvageable contents are inventoried and discarded. We have trained professionals to help you establish replacement values versus restoration costs. We are also available for pricing of non-salvable inventory items.

For your content remediation call SERVPRO of Metairie at (504)- 496-0193

Trust SERVPRO of Metairie to Restore Your Home After a Storm

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on the bottom of the image. City in the back with a storm cloud. Let us make your storm damage "Like it never even happened."

Our SERVPRO of Metairie Rapid Response Team Can Help You With Storm Damage In Your Property

Even though storm season is wrapping up, a nearby road overflow can cause significant issues in the ground levels of your property. Heavy rainfall results in sewer systems backing up and overflowing with contaminated Black Water. Due to the potentially harmful effects of Black Water, it is essential to hire a professional, qualified technician to help repair and restore your property safely. Indeed, many of your possessions can be salvaged by using professional cleaning equipment promptly.

Where the is Flood Damage in SERVPRO of Metairie homes, the likelihood of contaminants being spread around the home is high. In the circumstances, it is not uncommon for our technicians to wear Hazmat suits to protect themselves from pathogens during the cleanup operation. We may also have to remove sections of drywall to clean in and behind walls, floors, and fittings. Left behind debris is not only odorous but have the potential to be harmful if not dealt with thoroughly.

For owners who find themselves in this position, it is only natural to immediately assume the worst, especially where personal possessions are concerned. Here at SERVPRO we always work with a restore over replace mentality. Unlike other providers, our services are geared toward salvaging as much as possible. We enable our technicians to achieve this by providing them with state-of-the-art cleaning equipment and technology.

We can assess items immediately on site to decide which possessions are salvageable and which need disposal. Generally speaking, porous materials absorb black water making them exceptionally difficult to clean; this could include your carpets or curtains. However, where they are valuable fabrics, we can send them to a specialized facility for mechanical cleaning using Esporta washing machines. These equipment are expensive because they are advanced. However, SERVPRO provides technicians with everything they need to restore items rather than replace them.

Floods are considerable emergencies which is why SERVPRO training involves a rapid-response unit as well as a 24-hour emergency call line. Our skilled specialists are local to the area and can reach you fast to help mitigate loss and reduce the risk of permanent damage.

In an emergency, contact SERVPRO of Metairie at (504) 496-0193 for immediate assistance.

Say Goodbye to Smelly Funk In Your Metairie Restaurant

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Women holding her nose Women holding her nose from funky smell.

Does your Metairie  restaurant smell like a bad recipe? Do you have customers come into your place and wrinkle up their nose? Or they walk in and then leave without ordering anything. You know you’re in need of odor removal when customers suddenly lose their appetite when entering your restaurant in Metairie. We know it’s not a pleasant topic, but it’s one we, at SERVPRO of Metairie, have experience correcting! So, how can we help you with your odor problems? Read on and discover 3 ways SERVPRO of Metairie will get your restaurant sweet-smelling once again.

Deep cleaning

Sometimes you need a bit more than the everyday cleaning job your staff does. Just like we do deep cleaning a couple times a year in our homes, it is essential to have this done in our restaurants as well. Restaurants enjoy a thorough cleaning of the floors, drapes, blinds, carpeting, and upholstery. Food smells can become trapped in fabrics leaving a sour or greasy smell. SERVPRO of Metairie has specialty cleaning services to ensure your restaurant gets deep cleaned.

Deodorization

Not only does your Metairie restaurant need a deep cleaning, but it needs an odor removal process using deodorization. Our staff is trained to discover what is causing the odors. This is an important first step in eliminating the odors. Once our staff knows where the smell is emanating from, then we can use the proper formula to remove it. We have several different deodorizing formulas created to get to the source of the bad smells. Odor removal is not just about hiding or covering up offending smells, but it’s essential to go to the root of the problem and neutralize it.

Inspect for mold

Mold is one thing that not only leaves a musty odor, but it has a negative impact on your health. That’s why it’s so important to determine if mold is the culprit and, if so, to begin action right away to combat it. We have tools and equipment that help us determine if there is a mold problem. It doesn’t take much for mold to develop and then spread. If you suspect mold, we will discover the source and work to isolate, then eliminate it.

At SERVPRO of Metairie, we make cleaning and restoration our expertise. We train and educate our staff to combat stinky smells wherever they may be. If you have a restaurant that does not smell too sweet, contact us today at (504)-496-0193

Chose Our SERVPRO of Metairie Rapid Response Team!

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

For New Orleans Properties, SERVPRO Can Mitigate Flood Effects with a Rapid Response

If there is one thing that homeowners in the New Orleans area can count on, it is the ever-present possibility of severe weather. With the often extreme conditions that come with some of the larger systems, circumstances can quickly lean towards conceding for natural disasters to occur. With that in mind, a homeowner should always have the right provisions in place to prevent these disasters from entering their home and creating damage of their own.

Unfortunately, most people do not realize that their New Orleans home is susceptible to flood damages until they have breached the exterior walls and found their way inside. If this occurs, your best bet is to contact SERVPRO immediately so that our rapid response team can get to your home quickly. Preventing damage that could otherwise get avoided is a priority of our team at this time.

Once our technicians arrive at your home, we survey the damage to see what equipment is necessary and the personnel that is a requirement to restore your home. In this process, areas that have allowed water to penetrate the exterior of your home get sealed up to prevent further penetration while the restoration is underway.

Another service provided by our SERVPRO professionals involves moving items, furniture and other contents of your home out of the affected areas to prevent irreparable damage. In many cases, these items must get removed from your home entirely until the restoration completes and the water and lingering moisture have gotten removed. The professionals would then move your contents back to the original positions inside your house, making it even more like the flooding never occurred in the first place. "Like it never even happened."

You cannot always prevent flood damages, even when all of the right steps get taken. Fortunately, this is not something that you have to face on your own. You can always count on the rapid response of our SERVPRO of Metairie water damage restoration specialists. You can reach us anytime you need us at (504) 468-3046.

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The Surprising Secret To Dealing With Mold Damage In Metairie

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

An Action Plan To Deal With Mold Damage In New Orleans

Visible mold patches are unsightly, and since most are common in old, rundown properties, people tend to associate the problem with mismanagement. However, no property is immune to this problem, and nowadays you can find mold even in relatively new homes. With a bit of preparation, it is possible to deal with the problem if it affects your Metairie property.

For new homes exhibiting signs of mold damage in New Orleans, it is possible to trace back the issues to the construction phase. Putting up studs, vapor and insulation barriers before the concrete foundation dries sufficiently traps moisture in creating the necessary conditions for mold to flourish. Failure to address such a problem allows the spores to spread causing issues with the air quality. One way to deal with this without tear down is by practicing proper heating and ventilation. Once our SERVPRO technicians inspect your home, we can advise you on how to do that.

Away from construction mistakes, mold also develops whenever the property is exposed to excess water. Therefore, periods when extreme weather events such as heavy downpours or storms are prevalent, there are higher chances of mold infestation. Once exposed to moisture, the spores start growing within periods as short as 48 hours. So fast reaction is necessary if your property floods or if you detect leaks in the plumbing systems. If you inform SERVPRO immediately, our technicians can start remediation procedures such as drying excess moisture fast enough to prevent widespread growth.

In most cases, the areas affected are usually just a small part of a bigger problem. Areas such as wall cavities, attics, and other hidden sections provide the best environment for the spores to flourish. If the remediation steps do not touch these areas, problems like bad odor and damage to the structure persist. When our SERVPRO team handles the process, we check all the hidden spaces. We dry your property and remove any porous materials in the affected areas.

If you have a reason to suspect mold infestation, call SERVPRO of Metairie 504-468-3046

Mold Damage? No Problem!

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

What Are The Correct Steps To Take When You Find Mold Damage in Your Home?

Indoor accumulation of water may lead to mold damage, a situation which can damage your property or lead to health effects. It is possible to prevent or minimize indoor mold growth. However, that is possible if you actively maintain, inspect, and correct your structure for water intrusion challenges. Since not everyone has the skills and tools to do such procedures, you can work with professionals to immediately dry and manage your water-damaged contents in Metairie. 

Our SERVPRO technicians use the right PPE when dealing with mold damage incidents in Metairie. For instance, when the area with the contamination is so large ( over 100 square feet ) we have to follow the OSHA respiratory protection standards. We wear appropriate eye protection, gloves, half-face elastomeric respirators fitted with P-100 filters, and body coveralls with foot and head coverings. 

During the remediation process, we avoid the use of work practices which are likely to generate excessive dust and use dust suppression methods. For instance, we can use a vacuum fitted with a HEPA filter during dust generation or use HEPA vacuum-shrouded tools. Before removing the mold spores, we can gently mist the surface using a detergent solution. 

Our SERVPRO team cleans materials that have the mold contamination using detergents with anti-microbial abilities. If we come across permanently damaged items, we put them in sealed plastic bags and clean the outside of the bags using a damp cloth dipped in a detergent solution. We can also HEPA-vacuum the bags within the work area before taking them out. 

Regardless of the level of mold contamination, our SERVPRO of Metairie technicians always communicate with the occupants of the affected buildings. Communication presents us an opportunity of letting them know about our remediation measures and the duration the process is likely to take. We readily provide copies of all inspection reports upon request and perform group meetings before and after the work to disclose plans and results.

If you think you home or business is infested with mold please call 504-468-3046

If your home gets caught in a flood, count on SERVPRO for assistance.

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Put your mind at ease and call the professionals at SERVPRO of Metairie

New Orleans floods, a lot. It is almost a normal part of our lives here, so cleaning up from water in our homes is a regular occurrence for residents and restoration services. 


Performing a water cleanup in New Orleans takes much than just a large Water-Vac and a push broom, however. SERVPRO teams have to identify the category of water that floods a home to determine the cleaning method and what precautions they need to take to keep our technicians and the homeowner safe. 
 
Category One is Clean Water. It does not contain waste products. Burst pipes, leaking faucets, and some failing appliances are the usual sources of clean water. Natural disasters can damage roofs and expose homes to rain and snow. This category presents minimal health risks during removal and requires no special requirements for cleanup. If the water flowed over the soil before entering the home, however, it is not considered clean water. As a caveat, if rainwater intruding through the attic soaks through insulation and items, it is not clean water. 
 
Category Two is Gray Water. It is water that was used but does not contain human waste. This category includes water from an overflowing washer that drops detergent-filled water on the floor. An overflowing toilet with no solid waste also is included in this category. Gray water is not a vector for spreading disease, but people can become sick by touching it, drinking it, or walking through it without protective footwear. Carpet soaked in gray water needs thorough cleaning for restoration and furniture needs to be sprayed or wiped down with an anti-bacterial cleaner. 
 
Category Three is Black Water. This unsanitary water often contains human waste and presents a health threat to anyone who comes in contact with it. SERVPRO technicians wear protective gear while removing it from each home. Before starting removal, our teams also spray the surfaces with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal cleaners to reduce the risk. They treat all floodwater as black water since it is impossible to know what it traveled through before it entered a home. Team leaders dispose of carpets soaked in Black Water and only recommend attempting to clean high-value rugs since technicians can lift them from the floor and soaked them in a biocide solution that kills all living organisms. 

SERVPRO cannot emphasize enough the need for grappling with floods differently than from a water line leak. Safety first, and we are proud to help our neighbors.
 
If you are dealing with water intrusion in your home, contact SERVPRO of Metairie to determine the category of the threat to your home and family. Call us today at (504) 468-3046.

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.

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)

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)

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)

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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Call Our Crew If Your Metairie Hotel Experiences Fire Damage

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (504) 496-0193 for our 24/7 response.

Why You Need Professional Fire Damage Restoration For Your Metairie Hotel

When a Metairie business has its own housekeeping staff, it is tempting to try to manage fire-related cleaning in-house. Making that decision is unwise as the cleanup of fire debris requires specialized training and equipment. Our crew completed multiple IICRC courses that support our efforts to get your hotel fully booked fast.

The soot and smoke left behind in your Metairie hotel after a fire is highly toxic. Your promise to your guests is a clean and safe environment to rest and recreate, free of residues that irritate or endanger. Although your cleaning crews deliver top-notch day to day housekeeping services, our team of professionals is needed to assess this situation rapidly. We are uniquely qualified to plan an efficient turn around from a bleak and sooty ambiance back to a crisp and fresh feel.

Fire damage scenes also present complexities not seen in regular hotel cleaning. For example, the first steps in a hotel fire damage abatement project are often water removal and structural drying. These preliminaries link to the firefighting efforts. SERVPRO is a full-service disaster restoration company, so we can move from one remediation task to the next in a streamlined manner. We have the equipment on each signature green truck and the know-how on each crew.

If the fire was confined to one area of your hotel, SERVPRO makes every effort to contain our response to the fire-damaged space, allowing business to proceed as usual in affected portions of your hotel. To prevent the spread of odors and debris we use physical barriers and innovative equipment like negative pressure air scrubbers to filter and vent contaminants.

SERVPRO evaluates the type of soots deposited in the fire-damaged areas. We match products, tools, and methods as we investigate. Your housekeepers likely would use cleaning approaches that worked for normal soiling, risking making matters worse. We also have deodorization specialists available to clear the air effectively, so important when guests expect a comfortable experience.

Let SERVPRO of Metairie assist with a professional approach to fire damage remediation. Call us at (504) 496-0193 for our 24/7 response.

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SERVPRO Can Help Speed the Process of Fire Damage Recovery in Your Metaire Home

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

Home cooked dinner gone wrong? SERVPRO can help you restore your Metairie home fast and effectively.

Restoring Normalcy after Fire Damage in Metairie

Even a small fire can leave your property looking like a warzone with partially burnt items strewn all over, and smoke residues or other forms of soiling on different surfaces. Luckily most fires are put out before gutting the entire structure. However, this leads to significant cleanup and restoration work before normalcy returns.

 
Most homeowners dealing with fire damage in Metairie are first timers, so they have very little information on what to do. It is not unusual to think that every blackened item or surface needs to be thrown out after the incident. Our SERVPRO team includes a project manager who oversees the entire process. Apart from managing the rest of the crew, the project manager advises the property owner on crucial steps to take such as boarding up the property to present additional damages and also liaises with the insurance adjuster to ensure every aspect of the damage is fixed “Like it never even happened.”
 
Salvaging some materials and contents of the house can help reduce the total restoration cost. Proper inspection of items and using advanced restoration techniques help in the salvage process. Our SERVPRO team separates items into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items. We clean salvageable items on site and move the questionable ones offsite for in-depth inspection and cleaning. We use electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, which helps keep better track on contents and return them to their original location in the house after restoration.
 
Water-related problems such as mold infestation can develop soon after a fire incident because of the water used to put out the fire and in the cleanup processes. Drying off excess moisture helps prevent these problems. Our SERVPRO technicians use different moisture detection tools to determine which drying processes are necessary. Thermo-hygrometers help establish the levels of relative humidity in affected and unaffected areas. We also use moisture sensors to probe materials and determine the level of moisture they hold. We then use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry them to preloss state.
 
In case of fire damage, call SERVPRO of Metairie to help restore normalcy. You can reach us at (504) 496-0193 any time.

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Our Crew Is Here To Help After A Flood Has Damaged Your Home In Metairie

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

In an emergency, contact SERVPRO of Metairie at (504) 496-0193 for immediate assistance.

Our Metairie Rapid Response Team Can Help You With Flood Damage In Your Property

A nearby road overflow can cause significant issues in the ground levels of your property — heavy rainfall results in sewer systems backing up and overflowing with contaminated Black Water. Due to the potentially harmful effects of Black Water, it is essential to hire a professional, qualified technician to help repair and restore your property safely. Indeed, many of your possessions can be salvaged by using professional cleaning equipment promptly.

Where the is Flood Damage in Metairie homes, the likelihood of contaminants being spread around the home is high. In the circumstances, it is not uncommon for our technicians to wear Hazmat suits to protect themselves from pathogens during the cleanup operation. We may also have to remove sections of drywall to clean in and behind walls, floors, and fittings. Left behind debris is not only odorous but have the potential to be harmful if not dealt with thoroughly.

For owners who find themselves in this position, it is only natural to immediately assume the worst, especially where personal possessions are concerned. Here at SERVPRO we always work with a restore over replace mentality. Unlike other providers, our services are geared toward salvaging as much as possible. We enable our technicians to achieve this by providing them with state-of-the-art cleaning equipment and technology.

We can assess items immediately on site to decide which possessions are salvageable and which need disposal. Generally speaking, porous materials absorb black water making them exceptionally difficult to clean; this could include your carpets or curtains. However, where they are valuable fabrics, we can send them to a specialized facility for mechanical cleaning using Esporta washing machines. These equipment are expensive because they are advanced. However, SERVPRO provides technicians with everything they need to restore items rather than replace them.

Floods are considerable emergencies which is why SERVPRO training involves a rapid-response unit as well as a 24-hour emergency call line. Our skilled specialists are local to the area and can reach you fast to help mitigate loss and reduce the risk of permanent damage.

In an emergency, contact SERVPRO of Metairie at (504) 496-0193 for immediate assistance.

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Some Visible Warning Signs of Water Damage in Metarie

2/17/2019 (Permalink)

When pipes behind walls burst, the water can gush into your home at a fast pace. Call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Water Damage in Metarie Homes and Apartments Means Higher Humidity Levels

When a broken pipe happens inside your home, water coming out in a steady stream floods the area rapidly. Lost water like this can evaporate fast enough to cause other problems inside your home in Metairie. High amounts of water vapor can lead to a range of issues, from microbial infestations to loosened wall coverings.

We help property owners stabilize their home's humidity levels, which can prevent water damage in Metairie from developing. We use thermal imaging equipment to locate water leaks, trapped water, and areas with higher-than-normal amounts of moisture content. Our drying equipment includes pumps of different sizes, air movers, desiccant machines, and dehumidifiers. Air scrubbers also play a role in making your home secure again, "Like it never even happened."

Water damage that occurs after water loss events can happen anywhere inside the house. Water does not stay confined to only the area where the pipe broke. This is why we use thermal imaging equipment in looking for damaged areas that might remain undetected otherwise. Peeling paint on ceilings is more evident than mold hidden inside wall spaces and under cabinet bottoms. However, both need mitigation and cleanup work to keep your home healthy.

When homeowners call us immediately after an incident, we can extract the water and completely prevent water damage from spreading to other areas of the home. This process may seem highly intensive, but we must ensure that we extract the water as it spreads. Water travels to drier locations steadily, but extraction efforts can significantly slow this down.

Extracting water is only part of the work, and we set up the other machinery to ensure that water cannot settle in any location. Trapping it as either a liquid or as vapor in the air re-establishes dry conditions again. When a slow leak and not a broken pipe with sudden water loss caused the problem, we use similar methods. Either way, we restore dry conditions that protect your home from the effects of water damage.

SERVPRO of Metairie performs both preventative work against water damage and mitigation where current damage exists. Contact us for more information by calling (504) 496-0193. Our services line is always available, day or night, year-round.

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SERVPRO Will Restore Your Metairie Home So It Is Safe To Return

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts can restore your belongings after they have been underwater due to a flood.

SERVPRO - Cleaning And Removing Flood Damage In Metairie

With Lake Pontchartrain as our entire, northern border, some Metairie residents swear they see the water rise and set almost as much as the sun. Floods are not quite that common, but they do happen enough that residents know when to call in a professional agency.

Since not all contents in Metairie homes are the same, the flood damage requires an experienced inspector to help determine if an item can be restored or discarded and replaced. SERVPRO inspectors, specialists, and technicians train to remediation flood damage, so every home looks like it did before the latest storm.

Flood water contains contaminants, so much of the affected property requires disposal. Porous items, like upholstered furniture, absorb enough water that it quickly becomes more cost efficient to replace a recliner than to expend the labor, cleaning agents, and machine use to restore them to their normal state.

Regardless if the water is contaminated or not, when a piece of furniture remains underwater for too long, the finish dissolves and separates from the wood. When this happens, the frame begins to warp and crack. SERVPRO technicians can restore most of this damage if they can remove the item from the water and begin to dry it using a combination of fans to increase air circulation and a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the wood without causing additional damage.

With warping and contamination both, our team leaders work closely with a homeowner’s insurance agency. With each type of damage, all companies maintain a list of when they authorize replacement rather than pay for the restoration. One category that we do not restore after exposure to floodwater is carpeting since our teams cannot guarantee that they are safe to use after attempting restoration.

Depending on the type of contamination, it may be necessary for our specialists to pressure wash the exterior of a home. Heavy soils and animal waste can remain in siding and bricks after the floodwater recedes. In most cases, they use only clean water, but may also use an anti-bacterial agent or another cleaner if needed.

At SERVPRO of Metairie, we ensure your home is safe to live in, whether it is in the living room or out on the porch. If you need us, call (504) 496-0193 today. We are here for you.

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SERVPRO Is Ready To Restore Your Metairie Home 24/7

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts are available and ready to restore your home after a fire.

WHY SERVPRO is a Relievable Service Provider in Fire Damage Restoration in Metairie

If you are wondering WHY SERVPRO is the ideal place to get help after a fire damage experience, then we have the fact for you. Restoring your home after fire damage can certainly be a daunting task. For that reason, the services of our experts come in handy towards ensuring that your property is in better shape after the disaster. To ensure that you enjoy the best service, we have an able team of highly skilled and experienced technicians. Besides, our technicians are equipped with the latest equipment to enable them to complete the restoration process impeccably. We strive to return you Metairie property to its preloss condition.

At SERVPRO, we believe no fire damage event in Metairie is too big or too small, so we give each incident the seriousness it deserves. That has seen us successfully restore numerous properties that have experienced fire damage. Our capacity as one of the leading service providers can be attributed to our excellent service delivery. Our professionals are always ready to provide solutions to each problem. Moreover, our technicians possess the necessary skills that help us to provide satisfactory restoration services – which is made possible by the regular training we attend to ensure our service delivery is in line with the latest trends.

Being a revered restoration company, SERVPRO adheres to the recommended restoration practices to keep our service delivery strictly professional. Our services are readily available round the clock, and this is possible courtesy of our 24-hour services. Also, our services are available to both commercial and residential properties. We have a large team and enough equipment to deliver the best services irrespective of the disaster size.

SERVPRO of Metairie is no doubt the best bet when it comes to restoring your property after it experiences water, fire, mold, or flood damage. Contact us at (208) 466-5000 at any time of the day and have the problem fixed.

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Take The Right Steps To Restoring Your Metairie Home With Our Experts

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding of gutters can cause water damage inside your home.

Effective Water Removal in the Crawlspace of Metairie Homes

Crawl spaces serve an essential purpose because of the convenience they offer in housing electrical wiring, plumbing lines, and heating and cooling systems. Water presence in crawlspaces can present many problems including mold development, and deterioration of the foundation. Removing such water is difficult because of the limited room to maneuver, or place equipment. We offer professional restoration services to help you deal with the damage in your Metairie home.

The process of water removal from your Metairie crawlspace depends on how the loss happens.  Likely sources of water in these spaces include seepage through the foundation walls, vents, and uncovered soil, as well as leaks in the plumbing systems. Leakage from plumbing lines and flooding from gutters leaves standing water, which requires extraction before taking other measures to dry the area. Our SERVPRO technicians look for the lowest point in the area and use a submersible pump to extract the water before taking other steps.

After removing the pool of water, it is also vital to dry any excess moisture because it can still cause mold and other water damage problems. Our SERVPRO technicians check the area to determine the best option to dry the moisture. We can seal off foundation vents, then place dehumidifiers and air movers in the space to dry excess moisture. In case the equipment cannot fit, we can use flex hoses as ducts to move air from the dehumidifier to the crawlspace. We monitor the relative humidity continuously using moisture meters and thermo-hygrometers to ensure the drying process is effective.

After removing the water, it is essential to take measures to prevent the problem from recurring immediately. In case of plumbing leaks, sealing or replacing the damaged pipe solves the problem. However, if the water originates elsewhere, the problem can be more complicated. Our SERVPRO technicians can use different techniques to solve the problem. Encapsulation provides a vapor barrier preventing moisture from seeping in. We can also clean up gutters and redirect downspouts to prevent flooding.

Excess moisture in the crawl space presents many problems including poor indoor air quality. Call SERVPRO of Metairie at (504) 496-0193 to help dry your home. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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In Metairie, Understanding the Nature of Smoke and Heat Simplify Fire Damage Cleanup

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Why Should a Metairie Home Suffer Fire & Smoke Damage? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Why You Need SERVPRO To Restore Fire Damaged Homes in Metairie

Metairie residents are very familiar with the effects water has on their homes and other property. Fire is, fortunately, a much lesser known problem for most of us. The effects fire has on the same property can be far more damaging and often more difficult to clean and remove.
 
Restoring Metairie homes with fire damage requires special knowledge. So why SERVPRO? Our teams train extensively with a large inventory of equipment and cleaning agents to return as much structural and personal property to its pre-fire condition as possible.
 
Since items physically touched by the flames are often damaged past repair, our efforts center on the property covered by residues left by the smoke. Dry or wet, residues are often the majority of the restorable damage for our work teams.
 
When a fire burns fast and hot, the smoke contains fewer aerosols such as varnishes; it naturally leaves a drier, powdery residue. It also stains surfaces less deeply than wet ones, and the odor is far less noticeable as well. All of this makes each piece of furniture or a ceiling panel covered in them easier to clean.
 
SERVPRO technicians can use dry sponges to remove most of these residues. If the layer is thick, they apply either water or a mild cleaning agent to break them away from the item. For hard surfaces and carpets, they also have the option of using commercial grade vacuums to draw off of the surfaces.
 
A fire that burns slow and at a lower temperature generates smoke with more aerosols, leaving wet residues on surfaces. That means the fire consumed a much larger amount of varnishes, solvents, and other liquids. A slower fire moves air less quickly, which gives the smoke more opportunity to find its way into cracks and crevices in the property. The odor is much stronger as well.
 
Removing these residues requires stronger cleaning agents, and brushes rather than sponges to remove them from most surfaces. For some stone surfaces, the crevices are deep enough that technicians must use a stiff, metal brush to dig out the residues or even grind the surface down to remove them.
 
At SERVPRO of Metairie, our goal is to return every possible item to a clean and usable condition, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (504) 496-0193 to begin the restoration process. We are here for you.

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Timing Is Very Important When Dealing With Fire Damage To Your Metairie Home

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Once the blaze gets extinguished, it is wise to call in a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO immediately.

Metairie's Fire Damage Experts Talk About The Importance Of Prompt Service

Many owners are unaware of the risk that their Metairie house will suffer from a burn-related issue someday. According to the American Red Cross, dwelling fire damage is one of the most common types of disasters someone can suffer at their home. The organization's website states that more than 30 people every day suffer injuries related to home blazes. Things burning inside personal residences account for over seven billion dollars in property claims each year. Once the blaze gets extinguished, it is wise to call in a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO immediately.

Just like any disaster situation, if the issues are not dealt with right away, secondary problems can begin to develop. Our SERVPRO team provides fast 24/7 service to you when you call us to handle your fire damage situation in Metairie. We know that the longer soot residues stay on surfaces, the more likely they are to cause permanent issues. In some cases, if soils and soot do not get removed from certain surfaces, they may become impossible to clean. If the problems do not get mitigated by professionals promptly, burnt smells can linger and become difficult to remove.

As soon as our SERVPRO team arrives at your residence, we begin the initial test cleaning and estimate process. During this stage, our estimator test cleans affected surfaces inside your building to see to test their cleanability. We then use this testing to determine which of your building materials and contents we can clean and which items will need to be replaced.

Once we get work authorization to begin and we figure out which items we are going to attempt to save by cleaning and refinishing, our highly trained team begins the mitigation process. We start by removing any burnt objects that we know we cannot repair. Next, we remove and clean any remaining soils and soot residues with specialized chemicals. Lastly, we conduct deodorization procedures that rid the structure of unpleasant aromas. If you ever notice fire or smoke-related issues inside your house, call SERVPRO of Metairie at (504) 496-0193 seven days a week.

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When Water Damages Your Metairie Office Carpet

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage to your office can soak your carpeting and interrupt your business. Call SERVPRO to restore your floors to their preloss condition.

Carpet Cleanup and Restoration in Your Metairie Office

Widespread damages are not uncommon when your Metairie office building falls victim to a disaster affecting the region. While a business owner is often concerned with several areas of their building affected by the symptoms from a situation like flooding, many do not realize that the right restorers can preserve many of the materials and construction elements that you might consider a lost cause. Carpeting is often a material believed to be unsalvageable when faced with heavy saturation, but a fast response with our industry-leading equipment can help to restore these areas and save your business money.

Carpeting is often one of the first materials exposed and requiring water extraction in your Metairie office building. Considering that nearly all the trafficked space within your building has carpeting, to replace all of these materials after a water loss incident would cost a substantial amount of money. With a fast response from our SERVPRO professionals, we can implement our advanced technology to dry up the damage and preserve the material with limited tear out.

Even with short pile carpeting, which is a typical selection for office buildings, water can penetrate deeply into the fibers and the subflooring materials. To get the water out of these materials, we have efficient equipment like our weighted extraction ROVER equipment which can force the water out of the fibers and padding beneath the carpet. As the water gets forced to the surface, a high-powered vacuum can pull the exposed water out of the area.

We can float carpets too, which helps to eliminate the moisture trapped beneath the backing of the material. By pulling up the edges of the installed carpet, we can focus the efforts of our fast-drying equipment like our air movers to force moisture into the air. Once it is a vapor, our industrial-strength dehumidifiers can pull this moisture out of the environment and release hot air to speed the drying process along. 

Water loss incidents in your office building can pose a threat to contents and equipment that you have inside. You can count on our SERVPRO of Metairie team of certified technicians to arrive quickly with the tools to save your time and money. Give us a call today at (504) 496-0193.

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Fire Losses Get Special Cleanup Efforts from SERVPRO for Metairie Houses

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Follows the Fire Department in Metairie and New Orleans Areas to Cleanup and Restore Homes

Restoration for Your Home in Metairie After Fire Damage

Experiencing a home fire of any size is scary and overwhelming. You have a lot to deal with now in keeping your family together and safe while you are unable to reside in your home. However, dealing with the damage as soon as possible is essential to prevent further damages to your structure and belongings.
 
Fire damage to your residence in Metairie needs to be addressed by professionals as soon as the fire is out. SERVPRO’s technicians have the training and tools required especially for this type of situation. We also understand that it is a stressful time for you and your family, so we strive to take some of the pressure off.
 
Many homes have various types of wood surfaces, which require a variety of cleaning methods after a fire depending on how the wood was finished. Our SERVPRO FSRT technicians follow IICRC guidelines to maximize recovery. When it comes to unfinished wood, it is porous so it can absorb smoke residues which cause discoloration or staining. Apply wet cleaning products can allow the residues to penetrate deeper. For light residues, we use dry cleaning methods like brushing, vacuuming, and dry sponge cleaning. Thicker residues can be cleaned with denatured alcohol. If all else fails, sanding and sealing the wood may be required.
 
Finished wood can usually be wet cleaned. Pre-cleaning by vacuuming heavily soiled areas or dry sponging will assist in the overall process. Massive smoke damage requires more aggressive procedures and may respond to a wood crème cleaner. For severe damage, the wood can be stripped and refinished.
 
Laminated woods are constructed of particle board, pressed wood, or plywood, to which surface veneers adhere. We can pre-clean with the same dry-cleaning methods and wet clean using a general surface cleaner. When finished the cleanser can be rinsed, and we dry the area.
 
When it comes to the structural integrity of your home, the framing may need replacing after severe fire damage. If there is a significant loss, we ensure that a structural engineer or building inspector approves the restoration.
 
SERVPRO of Metairie is here to help you after fire damage occurs in your home in Lafreniere Park, Metairie, or the surrounding areas. Please call us as soon as the fire is out at (504) 496-0193 so we can get your home back to the way it was before.

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Have You Ever Wondered What is the Best Restoration Company in the Metairie Area?

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

There are times when your home can be affected by fire. Make sure that your family is safe and then contact SERVPRO for remediation.

WHY SERVPRO Is Your Number One Option in Metairie during Fire Damage Restoration 

Ever asked yourself WHY SERVPRO is a proven industry leader in fire damage restoration? To begin with, we use advanced technology and techniques when restoring your property to its original state. We adhere to the standards set by the IICRC (The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification). For instance, we may use infrared cameras to detect locations affected by the water that was used to extinguish the fire. Also, we can use hygrometers and moisture detectors to determine the level of moisture saturation in your Metairie home.
 
Strong odors can develop in your property after it experienced a fire damage event in Metairie. Our SERVPRO team uses appropriate equipment to remove the contaminants and improve the quality of air in the structure. Some of the devices that we use during deodorization and odor removal include thermal Foggers and air scrubbers. Spraying the air with a fragrant has never been a good way of dealing with the odors. Our team locates and removes the odor causing particles. Through thermal fogging, we dispense deodorizing agents that neutralize the smell causing particles.
 
We understand that restoration and cleaning situations require an immediate response, and that is why we are strategically located. We know that no disaster is too big or too small, so, we give every call the seriousness it deserves. By acting quickly, we increase the chances of salvaging most items and low the restoration costs.
 
Depending on the surfaces we are attending to and the soot particles in your property, our SERVPRO technicians may decide to use dry or wet cleaning methods. We never repaint surfaces as a way of dealing with the soot; we have to choose an appropriate cleaning procedure before we do the needed repainting. We have faced all fire damage incidents you can think of, that means we are competent enough to work for you.
 
SERVPRO of Metairie responds 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all commercial and residential cleaning and restoration needs. Call (504) 496-0193 when you need help you can rely on after facing water, fire, storm, or mold damage.

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The Two Qualities Needed To Handle A Commercial Water Damage Disaster In Metairie

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

As a Metairie bookstore owner, water damage is a complete nightmare.

Best Practices Every SERVPRO Commercial Water Damage Expert Has In Metairie

As a Metairie bookstore owner, water damage is a complete nightmare. Not only are you forced to shut down your business for cleanup and drying but you have to incur restoration costs. At SERVPRO, we believe that when disaster strikes, hiring a professional cleanup and restoration company can save your business. Understanding what qualities to look for in commercial water damage experts can help you save on restoration costs. Here are two qualities SERVPRO commercial damage experts have.

Empathy
In the event of commercial water damage in Metairie, empathy is a very important quality in restoration experts. Yes, we have the duty of scoping, cleaning, drying, restoring and helping you salvage your belongings. We believe understanding the predicament the client is in helps in the communication of sensitive information. Before starting the restoration process, we let out customers know how we work. Also, we explain what they should expect from the process. We do allow clients to ask any questions they may have. If possible, we give them an estimate of how long the restoration process is going to take.

Fast Service Delivery
In the event of commercial water damage, business owners are forced to shut down their premises until water is extracted. During this time, customers are not going to buy anything which means loss of revenue. This is a nightmare to the business owner. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster! As such, we respond to all emergencies quickly.

On arrival, we inspect the premises to find the source of the leak. To limit further damage to the structure, we make sure water and electricity are shut down. Next, we set up our cutting-edge water extraction equipment. This helps to remove the standing water. Afterward, we strategically place the dehumidifiers and air movers to fast-track the drying process. Before you know it, your business is ready for re-opening.

At SERVPRO of Metairie, our goal is to restore your business and prevent further losses. As commercial water damage experts, we have to state of the art equipment that fast-tracks service delivery. This saves you on restoration costs. For swift service, call our 24/7 emergency line at (504) 496-0193.

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Our Crew At SERVPRO Is Better And Faster At Restoring Your Flood Damaged Home In Metairie

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Overcoming flood damages to your Metairie property is not something that a homeowner can do on their own.

Restoring Your Metairie Home Quickly After A Flood

Most disasters that could affect your Metairie home have a specific timetable to monitor the progression of damages and the worsening of the present conditions. The faster that professional restorers can respond to events like flooding in your home, the faster the restoration can complete. Unfortunately, situations like flooding can present an escalated timetable which requires immediate attention to avoid irreparable damages to structural elements and the contents of your property.

Overcoming flood damages to your Metairie property is not something that a homeowner can do on their own. With the high volume of water and the increasing threats to the construction materials and personal belongings throughout your home, securing professional mitigation and restoration services right away can help you to return your property to a preloss condition much more quickly.

Mitigation is an important component of the SERVPRO restoration process. It is the initial steps which can help to halt the spread of the damage throughout your home and repair damaged areas that can continue to allow elemental effects throughout the property. With the use of our truck-mounted and gas-powered pumps, our technicians can extract the excess water throughout your home fast. Additionally, our Contents Department can work to remove at-risk contents and personal belongings until the area is safe, dry, and clean again.

Our SERVPRO professionals also have the skills and equipment necessary to clean your home following flooding. These conditions often allow mud, debris, and other contaminants into your property with the rushing water. While extraction can take care of the high volume of water present throughout the affected areas, additional steps are necessary to clean and disinfect the property in the restoration process.

The threats of flooding in your home are more probable than you might have initially believed. With many of these natural disasters impacting multiple homes and businesses simultaneously, securing the skills and industry-leading equipment of our SERVPRO of Metairie team should happen immediately. The longer your property waits for mitigation and restoration, the more irreparable damage that could occur. Give SERVPRO a call today at (504) 496-0193.

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How Fire Damage In Metairie Does Not Stand A Chance Against Our Team At SERVPRO

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Not all fire-related problems can be solved so quickly and may require the help of a professional mitigation and restoration company to eliminate.

Separating The Temporary And The Long-Lasting In Metairie Fire Damage

Most homes in Metairie with fire damage show immediately apparent signs of it - from tar-coated walls and ceilings to warped materials and deep-seated odors, the signs and symptoms of a recent fire should be apparent to anyone walking through the home. However, not all of these effects are permanent, and some may go away with some light cleanup and a little bit of time.

Of course, not all fire-related problems can be solved so quickly and may require the help of a professional mitigation and restoration company like SERVPRO to eliminate. Here is a brief overview of what should and should not be troubling you for years to come after a fire.

Damage That Sticks Around
Many of the lasting effects of fire damage to Metairie homes only become apparent once temporary considerations have been pushed aside. Smoke odors can remain in a home for many years after a fire but may be impossible to identify while the area is still dirty and coated in ash. Other issues have much to do with ash, soot, and other materials being given the time and opportunity to settle in and create more long-lasting consequences for the home. SERVPRO's fast response times and mitigation strategies help to control how much of this deep, costly damage takes root after a fire.

Problems That Go Away
Some of the most worrisome signs of damage when you first look at the aftermath of a fire are often among the easiest to clean up. Heavy coats of ash can create an ugly picture in your home but are often swept away with ease. Discolored walls and other surfaces are also easily fixed with a thorough cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. Keep in mind, however, that precision care must be exercised during the cleanup of these materials to avoid the creation of caustic or otherwise damaging substances in the home.

SERVPRO of Metairie responds quickly to fire damage calls in the local area to prevent as much damage as possible from happening in your home. Contact us at (504) 496-0193 for our help.

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

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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The Cost Of Fire Restoration In Your Metairie Home

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fires are an unexpected catastrophe to families, especially when its damage is far-reaching and costly.

The Cost Of Fire Restoration

Fires are an unexpected catastrophe to families, especially when its damage is far-reaching and costly. Without the right information, you have no idea how long restoration could take for your Metairie home, or how much that this project ultimately costs. Understanding your role in the equation is critical for a sound working relationship as your home gets restored.

The more that you know about estimation practices and pricing, the better prepared you are to understand the sheer volume of work and care that goes into restoring fire damage in your Metairie home. Our policy is to be as upfront as possible with both insurance adjusters or property managers, but also to do the same for the individual clients as well.

Restoration costs might appear high when you first get a glimpse at estimates and figures thrown around after our SERVPRO estimator completes the initial inspection. What you may not notice is that this overall value consists of multiple factors rolled into one, stretching far beyond the physical bodies set in place to restore your home. There are costs incurred with transporting and retrieving equipment needed to restore your home, for example.

The administrative side of things is another area where the added expense is necessary. With every restoration job that our SERVPRO team undertakes, steps must be taken to document this job both in writing and in photographs. This portion of your estimated bill takes into account assessments of measurements, the sketches for layouts of your home, and even the costs associated with determining the cost of the job.

These estimates are a requirement for insurance companies and property managers as they detail the full scope of the work to get performed and compare that against a regional breakdown of restoration costs.

The amount of time that it takes to complete the work that technicians determine is necessary varies from project to project. When work begins, it is under an understanding that timetables given to date are mere projections of completion. If you need restoration services for your property, trust in our SERVPRO of Metairie technicians to respond swiftly and get the job done correctly. Give us a call anytime at (504) 496-0193.

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Protecting The Contents Of Your Metairie Home During Water Removal

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Our crew is carefully packing personal items so that water damage restoration can be completed in this home.

Pack outs for your personal belongings during water removal

Water loss incidents in your Metairie home can often leave you at a loss as to how to clean up the mess. While you can always attempt to clean and dry the area well enough on your own, failure to do it adequately can allow for conditions like fungal growth to occur. More often than not it is a wise decision to get ahold of professional restoration services to remove the water present in your house and to get things back to the way they should be.

Your home is full of the possessions that you have acquired over your lifetime, as well as priceless and irreplaceable items that you cannot place a value on. When a significant water loss incident threatens your Metairie home and requires water removal services, these items are often more important to many homeowners than the structural integrity of the house itself. This reality is why our SERVPRO team works in services like pack-outs/pack-ins.

While many of our professionals work to extract the present water from the affected areas and assess any structural concerns, others on our SERVPRO team remove items that are in harm's way. These items get stored nearby until the restoration completes and they can get returned to their original positions. In some cases where the water has already damaged or affected some of the items in the affected regions of the house, this pack-out process can allow for more concentrated cleaning and restoration of individual items, such as photos, by our technicians.

Once the area has gotten thoroughly dried and the water extracted, our team can work to bring the removed items back into your home. Part of our policy is to return every object to the position we found it, making it even more like the disaster had not even occurred.

While you are likely ill-prepared for significant water damage in your home, contacting our SERVPRO of Metairie restoration technicians can make the situation easier to bear. You can reach our rapid response team 24/7 by calling (504) 496-0193.

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When Your Metairie Bar Suffers Substantial Fire Damage

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Metairie Fire Department First, Then SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

To Protect Your Business After a Fire in Metairie--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Your Metairie drinking spot might be something of a common location for the locals to gather, but you also need to be mindful of the risks associated with running a business like this. With elements like smokers and overly excited overindulgers, your establishment is one bad series of events away from a substantial fire. Consider also the unfortunate reality that your business relies on the sale of alcohol, a well-known fire accelerant. By the time this blaze gets extinguished, you are often facing significant damage throughout your building.

The trouble is, how do you recover from a fire-damaging event in Metairie like this without completely shutting down your business for days or months or forever? The answer lies in trusting professional restoration assistance that is only a phone call away. Our SERVPRO professionals all have gotten specifically trained to handle all facets of fire restoration and get well equipped to deal with whatever they might face in your building.

When our team arrives at your business, one of the first thing that an insurance company is going to require to start a claim is a thorough inspection of the damage. Our project manager and estimator both walk through all of the affected areas and catalog the damage that they see, the equipment that is necessary, and the personnel required to complete the task ahead of them. This inspection helps to provide an estimation of cost to the insurance company and saves you the trouble and stress of dealing with an adjuster on your own.

With everyone up to speed on the work that needs to get done and the respective hoops jumped through to get the claims process started, our SERVPRO technicians can begin their work on removing damaged components and restoring areas of your establishment. From soot/smoke cleanup to prepping an area for reconstruction, our experienced team can handle every obstacle in the way of restoring your business to preloss conditions, whenever possible.

While there are ultimately several different ways that fire and smoke damages can affect your business and keep your doors closed, our professionals at SERVPRO of Metairie can help you to get them open again as quickly as possible. Give us a call today at (504) 496-0193.

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Rising Waters in the Spring cause Flood Damage to Homes around Metairie

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

If your home sustains flood damage, SERVPRO is here to help.

We have the tools and expertise to assist in the cleanup of flood damage

During the Spring months, Metairie receives more than its fair share of showers. Hurricane season also plays a significant role in how much our area gets drenched. Even when no major destructive storms make landfall, the amount of precipitation we experience surges, and sometimes overwhelms our city.

If your Metairie home suffers flood damage this Spring, SERVPRO can help your family recover quickly. Our employees receive IICRC certificates after engaging in comprehensive training sessions. We understand how stressful and challenging life becomes when crisis events occur and interfere with your ability to protect your family. The loss of your home, your family's sanctuary, creates a sense of horrible loss. Our goal is to make everything "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO technicians use different approved techniques and specialized equipment to resolve the many issues flood-damaged homes sustain. First, we ascertain the amount of water your home still retains. Invasive water absorbs into porous materials and stays there. Water also ends up in the air and then air currents in the residence force it into other areas, including those on higher levels. Drying out the home requires we remove all the water wherever it moves to within your home.

While our equipment dries out your residence's interior, our crew concentrates on cleaning things up and reducing any newly found dangers that could cause injuries. Working in a safe environment means fewer interruptions and a faster recovery period for our customers. Part of what we remove includes the damaged materials and structures of your dwelling. We also remove the silt, and other filthy muck carried in by the floodwaters.

Once your residence dries out completely, we can bring in the new materials needed to restore your home. Doing this too soon can expose these items to mold growth, water damage, and other hazards unnecessarily. Before installation, however, electrical work and inspections take place with our trusted partners to ensure this component of your home works correctly and without any risk.

SERVPRO of Metairie wants to help those living in our community recover as quickly as possible after flood damage affects their homes and families. Call our 24-hour emergency service line at our local number, (504) 496-0193, so we can assist you with our expert and friendly technicians.

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What to Do When You Discover Mold Damage In Your Metairie Home?

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Duck Mold Remediation in Your Metairie Home--Call SERVPRO Fast

Why Immediately Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

The discovery of mold and microbial growth in your Metairie home can leave you scratching your head. The truth is, it does not take much for mold spores to colonize in your home. These spores exist naturally in the environment (both inside and outside of your home) and only require moisture and warmth to settle on organic material and grow. Finding this fungal organism in your house can be alarming, but with the right professional assistance, does not have to stay around very long.

Mold damages can appear in many ways within your Metairie home. While you traditionally just see (and often smell) the growing colony, this organism is wreaking havoc on the structural integrity and strength of construction materials it chose for colonization. Fortunately, our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians can work quickly to remove this presence from your home and prevent irreparable damages to these structural components when possible.

From the moment that our team arrives at your house, our technicians get to work on isolating the affected areas to prevent the spread of this colony to other areas of your house. Typically, this gets accomplished with the use of air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters to trap active mold spores and prevent them from leaving the area.

Removal of the mold colonies is often a delicate process. Several approaches could get taken, from sanding to soda blasting, but it depends mostly on the material the colony seats inside of and the spread of the organism into the material. Ideally, the SERVPRO objective is the removal of the entire hyphae to prevent the possibility of recurrence at the treated site.

Contending with mold damages in your home does not have to be such an overwhelming feat. Our applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Metairie can help you to overcome any of the damages you face and work to prevent this problem from occurring again in the future. Give our rapid response team a call at the first sign of mold damage in your home at (504) 496-0193.

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Your Portable Induction Cooktop Can Cause a Fire in Your Metairie Home

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Any kitchen appliance has a risk of fire damage. Count on SERVPRO to help make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is here to help with any type of fire damage

You may be tempted to buy a portable induction cooktop if the stovetop in your apartment doesn't have enough burners, but it is important never to leave these devices unattended as they get extremely hot and can cause fire damage. While these tools may be useful, any device meant for cooking can cause a fire in your home if they are not carefully observed. However, accidents can happen, even if you keep safety in mind, and it is reassuring to know that qualified help is close by when these situations get out of hand.

It is essential to call for help to come to your home in Metairie to deal with the fire damage as swiftly as possible. When fire damage is left for long periods of time without remediation, it only allows it to become more permanent. Melted plastics on your kitchen counter, adhered soot, and the ash left behind only grow harder to clean up as they cool. Plastic containers, which have been exposed to soot, change color and become more yellow just moments after the soot adheres to their surfaces. Getting a restoration team to your home as quickly as you can is the best way to ensure that a lot of the damage that occurred in your home is reversible.

SERVPRO can send a team of specialists to your home to inspect the damage. Different materials melt at different temperatures, and only trained professionals can determine the best method to remediate them successfully. SERVPRO techs can use trade tools to tackle the different kinds of damage that the fire left in your home. For example, a hydroxyl generator can be used to neutralize odors. Lubricative cleaners can be used to remove soot stains from the surfaces of your kitchen equipment. SERVPRO strives to find a solution to every type of damage that your home sustains during the fire.

If your home should suffer from fire damage, do not hesitate or try to consider your options. The sooner you dial (504) 496-0193 to contact SERVPRO of Metairie, the quicker we can get to your home to remediate the damage.

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Small Leaks Add Up To Significant Water Damage In Metairie

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Stay Deligent and Watch for Leaks in Your Metairie Property to Save Money on Water Bills and Our Restoration Fees

SERVPRO Suggests to Contact Us Immediately Upon Discovering a Water Leak for Fast Mitigation

Sometimes water emergencies are splashy affairs, with dramatic breaks in water mains or flooding from appliances in your Metairie home. More frequently seemingly minor leaks or loose connections in plumbing slowly create severe water damage scenarios. The skilled water damage technicians on our crews know how to mitigate the loss no matter what the cause.

When plumbing fails in a Metairie residence, the resulting water damage can be a build up of days, weeks, or years of obscured drips or seepage. The compromised pipes and fixtures and the resultant damage may remain hidden for a time, but eventually, the harm done makes itself known. Drywall crumbles, flooring warps or buckles, and microbial growth can become evident. Our highly-qualified water damage restoration experts employ effective strategies mastered in IICRC courses to reverse and resolve the problems.
 
Assessment of the damage is the first task undertaken. Water can take unexpected paths, and SERVPRO crews investigate the evidence observable thoroughly so that we address all the aspects of the incursions. If necessary, we remove sections of drywall or pull off the kick plates beneath cabinets to expose the damage. Our employees employ moisture meters and infrared scanning devices to scope out the area, including locating hidden caches of water that collected between walls, under floors, and above ceilings.
 
We operate powerful wet vacuums to extract the water puddled or soaked into porous furnishings like carpeting or upholstery. Then we use the moisture baselines measure by electronic meters to determine drying goals aimed at reducing moisture to normal levels in structural components and fixtures. SERVPRO crew members position air movers and dehumidifiers to achieve the drying goals, adding heat to create the balance needed to move moisture out of saturated items.
 
Throughout the water damage mitigation process SERVPRO technicians are on the lookout for secondary issues such as microbial growth. Water intrusions that exist more than 24 to 48 hours provide mold spores the fuel needed to grow and multiply into full-blown colonies, often hidden with the slow leaks.
 
Of course, we also arrange for repair or replacement of the plumbing fittings that were the source of the water damage. SERVPRO recommends inspection of pipes on a regular basis to ensure no further water damage in your home.
 
SERVPRO of Metairie offers full-service water damage mitigation, including water removal and structural drying. Call us at: (504) 496-0193 as soon as the water incursion is noted for an experienced production team member to conduct an assessment.

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Seasonal Storms Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Metairie Home

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team will respond to your emergency immediately and restore the damage.

Is Your Metairie Home Prepared For Seasonal Storm Damage? 

Stormy weather can be a plague on any home that is not adequately prepared for it, and these storms can lead to flood damage. A particularly severe storm can force its way into your home by breaking a window with debris. Before you know it, your living room is flooded with several inches of water. The carpets are soaked, your electronics are shorting out, and your furniture is soaking up the moisture. To make matters worse, the water that flooded into your home is not clean; it is full of pesticides, chemicals, and waste. It is comforting to know that when these situations arise, there is competent and professional help close to your home.

Allowing flood damage to sit in your Metairie home is never a good idea, but allowing black water is even worse. Black water is a classification for stagnant water in your home that rates how safe it is. Naturally, water contaminated with harsh chemicals and sewage is not safe to keep around your body. Additionally, any carpets that have come in contact with black water must be removed from your home, as no cleaning method can promise to disinfect them.

SERVPRO strives to arrive at your property as quickly as possible after your call. When we find the black water on your property, we can take the necessary steps to remove it and make it so you can enjoy the comfort of your own home once again. Our goal is to get the job done professionally but, also, as quickly as possible.

Our IICRC-certified technicians can use advanced tools such as extractors and submersible pumps to remove the excess water from your home as a start. Afterward, SERVPRO can focus on cleaning up the debris and removing any carpets that are spoiled. Once we have thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the damaged area of your home, we can focus on using more trade-tools to dry out excess moisture from the structure of your residence and your belongings.

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Mold Damage Experts in Metairie Explain Remediation Procedures

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold that is found in plain sight or behind cabinets needs to be remediated quickly so that it does not spread. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO is Certified to Properly Remediate Mold on Your Property

If a slow water leak takes place or water comes into an area inside your Metairie home unnoticed, microbial growth can occur. Microbes are naturally present everywhere, and with elevated moisture levels, they can develop into a mold. Mold can cause health effects with some people, so it is vital to remediate microbial growth as soon as it is found.
 
As soon as spores have the perfect conditions such as an organic food source, moisture, and the right temperature, they grow structures called hyphae in all directions so that they can create more spores to reproduce. When remediating mold damage in Metairie, measures are taken to prevent the fungi from spreading. Spores let off by hyphae that extend above, into and across a surface, get into the air and can travel to other places inside the building.
 
In many cases, a fungus forms on the paper surface of the drywall. When water entered the home, moisture soaked into the drywall and elevated the moisture level of the material. The moisture and room temperatures gave the microbes the ideal conditions to grow on the organic paper material coating the drywall.
 
During the first step of the restoration process, our SERVPRO technicians fix the water issue at the source. If the source of moisture is a broken water pipe, the water gets shut off, and a plumber gets called in to fix the pipes. If the source of water is a structural issue that is causing moisture to enter from the outside, then the gap gets boarded and sealed off so that no more water can come into the building.
 
Next, a containment chamber gets set up around the contaminated drywall so that dust and spores created by the work process do not travel to other areas of the house. After the region gets contained with thick plastic sheeting, the drywall is removed and disposed of in sealed plastic bags. After the drywall is taken out, the wooden studs get vacuumed with a HEPA vac and sprayed with anti-microbial chemicals to inhibit future mold growth.
 
Once the contaminated section of drywall gets removed, we dry out the area and begin the reconstruction process. Any materials including the drywall that got discarded in the restoration process get replaced. For professional assistance with fungal growth, call SERVPRO of Metairie at (504) 468-3046 24/7.

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Commercial Water Damage In Metairie Businesses

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Metairie Commercial Buildings Often Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

SERVPRO Offers Professionally Proven Methods to Mitigate the Effects of Unwanted Water in Your Place of Business

Businesses in Metairie tend to worry about Lake Pontchartrain coming over the banks, but the truth is that commercial buildings need to worry more about malfunctioning sprinkler systems and broken toilets than the next big storm.
 
Most Metairie commercial water damage is caused not by floods, but by the leak that everyone thinks is just an irritation that needs mopping up once or twice a day. SERVPRO Restoration knows that what looks like a small leak also runs behind walls, and not just across a bathroom floor. Once the results become public, it takes much more than a mop and bucket to fix the problem.
 
In large, older commercial buildings like warehouses, pipes still twist and break with changes in the weather or when a storm causes other problems. That is why we recommend a thorough inspection after a significant water intrusion or flood, even if there was no noticeable damage at the time. Water soaked wood in wall framing swells or gives way, shifting pipes and connections. When this happens, even a small leak can cause much damage. Fortunately, SERVPRO technicians can find and quickly repair most small leaks and even replace connections when needed. If one of our inspectors finds a major leak or sees that a large problem is looming, they recommend to the business owner to call in a licensed plumber.
 
If the water has not soaked nearby building material for too long, our teams can fix that. Technicians carefully drill holes along the floor and then insert hoses connected to air movers. These machines generate warm, dry air, and our teams use them to force out the cooler, damp air behind the walls. With careful monitoring, team members can quickly dry wood paneling, drywall, and other building materials without causing additional damage. We always try to restore and not replace wet building elements.
 
An inspector uses a moisture content meter during the process to ensure the wall space is drying at an acceptable rate. Infrared cameras also indicate temperature variations which show possible moisture pockets on the monitor screen. Once completed, technicians spackle over the drill holes, and either paint over them or replace the floor trim as needed.
 
Keeping a large facility dry and free from water damage is not a quick task, but SERVPRO of Metairie is here to help keep each business safe for operations and open to customers. If you need our services, call (504) 468-3046 today for an inspection and free estimate.

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Professional Cleaning Techniques Used In Metairie Fire Damage Restoration

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire damages your home call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

No two fires are alike, and each requires a range of techniques employed by our certified technicians.

One of the most useful skills restoration experts bring after fire damages your Metairie home is the ability to match the appropriate strategy, tools, and products to the specific issues a fire inflicted upon your house. Proceeding with technicians trained to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards is crucial. We offer the crews and the equipment necessary to resolve your fire damage emergency successfully.

Depending on the types of materials combusted, the fire damage to your Metairie home may need several different approaches to restoration. Materials that burn quickly and hot can combust almost wholly, deposit lighter ash and soot. Examples might be paper and dry wood structural components. Our crew takes care of this type of loose debris with HEPA filtered vacuums, dry sponges, and brushing.

If the fire involved damp materials or plastics and fabrics it probably burned more slowly, at a lower temperature, and less thoroughly. The aftermath when these items char tends toward dark, odiferous smoke full of unburned particles. These bits deposit in thick coatings that adhere to surfaces. SERVPRO employees use spray and wipe techniques, choosing cleansers that loosen the soot so that cloths follow to remove the coatings.

Food fires deposit a thin but tenacious layer of almost lacquer-like debris on surfaces. It also contributes to a persistent odor that must also be eliminated as the SERVPRO team manages the scene. We employ abrasive cleaners teamed with abrasive tools to break down the coating. Our team is familiar with how to remove the soot without damaging surfaces, a delicate balance learned during our continuing training.

Some items like intricately detailed glassware or window blinds can require immersion cleaning to get all of the soot off and out of crevices. SERVPRO production employees often inventory and remove these difficult to clean items to an off-property site where we use large tubs, specialized cleaners and methods, and even advanced technology like ultrasonic cleaning that utilizes the power of sound waves to dislodge the dirt and smoky residues.

Take the opportunity to use the skills and experience of SERVPRO of Metairie when your home’s structure and contents suffer fire damage. Call (504) 496-0193 24/7 for a fast response and professional fire damage restoration plan.

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A Ripped Washer Hose Can Cause Water Damage Inside of Your Metairie Home

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Metairie Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Can Inspect, Scope, and Initiate Successful Water Removal to Mitigate Damage

Doing laundry is essential to keep your clothes clean and to good hygiene, but it is unfortunate when accidents related to your appliances cause water damage inside of your home. Accidents happen; hoses break, washers leak, and the excess water can cause damage to your tile or linoleum floors in your laundry room. When situations like these arise, there is no need to panic.
 
Professional and qualified help is not far from your Metairie home to assist with the water damage caused by a broken washer hose. While the time it takes to go to work and come back may not seem like a lot, it is enough time for the water to do damage. In fact, when the structure of your home and the materials inside are exposed to water, microbial growth can occur in just 72 hours or less. When you find water pooling in your home, it is essential to call for professional help immediately.
 
We can send our SERVPRO estimator to your home first if the damage is significant. Water leaks on the second floor that flow down through the flooring into the subfloor and walls of the room below are very problematic. While you wait for our techs, they can investigate and explain to you the process our technicians are likely to choose to remediate your home. Shortly after, our technicians can arrive with advanced equipment to handle the water damage.
 
If there is any pooled water on your laundry-room floor, our IICRC-certified techs can remove it with extractors and mops and buckets. They can use moisture meters to determine the level of moisture inside the structure of your home. This allows them to pinpoint areas of your home that are in need of drying. We often use blue painters tape as designating high moisture levels within ceilings and wall cavities. Finally, our SERVPRO techs can use a combination of desiccant dehumidifiers, ventilation box fans, and air movers to create an ideal environment for drying out your home.
 
If you find water damage inside of your home caused by a faulty appliance, do not wait. Phone (504) 468-3046 to contact SERVPRO of Metairie. 24/7, we are available to help you with your home-damage emergency.

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Combating Flood Damage in Your Metairie Home

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

When you and your family have gotten to safety during a storm, contact SERVPRO to dry out your flooded home.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly Ready to Dry Out Your Flooded Property

Many people do not stop to consider how prepared their home actually is for an event like flooding until it is too late to change the course of what is to come. With the way severe weather can appear quickly and affect a broad area throughout the region, this is a consideration that many Metairie homeowners should make before their home falls victim to a natural disaster like flooding.
 
In many cases, flood damages to your Metairie home can at least get softened by precautionary measures and regular inspections of areas like your foundation. These areas are typically the line of defense against flooding outside of your home, and what can allow that same water inside when these defenses fail. Unfortunately, many people do not consider the structural integrity of their foundation and blockwork until water is pouring into the lower level of their home.
 
Fortunately, SERVPRO is always available to help you through traumatic experiences like this and works quickly to help prevent significant damages to your home that could require remodeling or reconstruction. From the moment that our experienced technicians arrive at your home, even in the midst of the flooding, we can begin our work in restoring the present damage and helping to prevent things from getting any worse. Minor repairs to your foundation can get achieved through the application of hydraulic cement, which can prevent more water from penetrating these vulnerable areas of your foundation's blockwork.
 
Extraction and drying are both vital components of the restoration process. Removing the water from the area utilizes pumps and wet-vacs, but it ultimately gets completed with the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. Once all of the moisture gets removed from the affected area, our experienced professionals can assess if specific portions of material are too severely damaged to get restored. This discovery requires replacement of these materials before restoration can successfully get accomplished.
 
Flood damage can present itself differently from house to house, but undoubtedly needs the professional expertise of SERVPRO of Metairie to get successfully restored. If your home has gotten affected by flood damages, give us a call today at (504) 468-3046.

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Water Removal for Metairie Homes

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO makes removing standing water first priority when beginning the water damage restoration process.

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Remove Water and Prevent Further Damage

Flooding in a Metairie home has some immediate effects. Paper items such as books, legal documents, and magazines quickly become compromised and have to be thrown out. In most cases, these are minor expenses compared to a loss of personal property like carpets and living room furniture.

SERVPRO concentrates its water removal efforts for Metairie homes to get the water out as quickly as possible and to reduce the damaging effects caused by the water before our teams removed it. First, our IICRC certified technicians prevent any more water from entering the home. In most cases, the water in the home is a plumbing issue; technicians turn off the water as close to the broken appliance or pipe as possible. If needed, we turn off the water line leading into the home.

As one team member turns off the water, others bring in commercial grade pumps to remove any standing water. Once technicians bring the water down to just above the surface of carpets, they switch to extraction wands. In addition to removing water from the surface, these devices also work very well at drawing water out of carpets.

After they removed the bulk of the water, technicians begin to dry property. They remove any soaked furniture and other property out of the home and place it on blocks or pallets. SERVPRO teams do this to allow airflow around and underneath each item, and so water can drain out of them, so varnish and fabric colors do not run and stain carpets and rugs.

Once team members move the items out of the way, our carpet specialists lift the carpets to dry them. If there is a pad underneath, they remove the carpet to dispose of the pad. Pads disintegrate quickly after absorbing large amounts of water, and it is cheaper to replace them than to attempt to dry them.

After removing the pad, specialist lay the carpet back down. They raise a section at opposite ends and place air movers at one end to blow warm, dry air under and over the carpet and place an exhaust fan at the other to draw damp air away from the carpet.

SERVPRO of Metairie knows that removing standing water is the first, best step to reducing damage to personal property. If you need our services for flooding or another issue, call us today at (504) 468-3046. We are here to help return your home to a dry, safe condition.

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Think Fast When Your Metairie Restaurant Needs Professional Water Removal

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO works quickly to ensure your doors are only closed as long as necessary after commercial water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians are Standing by to Help You with Commercial Water Damage

When your Metairie restaurant starts seeing a steady flow of customers, you have the success that you have long been waiting to see. While your customer base might recently be experiencing an influx, something like substantial water damage could easily derail this progress and put your popular restaurant on the sidelines. Instead of worrying about how to take care of this problem on your own, you should be thinking about seeking out professional restoration services.

One of the benefits to hiring out professional restorers, like our SERVPRO team, is that you are getting experienced and dedicated technicians that work quickly to see that your doors do not stay closed a minute longer than they need to be. When it comes to requiring water removal services for your Metairie restaurant, time is indeed not on your side.

The longer that pooling water sits and spreads throughout your business, the more damage that it inevitably does. That is why when you notice this problem, you need to react quickly in calling in the assistance you need to remedy the issue. The last thing that you want is further damages like mold growth on top of the long list of tasks required to restore the present water damages.

Our SERVPRO technicians can get to work quickly on extracting the water from the affected areas, as well as identifying the source of where the damage originated. The extraction process typically utilizes portable pumps and wet-vacs with wands, but higher volumes of water might call for a pump truck from our fleet for faster removal. Drying the area thoroughly with air movers and dehumidification equipment helps to limit the possibility of mold growth and lets our technicians see if there are areas that require removal of materials and replacement before restoration can be successful.

While there are plenty of things that could stand between you and serving the customers that enter your restaurant every day, do not let the need for water removal be one that derails your business for very long. Choose SERVPRO of Metairie for experienced technicians that are available 24/7 by calling (504) 468-3046.

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The Ease of Professional Fire Restoration Services for Your Metairie Home

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can affect any room in your home. Contact SERVPRO to arrange for remediation services right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Customize a Fire Damage Restoration Plan to Your Home's Situation

When a fire unexpectedly occurs in your Metairie home, you can often find yourself overwhelmed with the effects that this traumatic situation leaves throughout your house. Finding the place to start picking up the pieces and rebuilding things to the way they used to be is not a situation that you are meant to contend with alone, and professional restoration services can help you to bring your home back to preloss conditions and breathe a little easier.
 
Fire damages to your Metairie home present themselves in several different ways, which can make it difficult to determine which of these effects make living in your home the most challenging. Keeping an open line of communication with the production manager for the project can help the SERVPRO professionals assigned to your restoration to prioritize specific tasks to make it easier for you to remain in your home.
 
This process always begins with an assessment of the full scope of the damage. This inspection ensures that a plan is formulated detailing every specific approach that your home requires to get successfully restored to preloss conditions. The plan is something that our SERVPRO management works directly with your insurance company about to show both cost and necessity, helping you to have one less thing to worry about as you attempt to move on from the recent fire.
 
Once work is ready to begin, our professionals set our sights on the individual tasks laid out in the restoration plan in order of priority. From smoke and soot cleaning to deodorization, our technicians work until your home is just the way that it once was. We can even help to prepare your home for reconstruction needs through controlled demolition efforts of severely compromised structural components.
 
Multiple levels and layers go into successfully restoring your home after fire damage, but our SERVPRO of Metairie trained technicians are up to the task. If you are facing the effects of a recent fire in your residence, you can reach our experienced emergency response team anytime by calling (504) 468-3046.

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SERVPRO Cleaning and Removing Mold Damage in Metairie

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home need not frighten you. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services as soon as you see signs of a mold infestation in your home

Certified Technicians Understand the Three Factors to Control When Dealing With a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Many residents in Metairie mistakenly believe that mold is a matter of cleaning house and is easy to remove with a little paint and bleach. The truth is that while it is easy to hide mold, killing active spores and removing the infestation takes a professional restoration service.
 
Homes with visible mold damage in Metairie have had it for some time. SERVPRO specialists understand that mold can grow quickly, but it usually does so out of sight. Many times, it starts in attics or behind walls, where a homeowner simply does not look and has no idea there is a mold problem until they see it along the ceiling in a bathroom or laundry room. Mold needs moisture, food, and the correct temperature to expand and grow. None of these requirements have anything to do with housekeeping.
 
Moisture – Mold needs water to cause inert spores to expand and grow into an expanding colony. Often, a very humid environment is enough, especially in Louisiana. To stop the growth and force the spores back into an inert state, we have to lower the humidity level to under 65 percent. Removing the source of moisture is the most effective way to stop mold. We use dehumidifiers to draw it from the air behind walls, in attics, and any other area we discovered mold.
 
Food Source – Mold spores feed on organic materials. Since this includes drywall, insulation, and wood framing, every home has a ready buffet. Since it is not cost-effective to replace every possible food source, SERVPRO technicians use anti-fungal agents to kill active spores and clean them off of surfaces. If the spores have penetrated the surface, we remove and dispose of the infested materials immediately.
 
Temperature – The vast majority of mold spores grow in a range of 68 to 86 degrees. Since this is the average temperature range in most homes, raising or lowering the temperature is simply not an option to stop mold growth in warmer, humid climates such Metairie and elsewhere in Louisiana.
 
Returning your home to its pre-mold state takes much more a scrub brush, bleach, and a fresh coat of paint. If you have or suspect there is mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Metairie at (504) 468-3046 today. We are here for you.

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Remediating Commercial Water Damage To Metairie Offices

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Removal and Carpet Cleaning by SERVPRO Improve Business Settings in Metairie

SERVPRO Provides Rapid Water Removal and Drying to Keep Enterprises Functioning during Emergencies

Metairie businesses have to deal with most of the same problems as residences when it comes to water intrusion from broken plumbing and leaky pipes in the walls or overhead. They also have to worry about reopening their doors promptly, so that customers can be served in a dry, safe environment and not take their business elsewhere.

A commercial water damage problem common to Metairie office settings is preserving the carpets. Although business carpeting is usually far cheaper than one for home, SERVPRO understands that the time to remove the carpet, dry and prepare the surface for a new one, and then install it, takes longer than drying out the existing carpet. The concerns we have when drying them are delamination and deterioration.
 
Each carpet has a primary and secondary backing layer. To hold the layers together and then glue the carpet fibers to the primary, manufacturers use latex as the adhesive. When soaked in water for too long, the latex breaks down, causing the backings to separate. This breakdown is delamination.
 
If the carpet remains underwater for too long, the fibers begin to separate and pull away from the surface layer. This action is deterioration, and it looks to the eye as if the carpet is beginning to thin out. Most people mistakenly believe this is from heavy foot traffic.
 
To prevent these actions, SERVPRO starts with removing as much of the water as quickly as we can bring in the right equipment. If the standing water is around ankle-deep, we can remove it using commercial grade pumps. For smaller amounts of water covering the carpet, we use water extraction wands or Rovers, a type of riding water extractor like a lawnmower. With these devices, we can control how much suction we use to prevent causing any secondary damage by accidentally lifting the carpet surface from the lower layers or pulling fibers out of the deteriorating latex. Heated drying mats, part of the SERVPRO arsenal of equipment, can also efficiently expedite water extraction and drying.
 
After removing the bulk of the standing water, we use dehumidifiers to pull moisture from the carpet surface and the surrounding air. As technicians monitor these machines, other team members set up air movers to blow warm, dry air over the carpet, forcing the damp air out where an exhaust fan removes it and blows it out of the facility. This use of negative air pressure is very useful for reducing the water vapor in the air that can cause secondary water damage to previously secure fixtures and furnishings.
 
Restoring your business office is not always a difficult process, but it does take training and the proper tools to do it correctly. SERVPRO of Metairie can walk through every step with you until we finish and return a dry, safe structure so you can reopen for business. Call today at (504) 468-3046 if you need our services.

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Restoring Your Metairie Home after Storm Damage

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

If a storm leaves your home exposed to outside elements, SERVPRO's first step is to tarp and board up your home preventing further damage.

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Thorough Storm Damage Restoration Services

Metairie homeowners are no stranger to severe weather systems passing through the area. While you cannot always account for when these strong storms are coming through the area, or adequately prepare for what they might entail, you should always be mindful of the damage that severe weather can do to your home.

Storm damage to your Metairie home can happen very quickly and with minimal warning. Something as simple as a dead tree on your property could substantially damage your house and force its way through the structural shell of your residence when it falls over, or limbs are broken off. Worse still, in many cases where storm damage affects your home, the storm itself is far from over.

What this means for your house is the probability of compounding issues such as flooding or water damage. That is why you should contact our team of SERVPRO restoration specialists as soon as you can following a disastrous incident like this. The more of a chance that our technicians have of getting to the problem early, the less subsequent damage that could result from the openings of your home.

From the moment that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your house, our primary concern is boarding up or tarping over the exposed and vulnerable points of your house. While this might not be the most exciting looking process, it protects your home from further damage from the storm that might still be passing through or other weather events that might follow closely behind.

An assessment of both the exterior issues of your home as well as the potential water damage is another preliminary step to the restoration process that helps our team determine what areas require the most immediate attention. For substantial damages, our technicians can utilize controlled demolition to prepare the area for reconstruction efforts to follow.

Storm damage can rear its ugly head in several different ways, but you can trust in the experience and professionalism of SERVPRO of Metairie to help you through every step of the restoration process. In these situations, quick reactions can save your home from further damage and more costly repairs. You can call our emergency response team 24/7 at (504) 468-3046.

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SERVPRO of Metairie Seeking Soot and Fire Cleaning Production Technician

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Now Hiring

SERVPRO of Metairie is currently seeking to fill an opening in our restoration specialist roster for a Soot and Fire Cleaning Production Technician. Candidates should:

  • Follow SERVPRO implemented guidelines to perform assigned restoration and cleaning tasks.
  • A self-starter who can operate with or without direct supervision.
  • Be able to comfortably speak with clients to better meet their needs.
  • Clean and maintain equipment, vehicles, and workspace.

As a technician for SERVPRO of Metairie, you are expected to work under specific regulations and guidelines intended to produce a safe work environment and professional results. This means coordinating efforts with a crew chief and other technicians to ensure that jobs are completed on time, vehicles and equipment are properly maintained, and that customer satisfaction is paramount.

Experience in restoration is preferred for the position, though we will train candidates that we deem suitable for the opening to our high SERVPRO franchise standards.

SERVPRO of Metairie is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will never discriminate personnel practices on account of race, disability, sex, veteran status, nation of origin, or any characteristic protected by law.

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