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Recover & Reopen Your Business After a Disaster | SERVPRO® of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

Building up your own business is an extremely rewarding thing, but when it comes to the possibility of a natural disaster, the future is never certain. Many businesses are permanently derailed by disasters annually due to the difficult task of recovery—but thankfully, risks can be significantly mitigated by planning in advance for how you will recover.

Safety is always the top concern when it comes to preparing your business for the worst, but once your safety plans are in place, you can begin thinking about the physical recovery process. Handling insurance, restoration, communications, and applying for disaster assistance can all work together to get your doors reopened faster so you can get back to business.

Get Your Doors Reopened Faster After a Disaster Strikes Your Business

Check in with your insurance and restoration providers. There are many things that might be covered on your commercial policy, but because each one differs, it is best to check with your provider to know for sure. Once you do this, it is time for the restoration to begin—contact your commercial restoration provider quickly so they can begin formulating a response for you.

Make customers aware of the recovery plan. It is smart to get in touch with your customers right away after a disaster so they are aware of what to expect. Social media can provide a simple way to reach people quickly, and can give you the chance to promote any ways that customers can support you during the closure, such as buying gift cards or pre-purchasing items online to help your revenue during a difficult time.

See what disaster assistance you qualify for. After an official disaster event is declared, there will be many resources available to business owners such as disaster recovery loans from the Small Business Administration. These loans tend to be easy to qualify for, carry low-interest rates, and can be used for many different expenses that a business owner may incur throughout the recovery process.

If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.

If The Levee Breaks You Need The Team At SERVPRO To Help Save Your New Orleans Department Store!

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

One of the most severe situations that New Orleans residents can face is the sheer force of hurricanes and their destructive nature on the structures and communities throughout our service area. As our residents saw with Hurricane Katrina, these same destructive forces can cause devastation to multiple properties simultaneously when the force and power of the storm break through levees. These levee breaks can quickly affect miles of properties, including your department store near the French Quarter.

With levee breaks, so many properties get affected all at once by storm and flood damages in New Orleans. Your department store has a substantial investment at risk by the rising and rushing waters, and you need a crew that can arrive quickly to help you protect this investment. Our SERVPRO Contents Department has the experience to remove at-risk items from flooded or flooding properties to protect them until it is safe to return them after restoration completes.

Often with substantial catastrophes like what our area saw with Katrina and the breaking of levees, there is no stopping the water flooding the area from infiltrating your business and affecting construction materials and the remaining contents. Most often, business owners must wait until the water settles enough for extraction and drying efforts to be effective. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly at this time with truck-mounted extraction pumps, offering a powerful 300 psi removal.

Our franchise offers comprehensive restoration services in the event of flooding throughout our area. With so much of the city and its surrounding communities well below sea level, many properties ultimately get affected by levee breaks. Our licensed contracting division can help with the demolition of unsalvageable construction and efficient rebuilding services to return your building to its former condition.

While you cannot always expect levees to break and flood the city, knowing what to do and whom to call in such a disaster is critical to protecting the investment you have made in your store. Give our SERVPRO of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City rapid response team a call anytime disaster strikes at 504.468.3047

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COVID-19 Proofing your NOLA Business

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Carpet Cleaning for Your Commercial Business

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

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

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

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

Even when you follow preventive maintenance actions, carpets will still have dirt trapped below the surface that you cannot see with the eye, especially in dark carpets. Carpets act as a filter trapping gasses, hair, dirt, and dust. Did you know that 79% of soil in carpets is dry soil? To reduce that percentage, a good rule of thumb to maintain your carpet’s original state is to get it professionally cleaned once a year. Protect your businesses investment by having it cleaned by SERVPRO of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City. 

Because each carpet can slightly vary, we offer a number of options to keep your carpet and upholstery brand new. Here is our range of specialized cleaning methods:

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

For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience, and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call SERVPRO of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City today to schedule an appointment. 

Do You Have a Funky Smell In Your Condo?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Women holding her nose Get rid of those funky smells and call SERVPRO® of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City! 504-468-3047

Do you have a new tenant moving in, but can't get rid of a funky smell? Well have no fear SERVPRO® of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City is here! 

You may be dealing with some unpleasant odors in your condo. Funky smells from pets, foods, cigarette smoke or just plain old grime can make life in a small-sized living space truly unbearable. As renovation and home repair experts, here at SERVPRO® of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City we have a lot of experience in handling interior odor situations. Today, we would like to list some tips for you that can help you when deodorizing your condominium. 

  • Clean every surface, including behind your refrigerator and stove, and consider replacing your shower liner, bed linens, and mattress pad, too. Pantries and vanities can often hold old food and products that emit smells due to their age, so purging these items can really help. 
  • Make sure you clean fabrics like drapes, throw pillows, and zippered upholstery according to their cleaning instructions. Any rugs or carpeting should be professionally cleaned for a fresh start. SERVPRO® of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City employs all the necessary equipment for deep carpet-cleaning. 
  • A fresh coat of paint can also go a long way toward making your condominium smell and feel like new. Clean and flat neutral colors will make your condo seem larger, as well.
  • Pet odor has become the most common problem stinking up people’s homes, and has actually surpassed cigarette smoke! People smoke in their homes less often these days because they don’t want their furniture to soak in the smell. Smoke-free condominiums have a premium over smokers’ units, so your property manager will really appreciate your choice to smoke outside, too. When it comes to your pets, make sure they are using the proper facilities for their needs, and make sure to empty the litter box daily to help deodorize your condominium. 

In a smoker’s residence, there can be instances where the smell becomes so entrenched that the sheetrock of walls has to be redone to avoid the home being completely devalued. If that is a possibility in your case, SERVPRO® of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City can help you to deodorize your condominium. We specialize in carpet cleaning and large scale cleanups.

Is Your Business Properly Prepared?

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Pictures is an IPhone and IPad with the Emergency Ready Program app open. Along with the SERVPRO® house logo on top. Get SERVPRO® ready and protect your business the smart way!

When a disaster strikes the time to prepare has passed. Don’t be one of the 60% of businesses to not have a formal emergency response plan. Roughly 80% of businesses are likely to go out of business if they do not recover after a disaster within a months’ time, and 50% of businesses never reopen. The best way to protect your company is to have a solid game plan. Is your business prepared for a natural disaster to hit?

Well you are in luck; SERVPRO® of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City is here to help! We have been working with local business to ensure that they will not fall victim to these statistics.

SERVPRO® has an amazing program called the EMERGENCY READY PROFILE. This program aids property managers and owners, both residential and commercial to be prepared for a disaster to hit.

We will walk you step by step to help you put together an EMERGENCY READY PROFILE. We will help you identify and label utility shut-off locations, identify local utility contact information, identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts, and establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.

For more information please contact SERVPRO® of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City 504-468-3047

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