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How Floodwaters Damage Home Structures in Shreveport

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment on flood damaged floor Floodwaters not only damage your home but bring contaminants into your property. SERVPRO has the expertise to restore your home.

Maintaining the Structure during Flood Damage Restoration of Shreveport Residential Properties

Bringing a property back from a disaster to a preloss condition takes care and attention to detail. Your home's construction and massive amounts of water are incompatible. However, in a natural disaster that leads to flooding, your home may have standing water levels as of several feet. Our emergency services are available to all residents experiencing a natural disaster. Acting carefully to remove water from a structure while mitigating losses and avoiding further harm is not an easy job.

We invest significantly in training our flood damage restorers here in Shreveport. Managing an emergency is a process that needs regular check-ins and monitoring to ensure that our strategy is going to be a successful one. Generally, the sooner you contact SERVPRO, the less damage floodwaters are likely to damage your home. However, early response is not always possible as you may be away from the property for several days before realizing there is a flood issue.

Water that remains in your property for longer than seventy-two hours can degrade and become a biohazardous emergency. Equally, long-term exposure to floodwaters can weaken or permanently harm a structure. SERVPRO technicians use pumping equipment with the necessary lift and volume to remove massive amounts of water from your home. Long exposures, however, can present a challenge when pumping out crawlspaces or basements due to hydrostatic pressure.

Hydrostatic pressure can become a primary concern when working with extreme flooding. SERVPRO technicians pump around two feet of water at a time before pausing to assess the impact it has on your home. Sometimes, hydrostatic pressure can cause walls to collapse or mortar joints to crack as the water removal process takes place. The consequences of pumping out water as quickly as possible can be disastrous, which is why SERVPRO technicians undergo strict training regimens and accumulate hundreds of hour's worth of experience before taking on a leading role in residential flooding restoration.

For technicians with experience and expertise in home emergency restoration, contact SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655.

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Revealed: Effective Methods for Dealing With Commercial Flood Damage in Shreveport

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged drop ceiling Whether water comes in through the ceiling or the floor, SERVPRO can remediate. Contact our technicians to assess your emergency situation.

Tactics to Avoid Commercial Flood Damage in Shreveport Properties

Louisiana experiences intense weather all year round, of particular risk, are heavy storms bringing commercial flood damage. It is vital to have water and restoration services in action as fast as possible to lessen the loss. 

Business owners bringing SERVPRO in to cleanup commercial flood damage in Shreveport properties is a smart move. Before the loss ever occurs, some actions can assist in limiting loss.

Monitoring Systems

Expand your security system, one that also monitors for smoke and water loss on the property. Video monitoring allows for the early alert of water entering the property and can make the difference between a little damage and a lot. Imagine finding out there is a water intrusion at midnight or the next morning when employees arrive for work, the time span of exposure increases the risk of more replacement cost for structure and contents. SERVPRO can be on-site quickly 24-hours daily so there is no delay in cleanup.

Establish a Ready Plan

The SERVPRO app makes it easy for commercial properties to set up a plan of action in case of damage. The set up is simple and establishes who to call in case of loss and priority areas to restore first. The location of electrical panels and water shut-offs for the building. If there are important papers, equipment, and anything crucial that requires safe removal, they can get listed in the app and handled in case of fire, water, or other types of property issues. 

Inspect Your Property Monthly

Make a list of areas to check and walk through once a month. Look for issues around the outside, relating to potential drainage issues. Stay alert for spots on walls and ceilings; this method is a great way to catch leaks not only from external damage to the structure but also from plumbing issues before they become huge problems. Once a year, have the caulking around doors and windows redone to ensure the exterior remains waterproof. 

Tell Employees to "See Something Say Something" 

While you may not notice a damp corner in a cubicle, someone that sits there every day might. Reporting issues when they occur is a proactive way to avoid not only water damage to the building but also secondary problems such as mold. 

SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 when your property and contents need a fast turnaround from commercial flood damage. The emergency response team arrives on-site quickly and makes the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Reducing Humidity to Improve Drying Times for Shreveport Homes

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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How Our SERVPRO Team Handles Water Damage In Shreveport

Efficient drying for a Shreveport home involves a unique balance of several elements, including the temperature of the environment, the airflow against damaged areas, and the humidity. Because humidity levels are a common concern throughout the year in Louisiana, our SERVPRO professionals must identify higher moisture content concerns before beginning drying processes to ensure that we are adequately offering an efficient solution.

Finding the right approach to resolve this concern begins with initial readings and scoping of the water damage in Shreveport homes. Our technicians have sophisticated moisture content tools that can determine the concentration of water damages and the humidity levels in the structure before starting mitigation. These readings can help our professionals to determine the placement and number of dehumidifiers necessary to regulate moist air to make drying more efficient.

In many cases, establishing containment areas can expedite the drying process by limiting the range and workload of dehumidifiers and drying equipment. These drying zones allow our SERVPRO team to regulate airflow and temperature more directly as well, helping to increase the turnover time on returning your property to preloss condition. These barriers get constructed with thick plastic poly sheeting but could also feature ventilation points for the exhausting of moist air when desiccants get used.

Once moisture content has reached adequate levels in the environment, we can direct air movers at saturated walls and flooring to begin evaporative drying techniques. Ultimately, this increases humidity again, but the placement of dehumidifiers counteracts running air movers to balance created moisture in the air to dry damaged materials and contents continually. When combined with warmer temperatures that can get produced by either our air movers or direct warmth from portable electric heaters, evaporation can increase even further.

Understanding drying sciences allows our SERVPRO of South Shreveport team to provide an efficient and practical drying approach for every water loss incident we encounter. If you want to make a disaster, “Like it never even happened,” give our professionals a call 24/7 at (318) 865-4655.

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House Fire in Shreveport? Professionals Talk Soot Removal

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding fire alarm Smoke and soot damage is difficult to DIY. We have the cleaning agents and expertise to remove the damage and restore your home.

Get Efficient Soot Removal After Fire Damage in Your Shreveport Residence

After a fire, your home is likely to have soot damage. Fine soot particles might cling to walls, ceilings, furniture, and other items in your house.

When there is fire damage in your Shreveport home, you need to remove different types of soot residues. Some residues are more challenging to clean than others. The four different kinds of soot residues include:

  • Wet smoke residues
  • Dry smoke residues
  • Fuel oil smoke residues
  • Protein smoke residues

Fires progress through stages, and they generate both dry and wet smoke. Some fires mainly produce wet smoke, while others mainly produce dry smoke. We use different cleaning methods to eliminate various kinds of fire damage residues. At times, soot is dry in one room but oily in another, based on the materials which burned. We can deal with soot damage through:

Dry cleaning 

If you have primarily dry soot in your residence, dry cleaning methods can remove it. For instance, you can use a dry cloth to remove soot from furniture and a vacuum to remove it from carpets and upholstery. Dry cleaning ensures that powdery soot does not smear into blackened grime. However, this cleaning method is tedious and, therefore, only suitable for small areas. Remember that if the soot starts to smear after using a dry-cleaning method, you should try to wet clean it.

Wet cleaning

Wet cleaning is effective in eliminating wet or oily soot. To use this strategy, you can mix water and soap and then scrub the affected areas slightly. It is advisable to test the method in a small area to determine if it can remove the soot without ruining the underlying surface or making a mess. Wet cleaning can remove residue mixed with water or oil. However, it requires significant effort and is tedious. Furthermore, wet cleaning is only feasible on nonporous surfaces. It is unsuitable for cleaning wood or drywall.

DIY techniques can work on smaller areas of soot damage, but they are not always a great option. It can be overwhelming to clean significant soot damage on your own. There is also the risk of ruining some surfaces because of lacking the right cleaning solutions. In such cases, you can seek assistance from fire restoration experts.

SERVPRO has several products specifically designed to eliminate soot from a wide range of surfaces. Sometimes, it is impossible to remove the soot because of the nature of damaged items or the severity of the soot damage. Our technicians can discard such items.

Soot residues may contain different kinds of acids. If acidic soot residues remain on affected surfaces for a long time, they can cause corrosion or discoloration. Our SERVPRO crew has the expertise and tools required to remove soot residues from all affected materials and surfaces.

When dealing with soot damage, you can trust SERVPRO of South Shreveport to eliminate it efficiently and make it seem “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (318) 865-4655.

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Did an Unattended Stove Cause Fire Damage in Your Shreveport Home?

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen The most common fires begin in the kitchen. Never leave cooking unattended and should you experience fire damage, call SERVPRO.

The Most Common Type of Fire Damage in Shreveport Homes is... 

Kitchen fires from cooking account for the majority of fire damage to residences. And with these types of fires, there is often some specialized cleaning methods necessary to remove all traces of the loss. 

The reason this type of fire damage in Shreveport homes requires professional mitigation is that protein fires release a fine mist that is nearly invisible but very pungent. While little soot may appear, the residue spreads quickly across surfaces and often requires more than over-the-counter cleaners to release its grip.  

Why SERVPRO?

The technicians undergo extensive training for handling all types of fire damage. Using their knowledge, they test residues before cleaning to determine the best method to use. For example, a dry smoke residue has the potential to get driven deeper into surfaces through the use of incorrect cleaning applications. The full scope of knowledge the techs call upon ensures they choose the methods with the best outcome, every time.  

Containment and Cleaning Methods

When only a portion of a home requires cleanup after a fire loss, it is standard for SERVPRO to contain the area. This action inhibits the spread of odors and residues throughout the undamaged areas of the home. After testing residues, they use the best cleaning agents for the job. Protein fires often need solvent-based cleaning solutions to force the residue to release its grip on surfaces. Porous items get inspected on a piece by piece basis for restoration potential.  

Walls and Cabinets 

There are two primary outcomes with walls and cabinets after a protein fire. If the cleaning agents are successful in the removal of residue, there is a good chance these areas get full restoration. In some cases, especially after the application of DIY cleaning methods before SERVPRO came on-site, the loss areas may require the use of a sealant to stop the pungent odor and create a new surface that needs paint or stain. 

SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 handles any size fire damage restoration needed to return your home to its pre-fire condition, "Like it never even happened." 

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When Kitchen Fires in Shreveport Ruin Holiday Festivities

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen engulfed in flames Cooking fires are some of the most common in the US. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the knowledge and equipment to restore your fire damaged home.

Removing Holiday Fire Damage from a Shreveport Kitchen 

The Christmas season is among the peak periods for home kitchen fires. From 2004-2008, US fire departments responded to an average of 154,700 cooking fires that caused an annual average of $724 million in property damages. Unattended cooking equipment was among the leading cause of these fires. From 2004 to 2005, for every US household fire reported, 50 went unreported. 

If your Shreveport residence has suffered fire damage from a kitchen or cooking- related disaster, SERVPRO technicians are available to assist you in restoring your home to a preloss condition. These professionals use industrial-grade equipment and practices rooted in scientific theory to ensure that you get a high-quality clean every time disaster strikes. 

SERVPRO Serves the Community 24/7

SERVPRO team members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays, because this firm knows that disaster can occur anywhere, any time. SERVPRO offers over 1700 US and Canadian franchise locations, strategically positioned to address emergencies, both big and small. Not only does an immediate response make it possible to minimize damage, but it can help homeowners save on repair and replacement costs for their furnishings and possessions. 

How SERVPRO Can Help

One of the most pressing concerns after a cooking fire occurs is dealing with invisible protein residues that can leave a very distinct and strong odor that persists without professional-grade cleaning. SERVPRO has a variety of tools available to address odors related to fires, including augers, whips, and brushes designed to dislodge soils trapped in HVAC systems. Our technicians achieve odor control using air scrubbers with HEPA filters designed to catch odor-causing particles as small as 0.3 microns and a variety of odor-counteracting solutions, including time-release tablets, pellets, granules, and EPA-registered antimicrobials. Using both wet and dry cleaning solutions, we can mitigate fire-related damages and restore homes after a disaster occurs. 

SERVPRO of South Shreveport can leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (318) 865-4655 for a rapid response team that can help you during the holiday season.  

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Wind-Driven Rain Flooding in Shreveport Attics

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fans and dehumidifiers sitting on the sidewalk in front of a brick home We have the equipment to restore your home have flood damage

Call SERVPRO When You Have Flood Damage

Flooding that occurs as a direct result of structural breaches caused in a storm can become a challenging obstacle for Shreveport homeowners to restore. While many property owners in the area have invested in forms of flood insurance through their home coverage providers, many of these plans and policies do not cover flooding that can occur from pooling water resulting from wind-driven rain or roof vulnerabilities.

Pre-existing conditions and present weaknesses in structural elements of your property can be enough to reduce or remove coverage for storm flood damage in Shreveport houses. It is essential to know the extent of your policy before you need to delve too deeply into the fine print. Our SERVPRO professionals have become a preferred restoration vendor for many insurance companies in the area, allowing us to arrive and begin evidence and documentation collection to make the claims process as efficient as possible.

Wind-driven rain is a phenomenon in which the severe conditions of the storm can force water into your home through vulnerabilities like missing shingles, broken windows, or damaged siding. Because of how critical these conditions can become when repairs are necessary, and another storm passes through, it is vital to consider not only a team that can help you to dry and protect your investment but also repair any structural damages to the property as well. We have a full team of licensed general contractors that can help with many tasks after severe weather events, including board up and tarping, tree removal, temporary fencing, and eventual full-scale reconstruction.

Addressing the pooling water in the exposed areas of your household falls to the capable functions of our electric sump pump, wet vacuums, and a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. Working as quickly as possible to dry out the affected region of the house reduces the need for controlled demolition and build back.

Many homeowners are unfamiliar with loopholes and shortcomings in their insurance plans that can have them paying out of pocket for restoration after severe storms. Whether you need help after a disaster strikes or want to repair vulnerable areas of your home before wind-driven rain can flood your residence, our SERVPRO of South Shreveport team can help. Give us a call anytime at (318) 865-4655.

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Some Mistakes When Dealing With Fire Damage in Shreveport That You Should Avoid

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged office Regardless of which room in your home was damaged, fire damage can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave.

Why SERVPRO Uses Dry Sponges During Smoke and Fire Damage Cleanup of Shreveport Properties

SERVPRO's Green Fleet transports not only our crew members to each job site throughout Shreveport but also all of the equipment we need to get most jobs done fast and efficiently. Our tools, equipment, and materials include both large, powerful pieces of equipment designed to make our labor extremely productive, as well as smaller items that provide just as much of a boost to our efforts.

The effectiveness of these items is why SERVPRO uses things like our dry sponges to clean homes in Shreveport of smoke from fire damage. These sponges can reveal how damaged certain surfaces became during a fire. They often clean flat-painted surfaces well enough that staining does not happen, saving homeowners, our customers, from the added expense of repainting those areas. Our goal is always to reduce the costs a family experiences when recovering after a disaster.

Pre-cleaning the ceiling eliminates strands of soot chains and web-like deposits. These might make it seem as if your home was squalid and in need of cleaning before the fire, but we know this is not the case. These spider tags, as they are also called, only look like spiderwebs.

Besides cleaning ceilings with an adaptive device called the Fixi-Clamp, which allows us to stand on the floor instead of climbing a ladder, these sponges can clean cabinetry doors, walls, doors and their frames, and window frames. These sponges work best on cleaning away dry soot. Greasy soot requires another approach, which we are also prepared to provide when needed. When stripping overhead surfaces of soot with these sponges, our technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including a mask, to eliminate the risk of inhaling any soot particles that fall to the floor. We protect the floor underneath with a drop cloth for the same reason.

Draperies tend to deteriorate quickly, especially if they receive significant exposure to the sun. This can make them fragile. We use the vacuum after pre-cleaning with the sponge to remove as much as possible. The sponge also wipes away any remaining pet hair that may have adhered to the surface of the draperies. Window blinds also attract smoke residue, and again, the dry sponge technique helps clean them up beautifully.

Another reason SERVPRO technicians grab a dry sponge to clean the inside of a home of smoke and soot is that cleaning with water-based or other wet cleaning solutions can cause additional damage to some materials. Others might not respond well to such cleaning methods. Wet cleaning methods can also leave streaks. Our technicians receive intensive training on which methods provide the desired results according to material and soot type. Removing soot can also help us detect materials that require removal and replacement by our building and reconstruction team.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport's technicians are always near your home in Forbing and ready to clean your home of soot deposits. Making everything look “Like it never even happened” happens fast when you call (318) 865-4655 to reach our 24-hour service.

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Flood Damage in Shreveport, Call SERVPRO Today!

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment lined up on the sidewalk in front of a home. Let us prove to you why you should use SERVPRO for your Shreveport damages.

We will be here for any of your Shreveport damages. 

Water damage, floods, fires, and mold contamination can occur at any time, sometimes with little notice. We all like to prepare for storms, boarding up windows and moving items to higher ground or placing sandbags. But sometimes all of the preparation is in vain. Now is the time to call in the experts and restore your home or business to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is locally owned, part of the community of Shreveport providing flood damage recovery, fire, storm, and mold remediation. We can respond in less than four hours and provide a 24/7 response to our customers. We can respond to small disasters as well as more significant events with the assistance of our four connected locations in the area.

Advantages of Using SERVPRO

Every disaster is different; however, over the years, we have amassed the knowledge, the equipment, and the focus on customer satisfaction to provide high quality, trusted cleaning, remediation, and restoral services to our community. The following are some of the advantages we bring to every disaster situation:

Services for Residences and Commercial Buildings of all Sizes

Water, fire, mold and storm damage restoration

Biohazard remediation and removal

Cleaning and drying of all surfaces

Odor removal and deodorization

Vandalism restoral

Graffiti removal

Cleaning air ducts, HVAC, Sewage, Carpet and furniture, drapes and blinds and more

Equipment

Large inventory of air movers,

Extraction equipment – including wands, submersible pumps, truck-mounted pumps

Air purification machines

Dehumidifiers

Moisture sensing devices

Staging areas as needed

Leadership and Training

Locally owned and operated

IICRC trained technicians

We coordinate with contractors to minimize the time and cost required

Certification training for our employees

E-Learning tools

Continuing education focus

Response Time

24/7 response to all sizes of disasters

Crew Chief onsite within four hours

Immediate assessment – safety, equipment needs, team members required

Support for insurance claims

Don't see the services you are looking for, call us for a consultation.

Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Forbing and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Help You Resume Operations In Shreveport After A Flood

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

A ceiling with punched holes in it in order to release water after a flood We quickly showed up to this property and punched weeping holes in the ceiling to release the water caused by flood damage.

Warehouse Owner Was Glad We Arrived Soon after Commercial Flood Damage in their Shreveport Facility

A local Shreveport warehouse weathered an incident of commercial flood damage with minimal damage to the contents stored within thanks to quick action from SERVPRO. When the owner received a report that the roof was leaking like a sieve, he knew that quick action was the only way to minimize the losses incurred and called us immediately.

It was a unique case of commercial flood damage in Shreveport caused by a heavy rainstorm. Strong winds had blown off some roof shingles, creating an avenue for rainwater to cause havoc inside the structure. Before doing anything else, our SERVPRO technicians had to stop more water from getting into the structure. In our production trucks, we usually have access equipment such as ladders and cherry pickers, which made it easier to install roof tarps stopping rainwater from gaining access to the structure.

Apart from the tarps, we also set up plastic sheets over most of the bulky contents to stop dripping water from causing more harm. The warehouse owner was ecstatic since the heavy workload of moving items round to save them was reduced.

After stopping water from gaining access to the structure, pumping out standing water was the next crucial step. With the expansiveness of a warehouse, even 1 inch of standing water can mean a significant volume of water to move. At SERVPRO, we are equipped to handle such complicated tasks because we have truck-mounted water extractors and other high-speed pumps, which we used to complete the flood damage removal speedily.

Moisture control was another issue the warehouse owner was concerned about, especially with the fear of mold damage taking root after the incident. Our SERVPRO crews are well-versed with the aspects of moisture control, including managing heat, air movements, and humidity extraction. Knowing these aspects is not enough because it can be challenging to control them in the vastness of a warehouse. However, we have the equipment to match the challenge, including using Indirect Fired Furnaces to provide sufficient heat and DX, Direct Expansion Units, for humidity control.

To resume operations fast after flood damage is crucial for the survival of your business. Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 to help you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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