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Lesser Considered Risks Of Flood Damage To Your Shreveport Home

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lesser Considered Risks Of Flood Damage To Your Shreveport Home If you experience flooding in your house, trust the experienced technicians of SERVPRO.

Risks Of Flood Damage To Your Home

When rivers, creeks, and streams around your Shreveport home overflow, water might not be the worst of what you have to contend with if flooding occurs. While the substantial volume of water assuredly brings its own manner of damages into your house along with it, there are other considerations that you also have to think of when it comes to getting these damages restored.

Flood damages are rarely the same from one Shreveport home to the next. Points of entry change and the circumstances and parts of the home affected change right along with them. While removing the water is one of the top priorities for even our experienced SERVPRO professionals, other possible problems stem from floodwaters breaching your home's exterior.

One of the first things that our SERVPRO technicians have to assess when we begin a restoration job on a flooded residence is the stability of the structure itself. Oversaturation in various areas of the house can lead to material failure and collapse, which can be dangerous to the residents of the household or to our own team of experienced professionals working to restore the damage.

Another consideration is dirt and debris carried in with the rising water from these various sources like a river, stream, or creek bed. These sources tend to bring muddy and turbulent water towards your home, leaving more than just saturated materials and water extraction to face. Ultimately, extensive cleaning becomes another facet of the flood restoration process to remove this dirt and debris left behind after extraction and drying efforts.

Still another consideration for those who are unsure of where the flood water originated is the risk of contamination. If this invading presence overflowed sewer mains or encountered chemical leech fields or runoff from industrial areas, this flooding in your home could carry bacteria, germs, or chemical contaminants that need to get assessed and removed appropriately.

Flooding is never a straightforward occurrence to your home and often requires skilled professionals to assess the situation and take precautionary measures for everyone's safety. If you experience flooding in your house, trust the experienced technicians of SERVPRO of South Shreveport. You can reach our rapid response team anytime at (318) 865-4655.

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Set Your Mind At Ease Concerning Your Shreveport Business -- Develop A SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Set Your Mind At Ease Concerning Your Shreveport Business -- Develop A SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan SERVPRO's ERP Plan May Prevent Your Shreveport Business from Water, Fire, Storm, or Mold Problems

The ERP Plan Can Prevent or Mitigate Damages to Your Thriving Enterprise

Well-managed Shreveport businesses devise responses to a broad range of potential crises. Chief among the disasters a business can suffer is significant property damage due to water, fire, storms, or mold. An expert and informed reaction from a dependable restoration firm can halt the damage and return your business to full operation fast.
 
Water, fire, storms, and the secondary damage they cause to your company can shut your doors, possibly permanently. A fast response from using the ERP Plan in Shreveport from our highly-qualified commercial disaster team offers not only recovery from the damage but also a chance to proceed with your business during the restoration. The prospect of remaining at least partially open during recovery can increase when we collaborate. Arming our technician teams with a customized course of action if you must call for our help expedites positive results.
 
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan and Profile (ERP) codifies a detailed disaster reaction strategy in an easily accessible document. We visit and walk through your business premises with you to share pertinent details about your company’s priorities and ways of conducting your enterprise. During the assessment we map your layout, noting areas we identify as susceptible to a higher risk of severe damage or probability of collecting water during a flood or creating a fire hazard. Recommendations to limit the harm an emergency situation helps you adapt before an actual loss, including alternative storage systems or placement of your valuable equipment and inventory.
 
Personalize the ERP further as you click through the mobile app SERVPRO developed to provide more detail. The app makes it clear that you chose us to perform needed restoration services, clearing the way for a fast response on our part. Designate the managers, employees, or family members you authorize to contact us and direct the restoration until your return if you are temporarily unavailable. Make a list of the vendors, including your insurance carrier, who provided and installed equipment and systems should we need to contact them during the project.
 
Spend some time brainstorming with our experienced specialists to design one or more ways to meet the needs of your clients or customers during restoration. Offering open communication and accessibility to some degree while your building undergoes mitigation provides actual damage control to any perception that your company is down for the count.
 
Reach out to Olivia Showalter of SERVPRO of South Shreveport to set up the ERP assessment process. One call to (318) 865-4655 or email to OShowalter@SERVPROsouthshreveport.com sets the process in motion, preparing your business to thrive through any disaster with our professional assistance.

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Misused Electrical Outlets Can Cause Fire Damages In Your Shreveport Home

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Misused Electrical Outlets Can Cause Fire Damages In Your Shreveport Home SERVPRO Says Be Aware of Electrical Fire Potential in Your Shreveport Home

Prevent Fires from Electrical Shorts By Following this Information from SERVPRO

Many Shreveport homeowners do not fully understand the electrical network throughout their homes. While most occupants can appreciate the plug and use mentality of outlets, they fail to understand how they work and their limitations for specific oversized items or their ability to fail in dangerous ways when they get improperly used.

Preventing dangerous situations in your home is a priority to most families, and this begins with better understanding the limitations and restraints of your electrical systems. To prevent situations like fire damages in your Shreveport residence, it is a good idea to educate yourself about how you can be more safety-conscious about electrical consumption and improper usages.

One of the first things that a homeowner needs to consider when it comes to their electrical outlets in their home is that they only get rated for a specific amount of available power. This misunderstanding has required our SERVPRO technicians to respond to emergencies in residences and commercial structures alike. Trying to get more out of this individual stations than what they can provide underpowers the devices you have plugged in and can overload the outlet itself, causing sparks and combustion.

Another situation that our SERVPRO fire restoration team has seen is improper usage of outlets. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that because their home is grounded with a wire outside, that this protects all of the outlets, whether they have a grounding slot or not. Unless the individual who installed your electrical system physically connected your outlets to this grounding rod via the fuse box, some of your power outlets could remain unprotected. Using three-pronged appliances and devices with a converter for a two-pronged outlet provides no protection, and power surges can and do ignite fires. GFCI, ground fault circuit interrupters are often used in water accessible areas like bathrooms and kitchens to help prevent the chance of shocks or electrocution.

A better understanding of the safety guidelines and limitations of your residential electrical system can help you to prevent fires and disasters in your home. If these situations have already occurred, trust our SERVPRO of South Shreveport fire restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess and get your home back to preloss conditions quickly. Give us a call 24/7 at (318) 865-4655.

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Appliance Aging Can Lead To Water Loss Incidents In Your Shreveport Home

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Appliance Aging Can Lead To Water Loss Incidents In Your Shreveport Home Check your appliances regularly to avoid any water damage issues.

Have You Checked Your Appliances in Your Shreveport Home Lately?

With all of the bodies of water that sit around Shreveport like the Red River, it is no wonder that so many homes find themselves battling the possibilities of flooding throughout the rainiest times of the year. Even with this continual threat, homeowners find themselves surprised by internal threats they didn't see coming. A good example of this would be the degradation of a dishwasher or washing machine.

Appliances can assuredly make your life a little bit easier, but as they are machines, there is only a finite amount of time that they live and function correctly. Regular servicing of these appliances can prevent some of these threats, but even still hoses become disconnected, and seals wear out inside of the appliance itself. When these situations occur, high volumes of water could end up in the affected areas and require water removal services for your Shreveport residence.

From the moment that our experienced SERVPRO professionals get the call, we respond quickly. We understand that the longer water soaks into construction materials, the more irreparable damage that occurs. Once we arrive, we assure that water to the appliance has gotten stopped and assess the full scope of the damage that our team faces in a thorough inspection.

Extraction begins shortly after that with the use of various sump pumps and wet-vacs. Larger pools of water damage could require the use of truck-mounted pumps from our SERVPRO fleet. Once the water has gotten removed from the floors, we set out to thoroughly dry the area, clean it, and deodorize.

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So many homeowners spend their time safeguarding their homes from the potential storms and natural disasters that could impact them externally, but this is not always the only preventative steps to take. Appliances have made life a lot easier for residents, but they are machines that can and do break down over time. When you face the damage they have caused and require water removal, trust our SERVPRO of South Shreveport professionals to do it quickly and to do it right. Give us a call today at (318) 865-4655.

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Restoring Safe Conditions after Commercial Fire Damage Happens in a Shreveport Daycare

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Safe Conditions after Commercial Fire Damage Happens in a Shreveport Daycare With the help of SERVPRO you can keep your daycare safe and fun.

Count on SERVPRO after fire damage to your business

A fire can occur in any business, but those engaged in providing caregiving services to the elderly, children, or medical patients require stable facilities. Working parents in Shreveport rely on their chosen daycare center to provide a reliable service. After a daycare center becomes unsafe for occupation because of extensive damage or other risky conditions, the entire community feels the loss.

The IICRC-certified technicians from SERVPRO can help you restore your Shreveport daycare to a safe condition when fire damage makes it unfit for your business operations. We know you have a responsibility to the parents of the children attending your daycare to provide supervision but also to perform your services in a safe location. Fire-damaged interiors in your building make doing this an impossibility.

Children should never be exposed to the soot that comes from a fire, nor should they be near damaged materials. The by-products of a fire include different toxins, including carcinogens. Soot is not a benign greasy mess – it can cause or worsen health effects in people. Until everything is clean again, your daycare poses several risks to the children you want to keep safe from harm.

Before SERVPRO mitigates fire damage in a building, we thoroughly explain what they should expect, including the expected duration period of the mitigation process. We carry out several different stages after a fire because the damage often occurs within the entire building and not just in the area directly affected by the flames.

Wherever we encounter burned materials, we remove them so new materials can replace them without becoming covered in soot or other grime. Once we remove fire-damaged materials, we check for damage from the water used by firefighters or your staff, in the event the fire remained small and did not require any emergency services. We extract the moisture from otherwise undamaged materials to keep them undamaged. We clean away the soot that settled on the surfaces of your daycare’s furniture, toys, and walls.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport can help you stay in business after fire damage becomes a reality in your daycare building. Restoring safe conditions assures parents that their children’s safety remains a priority with you and your staff. Call us at (318) 865-4655 to reach our 24-hour emergency service line so we can begin making things “Like it never even happened.”

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Battling Flood Damage In Your Shreveport Home

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Battling Flood Damage In Your Shreveport Home Count on General SERVPRO to Extract Storm Water and Save Your Home in Shreveport

The War on Storm Damage Cleanup in Shreveport Falls to the Generals at SERVPRO

Severe weather has been known to affect coastal states the hardest, and your home in Shreveport is no exception. Even though you might not be on the Gulf of Mexico, many larger systems can pick up speed and devastation strength when they hit land. Soon your home is in a battle for structural integrity, and with the right conditions, can lose this battle to high winds and harsh precipitation. Even worse than the storm damage, though, is what these now vulnerable areas of your home can allow.

Storm damage can affect your Shreveport residence in a multitude of ways, but ultimately, the biggest concern is the potential flood damages that could get allowed to impact your residence. Though your home likely got constructed with reinforcement in mind, even against hurricanes, over time, these provisions of protection from the elements fade and weaken. You might not even realize that your home is vulnerable until you start experiencing high volumes of water pouring into the house.

From the moment that you call our experienced SERVPRO team, we work to respond to your call quickly and efficiently. We aim to help you prevent further structural damage to your home and to protect the contents inside of it as best as possible. This preservation of possessions is part of the reason why we implement policies like pack outs, to remove the items in your house that are in harm's way while the water extraction and restoration takes place.

After the inspection, our technicians have a better understanding of the cause of the water damage and can work to seal up these areas where possible. Once this completes, our SERVPRO professionals get to work on extraction and drying the area thoroughly to help combat the possibility of worsening conditions like microbial growth and moisture degrading sensitive electronics.

No homeowner ever gets prepared to see their property flooded. One of the best steps that you can do is to reach out to the professionals we employ at SERVPRO of South Shreveport to help you clean up the mess quickly and prevent the situation from getting any worse. You can give us a call anytime at (318) 865-4655.

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Fire Damage can Happen when Forbing Residents use Candles During Power Outages

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage can Happen when Forbing Residents use Candles During Power Outages Several areas of this home sustained fire damage. The crew at SERVPRO was called in to clean or removed all of the damaged materials.

Rely on SERVPRO when a fire damages your home

Power outages happen during the spring months' thundershowers, and Forbing residents typically resort to using alternative ways to light their homes. Candles might play a role during a romantic dinner, but in an emergency, they pose a much higher risk than a flashlight or other temporary light source.

Candle use can cause a home in the Forbing area to suffer fire damage in a concentrated area. Setting a candle too close to a wall can force its heat to travel upward rapidly, catching any flammable items on fire. Drapes, paintings, wall art, and other furnishings can then spread the fire as burning pieces drop to the floor.

SERVPRO technicians with IICRC certificates in Carpet Repair and Reinstallation (RRT) can help save carpeting from the possible destruction caused by both the fire itself and the water used to put it out. Clearing walls and other surfaces of soot and oily smoke deposits often reveals that many materials do not suffer as much as the homeowners might have previously thought.

We use specially designed cleaning agents that pull dirty, greasy residues away from the different surfaces covered in soot. Some materials may require additional cleaning, while others may look and feel clean but continue to give off smoke-related odors. We have different methods that effectively eradicate odors caused by even the most challenging materials.

Many times, we find that the worst odors come from hidden nooks and crannies near the fire's location and not the suspected items. In these situations, we apply neutralizing deodorizing agents that bond with the smoke particles and chemically change them. After this takes place, they can no longer cause problem smells for you and your family.

After we replace damaged items and materials with new ones, your home once again should look "Like it never even happened." Damaged areas, greasy soot, and smoky odors no longer create bad memories or health and safety risks for your family members.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport has the technicians to help restore your family home to how you expect it to look and feel. Call us at (318) 865-4655 so we can perform the work needed.

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Do It Yourself Or Professional Cleanup Of Shreveport Mold Damage?

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do It Yourself Or Professional Cleanup Of Shreveport Mold Damage? Mold Remediation for Shreveport Homes and Businesses Needed? Call the Professionals from SERVPRO

Mold Remediation to Shreveport Properties Is Best Left to SERVPRO

Shreveport residences are at risk of mold growth and damage if excess household moisture saturates structural components and contents. Even a homeowner who tries to stay on top of water incursion can miss a microbial threat. Professional mold remediators have training and on the job experience to meet the challenges mold damage brings.

Good housekeeping and mold damage are not necessarily incompatible in Shreveport. Mold spores are omnipresent in the air and on surfaces no matter how often diligent the cleaning effort. The risk factor is moisture, and vigorous cleaning and some DIY efforts to remove mold ironically may increase the amount of water available to the spores. Our mold remediation specialists focus on practical methods to remove currently expanding colonies. We also make recommendations for altered use, repairs, or restorations designed to eliminate the moisture that fuels resurgent mold outbreaks.
 
Removing the water and drying out the surfaces and articles quickly can avoid a mold outbreak, but water damage can be tricky for a homeowner to manage if it hides behind walls or occurs in a little-used area of your home. When a diluted bleach solution is the choice of a homeowner attempting to remediate a microbial infestation, the bleach likely does not kill the mold, only lightening the staining. Household bleach is already primarily water, and when diluted it can soak into the affected structural components and feed rather than kill the mold.
 
SERVPRO mold remediation crews rely on a range of techniques and products to remove mold colonies. EPA registered antimicrobials are on the list, shown as effective as a fungicide as applied and are just one option. We also use scrubbing and scraping actions to remove the mold physically. If the hyphae infiltrate a porous surface, we sometimes decide to remove affected sections of structure to be sure active mold growth halts. Excellent results from soda blasting permit us to restore even porous surfaces, the fine abrasive eradicating the infestation on and below the surface.
 
Just 24 to 48 hours of dampness is all needed to boost a mold outbreak. If a water event moistens areas of your home and you do not remove the moisture, expect mold. A weekend absence gives mild enough time to gain a foothold if an open window admits rain or a pet knocks over a water bowl. SERVPRO’s professional mold remediation crew anticipates the ways mold takes advantage and also uses EPA protocols that contain, remove, and then devise ways to rid your home of future water events.
 
SERVPRO of South Shreveport is poised to remediate any size mold damage outbreak in your home. Contact our experts at (318) 865-4655 for a mold abatement plan that clears away the current mold with an eye to eliminating the moisture mold must have to reproduce and multiply.

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A Severe Storm Can Leave Your Shreveport Home in Urgent Need of Water Removal Services

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Severe Storm Can Leave Your Shreveport Home in Urgent Need of Water Removal Services This shows a home affected by flood damage. The drywall was removed up to the flood line to ensure the area is fully dried.

When flood damage happens, SERVPRO can help

A city that is settled on a source of water has the chance of flooding during a storm and leaving many homeowners in need of water removal services. A particularly severe storm can cause your home to flood with several inches of water inside of it. Any lower levels in your home will have water sinking into them. It is wise to reach out for professional help as soon as the damage happens.

Waiting to call for Shreveport water removal services to remediate the damage that storm caused can be dangerous for the overall quality of your home. When water damage has time to sit, it gives way to microbial growth inside of your home. Having mold grow in your home is generally never a good thing. Additionally, water can ruin your belongings and removing the danger as quickly as possible can make it more likely that you can keep a majority of your belongings.

SERVPRO understands how vital your belongings and home are to you. That is why we always strive to get to your home quickly after your call. Our skilled technicians can bring advanced technology with them to help remove the water swiftly. SERVPRO employs the use of extractors, wet/dry vacuums, and portable submersible pumps to drain the excess water from your home.

After we rid your home of the floodwater, SERVPRO can focus on setting up an ideal environment for drying out your home. We use trade tools like desiccant dehumidifiers and air movers to keep the flow of air over the damp places constant. Simultaneously, we can dry out the contents of any items.

Do not wait if a storm floods your home. Contact SERVPRO of South Shreveport by phoning (318) 865-4655. We always aim to make you feel "Like it never even happened." when we remediate your home.

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Call The Professionals To Recover From Flood Damage Contamination In Shreveport

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call The Professionals To Recover From Flood Damage Contamination In Shreveport Flood Water Extraction and Disinfecting in Shreveport for Your Home? Just Call SERVPRO for Aid

Black Water Extraction Post Storm Events Needed? Call SERVPRO

The Shreveport area is no stranger to weather-related flooding challenges. Heavy rains, tornadoes, tropical storms, and hurricanes take their turns, causing many residential property owners to seek assistance when flood waters invade crawl spaces, slab foundations, and the lower levels of residences. Our crew of seasoned flood damage specialists achieves a fast and thorough recovery.
 
When several inches of rain fall during a short period, the runoff can cause flood damage to your Shreveport home. Water seeps in as the ground becomes supersaturated, unable to absorb the precipitation and directing it through the porous materials making up the structure of your dwelling’s lower areas. The problem can be compounded by a backup of your home’s sewer system as the local storm drains become overwhelmed and force liquids back into homes. Dealing with potentially contaminated water and the need to dry out structural components quickly suggests using our flood damage professionals.
 
SERVPRO employees train extensively in flood damage restoration, one of our core services. We evaluate the characteristics of the water filling lower levels of your home, determining if it is clean, gray, or black water. Clean water has few or any other substances mixed with the rain, posing a low risk of microbial growth if removed and dried out quickly. Gray water has some contamination, commonly traced to things like home appliances or dishwater.
 
Black water contains hazardous substances like sewage or chemicals loosed by the flood. Fecal matter or bloodborne pathogens are a real threat if waste pipes back up or dead animals and insects mix into the flood waters flowing through your home. SERVPRO crews observe OSHA and EPA protocols to contain and dispose of these polluted waters for your and your family's safety as well as the public at large.
 
Once the water is typed, SERVPRO employees pump and extract the excess. Infrared scanners locate hidden pockets of flood water, and we use an array of strategies to release and contain it. Finding and removing all flood water is crucial as building materials continue to deteriorate when wet and microbial growth is possible within 24 to 48 hours. We use sensitive moisture meters to set drying goals, working with air movers, heat, and dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture content of structural components to normal levels.
 
We apply EPA registered disinfectants to affected surfaces to inhibit the effects of any lingering pathogens. SERVPRO employees receive comprehensive training and have experience in all the steps necessary to restore flooded spaces to preloss condition.
 
Do not wait to contact SERVPRO of South Shreveport when flood waters put your home at risk. Our phone line at (318) 865-4655 is available for your inquiries and requests for help round the clock every day of the year.

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