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Likely Outcomes of Water Damage on Your New Orleans Business Premises
When you have Mold on your property, you need to call the technicians at SERVPRO.
How SERVPRO Intervention Limits Water Repairs in New Orleans
Water is a silent enemy against materials since exposure triggers minor and major problems in many sections of your business premises. If your New Orleans worksite has water damage, resolving it can be costly, inconvenient, and may interfere with your business operations. SERVPRO provides unique solutions to address the problems and inconveniences
Ensuring convenience when resolving water damage in New Orleans premises partly depends on how well you understand the potential problems. Unlike other factors that damage properties, moisture effects take time to develop. Our SERVPRO technicians can assess your situation and inform you of potential issues and ways to resolve them correctly.
Problems that develop from moisture:
- Stuck doors and windows or uneven floors
- Rust and corrosion
- Biohazard contamination
- Mold or mildew growth
Moisture changes materials in ways that you might not expect. A problem like swelling in wooden materials after significant moisture absorption may leave you with inconveniences, such as interior doors failing to open or raised floor areas that may trip people. Reversing these changes is essential before they become permanent. When you involve SERVPRO, our crews can use specialized drying techniques, such as creating drying chambers for better moisture control and reversing the changes.
Water Intrusion May Leave Your Property Unsanitary
Uncontrolled accumulation of microorganisms and vermin in any property is considered unsanitary. Although you cannot notice, there are microbial processes in the water retained by materials or stagnating on surfaces. With time you may end up with widespread mold infestation around the property.
Unless the leak originates from a contaminated source such as a sewer line, other leaks do not cause unsanitary conditions instantaneously. However, they require a timely response and other actions to prevent the situation from changing.
Other actions that help combat unsanitary conditions:
- Using fast water extractors
- Applying biocides on wet surfaces
- Finalizing drying by dehumidifying the property
SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank is ready to handle water damage at your business premises, limiting its long-term effects. Call us at (504) 348-7526. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Challenges of Water Damage Restoration in New Orleans
SERVPRO rescues furniture from a New Orleans shop after a water leak "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO Is a Reliable Water Repair Service in New Orleans
Water can find a way inside your business premises in different ways, whether it is a pipe that bursts, a sprinkler system that fails, or a roof gap letting in water. The volumes vary depending on the source, and so is the impact on the premises – you might only endure some inconvenience, such as soiling and limited access. The moisture might also cause wood to swell and warp or drywall to crumble, thus necessitating significant water damage restoration.
Several factors determine the impact of moisture on your property, so water damage restoration in New Orleans properties varies. An incident that would have just caused inconveniences might end up inducing long-term or permanent damage to structural areas when they rot or the valuables you have within the facility. When SERVPRO intervenes, we aim to optimize all the factors that improve the outcome.
Factors Impacting Water Restoration
- Response time
- Restoration approaches
- Repair equipment
Taking action as soon as you discover an intrusion is a helpful way to limit severe deterioration. Many factors, including the fear of stopping operations or inconveniencing clients, can prevent you from responding properly. Since stopping the water source only offers temporary relief, SERVPRO schedules a full restoration at the earliest opportunity. We can set up containment barriers that serve as temporary walls and set warning signs around the property to minimize inconveniences to the others on the property as we work.
Helpful Restoration Techniques
Moisture soaks soils and causes physical changes in materials. You need more than one approach to fix all these problems. Even a single task, like soiling, may require several cleaning approaches before being fully executed. Our SERVPRO crews have sufficient resources, like skills and tools, to handle any restoration task. Our teams include Structural Drying Technicians, Microbial Remediation Technicians, and Odor Control Technicians.
Essential Repair Equipment
- Moisture sensors and meters
- Thermal imaging cameras
- Water extractors
- Dehumidifiers and air movers
SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank takes appropriate action to facilitate water damage restoration reinstating your business operations "Like it never even happened." Call us at (504) 348-7526.
Removing Soot in New Orleans Warehouse Fire Damage Restoration
If a fire occurs in your warehouse, it needs to be remediated quickly. SERVPRO has professionals ready to provide effective services. Call us 24/7.
Fire Damage Restoration for Your Warehouse
There are many warehouses and production facilities throughout the Parish, making disasters to these structures a likelihood that SERVPRO professionals must stay prepared to face. Our team can quickly evaluate the condition of commercial properties and utilize our Large Loss equipment to help.
The Threat of Soot Damages to Wares
Fire damage restoration for New Orleans production facilities and warehouses often focuses on the earliest efforts to remove soot and smoke residues. Soot is a corrosive presence on equipment, surfaces, and wares in the building. It is important to work fast to manage these concerns with effective cleaning, air filtration, and repairs.
Equipment Needed for Inaccessible Areas
Soot is rarely only in the easy-to-reach portions of the building. The turbidity of the fire damage situation forces smoke solids upwards, caking them to the ceiling, rafters, beams, and other construction elements far above the work floor. Cleaning these residues requires powerful restoration agents but will also need equipment to get IICRC-certified technicians to the damaged portions of the building to do the work, such as:
- Scissor lifts
- Raised platforms
Why Should You Consider Our ERP Plan?
SERVPRO has a program called the Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) that designates our services to help when disasters strike. You list your chain of command for restoration decisions, insurance information, key points about the building and severing utilities, and more. The objective is to reduce time wasted when restoration work should have already started. The program is free and easy to complete in a convenient app form.
Fires in the city's commercial properties rely on our Large Loss response team to clean and restore. With how fast warehouses can be soot damaged or structurally compromised, having an experienced team to help in all facets of recovery is a valuable asset. Give our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team a call to help or to set up your Emergency READY Profile at (504) 348-7526.
Keeping Your New Orleans Shop Open After Water Damage
Let SERVPRO keep your doors open after water damages your New Orleans shop, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Rapid Water Removal & New Orleans Commerce Continues
Plumbing has grown to be an amazing development over the past century, but it has also been known to cause some problems for New Orleans properties and shops. Many buildings throughout the quarter and city-regions have been here for many decades, part of revitalization and refurbishments after unfortunate flooding. However, the plumbing continues to age and does not always do so gracefully.
What about the plumbing in a building you lease to run your small New Orleans shop when water damage happens? You are often responsible for taking care of it yourself. Knowing the right team to call when water damage occurs can ultimately save you time and money and help your shop to either remain open if it is not too severe or reopen quickly after our experienced SERVPRO professionals have finished restoring and repairing the damages
Often aging plumbing can wear in certain points where scaling and mineral deposits within the pipes have worn the metal thin. While this does not always lead to a full separation of the joints, it can allow for a steady leak that can spread quickly throughout the wall cavities. This situation is where advanced equipment can make a difference quickly for your building.
Our team arrives with leak detection gear that can help deduce the precise location of the pipe damage and expose this area for a fast repair. While ultimately, this is an indication that the entire plumbing system is in jeopardy, taking care of the immediate problem can help initially. We can also utilize thermal imagery to determine moisture pocket locations to find the ideal locations to set up drying equipment like our air movers and dehumidifiers to effectively remove moisture quickly.
Protecting your shop and its stock has to be your primary priority when encountering water damage in your building. Give our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank rapid response team a call today at (504) 348-7526.
Sanitizing After Flood Damage to a New Orleans Business
For any type of Storm Damage to your property you can count on SERVPRO to help.
SERVPRO Flood Mitigation Addresses Water and Debris with OSHA-Approved Solutions
Springtime is one of the most prolific seasons for flooding in New Orleans due to heavy thunderstorms, especially later in the season. Flood damage is costly and brings in sanitation concerns in the form of chemical runoff, sewage, and even pests, making repair and replacement even riskier for commercial property owners.
Flood damage restoration from New Orleans SERVPRO technicians allows property owners to access emergency remediation services 24 hours a day. This firm's training keeps technicians and staff up-to-date on restoration industry standards as established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and can reduce business downtime.
Remediating Flood Damage with OSHA-approved Biocide Solutions
Sanitation is a must after flooding to save structures and assets from loss. Depending on the extent of flooding, SERVPRO techs may:
- Spray surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions before performing extraction
- Manually remove solid debris that contaminates affected spaces
- Extract standing water with truck-mounted units and gas-powered submersible sump pumps
These processes eliminate the most pressing risks to safety after a flood. While flood situations rarely retain standing water, they can occur. When necessary, SERVPRO can provide power sources when a facility's electricity has been compromised by floodwater or debris.
After extracting water, sanitizing affected spaces, and applying flood cuts, SERVPRO dries affected rooms with air movers and dehumidifiers. They may also deploy HEPA-filter air scrubbers to address mold and other odor-causing microbes for ease of collection.
After the facility has been cleaned, dried, and sanitized, technicians focus on performing necessary rebuilding services. These tasks may include reinstalling drywall or flooring and moving restorable contents of the business back into the property after cleanup.
SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank cleans up disasters until they look "Like it never even happened." Business owners can call (504) 348-7526 to start the process.
SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Dries New Orleans Flooring
We have a broad suite of tools ready to restore commercial water damage.
New Orleans Commercial Water Cleanup Remediates Wet Floors and Subfloors
Whether it seeps through floors or ceilings, commercial water damage can be particularly dire for flooring that endures heavy foot traffic each day. Without fast restoration, subflooring and baseboards can also be compromised and lead to mold growth in as little as two days of exposure.
New Orleans SERVPRO water damage restoration crews are available 24/7. They can mitigate moisture exposure and potential microbial growth to minimize commercial downtime for local business owners. This constant availability enables business owners to save on structural repair expenses while enjoying professional results administered per local regulations and restoration industry standards.
Tools for mitigating commercial flooring water damage
Local SERVPRO teams have a broad suite of tools ready for restoring water-damaged commercial floors and subfloors. This restoration repertoire includes:
- EPA-registered biocides can eliminate microbes on contact
- SERVPRO personal protective equipment (PPE), which prevents secondary damages and ensures that cleanup is safe and sanitary
- Moisture extraction tools like truck-mounted and portable extractors handle small, single-story businesses as well as multi-floor complexes
- Drying equipment, including air movers and refrigerant coil or desiccant dehumidifiers, eliminate residual moisture from surfaces after extraction finishes
- SERVPRO odor control technicians can use ultra-low volume "wet" foggers, odor counteractant granules and beads, time-release gel pellets, and more to remediate water damage odors on surfaces and in HVAC
Water remediation technicians can also remove and replace unsalvageable materials such as carpet and ceiling tiles, wood flooring, damaged baseboards, insulation, and drywall.
SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank wants to let businesses know that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Property owners can call (504) 348-7526 to find out more.
Lower Downtime with New Orleans Restaurant Fire Damage Restoration
SERVPRO commercial damage restoration specialists use the latest technology and equipment for every job. Call now!
Commercial Kitchen Fire Damage Restoration Salvages Dishes and Glassware
Commercial structure fires are among the most common disasters that impact restaurant kitchens. Even flare-ups from small grease fires can significantly impact nearby dishes and kitchen equipment. Restoration can prove time-consuming and potentially costly without assistance from certified professionals.
New Orleans fire damage restoration services rendered by SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 for local business owners. This team's fire cleanup tools are designed to accommodate a broad array of structures and contents while rendering cleanup per local regulations for eateries.
Preserving Fire-Damaged Dishes with SERVPRO Restoration Strategies
Dishes can absorb high temperatures during a fire and cool down quickly after the flames are extinguished, leading to stress cracks in the ceramic. Some of these fractures may be hidden under soot and not evident on a dish until it is being restored.
Cleaning options for restaurant dishware impacted by fire include the following:
- Pre-soaking heavily soiled dishes in SERVPRO Industrial Cleaner before commencing further treatment
- Ultrasonic immersion cleaning units scrub contents clean with a combination of EPA-registered biocides and high-frequency sound waves. These sound waves, typically calibrated to 40 kHz, agitate liquid molecules, and this movement cleans fire-damaged ceramic at the particle level
- Oily soils can be addressed with pre-treatment in a mildly alkaline cleaning solution before washing. This step can prevent permanent stains from grease fires, which are more challenging to clean than dry soot residues
- Fine dishware made of such materials as crystal glass or porcelain requires a delicate hand during restoration. Technicians typically hand-clean these items as quickly as possible to prevent etching caused by acidic soot residues
SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank is reachable at (504) 348-7526 to provide cleanup that makes properties look "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Water Cleanup in Your New Orleans Gift Shop
Leaks in the wall can be the sign of a bigger problem. Contact our certified SERVPRO team to investigate the extent of the water damage and remediate.
SERVPRO Can Help You Get Your Shop Back in Order After Water Damage Occurs
Anyone in New Orleans is accustomed to flooding and the high humidity environment that can make an impact on your possessions or merchandise. As a business owner, you need to protect your investment and ensure that your business keeps running as smoothly as possible and your merchandise does not get ruined.
Water Damage Restoration Help In New Orleans
Commercial water cleanup in New Orleans can be challenging if you want to keep operating during regular business hours. SERVPRO technicians use techniques and specific procedures for a business that allows it to remain operational during cleanup. They also have an emergency response team that is available to take calls 24 hours a day, every day of the week, understanding the importance of getting help right when you need it.
After you discover a water leak in your wall, you first turn the pipe off to stop the leak, then you must move your merchandise away from the impacted area. Although you have insurance for your business, it is still a hassle to recoup the losses if there is damage to the items you are selling. With this in mind, you can relocate your items to a different part of the store or a higher area.
One of the most crucial restoration components after water damage is to dry the impacted area adequately. This may not be very easy while your shop is operating. However, SERVPRO restoration specialists use their skills to make sure your customers barely notice the restoration taking place right in front of them. Technicians use dehumidifiers to pull the cold, damp moisture out of the air, exhausting back out warm, dry air. Air movers push this warm, dry air across the surface level in your shop and can be strategically placed so that they have a very low profile and hardly ever noticed.
Keeping your shop well ventilated and the HVAC system running through the restoration process is crucial to keep the air circulating throughout the cleanup, drying, and restoration process. Not only does this aid in drying out the moisture in the air and materials, but it also ensures that no musty odors develop.
Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526. We make it, "Like it never even happened."
How Do New Orleans Business Owners Lessen Downtime Caused by Fire Damage?
Fire damage in a commercial setting can certainly slow down anything getting done. Call our SERVPRO team for fast action.
New Orleans SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Preserves Possessions and Lessens Commercial Downtime
Commercial fire damage restoration needs often require fast-acting and specialized care to save New Orleans business owners on repair and replacement costs. This is especially necessary considering the impact that soot and soils can have on structural materials and possessions.
New Orleans SERVPRO fire damage restoration strategies are designed to be implemented 24/7 per the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. SERVPRO’s commercial cleaning services use OSHA-approved antimicrobials to perform cleanup to code.
Removing Soot Soils from Electronics and Appliances
A fire-damaged office or reception area in a commercial facility can entail extensive soot damage to electronic equipment, paper records, and furniture. Soot particles can collect in nooks and crannies in appliances, which can stain materials, affect functionality, and potentially corrode metals or finishes. Fire damage can also collect in vents, spreading unpleasant odors and affecting indoor air quality for clients and employees.
SERVPRO can address these concerns by:
- Carefully disassembling, cleaning, and reassembling salvageable equipment or calling in a licensed specialist for items that require more technical care
- Sealing openings with polyethylene sheeting and creating contained, low-pressure environments for easy soot collection with HEPA-filter vacuums
- SERVPRO furniture cleanup includes manual cleaning with dry cleaning sponges, EPA-registered wet cleaners, alkaline solutions for heavier soils, and abrasion blasting with dry ice to eliminate heavy char on salvageable surfaces
Business owners can call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 to make their properties look and feel “Like it never even happened.”
Your New Orleans Café Is In The Safe Hands Of Our Experts After Flood Damage
You want a trusted team of experts with the equipment your property needs after a flood incident occurs. Call SERVPRO right away.
Keep Your Customers’ Confidence After Flood Damages Your Café
Enjoying fine dining available at your New Orleans café is much more to the taste of your guests than finding a different restaurant because your kitchen is flooded. Restaurant owners in NOLA who prepare for water damage are ahead of the game when disaster strikes. Avoid joining the nearly 50 percent of businesses that go under when flooding or other damage occurs. Contact us to plan for a problem we both hope never happens.
Flood damage to your New Orleans café can happen during severe weather or after a water supply line break. Please work with us to prepare for a catastrophe. When we collaborate, your priorities are known, and our experts can help you avoid common mistakes that increase your café’s exposure to high water.
Emergency Ready Plan for Flood Damage Restoration
SERVPRO invites commercial customers to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) long before floodwaters lap at your doorstep. We send an experienced project manager to inspect and evaluate your business layout and discuss your everyday operations. During the assessment, expect suggestions that help you eliminate vulnerabilities and limit the risks your inventory, equipment, and fixtures face if flooding occurs.
We encourage you to complete a personalized profile on our mobile app to supplement the Emergency Ready Plan we draft after the assessment. Take the opportunity to share information about the vendors and contractors who helped you grow your café into a thriving business. Designate key employees or partners to act on your behalf if you are away or unavailable when flooding strikes. Make sure to designate SERVPRO as your preferred restoration company so we can begin flood mitigation right away.
Develop with us a plan to keep at least a portion of the café open during a flood. Our fast response and your understanding of what our flood damage abatement efforts mean to your daily business activities allow us to support your need to feed the fans of your cooking. When your loyal customers see your partnership with SERVPRO during your troubles, their confidence does not waver, and your tables soon fill again with hungry diners.
Get back in the kitchen fast after flood damage when SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank helps devise an ERP for your popular café. One call to (504) 348-7526 refers us to the digital document that turns the tide when floodwaters threaten.
Why Does Mold Remediation of Your New Orleans Business Need SERVPRO Professionals?
Your New Orleans office and employees are safe from mold with SERVPRO's exceptional remediation service
SERVPRO Technicians Offer Fast and Safe Mold Mitigation of New Orleans Commercial Spaces
The discovery of mold at your place of business needs immediate intervention by SERVPRO professionals. If mold remediation of your New Orleans property is ignored or delayed, it can have disastrous consequences leading to business interruptions and monetary losses. Unmitigated mold can cause severe structural damage and cause health effects to people working on the premises and customers and suppliers.
SERVPRO technicians have years of experience in mold remediation of New Orleans commercial properties. Our technicians understand the biology of mold and adhere to the standards outlined in ANSI/IICRC S520 guidelines for mold mitigation. SERVPRO mold specialists develop a strategy based on the type of mold and the extent of the damage. Different kinds of mold can damage your New Orleans place of business differently. Knowing the common types of fungi that can grow on your property can help you be more vigilant and seek SERVPRO's help before the problem gets out of hand.
Common Types of Molds SERVPRO Remediators Encounter in New Orleans Commercial Structures
Five types of mold commonly affect commercial establishments in New Orleans-
- Aspergillus- Propagates indoors quite commonly. Known to produce hazardous compounds called mycotoxins that can cause health effects.
- Cladosporium- Also quite commonly found indoors during attic mold removal, the colonies appear olive green or brown.
- Ulocladium- Commonly found in damp places such as showers, tubs, dishwashers, or places that have chronically leaking plumbing. SERVPRO techs commonly encounter it during restroom mold removal.
- Serpula- Generally found on wooden structures. It can thrive in low moisture and destroy wood (dry rot) quickly.
- Stachybotrys- Also known as black mold, grows in damp places and is associated with poor indoor air quality, though this species is not any more dangerous to your health than others.
Call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 for safe and effective mold remediation.
How Do I Repair Burst Pipes in the Ceiling of My New Orleans Commercial Business?
When water invades your property, call in the experts at SERVPRO for water cleanup and restoration services right away.
Does SERVPRO Provide Ceiling Repairs from Water Damage in New Orleans?
New Orleans has approximately 390 thousand people and is part of the greater New Orleans metropolitan area with a total population of 1,270 thousand people. The city, founded in 1718 by French Colonists, is well known for different music, Creole cuisine, and unique dialects. There are annual celebrations held annually, with the best known being Mardi Gras. The city is also well known for flooding from storms due to low-lying land and poor drainage. Several hurricanes (Katrina in 2005) have severely challenged the city.
New Orleans offers many activities for residents and visitors to participate in and enjoy. We have included a few of the popular activities in and around the city for your consideration:
- Bourbon Street / French Quarter
- The National WWII Museum
- Garden District
- Frenchmen Street
- New Orleans City Park
- Jackson Square
- Preservation Hall
- Audubon Zoo
- Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras
- St Louis Cemetery No. 1
Bourbon Street / French Quarter
The French Quarter, which includes Bourbon Street, is one of the most historic neighborhoods in New Orleans. There are modern boutiques, antique stores, old restaurants, galleries, Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral, Madame Lalaurie’s mansion, and of course the curbside parties and parades along Bourbon St... At night Bourbon street comes alive with Creole music, great food in the many restaurants, and of course, the plastic tumblers that add to everyone’s good cheer.
The National WWII Museum
One of the top museums in the United States, the National WWII Museum offers American history in WWII, with many special exhibits, events, and 4D theater experience. There is a hotel as well as several restaurants on campus for your added enjoyment.
The Garden District, or otherwise known as uptown, is a favorite place to visit away from the French Quarter. Visitors and residents can spend a day in the park relaxing with a picnic, visiting the zoo, riding a streetcar, or spending their free time at one of the many attractions.
With many beautiful mansions to see along the way, the Garden District offers the: Audubon Zoo, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, the Audubon Park, George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, the Amistad Research Center, the Cool Zoo, the Fly, Gator run Lazy River, the Prytania Theater, Dixon Hall, Ashe Power House Theater and Paradigm Gardens.
St Louis Cemetery No. 1
You might wonder why you would include a cemetery on a list of things to do in New Orleans. However, when you consider this cemetery has been operating since 1789 and has been in continuous use since then, it is worth the visit. Take a tour of the cemetery to learn about the many famous people buried in above-ground vaults. St Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the final resting place for many thousands of famous and historical people.
How Quickly Can SERVPRO be Onsite to Help with Water Cleanup in New Orleans?
When there is a water leak from a burst pipe in a commercial building, it can bring all of your normal operations to a complete standstill. There are many concerns, including slips and falls, electrical dangers, damage to finished and unfinished goods, and even closure of your business.
With all of these concerns, SERVPRO appreciates how important it is to be onsite quickly for water cleanup and water damage restoration in New Orleans commercial buildings. That’s why we respond in less than 4 hours, and we are available 24/7. We make sure that your commercial operations can be back in operation as quickly as possible.
We can help repair burst pipes while we provide:
- Water Clean Up
- Water Damage Restoration and make
- Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
Call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank for water clean-up in New Orleans and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (504) 348-7526.
Skilled Mold Removal is Best for Safety and Efficiency
South Louisiana has the ideal environment for mold growth. Call us to remediate your mold damaged business.
New Orleans Business Owners Can Count on SERVPRO for Prompt, Reliable Mold Removal and Remediation
Regardless of the business that you run, the sight of mold can cause panic and stress. Rather than handling the cleanup with DIY efforts, calling in our mold specialists at SERVPRO will yield better results. Because mold can cause potential health effects, you want a skilled team on the job to address all mildew and black mold growth.
Because mold can quickly spread from one room to the next, you need someone on-site with training to handle mold removal in New Orleans. Once you call us, we will send out a crew to begin the remediation process. This includes:
- Establishing Containment – Keep all of the contamination in one zone by putting up containment barriers of plastic sheeting, using negative air pressure, and sealing off all HVAC vents.
- Removing Mold Contamination – Including all porous materials with heavy contamination, cleaning all non-porous surfaces, and using vacuums with HEPA filtration to pull up loosened mold.
- Cleaning of Dust and Settled Black Mold Spores – This includes cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces while moving in the negative air machinery direction.
- Drying – Proper drying of your commercial space with air movers helps to dry the interior once it is safe to do so efficiently, which means making sure that the process will not spread the mold further.
SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank is here for mold inspections, remediation, and removal. Call us at (504) 348-7526, and we will send out a crew to begin the necessary steps.
Enjoy That Festive Holiday Glow in New Orleans
Contact our experts at SERVPRO today for mold removal in your commercial property.
Celebrate the Greenway Supernova this December, a Light Enhanced Art Exhibit at New Orleans Greenway Plaza
Join The Friends of Lafitte Greenway, teamed with NORD and LUNA Fete, for a glorious illuminated art exhibition. Located at the former old Brake Tag Station, the new Greenway Plaza is a covered, open community space New Orleans residents embrace enthusiastically.
Support Greenway programs and enhancements when attending the Supernova through free-will donations. Receive "doubluminary" tokens for your contributions, redeemable at participating businesses December through January 15, 2021. Learn more about the "Star Business" program to aid local endeavors struggling during the pandemic and Supernova's corporate and foundation supporters by visiting the Lafitte Greenway website.
Location: Greenway Plaza on the Lafitte Greenway
Dates: Wednesdays through Sundays
Beginning December 9 until December 20, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Free of charge, but donations are strongly encouraged to benefit the Lafitte Greenway.
Masks and safe social distancing are required.
Find unparalleled support for your retail shop's mold removal needs from the remediation experts at SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank. Call (504) 348-7526 for an assessment now.
How Can New Orleans Restaurants Recover from Fire Damage?
For fire remediation on your commercial property, contact our experienced team at SERVPRO.
New Orleans Chefs Find a Fast Track Back to the Kitchen When SERVPRO Offers Professional Restaurant Fire Cleanup
Many colorful events and traditions make New Orleans an intriguing and festive city in which to live, visit, and, perhaps most iconically, dine. What are the historical forces in play that give NOLA its reputation as one of the world's most ideal places to enjoy a variety of both classical and innovative food experiences that define the Big Easy cuisine?
What Are the Foundations of the Foods Served Today in New Orleans?
Food historians realize that an area's cuisine can reach back hundreds of years, if not millennia. For example, long before the Creole and Cajun influences that are ubiquitous today in New Orleans, Indigenous people hunted, farmed, fished, and thrived in the region. Because of experiences they had as trappers in "New France," part of what is now Canada and the United States north and east of New Orleans, New Orleans's founders, the Le Moyne brothers, chose to learn in 1718 how to eat in an area foreign to them from earlier populations. As common in human history, the colonizing French took careful note of what the Chitimacha, Atakapa, Caddo, Choctaw, Houma, Natchez, and Tunica inhabiting proto-New Orleans chose to nurture and gather for food. The original inhabitants were doing the following, among other things, to provide food stores:
- Cultivating oysters
- Hunting and preserving bison (precursor of Cajun tasso)
- Growing tomatoes and pecans
- Making file out of sassafras
- Eating opportunistically -- alligator and crawfish (crayfish)
Why Is Eating What the Land Already Provides Important to the Evolution of New Orleans Cuisine?
Essentially, the first citizens of New Orleans were locavores, anticipating a movement 300 years in the making. Developing a cuisine reliant upon the fruits, vegetables, and protein sources naturally available ensures a menu of food unlike that found elsewhere. Although routinely imitated in other regions now, the Creole and Cajun cooking found in New Orleans dining venues was unique and became indistinguishable from other features that make the city a one-of-a-kind experience.
What Were Other Elements that Shaped New Orleans' Food Culture?
After its founding by French trappers in the early 1700s, it was not long until France ceded the city to Spain. France lost the French and Indian War in the Western Hemisphere, giving up New Orleans in the Treaty of Paris. From 1763 until 1803, the city's cooks absorbed Spanish influences, including a robust interest in exotic spices and a love of rice. Meanwhile, various wars and skirmishes occurred among the Spanish, the French, and the young United States:
- The American Revolution
- The French Revolution
- The Quasi-War
Napoleon Bonaparte forced Spain to return Louisiana, including New Orleans, to France through the secret Treaty of San Ildefonso in 1802. President Thomas Jefferson worked to establish US control of the lands, now again in the hands of the French, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, signed on April 30, 1803.
What About the Influence of African Foods and Cooking Traditions?
African chattel slaves arrived in Louisiana with the French in 1710, after capture as plunder during the War of the Spanish Succession. After the founding of New Orleans, more than 2,000 Africans were forced to New Orleans between 1717–1721. The enslaved Africans were familiar with rice horticulture and the successful raising of a rich variety of other foodstuffs. This background enhanced the local options and brought different ways to prepare meats, fish, and vegetables, still representative of how food is made in NOLA today.
What Are the Differences Between Creole and Cajun Cuisine?
People who identify as Creole often trace their heritage to the founding of New Orleans by both recent French and Spanish settlers. Indigenous peoples and enslaved Africans and their descendants are also part of the Creole community. Typically they are associated with the city itself. Conversely, those who consider their background Cajun have roots in the Acadia region of Canada. They traveled to rural Louisiana near New Orleans after British settlers pressured them out.
- In general, Creole cooking replicates elements of fine French cuisine:
- Butter-based roux
- Preeminence of creamy sauces and soups
- The use of tomatoes and spices that would have been expensive during colonization
- An emphasis on fish and seafood
- Conversely, Cajun cooking features:
- Oil-based and darker roux
- One pot, rustic meals
- Heavy use of meats, especially salted and preserved meats
Note: both cuisines rely on sauteed onions, celery, and green pepper, the "holy trinity" similar to the French mirepoix of onions, celery, and carrots.
Are There Other Elements and Food Traditions Rounding Out New Orleans Cuisine?
New Orleans grew into an important shipping center, with commodities like coffee, tropical fruits, and spices passing through and enriching the food scene. Labor shortages after the Civil War encouraged immigration from Italy, China, and the Philippines. Vietnamese immigration swelled in the 1970s after the fall of Saigon. All of these groups brought foods that added to the robust restaurant scene already in place featuring Creole and Cajun foods. After Hurricane Katrina, rather than disappearing in the rain, winds, and destruction, New Orleans cuisine resurrected, determined to fold together the many food-related traditions found nowhere else on earth.
Can NOLA Restaurants Arise from the Ashes After a Kitchen Fire?
When your New Orleans restaurant suffers a kitchen fire, you need a professional response that gets your crew cooking the distinctive NOLA cuisine you are known for again with minimal downtime. Fast response from highly-trained professional technicians is essential. Do not rely on your own staff or cleaning company to deal with the lingering smoke, residues, and odors.
What Should Restaurateurs Look for in a Fire Recovery Company?
When you need fire cleanup in your New Orleans restaurant, SERVPRO meets your needs for a company and technicians that are
- Trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
- Ready to respond immediately
- Equipped with state of the art equipment, including curated innovations that improve response
- Experienced in commercial fire damage mitigation, remediation, and restoration
Call on the SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank to deliver comprehensive fire cleanup services for your restaurant. We are poised to help 24/7 after your call to (504) 348-7526.
How Can I Dry Commercial Premises After Flooding?
This building suffered extensive water damage when a fire sprinkler system malfunctioned. We were able to dry the damage and restore the building.
SERVPRO Establish Proper Drying Techniques to Help New Orleans Businesses with Commercial Flood Damage
How can I dry a business quickly?
We understand that temporary closure to your New Orleans business can be frustrating and expensive. Our team works with premises managers to ensure that drying property is as efficient as possible, allowing you to re-open faster. When materials become wet, evaporating moisture can form a layer of saturated, humid air above the surface. This layer can slow down drying times as water on, or surfaces have nowhere to go. SERVPRO technicians can combat this vapor barrier by ensuring air circulation remains consistent throughout your business premises. We achieve this primarily by placing air-movers in the property with precise entry and exit spaces.
How do I place the air - movers?
- Use enough air-moves to create air circulation across surfaces
- Balance air-moving equipment with dehumidification
- Allow entry and exit points
How can I set up an efficient drying situation?
A property with commercial flood damage in New Orleans is likely to require a significant number of air-movers. However, the exact number depends upon the situation. If floodwaters have primarily affected floors, we can use less air-moving equipment. On the other hand, if there is visible wetness on walls or ceilings and fittings, carpets, and furniture, the number of air-movers must increase exponentially. SERVPRO technicians can create a circular airflow by placing air-movers at a 45-degree angle. Circular airflow can help to dry the upper areas of a property. Generally, we use one air-mover per 10 to 16 feet along walls.
How do I balance air-movers and dehumidifiers?
- A low number of air-movers to dehumidifiers can slow drying
- Too many air-movers can spread moist air causing secondary damage
- A balanced drying system ensures dehumidifiers capture any moisture in the air
Re-opening a business after flooding is a time-sensitive issue. Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans West Bank at (504) 348-7526.
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Three Things Gym Owners Should Ask Mold Removal Companies
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How New Orleans Gym Owners Can Choose Trustworthy Mold Removal Companies?
If you run a gym in New Orleans, you know that high standards of health and hygiene are vitally important. Therefore, you must be careful when choosing contractors to help maintain your business premises.
Why would a New Orleans gym need mold removal companies? Because sometimes with even high cleaning standards, mold can still grow. The microscopic spores can flourish anywhere with moisture, oxygen, and a food source to sustain them.
Can I just clean the mold myself?
SERVPRO does not recommend cleaning the mold yourself. Home concoctions and remedies are not as effective as professional cleaning, and some of them (such as using bleach) can even make the problem worse. It is far better to call in experts who know the best way to handle mold infestations and spores so that you can focus on your gym business.
Here are three questions to ask mold removal companies.
- Do you have specially trained mold technicians?
You want to know that the people you hire have the knowledge you need. Each SERVPRO franchise has several mold remediations experts. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification accredited technicians:
- Undergo thorough training at each branch
- Specialize in remediating mold growth
- Use the latest industry-standard equipment
- Will your team use proper containment?
- Surrounding the affected area with plastic sheeting
- Taping up all ducts, vents, doors, seams and anywhere else mold spores could escape
- Setting up a second decontamination area if necessary (this is not needed in every case) as a staging area
- Setting up air scrubbers or negative air machines to remove particles from the air
Containment helps prevent the spread of mold spores to other parts of your gym and is a vital factor for effective mold remediation. SERVPRO technicians use containment when dealing with fungi.
- What happens after mold remediation?
As a business owner, you know the importance of good customer safety and service, and you want to receive excellent customer reviews. Ask your mold remediation company about their follow up process.
Our team will check in with you after a week to make sure you are happy with your mold cleanup, and to answer any further concerns.
For help with mold abatement, call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526. We can work off-hours.
Who Do I Call to Clean Up Flood Damage in My New Orleans Bar?
Flood damage can put a business in a terrible situation. Contact SERVPRO to get flood damage remediation services for your business.
Our SERVPRO professionals are ready to respond quickly to flooding threats that affect your business to keep restoration as short as possible.
With a staggering 42 flood events in the past two decades at the time that this gets written, New Orleansproperty owners have seen a fair share of severe loss scenarios. As much as the levees help to keep much of the flooding out of the city, considering that much of the area is below sea level, these structures can only do so much against the raw power of nature. When your bar falls victim to the rising waters after a flood loss, it is vital to know who to call to get the situation started restoring as soon as possible.
Cleaning and recovering after flood damage to your New Orleans bar involves handing the control over to competent professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have a fast response to these emergencies. With so many widespread flooding scenarios since we first opened our doors, we are among the most experienced teams in the area for extraction, drying, and post-flood cleanup. With your bar, it is essential first to understand how bad the situation has become by the time you contact our restoration team.
How Bad is the Damage?
Flooding scenarios in New Orleans can get out of control quickly. With the immense pressure of natural flooding, especially when several feet of standing water have entered the bar, areas that you would not normally consider at risk can become problem areas quickly. To fully understand how damaging this situation has grown, we must first assess the damage through a job scoping process conducted by our project manager. Understanding the spread and severity of flood loss effects ensures that we have the right tools and personnel on-site to help. Damage assessments and preliminary evaluations seek to discover:
- The extent of the damage
- Where water damage exists
- Affected materials
- Damage contents
- Potential contamination
What is the Best Extraction Tool?
Wood is one of the primary materials used to construct your bar. From the plank flooring to the booths, chairs, stools, and other structural elements, wood is almost everywhere in the building. While this provides a specific look and feel to your establishment, it also can become a potential problem when restoration gets underway. The cellulose in wood encourages an almost immediate absorption of water when materials become exposed to natural flooding. Protecting areas that have not yet been impacted by moving water is the focal point of our response to these emergencies. This effort requires numerous extraction tools from our recovery inventory, including:
- Truck-Mounted Extractor – This is one of the largest extraction units available to our team. This massive unit can remove water at 300PSI, which is often ideal one several feet of standing water exists throughout the bar.
- Gas-Powered Trash Pump – Solids are often present in flood-damaged properties, making extraction of standing water a potential problem. Trash pumps have a larger intake and discharge line, making it easier to remove water and debris.
- Electric Submersible Pump – With flooding scenarios where waste is not a factor, submersible pumps can be an excellent choice. Depending on the model, we can move thousands of gallons of water over a brief period.
- Wet Vacuum – When standing water is under two inches in depth, wet vacuums can be a good choice for removal. These units do not need to maintain a prime, so they can finish the job that submersibles start.
How Can I Get the Bar Cleaned Out?
There are many areas of your bar that are going to fall under the primary heading of contamination after a blackwater natural flooding event. There is too considerable of a risk that floodwater encountered bacteria and other threats in its path to your building. That is why we begin with muck-out and debris removal to clear out the heaps of sediment, solids, and silt that get brought into the structure. Our restoration professionals must then fixate on what techniques and mitigation solutions can expose lightly damaged areas of the property that can get preserved with drying and cleaning. Primarily, cleaning fixates on:
- Content Management
With a team of in-house contractors available 24/7 along with our restorers, we can offer cost-effective and efficient solutions for both restoration and reconstruction. With so many businesses that never reopen after the traumatic flood events of New Orleans, our SERVPRO team can work to ensure that you are not one of them.
Give our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team a call anytime you need us at (504) 348-7526.
How Do I Reduce Fire Risk in My New Orleans Craft Brewery?
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SERVPRO Teams Can Remove Commercial Fire Damage from New Orleans Facilities
New Orleans craft brewery owners should know that there has been an average of two US craft brewery fires a month since December 2018. While beer and other low alcohol content beverages are not very flammable, the presence of heat, electronics, and dust can create the perfect environment for a fire to ignite.
If a manufacturing-related disaster necessitates commercial fire damage restoration for your New Orleans business, SERVPRO technicians are trained in fire damage mitigation techniques. Both technicians and franchise owners are knowledgeable about best practices for handling fire damage, including cleanup for fire suppression efforts.
What Do Brewery Insurance Companies Recommend for Fire Safety?
• Make sure that boilers and kettles are separated from your facilities with a commercial-grade fire break.
• Ensure that dust from grain milling is kept in a contained area to prevent dust explosions.
• Ventilation is key to preserving safety as well as indoor air quality.
• Make sure smoke alarms, fire monitors, and sprinkler systems are operational and to code. Have a system prepared for easy relaying of fire alerts to your local fire department.
How Does SERVPRO Eliminate Fire Damage Residues from My Business?
SERVPRO technicians focus first on removing unsalvageable debris to lessen the spread of soils and odors before focusing on cleaning of surfaces and structures. Technicians start with dry cleaning light residue accumulation before mitigating heavier soiling with an alkaline cleaning agent.
Machinery and electronics require extensive cleaning to prevent soot residues from becoming acidic in the presence of moisture. To prevent this corrosion, SERVPRO can assist you in finding a licensed brewery maintenance specialist.
SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank ensures that disaster-affected businesses look, “Like it never even happened.” Call (504) 348-7526 to begin the mitigation process.
Commercial Fire Damage In Your New Orleans Property
When your business suffers a disaster, you can call (504) 348-7526 for fast-acting service.
Removing Commercial Fire Damage from a New Orleans Grocer
Fire damage in any business is distressing for a variety of reasons, particularly in a retail setting. Not only are there plenty of structural components that need cleanup and potential replacement, but inventory, which is often made of flammable packaging or contents, can spread fires even faster. The losses incurred can be overwhelming for business owners without some help from reliable, fast-working professionals.
If your New Orleans grocery store needs commercial fire damage cleanup that can come when you need it, SERVPRO is a phone call away from providing precisely that. SERVPRO restoration technicians receive a thorough education in fire damage mitigation and restoration techniques to minimize losses while preserving safety and cleanliness that is compliant with local, state, and federal business regulations. SERVPRO can also aid you in the claims filing process by taking a comprehensive inventory of damages with electronic records.
Factors That Determine Commercial Fire Premiums
• Building materials. The construction of your building and its current condition all influence your premium. Newer facilities and recent upgrades to HVAC and electrical components can also lower the cost of insuring your business.
• Inherent risk. The reason people come into your business can also affect your costs. Restaurants are well-known for having higher risks, while small niche retailers typically have a low risk of fire hazards.
• Protection measures. Fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fireproofing measures and having a fire hydrant or station nearby can lower your premiums.
• Proximity to risk. Criminal activity in the area, as well as the frequency of accidents and natural disasters, all have a bearing on your premium. Think about your location, especially if you are near businesses with higher fire risks, such as an oil refinery.
How SERVPRO Restores Your Business
Electrical fires are a frequent cause of grocery store fires, which can lead to the proliferation of odors and soot on surfaces. While inventory in the affected area may need to be removed, in many cases, the structure can be salvaged.
Technicians work from ceiling to floor, starting with dry cleaning measures and the removal of loose, dry soot deposits. Alkaline or acid cleaners may be used to address more substantial damage depending on the extent. Blast media, like ground corn cobs or soda ash, can address heavy charring on surfaces that respond little to other cleaning methods.
SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank can leave your facilities looking “Like it never even happened.” When your business suffers a disaster, you can call (504) 348-7526 for fast-acting service.
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Stop Flooding Damages --Including Mold--with Rapid SERVPRO Service to New Orleans Buildings
SERVPRO, Fast on the Scene, Mitigates Flood Damage at New Orleans Commercial Properties
Commercial Flood Damage New Orleans – Fast Cleanup and Drying Avoids Mold Infestation
There is not much that can be accomplished to stop flood damage from tornadoes, hurricanes, and flash flooding once groundwater enters your business. With adequate warning, a well-established emergency plan implemented in time can protect some valuables, employees, and customers.
SERVPRO has operated in the New Orleans area providing commercial flood damage services, mitigation, and restoration to both business and residential customers for the past fifteen years. Our experience has shown that professional cleaning and restoration can return your business to full operation much more quickly and at lower overall cost than attempting to self clean your business after a flood.
Fast Cleanup and Drying
SERVPRO deploys the right equipment and the correct techniques to reduce the damage from floodwaters. We use submersible pumps, weighted extractors, or hand-operated wands to remove moisture from difficult to access areas. Contaminated carpeting may need to be removed, and perhaps flood cuts in walls are made to remove wet drywall as well as expose potential cavities filled with water.
Avoid Mold Infestations
Mold is everywhere, and with the right conditions, an infestation can set in and grow. Moisture and warmth in closed areas are excellent breeding grounds for mold colonies to become established. Many clients run into trouble utilizing a self-clean up approach. Moisture inside walls and under carpets or other crevices are missed on the initial cleanup. Once a colony of mold is established, clients notice a musty smelling odor. The source may be difficult to find and eliminate. You may need to close your business a second time to deal with the mold.
Trained SERVPRO mold mitigation experts can assist in removing any chance for mold to grow and avoid business shutdowns multiple times. (From the initial flood and later to remove mold colonies). We use infrared cameras, penetrating, and non-penetrating moisture meters, thermos-hydrometers, manometers when negative air pressure solutions are used. Also, inspection cameras and borescopes are used to reach difficult areas. Luminometers are used to test for organic material.
Our objective is to return your commercial space to you, "Like it never even happened."
Call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Belle Chase, Harvey, Terrytown, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
How SERVPRO Remediates Commercial Mold Damage in New Orleans
Mold can colonize and spread quickly. Call us today for commercial mold remediation.
Remedying Commercial Mold Damage in a New Orleans Office
Small leaks and openings that allow water into a building are enough to cause extensive damage without proper remediation. When a local insurance broker, for example, experiences commercial mold damage in its offices, the cause can be something as small as wet building materials, flooding, or inconsistent maintenance schedules. However, these factors can create conditions that allow mold to thrive.
If your New Orleans business has commercial mold damage, you can count on SERVPRO to get to work quickly on remedying the mold situation in your facilities. Technicians take care to use tried-and-true methods in conjunction with OSHA-approved, EPA-registered disinfectants, to ensure that we restore your building to a pre-mold condition. This team knows that disasters do not occur on a 9-to-5 schedule, so commercial mitigation services are available 24/7.
Signs of Mold in Your Office Space
Mold resides in all buildings in some form. However, concentrations of certain types of spores can be very toxic, and these can be especially unpleasant for people with compromised immune systems or those who are allergic to mold. You may hear employees discuss the following symptoms, which can indicate mold proliferation in your building:
- Frequent eye, nose, throat troubles
- Skin irritation
Employees may also note a musty or moldy smell in parts of the building. If you notice these signs yourself or hear about them from employees, take action right away to remedy the issue.
How SERVPRO Contains Mold
When mold colonizes in a space, it can spread very quickly under the right conditions. When SERVPRO comes to your office, the focus before cleaning is on containing proliferation to maximize safety. Barriers made of plastic sheeting may be used to contain mold-affected spaces during the mold remediation process, and industrial-grade equipment can establish negative pressure in the area. HVAC openings in the affected space may be sealed to prevent mold from spreading through vents. While cleaning, SERVPRO technicians set aside separate areas for cleaning and disinfecting equipment.
Not only do these practices prevent mold from spreading to other parts of your building, but they help maximize safety and respiratory health for both employees and technicians.
SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank Strives to leave your commercial facility looking, "Like it never even happened." you can call (504) 348-7526 for reliable disaster cleanup services 365 days a year.
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SERVPRO Offers State of the Art Methods and Equipment for Water Damaged Documents and Structures in the New Orleans Area
Don't Hang Your Books and Documents for Drying in the New Orleans Area--Call SERVPRO for Professional Restoration
Document Drying in New Orleans Municipal Buildings
From the public records archives in various districts throughout the city of New Orleans to the deeds and blueprints for various structures built across the skyline, many sensitive and original documents need protection. When disasters like water damage occur, these items become at risk for deterioration and degradation, or the very least become illegible to those that might need them in the future. Our team of professionals has the experience to help.
Water damage in New Orleans municipal buildings requires a fast response from trained professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have experience through our years of service in The Westbank and our extensive training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD.) If you have already worked with our team in the past, we have likely encouraged the use of our mobile Emergency READY Profile Program app that helps to delegate critical data about your ready plan during a crisis.
Documents that become exposed to spreading water loss incidents can instantly begin absorbing moisture from the moment of contact. Protecting these filings and other contents of the office spaces and storage areas fall to the capable hands of our SERVPRO professionals. Not only can we employ time-saving drying strategies with broader area solutions like high-velocity air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers, but we also have a division trained explicitly for recovery needs like document drying.
We have a mobile freeze-drying unit which combines a vacuum to flash-freezing documents. This combination of actions can remove moisture from the documents salvaged from the building and prevent further degradation, deterioration, or ink bleeding. Our SERVPRO professionals can also ensure the protection and safekeeping of this information as to return it immediately to your care upon recovery. Sounds complicated? Look up lyophilization for a broader explanation.
When your municipal building becomes threatened by a water loss incident, your records and files also remain at risk until the situation gets resolved. You can trust in the experience of our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank restorers to help however you need it. Give us a call at (504) 348-7526.
We Are Prepared To Handle Any Size Flood Damage In New Orleans
We have the techniques and state of the art equipment necessary to remove flood damage from your property.
We scope the property and take immediate action in New Orleans
Extreme weather events that cause commercial flood damage are not unusual in this part of Louisiana. We have weathered severe flooding from both Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey with numerous tropical storms and intense storms bringing flash flooding in between. When water loss happens, fast action is the key to minimizing damage.
Commercial flood damage consumes properties in New Orleans quickly. Frequently seen issues are:
- Water exposure causes sheetrock to buckle and warp
- The adhesive on floor tiles delaminates
- Subflooring becomes saturated and may require removal
- Contaminants in groundwater including sewage may compound cleanup efforts
When groundwater enters a business, it is unsafe to operate until the premises are dried and disinfected. We scope the property to discover all areas of water migration and get to work extracting the flood damage. We also test the water to determine the nature of any contaminants, including sewage. SERVPRO technicians remove the water doing many passes to pull all the moisture possible out of the flooring. If carpeting is present and saturated by groundwater, it will require removal as restoration is not possible through cleaning.
We dry furnishings in place whenever possible by raising them on blocks to limit the disruption to the business. When this is not an option, we also offer a pack-out service where we remove furnishings, papers, and stock for any needed restoration and secure storage at our location. We photograph and notate each item and its location, so when we move the pieces back into the property, SERVPRO technicians replace them in their original spots.
After thoroughly drying and disinfection of the property, we inspect for any lingering water odors and treat to inhibit mold growth as needed. If we need to neutralize any scents, our technicians choose the best method for the level of odor control required.
SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank can handle any size of commercial flood damage. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 by calling (504) 348-7526, and we make the water loss in your property "Like it never even happened."
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Flood damage can cause serious damage to your New Orleans property. Contact SERVPRO today for all remediation assistance needs.
The Threats of Flooding for New Orleans Hospitals
There are multiple medical facilities, hospitals, and special care centers throughout New Orleans and its surrounding communities. When disasters like flooding occur, these scenarios can be particularly devastating to these businesses, as so many patients depend on the availability of these facilities. Also, the literal effects of the disaster can wreak havoc on contents, equipment, and structural elements within the building itself, which makes it all the more important that professional restoration technicians like ours respond to the situation as promptly as possible.
Medical facilities offer patients a place for treatment, safety, and healing throughout New Orleans, but flood damage can devastate these buildings and their contents. In many cases, severe weather systems that can come in from the Gulf of Mexico can be violent enough to cause structural damage to hospitals and clinics, which can allow vulnerabilities to exist for runoff and direct water exposure to penetrate and exploit. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with a fast response amid these emergencies to offer effective mitigation and emergency construction solutions.
No area of a modern hospital can easily withstand excessive water penetration and pooling. From the high-end diagnostic equipment and machines in various rooms and levels of the facility to basic monitoring equipment and televisions in the rooms, each area of the building represents a unique investment that floodwater can quickly destroy.
Not only are there thousands, and possibly even millions, of dollars invested in state-of-the-art equipment throughout the facility, but property owners and management bodies also must address affected patients and staff. With areas shut down or running at a lower capacity, it is imperative to get the hospital back to a full-service location. Our experienced SERVPRO team has the equipment for fast extractions, drying, and cleanup.
There are many risks associated with flooding around area hospitals and medical centers, but with the fast response of our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank large loss recovery team, we can make flooding effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (504) 348-7526.
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SERVPRO"s Faster Water Removal and Cleanup Keeps the Music Playing in Your New Orleans Bar
A Plumbing Leak Can Cause Water Damage Inside of Your New Orleans Pub
Having a leaky sink causes water damage inside of your establishment is never something that any business owner wants to deal with. However, when misfortunate does strike, it is essential for you to strike faster. Getting immediate help can mean the difference between an inexpensive cleanup and complete water damage remediation. Sadly, the leak inside of your pub's bathroom went unnoticed for a couple of days, as the sinks are built into a counter and were leaking water onto the floorboards directly underneath.
Upon finding the water damage inside of your New Orleans pub, you knew to reach out for help right away, which helped prevent the damage from accelerating any further. Leaving water damage can cause even more problems, as excess moisture can feed airborne mold spores, which are omnipresent. A dark and damp place is an excellent place for mold damage to form.
SERVPRO works around your schedule; your hours are our hours. Whenever you need our services, we can be available, day or night. Having a pub without a working restroom can lead customers to leave faster than they naturally would, and therefore can equal a loss of business. SERVPRO knows how essential foot traffic is, which is why we work around the clock, efficiently, and swiftly, to ensure that the damage is dried as quickly as possible.
When SERVPRO arrives, our IICRC-certified technicians can immediately get to work. We can dismantle the counter top and remove it, allowing us access to the floor underneath. From there, we can set up advanced technological drying equipment, designed to remediate water damage swiftly. To address the moisture in your wooden flooring, we can use drying mats to create an intense drying environment, which pulls the moisture right out of your floors.
Additionally, we can set up desiccant dehumidifiers, axial fans, and air movers, to dry out the countertops made to house your sinks. Lastly, SERVPRO can use thermal imaging technology to ensure that there are no pockets of water in your walls or underneath your floor. Once finished, we can return your business to you in its pre-damaged state.
When water damage interrupts the flow of your business, never hesitate. Communicate with SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank by calling the number (504) 348-7526. Whenever the time, we're open for you.
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Getting Rid of Odors After Flooding
Air scrubber helping remove moisture from a Terrytown,LA office
After the water is gone and sometimes after the property has been repaired, flood damage can leave one hard to handle effect in the form of a stale, musty odor. The remaining musty smell is unsavory to deal with, but it could also be a bad sign that your flood cleanup efforts aren’t quite done. Such smells often indicate subtle remaining moisture from black water or even sewage loss that can lead to mold growth. If you are dealing with the aftermath of flood water damage in Terrytown,LA, here are a few tips to get rid of musty smells.
Get Rid of the Moisture
Getting rid of a mildew smell in your carpet often comes down to simply ensuring the source of the water damage smell has been fully removed. Mold remediation experts can help by inspecting for lingering leaks and mold issues. Once you ensure everything is dry and water damaged carpeting is removed, you’re ready to move to the next steps.
Drying and Treating
Once the immediate water damage and mold issues are addressed, you’ll want to :
- Treat the carpet with a cleaning solution. A homemade one involves mixing a cup of vinegar and two cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray it onto the carpet lightly, being sure not to oversaturate and trigger mold growth.
- Pour baking soda over the treated areas. Baking soda is known for absorbing odors. Let it sit on the area overnight then vacuum it up.
- Clean the air. Your circulating air can be cleaned just like a saturated item. Try some homemade deodorization by placing bowls of white vinegar or clean cat litter around the effected space. Both are known for lifting odors.
If you’ve tried it all and find mold growth and smells still lingering, it may be time to call in the experts at your local flood remediation company to help you get the fresh, clean-smelling space you had before.
Spring Brings Thaw, Rain and Water Damage
Water mitigation equipment in Mcdonoghville, LA
Water mitigation specialists in Mcdonoghville, LA, have learned that they are in high demand during a spring thaw. This is due to multiple weather-related problems that come about at this time and impact plumbing systems in a negative way, causing leaking and flooding. Here is a look at some common spring water problems and what you can do to prevent them from being huge disasters:
1. Pipe failures
A frozen pipe can crack or burst, and the low temperatures may make the damage go unnoticed until the thaw. Prevent problems a season ahead of time by doing proper winter readiness. This involves shutting off water to outside faucets. Also, increase inspections of pipes in your building as spring begins, so you can look for signs of leaks and catch problems before they become major flooding.
2. Basement floods.
When the ground is still frozen and the rains start falling, storm water can’t percolate down to the water table as usual. This leads to a lot of basement flooding. While you can’t prevent rain or a spring flood, you can make sure your building’s drainage system and sump pump are in good working order. Test your pump before the spring rains start coming.
3. Roof leaks.
Water that gets trapped on your roof will go through a cycle of thaw and refreeze, causing a large problem that can’t drain and leads to leaks and structure damage. Before winter, make sure to have your roof drainage system inspected and cleaned, including gutters and downspouts.
If you do encounter an unfortunate spring flood or have a burst pipe that causes damage in your building, you can make your life easier by relying on a professional water mitigation company to handle all aspects of the damage. Professionals help you recover more quickly by providing the right experience and equipment to get the job done efficiently, enabling you to get back to business sooner.
3 Reasons to Replace Polybutylene Pipes
Broken Pipe in the West Bank of New Orleans.
Polybutylene pipes were a popular plumbing solution from the 1970s through the 1990s. In fact, millions of buildings had them installed during this time. Unfortunately, they’ve since been shown to be unreliable and prone to leaks and failure. If your West Bank, LA, business is in a building with this type of plumbing, there are a few reasons you should consider replacing it.
1. It’s a Matter of Time
When this piping was first unveiled in the 1970s, it was seen as the future of plumbing. The plastic resin pipes are lower cost and easier to install compared to traditional copper pipes. Over time, however, the plastic degrades, which makes it prone to cracks. Leaks can be extremely costly to businesses, as water damage leads to lost work time and possible closures.
2. It Isn’t Up to Code
There are no regulations that mandate the replacement of polybutylene piping. Still, because there have been so many issues, it is no longer accepted by building codes in the United States and Canada. If it is not good enough for today’s building codes, it might be a good idea to replace the plastic pipes.
3. It Can Fail for Multiple Reasons
While there is not a confirmed scientific reason for the massive failure of these pipes, there are a couple of possibilities. The first is that the chemicals used to treat water in the United States, such as chlorine, degrade the plumbing over time. Some people also attribute the failure to faulty installation, but this cannot be accurately assessed without looking at the entire system.
If your business has polybutylene pipes, it may only be a matter of time before leaks start. A licensed plumbing expert can evaluate the age, material and quality of your building’s pipes. Replacing the pipes with a more reliable solution can save your business time and money in the long run.
Fire Preparation Tips Every Business Owner Needs To Know
Every business should have a Fire Evacuation Plan
A commercial fire can wreak havoc not just on a business's property, but on a business's revenue as well. Fire damage often involves three types of damage: fire, smoke and water damage. For this reason, fire restoration efforts often take much longer than other types of restoration labors—and cost three times as much. Fortunately, you can take measures to prevent such a huge financial hit with the right fire preparation efforts. Here are a few steps you can take to minimize damage and losses:
• Perform a disaster risk analysis.
• Devise and practice emergency and recovery plans.
• Invest in the right coverage.
• Back up important files.
• Take inventory.
Perform a Risk Analysis
If you don't know your risk, you cannot adequately prepare for it. For instance, if you live in a fire prone area, fortifying your building against flooding and earthquakes may not save you. Disaster preparation only works if you prepare for the right kind of disaster. In addition to protecting your building against the right kinds of disaster, you should also assess how each type of disaster would impact your business and what you can do to mitigate the costs.
Develop a Fire Preparation Plan
Safety should be your utmost concern, even above cost. In addition to taking measures to protect your building, you should also implement a plan that will ensure all building occupants can exit easily and safely in the event of an actual fire. Assign roles to capable and willing employees and hold drills to ensure that everyone knows how to respond in the event of a real emergency.
Invest in the Right Coverage
You can do everything in your power to prevent a fire, but that doesn't necessarily mean one won't happen. If a fire does result in a full or partial loss, the cost can be great to your business. The right coverage can help shoulder the financial burden and even reimburse you for losses that stem from business interruption.
If you don't have a fire preparation plan, it's time to build one. Talk to your New Orleans, LA, fire restoration team about the elements of a sound safety plan.
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What You Should Understand About Mitigation and Restoration
Commercial Water Loss
If you’re preparing your business to deal with emergencies such as floods, fires, and other potential problems, you should take the time to ensure you know about the services you’ll need in the aftermath, specifically mitigation and restoration. While these two services are often performed in close proximity to one another, they are not the same thing. These are the main differences:
• Mitigation is completed before restoration can commence.
• Restoration is often a much lengtheir process than mitigation efforts.
• However, both may be completed by your chosen flood cleanup company.
Mitigation consists of efforts made by your restoration company to prevent further damage from occurring to your building in the aftermath of a disaster. For example, after a flood, a flood cleanup company in New Orleans, LA, will often dry out carpets and personal belongings before getting to work on actual repairs. This is so that standing water and waterlogged carpets won’t cause further damage to floors, walls and other parts of your business premises while restoration is underway later.
Restoration can only be done after mitigation is complete, during which your restoration company removes damaged materials from your building and replaces them entirely. While mitigation work is to prevent further damage, restoration gets rid of materials and belongings that could not be saved and helps to get your business back to normal. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, this step can take weeks.
Of course, none of this is possible without selecting a reliable cleanup company to take care of your business. The best way to ensure you’ll have the services you need on hand when you need them the most is to contract a company for your business. This means professionals will be at your business as soon as possible when flooding, fire or storm damage does occur, so you’ll experience less downtime and can get business booming again in no time.
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How To Get the Smell of Burned Popcorn Out of the Microwave
There are numerous fire hazards in an office break room. Fortunately, most employees know how to use these items properly. However, as a business owner, you may eventually discover someone accidentally burned popcorn in the break room. It is usually not a big deal, but it can leave behind an unpleasant odor. Before you try smoke cleanup services in New Orleans, LA, you should try to eliminate the stench on your own.
1. Use a Bowl Filled With White Vinegar and Water
Using one tablespoon of white vinegar and one-half cup of water, you may be able to get rid of the smell. Microwave this bowl for between four and five minutes. Next, leave it in there for an additional 15 minutes. The steam should be able to loosen the residue. You can wipe the inside of the microwave down with a towel afterward.
2. Try Citruses
In the event white vinegar does not work, you may be able to remove the smell of burned popcorn with citruses. Place two lemon or orange slices inside of a bowl along with water and microwave it for another four minutes. Make sure to keep a close eye on this to ensure the peels do not burn. They should not, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
3. Use Baking Soda
If all else fails, then you should leave a box of baking soda inside the microwave overnight. Hopefully this should neutralize the odor and will work wonder in building deodorization. If you truly cannot get the stench out, then you may want to get a new microwave if you can afford it and if this one was old anyway.
The odor of burned popcorn can really be overpowering and can prevent people from doing their jobs efficiently. You can keep the break room a safe place by informing employees of how they should act and how to use appliances in the room.
When It Comes to Treating Water Damage, Speed Is Crucial
Discovering water damage in your home is stressful. You know it means hours of cleanup and restoration, and you may just not want to deal with it right away. After all, it’s already damaged, right? But what you may not realize is that failure to act quickly after a pipe burst can lead to costly secondary damages such as mold growth and humidity damage.
The Crucial First Day
The first 24 hours after a water damage incident are crucial to the cleanup process. Any water left standing after 24 hours runs the risk of developing mold and other harmful bacteria. The first step in any water damage recovery should be to get rid of as much water as you can as quickly as possible.
Some cleanup and restoration companies in New Orleans, LA offer 24-hour emergency services to help you start the process right away. In the meantime, you can attempt to sop up standing water with a wet vacuum, mop, or even old towels. It’s important to contact a qualified cleanup company, rather than try to handle the pipe burst cleanup yourself, as you may not realize exactly how far the damage can extend. A cleanup company will be sure to correct any and all possible hazards from the affected area.
Even if the water has already been sitting for more than a day by the time you’ve found it, restoration companies often offer mold cleanup as well. You should still deal with it as soon as possible to avoid extending the damage.
Even if you manage to avoid mold growth, any remaining water can cause trouble as it evaporates through humidity damage. Extreme humidity can cause warping of wood or drywall and even damage electronics or musical instruments being stored in the space. A cleanup company can help you to avoid this by setting up dehumidifiers to capture any water vapor in the air as the affected area dries.
Don’t let frustration with a pipe burst prevent you from dealing with the damage quickly. Those first 24 hours are crucial to the cleanup process. Cleaning up right away can prevent costly and hazardous secondary damage.
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Cleaning the HVAC System of Your Business
It’s getting cold outside, which means it’s time to start using your heater. It also means now is a perfect time to maintain those air ducts. Throughout the year, especially here in Louisiana, your HVAC system is constantly working, but when is the last time you worked for it? Our HVAC systems work year round in Louisiana and that constant use can create a mess where you can’t see it, in your air ducts. Some simple maintenance can help your HVAC system work more efficiently saving you money while making your house cleaner.
Benefits of Cleaning your air ducts
Improved air quality: By cleaning the ducts in your HVAC system you remove any dust and allergens that could be circulated through your home by the air conditioner.
Increased airflow: By cleaning your air ducts it makes it easier for air to circulate and flow through your home. This reduces the amount of energy needed to heat and cool your home, saving you money.
Drying Water in your Business
Whether they see water in a business, the restoration company professionals will use drying methods to remove any water left behind by the pump. This pump can only remove the water that it touches or identifies in the room. Water cleanup restoration professionals will often set up and turn on the pump at night and let it run all night. They can then use restoration and drying methods to remove water in a business. Though using fans is one of the best ways to dry out that water, the methods used will depend on whether your flooded business has flood damage caused by clean or dirty water.
Determining whether the water in a business is dirty or clean is just one thing mitigation experts can do after you suffer a supply line break. The restoration company they work for can send equipment out to your business to help with the water cleanup process. Those tools can stop the flow of water moving towards the supply line break, kill any mold growing in the business and take care of water damage hidden deep inside the business.
Mitigation and restoration help is also suitable for water in a business. A commercial building owner can lose thousands of dollars a day during the water cleanup process, which is why a restoration company will act quickly and take steps to finish the job just as quickly. These mitigation companies can reduce flood damage in a flooded business after a supply line break or pipe break. Visit http://www.SERVPROtheneworleanswestbank.com for more information on water damage.
Commercial Fire Cleanup Process
Commercial fire damage companies analyze all possible ways in which the fire and smoke
damage might have used to escalate the problem. To avoid left over smoke smell, for instance, technicians will take care of ceiling tiles and underneath false floors. Once removed they will also use a thermal fogger to deodorize areas that cannot be cleaned.
Fire cleanup process.
In this step, commercial fire damage team carries out the cleaning process of the soot damage or the smoke damage. In most cases, utility room fire or explosion in business leaves the room stained, dirty and with smoke smell. Fire damage restoration process should be conducted thoroughly in this step. All electrical faults caused by electrical fire require maintenance after fire suppression. Stagnant water should be removed and the sanitized after fire restoration.. In this process, all items that are damaged requires disposal, and every smoke smell elimination conducted.
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Reopening a Business After Commercial Fire Damage
Reopening a Business After Commercial Fire Damage
A fire can cause all kinds of headaches for a business owner such as soot damage and smoke damage. When confronting commercial fire damage from an electrical fire, any business owner may understandably feel the prospect of opening again is quite daunting. Many spaces inside of the business may have been damaged during the course of a utility room fire. Additional fire damage can happen when a firefighter comes to the property with a fire hose from a large fire truck to put out the flames. During the course of the efforts of the firefighter and additional helpers on the fire truck, there can be all kinds of serious soot and smoke damage to the property. The firefighter next to the fire truck may need to break open one or more windows to get the fire hose inside and help put out the electrical fire. A firefighter with a a fire truck may also need to head deep inside of the property with the fire hose as a utility room fire may be isolated from the rest of the space. It's important to start with fire restoration efforts as soon as possible in the aftermath of commercial fire damage. Such fire restoration plans should also include a timeline for reopening the business.
Clearing Out Damage
Clearing out commercial fire damage may take several kinds of efforts. The fire sprinkler system may not yet be turned off. The fire sprinkler system used as part of any former fire suppression plans may also be leaking water in many spaces. Any plan to open up the space after commercial fire damage from a utility room fire or other kinds of fires should be able removing what has suffered from smoke damage or soot damage as soon as possible. Fire suppression methods of all kinds such as fire sprinkler system and a fire hose may have caused additional damage. The business owner needs to see what specifically has fire damage or soot damage. They need to hire professional fire restoration experts who can examine every corner after a utility room fire and determine why a fire suppression method such as a fire sprinkler system did not work well enough to stop the fire. It's important to think about what can be cleaned out and what cannot.
For many business owners, one of the most important parts of their business is the electrical system. An electrical fire can damage the electricity in the space. The electrical fire can also harm wires that run through the space further so it's hard for any electricity to be turned on. Getting this system turned on again is often important as it can help with further fire suppression efforts. An effective fire restoration company can help with this process, allowing the business owner to think about when they can have power running again. This kind of help is vitally important when think about how to cope with fire damage and how to reopen a business again.
Getting Ready to Welcome Clients
When in the process of working with a professional to get rid of smoke damage and fire damage, it helps to think about plans for reopening the space. A professional company can offer soot damage cleanup that fully removes all of the soot from the space including in the interior walls. Such companies can also help make sure the entire area is truly safe to enter again. The business owner along with the clients needs to feel safe knowing they can conduct business there even after a serious and dangerous fire. It is important to feel confidence in any company hired to help. A good company can help the business owner be assured they can fully welcome guests, clients, employees and everyone else into the space easily even after a prolonged period of fire in many parts of the business.
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