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Did You Know That SERVPRO Offers Mold Remediation Services in New Orleans and Surrounding Areas?

9/21/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth in your home can cause cause health effects; here are the effective ways to solve your mold problem.

Finding mold in your shower, basement, or kitchen can be alarming. A small amount of mold may not cause health effects, but knowing to get rid of it on time can keep it from becoming a bigger issue. When left untouched, mold can spread quickly to a larger area and cause health effects.

SERVPRO of New Orleans, a professional mold removal company serving the New Orleans and surrounding areas, shares five effective tips for removing mold from homes. 

1. Applying Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial and antifungal solution. It is effective for mold removal. You can use it safely on a wide range of surfaces like kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, hard flooring, and wall surfaces.

Pour the concentration into a spray bottle. You can begin by testing areas or surfaces that are not conspicuous to prevent discoloration or damage. Once you are satisfied with the result, spray the moldy surfaces and leave them for 15 minutes. After that, scrub the area to remove black mold and stains.

2. Using vinegar for mold removal

White vinegar is a nontoxic acidic product used to clean, deodorize and disinfect. Vinegar can kill more than 80 percent of mold species, including black mold. You can use this solution safely on a wide range of surfaces.

Pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray onto the moldy surfaces. Leave it for about an hour. Finally, wipe the area with water and allow the surface to dry.

3. Using baking soda to remove black mold

Baking soda is not only effective for removing odors in the fridge, but it can also help to get rid of black mold. Baking soda not only kills mold but also absorbs and encourages mold growth. The best part is that it is safe for your family and pets.

Pour a tablespoon of baking soda into a spray bottle filled with water and shake until it dissolves. Spray the moldy area and scrub the surface using a scrub brush. After that, rinse the surface with water to remove any residual mold stains and the baking soda itself.

4. Removing black mold with essential oils

For centuries, millions of people have used essential oils in aromatherapy. But very few people know that some essential oils, such as tea tree oil are effective insect repellents and deodorizers. It is a natural fungicide that removes mold quickly and ensures mold spores do not come back.

Mix tree oil with a cup of water in a spray bottle and shake vigorously to achieve a fine blend. Spray the moldy area, leave it for 45 minutes, and then wipe away with a dry towel. Essential oils can cause health effects in some people, so ensure you wear protective gloves when applying them.

5. Curbing mold growth with lemons

Lemons are a natural antiseptic, bleach, and stain remover. Additionally, it is one of the most effective ways to remove black mold in the house. The high concentration of acid in lemons helps break down mold spores, leaving you with a clean and disinfected surface.

Juice three to five lemons into a cup and pour over the affected area. Wait for 10 minutes, and then wipe the surface with a damp towel. You can also scrub the surface to get rid of tough mold stains.

Get Professional Mold Removal Services In Lakewood, New Orleans

The team of mold removal specialists at SERVPRO of New Orleans has years of experience and is well equipped with the latest tools and technology to restore your home to a safer and healthier condition. They are available for emergency mold removal service 24/7. 

Storm Damage Resources

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

We have all dealt with storm damage in the past, and since we live in an area affected by hurricanes, we will probably deal with them again in the future.  We all know what to do in order to prepare for a hurricane, but what do we do after the storm has passed?  It is just as important to have a post-storm plan, as one before.

Here are a few things to do immediately after the storm has passed and it is safe to do so.

  1. Before you clean up, take pictures and videos of all of the damage, inside and out.
  2. Start removing anything that is wet or holding water, followed by debris from your home.
  3. Have your insurance policy and contact information ready to go so that you can contact them right away.  
  4. Start making any repairs that you can in order to stop future damage.

Remember that if a storm does damage to your property, it probably did to many others as well.  Get in touch with your insurance company as quickly as possible to get the claim started.    We all remember events in the past where it took weeks to get someone out to look at the damage.  Having a plan for after the storm can help keep you on a track to getting back to normal as quickly as possible.  The team at SERVPRO of New Orleans & MidCity is here to help.

Tips On How To Prevent Home/Office Fires

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

Nobody wants to think about their home or office catching on fire.  Sometimes these things happen and they are totally out of our control, but there are a lot of things that we can do to help prevent them.

FEMA’s records show that just over half (50.2%) of residential fires are caused by cooking-related accidents.  The next three biggest reasons are Heating (9.3%), Electrical Malfunction (6.8%), and Intentional (4.5%). 

Here are a few things that you can do to help prevent a house fire and protect your family.

Pay attention when cooking.  If you need to step out of the room, ask someone to watch the food until you get back, or turn off the stove and stop cooking.

Test your smoke alarms regularly. 

Check the dryers’ airflow.  Pull the lint trap and clean it every time you dry a load of clothes.

Be careful with power cords and strips.  Attaching too many appliances to one power strip can draw more power than the cord is able to handle.  This can cause it to heat up and potentially catch on fire.

Store flammable products away from heat sources.

Place fire extinguishers in key locations around your house.  Make sure that everyone in the home knows how to properly use them.

If you need help after a fire, SERVPRO is here to help.  We can replace the damaged areas, check your electrical system for any potential issues, and can even help you get that smoke smell out of your home.  

Preventative Fire Damage with your SERVPRO of New Orleans & Mid-City team!

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

Dealing with fire damage can be one of the most difficult things that a family or business goes through.  There will be a loss of structure, valuables, and sometimes even life.  There are some things that cause fire damage that we can’t control (mostly lightning), but there are several things that we can do to help prevent fires from happening at our homes or businesses. 

Cooking - If you have something on the stove top or in the oven, don’t leave the room without asking someone to keep an eye on it.  Kitchen fires are one of the leading causes of home fires.

Power Strips - Did you know that power strips and extension cords are only designed to handle so much electricity?  Did you also know that they are color coded for a reason?  Make sure that you don’t plug too many things into one strip or that you run an electrical cord too far.  Overpowering them can cause them to heat up, melt and potentially start a fire.

Smoke Alarms - Don’t wait for them to start beeping to remind you to replace the battery.  They should be replaced yearly and tested as well.  How old are your smoke detectors?  Are they the same ones that were there when the house was built?  It would a good idea to look into it and update them.

In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire.  Check out what FEMA has to say about fire safety.  If you experience any fire or smoke damage to your home or business, the team at SERVPRO of New Orleans & Mid-City is always here to help!  Give us a call at (5040 468-3047.

The Different Types of Fire Damage!

8/19/2022 (Permalink)

Dealing with the damage from a fire can be a long process.  The fire could have been small, but the smoke from it did the majority of the damage.  On the other side, most of the damage could have been from the fire itself.  Lastly, there could have been another layer of damage caused when the fire was extinguished.  Here are the main types of fire damage that are commonly dealt with.

Flame Damage - This could be from an electrical outlet that caused damage, all the way to a full-blown kitchen fire.

Smoke Damage - Smoke is literally in the air and can (and will) get into everything.  Even after the rebuild is completed, there can still be a lingering smell of smoke to the property unless it is dealt with correctly.

3rd Party Damage - This type of damage comes from any in-house sprinkler system used to put the fire out or from the Fire Department themselves when they get to the scene.

Heat Damage - Even though a part of the structure might have not actually caught fire, it was probably severely heated up.  This can cause structural damage and possible swelling that you might not notice right away.

After a fire, you could be dealing with flame, smoke, water and heat damage at the same time.  FEMA has some great information on what to do after the fire.  The best way to make sure that this is taken care of promptly and properly is to contact the team at SERVPRO of New Orleans & Mid-City at (504) 468-3047 to get on the job!

Dealing With Smoke Damage

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Dealing with a fire at your home or office is always going to be time-consuming.  There are so many things that have to be dealt with immediately to protect your family or business.  Once the fire has been extinguished, the cleaning can begin.  Here are a few things that FEMA suggests for you to do to start the cleanup process

  1. Call your insurance agent as soon as possible to file a claim.
  2. Consider your personal safety when entering a structure damaged by fire.
  3. Check for structural damage before re-entering the building.
  4. Wear protective clothing (gloves, face masks, eye protection) when going in the damaged area.
  5. Never attempt to salvage belongings at the expense of your own safety.
  6. Be aware of hazardous chemicals that were in the home (laundry, garage, kitchen areas).
  7. Take photographs of damaged items for insurance purposes. 

You can always call the professionals at SERVPRO of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City at (504) 468-3047 if your residential or commercial property has had any smoke or fire damage.  We have multiple ways of helping mitigate the smoke damage, including the use of an ozonizer and thermal foggers.  The smoke can get into everything.  We will do whatever it takes to get it back out!

Keep SERVPRO of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City as your Emergency Contact!

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

After a major disaster, businesses suffer a variety of interruptions like:

  • financial and emotional stress
  • production downtime
  • sullied reputation
  • a plethora of other strains.

In the time period following a trauma like a fire, flood, pipe break, or another form of disaster, making the right decisions can be taxing and confusing. At SERVPRO of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City, we regularly see local companies go through this and want business owners to know we are here to help after a commercial disaster. Part of that help comes through an emergency readiness checklist and disaster plan.

Creating a disaster readiness plan for your business can save you thousands on your bottom line, and can save your business, entirely. And the planning process does not have to be overwhelming when placed on top of all other responsibilities. SERVPRO of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City is here to help take the weight off your shoulders by developing an Emergency Ready Profile for your company. Knowing you are, "Ready for whatever happens," will give you, your clients, and your employee's confidence if or when your business is affected by a disaster.

We Generate A Plan For You

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate action plan. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize the severity of water and fire damage to your business.

Why An ERP?

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, but will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This helps minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Professionals at SERVPRO of Metairie established as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider!
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by for an emergency response.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can start cleaning up the damage, so you can reopen your business as soon as possible.
  • Specific Facility Details of your business such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
    You will have a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call in case of an emergency so that you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Contact SERVPRO of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City at ((504) 468-3047 to get started on your SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile today.

We are here to be your total solutions provider during an emergency commercial disaster so you can do what’s important: taking care of your clients, employees, and other business needs. 

How Do Experts Clean Up Sewer Damage?

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

How Do Professionals Repair Sewer Damage?

Water leaks in a commercial property can be either uncontaminated, such as a leak that originates from a broken supply line, or contaminated from flooded toilets or a sewer backup.

Sewer cleanup involves contaminated water that may contain potentially dangerous substances such as chemicals or microbes and should be performed by certified professionals. Cleanup and restoration experts will follow several steps in commercial properties that have recently experienced a leak involving contaminated water.

As soon as a commercial property experiences a sewage leak, you should call a plumber and address the source of the problem. Once the leak has stopped, contact a company that specializes in cleaning up sewer damage in commercial properties.

1. Contain the leak and remove water and sewage: Cleanup experts will remove excess water and any traces of solid waste from the affected area to prevent water and sewage damage from spreading or worsening.

2. Clean and disinfect the affected area: Professionals use industrial-grade sewer cleanup equipment and may depend on pump sprayers or foggers to eliminate the presence of dangerous bacteria.

3. Dispose of ruined contents: Any materials that cannot be cleaned and decontaminated should be removed as soon as possible and replaced.

4. Drying and decontamination: Experts will thoroughly dry the affected area and decontaminate items that are capable of being salvaged.

5. Restore the area and contents: Restore the cleaned, disinfected, and dried area and contents to pre-damage conditions.


You can depend on the expertise of a certified sewer cleanup service to ensure that your facility is cleaned, disinfected, and dried in compliance with health and safety standards. If you are dealing with a sewage leak in a commercial property located in New Orleans, LA a sewer damage restoration company can help you ensure that your commercial structure is clean, dry, free of mold, and safe for tenants and visitors.

Preventing Springtime Water Damage in New Orleans

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

We all know the old saying, "April showers bring May flowers." With springtime comes heavy downpours, which can bring unwanted surprises to light on your property like roof leaks or water that comes through your home's foundation. Soggy carpets and dripping ceilings often lead to water damage. Have no fear! Taking the following steps can help prevent water damage in the spring.

Tips to Prevent Springtime Water Damage

  • Groom your gutters. Keep the flow flowing! By cleaning your gutters and keeping them damage-free, water will be directed away from your house with downspout extensions.
  • Cover up! Using plastic covers around window wells can keep rain from seeping in.
  • Show your roof some love. Give your roof some much-needed TLC by replacing missing singles, any damage from storms or weather, and keep flashing sealed. We promise it's worth the effort!
  • Be an Einstein landscaper. When putting decoration or landscaping around your home, make sure to slope the ground away from your foundation. This will help prevent water from pooling and causing future water damage issues.
  • It's all about the foundation. By repairing cracks and holes in your home's foundation as soon as they are found, you can keep the water away and minimize your odds of water damage!

Here at SERVPRO of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City, we know that water damage can be a hassle. If you follow the above tips, you might just save yourself from seeing our bright green vans. Whether you use our tips or not, water damage can still happen. That's where we come in!

Give us a call at (504) 468-3047 at any hour of the day! We've got technicians at the ready to help you in your time of need.

Removing Tobacco Odor From Your NOLA Home

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

After years of smoking in a home, walls and contents become blemished and develop bad odors, and professional cigarette smoke odor removal is often necessary. Cigarette smoke also penetrates more odor-absorbing objects, such as carpets, upholstery, bedding, clothes, and many more.  

Additionally, the HVAC system of a building carries the smoke odor and chemicals throughout the structure. The affected surfaces will become unpleasant to look at and the odors may disturb many people.  

Ultimately, tobacco residue is extremely hard to remove and requires professional equipment and services. But, if you want to DIY, here are a few tips for cigarette smoke odor removal.  

DIY Cigarette Smoke Odor Removal from Homes  

To eliminate cigarette smoke odor, you must thoroughly clean the tobacco smoke residue from every surface and corner in the home:  

  • First, open all windows and doors to let as much fresh air in as possible.  
  • Clean or replace the air filters, furnace filters, and AC filters.  
  • Clean walls and ceilings using products with ammonia and glycol — two ingredients that neutralize bad odors. Let the walls dry and check if the odor persists.  
  • If you can still smell cigarette odor after cleaning, repaint the walls and ceilings with latex paint. Use a sealant designed to lock in odors before painting.  
  • Clean everything in the home: floors, windows, carpets, furniture, upholstery, draperies, blinds, and other household surfaces, fixtures, and items.  

Short-term, less expensive, cigarette odor removal solutions  

  • Use an air purifier in your home.  
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets, leave it overnight to absorb bad smells, and vacuum it the next day.  
  • Place saucers of white vinegar/ coffee/ activated charcoal/ citrus peels around the house and leave them overnight to neutralize the smell.  
  • Get indoor plants which can absorb up to 87% of indoor pollutants.  
  • Use scented or non-scented candles.  

Completely removing cigarette smoke odor from a home is a very time-consuming and complicated process. If the situation is severe, call a professional smoke remediation specialist, such as SERVPRO of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City, to remove the odor. We provide complete smoke cleaning and sanitation, professional deodorization, as well as duct cleaning services.