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Deal with Water Damage Fast for Best Results in Shreveport

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

water damage equipment stacked in a hotel lobby SERVPRO utilizes advanced equipment to ensure your water damaged Shreveport home has been thoroughly dried.

Shreveport Properties Recovery Faster with SERVPRO’s Water Damage Help!

Nobody wants to encounter water emergencies, including both homeowners and businesses alike. However, they can develop at any time and usually without warning. Preparation is critical if you want to get your Shreveport property back to normal as quickly as possible. This is why you should always have the name of a trusted water restoration team handy to have the help you need in a pinch. SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster, available 24/7, and we feature skilled IICRC-certified technicians to handle your water removal services and damage restoration needs!

Hiring professional cleanup and water damage restoration in Shreveport gets you results faster than any DIY methods ever can provide. Our team is up-to-date on all the latest industry technology and techniques in the restorations field. You will also see us pulling up with our Green Fleet of vehicles stocked with everything necessary to help you make your property “Like it never even happened."

Let Us Get Started on Water Removal Services

We have the capability and scalability to ensure small and large water extractions get done in a timely manner. You can count on us to come in and handle saturated carpeting, standing water left from floodwaters, or take care of moisture left after a major appliance malfunction. We begin water mitigation as soon as we can upon arrival to keep water from migrating into unaffected areas of your property. We do this with the help of equipment like:

  • Wet vacuums
  • Submersible pumps
  • Gas-powered pumps
  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Portable extraction units
  • Carpet wands
  • Rovers

We Handle Drying and Dehumidification in Tandem with Water Removal

Drying and dehumidification are critical elements in any water-related restoration project we perform here at SERVPRO. Proper drying efforts matched with dehumidification bring relative humidity (RH) back to normal. We have powerful air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers that remove the remaining moisture from ceilings, flooring, walls, and even harder-to-reach areas. We bring:

  • Axial fans
  • Air movers
  • Drying mats
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

What About Odor Control?

We have a well-rounded team of industry professionals to handle each aspect of your water damage project. This includes Odor Control Technicians (OCT) to ensure no lingering odors get left after water extraction and drying wraps up. Water and fire-related incidents are known for pungent or musty odors that must be handled, so there is no reminder of the emergency. Our equipment and proven methods ensure your interior gets left smelling clean so you and your family can breathe easy again, including:

  • Air scrubbers with powerful HEPA filters
  • Thermal foggers
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers
  • Odor counteractant granules or beads
  • EPA-registered cleaning and deodorizing agents

Why is Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Deodorizing Necessary?

Whenever standing water or moisture has been festering, there is the potential for contamination and bacterial growth. SERVPRO features a variety of cleaning agents and antimicrobial products in our arsenal that allow us to clean as we go, ensuring surfaces are free of contaminants. Everything gets a detailed cleaning, so all impacted areas of your home or business are safe once again for all that enter. This is our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval!

No matter the incident, whether you have a dishwasher that breaks and sends water under your cabinetry, flooring, etc., or something else, you will have to deal with an insurance claim. Rather than dealing with all the paperwork, we can help! SERVPRO is your insurance liaison to ensure all documentation is in order.

Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport whenever you require assistance with water damage. Reach us 24/7 by dialing (318) 865-4655!

Trusted Fire Damage Cleanup for Shreveport Homes and Businesses

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Fast to Help Shreveport Residents Dealing with Fire Damage Fire tragedies strike every few minutes across the Unit You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your Shreveport property and personal belongings after fire damage.

SERVPRO is Fast to Help Shreveport Residents Dealing with Fire Damage

Fire tragedies strike every few minutes across the United States, so it is no wonder that many Shreveport residents worry it will happen to them. In the unfortunate event your home or business experiences a fire, you need to work on rebuilding as soon as possible. The sense of loss and confusion you may feel amplifies when you realize that the damage can worsen the longer you wait to address the charred debris, soot, and water left behind. SERVPRO wants residents and business owners in the area to know we are the team to call for all fire emergency restorations so that you can get back on your feet again!

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Regardless of the time of day, if the fire occurs during a holiday or weekend, we can have a team at your door within hours to help with fire damage in Shreveport. We consider the need for smoke remediation with the types of soot deposits and residue present. It is also imperative to go over the level of charring, the condition of contents, and the safety of all structural elements. All efforts help us to restore everything to preloss condition so that you can enjoy your daily life without lingering reminders of the emergency.

What Does Controlled Demolition Mean with House Fire Cleanup?

Something to know about SERVPRO is that we always act fast and work on a restore versus replace level whenever possible. In many situations, we can use our industrial cleaning equipment, specialized methods, and cleaning protocols to return smoke-damaged and soiled materials and items to a like-new condition once again.

With many fire events, building materials like drywall, paneling, flooring, subfloor, carpets, and other materials will call for total replacement. Controlled demolition allows us to pinpoint areas for restoration so that we can salvage as much as possible to save money overall. Using trusted contractors in the area, we ensure all areas get reconstructed and finished off to look “Like it never even happened.” Some of the steps our crew may take include:

  • Sealant application and painting
  • Tile, hardwood, linoleum, and marble floor repair
  • Carpet cleaning or replacement
  • Drywall removal and replacement
  • HVAC cleaning and sealant application
  • Furniture restoration and more!

We Streamline All Processes to Get You the Results You Need Fast!

Once you have a fire in your home or business, give us a call to talk with our customer care team. We go over the details of the fire and your property and gather other information to begin your project. A team gets dispatched to your door, where our crew chief assesses and inspects all areas to determine the level of charring, structural integrity, and all equipment necessary to execute fire restoration. If needed, we also have staging equipment and alternative power available should electricity be an issue after the fire.

  • To protect the interior from the elements, board up, and tarping help cover windows, doors, damaged roofing, and other holes in the building.
  • Our water removal services address any standing water or chemicals from fire-fighting efforts.
  • Our fire and smoke restoration technicians determine the salvageability of contents and personal belongings. Everything gets separated for cleaning or disposal, with some items getting inventoried and packed up for safe storage until restoration is complete.

Contact SERVPRO of South Shreveport by dialing (318) 865-4655 or request help 24-hours a day online. We are here for emergency water and fire damage restoration to get the results you deserve!

Mold Damage is No Match for Professional Methods in Shreveport

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van parked under an awning Our skilled technicians have the expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to get your Shreveport home back in order after mold damage.

SERVPRO Performs Skilled Mold Damage Cleanup for Shreveport Properties

It is never a fun experience to find mold growing anywhere in your Shreveport home or business. To keep it from colonizing and spreading further, you need quick action and careful methods for the best results. While there are countless types of mold, you need to know that some are more harmful than others. Mold is everywhere, but you never want it within your living or workspace. Should you suspect black mold growth in your home, you can contact SERVPRO for skilled mold remediation to handle it safely and effectively.

Why not just clean up the mold damage in your Shreveport home yourself? Because trained professionals know how mold develops and the right way to safely clean it so that all parties involved are protected. Let’s go over how mold grows:

  • Tiny mold spores move through the air, floating around dormant as they look for the ideal conditions to settle and colonize.
  • The perfect conditions for mold growth include moist, dark, and warm spaces with organic substances to feed on – drywall, paper goods, carpeting, and more.
  • Excessive moisture, humid conditions, and water damage within your home can spell disaster if not remedied fast. This leaves areas like attics, crawlspaces, flooring, and cabinetry susceptible to mold growth.

Why Should a Business Use Professional Mold Cleanup Versus In-house Cleaning Personnel?

Any business wants to create a comfortable, safe establishment for clients, customers, and staff. Hiring mold remediation ensures you get the right level of cleaning to rest assured all who enter can breathe safely. We never claim to remove mold altogether, which is impossible to do. Instead, we meticulously clean all surfaces, pulling up spores safely to keep them from spreading and sanitizing everything – Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Mold Infestation and Your Home’s Property Value

If you are hoping to put your home on the market in the future, the last thing you want is mold to pop up during an inspection or potential buyer walkthrough. Even the slightest bit of mold can multiply into something more involved, thus impacting your property value. Additionally, the smell of mold is enough to turn buyers around before they even finish the viewing or open house.

Should you suspect mold is present in your home, look for some of the following signs and then call us at SERVPRO:

  • Dark spots developing on the ceiling, floors, and/or walls
  • Visible mold spores or clusters
  • Musty, damp, or foul odors
  • Wallpaper or paint that is peeling with dark spots beneath

The sooner you have our team at your door to begin mold remediation, the quicker we can prevent a significant infestation from developing. We may be able to salvage furnishings, floorboards, drywall, and other elements that have been impacted by mold. For all materials beyond cleaning and repair, we can perform controlled demolition to remove and replace to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Our SERVPRO technicians know how to spot mold, which we look for with our initial inspection and assessment of your property. We put on personal protective equipment (PPE) and put containment barriers in place to keep spores from floating through the air or getting tracked into unimpacted areas of your building. We use vacuums and techniques to pull up spores while cleaning all surfaces thoroughly with antimicrobials and other cleaning agents. Everything gets sanitized and deodorized so that you can rest assured your family and pets are free to enter once again after we get done.

Mold damage is no match for our highly-trained technicians at SERVPRO of South Shreveport. Give us a call to set up your mold remediation project by dialing (318) 865-4655.

Helping Families with Our Water Removal Techniques In Shreveport

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling When a home takes on water, either through an internal source or outside flooding, we can help with methods designed for rapid water removal.

Water Removal Techniques

Shreveport has some beautiful homes, some of which many local families have lived in for generations. We live in the area also and understand that our homes play vital roles in our daily lives and special occasions. Keeping them free of deteriorating conditions is crucial to protecting them.

When a home takes on water through an internal source or outside flooding, we can help with methods designed for rapid water removal in Shreveport. Extraction of water from surfaces in your home is only the first stage. We also perform other measures that get the water out of things that absorbed it.

When flooding happens, dirty water invades your home. This water is so polluted that it ruins carpet so severely that we cannot repair it to suitable cleanliness levels. Replacing it is our only option. However, the damage often remains minimal if homeowners contact us as soon as possible. We can often save carpeting that became drenched from an interior leak because We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster, keeping damages as minimal as possible.

Clean water comes from disastrous occurrences such as a broken joint on a water line or a sink that overflowed. Our techs also dry and clean the area where water flows as quickly as possible. Working in teams helps us mitigate damage and get things back to normal efficiently and effectively. Our experts use all the available methods to get everything safe and just "Like it never even happened" for you and your family.

Drying techniques include machinery combined with minor alterations in your home's structure. Smaller homes permit us to feed flexible tubing into wall spaces so our Injectidry system can use warm, dry air to evaporate moisture from interior walls and push that now-humid air out of the interior space.

Heated floor mats also use the same principle and quickly get floors dry again. Laying carpet down on damp floors can cause a mold infestation to plague your house. The wooden flooring of most types can trap moisture underneath their components, causing warping, curling, and severe cracking. Getting that moisture out of there can preserve your floor. We use water removal methods wherever the water flows.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport wants your family home to retain its integrity and ability to protect your family. Water removal methods allow this to happen and help prevent secondary water damage. Contact us at our emergency services number, (318) 865-4655, whenever your home springs a leak or sustains a flood.

When Your Shreveport Home Floods

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm warning sign against dark clouds Severe storms and flooding are common in our neck of the woods. Know that SERVPRO is always on call for your restoration needs.

Restoring a Residence After Flash Flooding in Shreveport

Flooding occurs in all 50 states, causing billions of dollars in yearly damages. While most floods come from heavy rains and river swells over days or weeks, flash flooding poses serious concerns. In just a short time, a flash flood can cause colossal destruction to homes and infrastructure, leaving homeowners overwhelmed by the amount of cleanup and restoration ahead of them. 

When your Shreveport residence has suffered flash flooding, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are only a phone call away from providing service that can return your home to a preloss state. These restoration experts undergo extensive education on disaster mitigation, restoration, and repair to ensure that homeowners have a safe and comfortable residence once more. Technicians, staff, and franchise owners also receive additional education opportunities to expand their knowledge of mitigation and restoration standards and procedures. 

Preparing Your Home for Flash Floods

If you have time to prepare, take the following steps to minimize damage:

  • Clear out drains, downspouts, and gutters to prevent water from penetrating your home. Check on any sump pumps and moisture detection systems on your property to ensure they work. 
  • Elevate furniture, appliances, electronics, and other items to keep them out of the reach of floodwaters. 
  • If you have not already, consider elevation for water heaters and an exterior backflow valve to minimize the risk of sewage backup. 
  • Have an emergency kit with important documents, first aid, prescriptions, and contact information. 

How SERVPRO Dries Flood Damage

After extracting floodwaters and debris and sanitizing the space thoroughly, SERVPRO technicians rely on air movers and dehumidifiers for most of the drying process. These two devices pull moisture out of surfaces, wall cavities, and flooring and replace it with warm, dry air. 

The key to effective drying, however, is a consistent and active measuring of surfaces with a variety of moisture sensors and meters, as well as infrared imaging and thermohygrometers, to assess the relative humidity of both flood-affected structures and the air itself. This process determines accurate drying goals and times and ensures that materials are returned to humidity levels that are appropriate for the structure without encouraging microbial proliferation. 

SERVPRO of South Shreveport is proud to serve homeowners by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (318) 865-4655 for an experienced mitigation team with cutting-edge tools.

Forbing's Fire Damage Specialists Discuss Soot Removal

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage on wall SERVPRO Can Clean Up Soot in Forbing Properties After House Fires.

SERVPRO Uses Various Equipment, Products, and Methods for Fire Cleanup in the Forbing Area

Fires starting inside your Forbing home can not only be dangerous to you and your family but can also ruin the contents and building materials inside your house. The flames and heat, which come from the blaze, burn materials starting from the source and further depending on how long it goes before it gets extinguished. Smoke travels from the source to areas all over the structure, causing additional damage.

When smoke flows through a building, it leaves behind soot residues and foul odors. Cleaning and removing these residues are a significant part of restoring fire damage in Forbing. The first step to removing burnt odors is to remove their source, including soils left from the smoke. 

Soot residues contain different substances depending upon what fuels were burned in the fire. Cleaning methods vary based on many factors, including the type of soot and the surface of cleaned materials. Some blazes get put out with excessive water, which can cause the soot cleaning process to change. Water damage restoration is often follows a house fire.

Some soot films are easy to clean while others adhere to surfaces well, making removal more difficult. When extracting soils proves to be a strenuous process, our SERVPRO technicians utilize various mechanical action cleaning methods. The amount of soot present and how well it sticks to materials dictates how much agitation is needed for removal. 

Some soils can get removed with mild agitation methods if they are not dense. Mild agitation methods include feather dusters, compressed air, brushes, and vacuums. For carpets, upholstery, and drapes vacuuming dry smoke residue is always the first step in cleaning. Compressed air gets used to blow soot out off the casings of electronics.

If the soot is dense and adheres firmly to surfaces, then medium agitation methods can be implemented during the restoration process. Practices that fall into this category include dry sponges, crumbly cleaners, dust cloths, and cleaning towels. Crumbly cleaners work well when removing dry soot from flat painted surfaces. 

When soot removal is difficult, heavy agitation methods get used. Abrasive powders, sandpaper, and blast cleaning are all examples of heavy agitation cleaning. Roto pads and brushes can also agitate, buff, or polish flooring surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians attempt to clean smoke and soot-stained surfaces without tearing them out for replacement. Often a primer can be applied before a finished coat of paint is needed.

Removing different kinds of soot can be easy in some areas while challenging in others. For help cleaning soils created by smoke, call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 24/7.

Obstacles for Efficient Fire Restoration in Shreveport Offices

7/23/2022 (Permalink)

fire insurance form Shreveport fire damage at your company? Contact SERVPRO to keep your doors open.

These Factors Can Slow Fire Damage Restoration

Fire restoration requires many layers of cleaning and recovery. When occurring as part of a Large Loss project like the many office buildings in the city, several factors might produce immediate obstacles to restoration after a fire gets extinguished. Our SERVPRO team can overcome these hurdles to provide our efficient:

  • Smoke damage remediation
  • Odor removal
  • Surface cleaning
  • Water restoration

Damage to the Structure

Among the most significant obstacles to fire restoration to Shreveport offices is damage to the structure. Bulk materials and compromised structural elements must often be cleared and discarded before the building's official fire restoration work can begin. To determine where controlled demolition might be needed, our SERVPRO production management reaches the residence and begins a thorough inspection of the structural elements for water, soot, and smoke damage.

Lingering Water Damages

Another concern that could slow fire cleanup getting started is overcoming water damage. Considerable volumes of water are used by firefighters and the sprinkler system of the office building to put out the flames. The extinguishment can leave behind pools of water, puddling, and other moisture pockets that must get addressed by our SERVPRO professionals before fire cleanup can start.

The Claim Approval Process

Sometimes, the condition of the building is not a factor but rather the pace of damage claim approval. Your insurance provider plays a direct role in green-lighting restoration work to begin, even when you have personally chosen SERVPRO to complete this work. While emergency services can start to prevent the situation from worsening, we must still coordinate with adjusters for the total recovery needs. 

After a fire, you want to ensure that cleanup and restoration can happen as efficiently and quickly as possible. With our experience and fast response, we can provide mitigative strategies to help your office open its doors again. Call our SERVPRO of South Shreveport team at (318) 865-4655.

Appliance Aging Can Lead to Water Damage in Your Shreveport Home

7/23/2022 (Permalink)

clothes washer overflowing, distraught female Don't let a leaking appliance cause major water damage to your Shreveport home--contact SERVPRO. "Like it never even happened."

Have You Checked Your Appliances in Your Shreveport Home Lately?

With all the bodies of water that sit around Shreveport, like the Red River, it is no wonder that many homes are battling the possibility of flooding throughout the rainiest times of the year. Even with this continual threat, homeowners are surprised by internal threats they didn't see coming. An excellent example of this would be the breakdown 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 function correctly. Regular servicing of these appliances can secure weakened connections and drain hoses.

When a dishwasher fails, high volumes of water could end up in the affected areas and require water removal services for your Shreveport residence. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals respond quickly; We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We understand that the longer water soaks into construction materials, the more irreparable damage occurs.

Extraction begins shortly after an inspection which assists in selecting the various pumps and wet vacs available. Larger pools of water damage could require the use of truck-mounted pumps from our SERVPRO Green Fleet. We can then focus on drying the affected rooms using:

  • air movers
  • axial fans
  • drying mats
  • heaters

Our customers receive a final walkthrough to ensure complete satisfaction has been achieved. We can work with insurance adjusters throughout the remediation service to simplify the claims paperwork and remain within a budget.

When you face damage that requires 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.

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

7/23/2022 (Permalink)

controlled demolition of wall, exposed studs Hurry and mitigate the storm damage to your Shreveport property by calling SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Provides Storm Damage Restoration in Shreveport

A city that is settled on a water source has the chance of flooding during a storm, leaving many homeowners needing 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. Reaching out for professional help is wise as soon as the damage happens.

Waiting to call for Shreveport water removal services to remediate the damage that the storm caused can be dangerous for the overall quality of your home. When contaminated water damage has breached the interior, Microbial growth occurs from the Black Water. Having mold grow in your home is generally never a good thing. Additionally, water can ruin your belongings. Rapid extraction and drying are keys to mitigating storm damage and possible demolition. We aim to salvage your belongings, keepsakes, and contents whenever possible.

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 to help swiftly remove the water.

  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Portable wet vacs
  • Rover riding extractors
  • Specialized wands for various surfaces
  • Sump Pumps
  • Trash Pumps

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 airflow over the damp places constant. Simultaneously, we can dry out the contents of any items. The drying is monitored for effectiveness, and an antimicrobial agent is applied to disinfect affected areas of the structure.

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

Why Calling for Pro Water Damage Repair is Best in Shreveport

7/3/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water spilling from the washer and onto the floor Regardless of the room in which the water damage occurs, team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 ready and waiting to help. Contact us right away.

SERVPRO Delivers Efficient Water Damage Repair for Shreveport Residents

Water restoration is something that takes skill and training, which is something we strive to maintain at SERVPRO. When you have burst pipes or flooding from your washing machine malfunctioning, you need professionals at your door to get to work. DIY is never recommended, as you risk missing hidden moisture and a host of hazards. SERVPRO arrives fast and gets to work so you can have your house back to normal.

Why SERVPRO for water damage repair in Shreveport? Because our team has all been IICRC trained and certified. We commit to regular training to stay up on the latest industry trends to bring you the water restoration results you deserve.

Water detection, monitoring, and drying are key

Before any reconstruction can begin, we initiate water removal services and look for areas of hidden moisture. By setting up equipment like dehumidifiers and industrial fans, we increase airflow and lower relative humidity – thus aiding in our quest to achieve our drying goals.

  • We handle the removal of all trapped water behind walls and under flooring or cabinets.
  • Our technicians may put weep holes in the walls to allow water to escape so that we dry the interior cavity.
  • Flood cuts might get done to remove drywall up to a few inches above the water line and then replace it with all new drywall. 

All reconstruction and repair get carried out by area partners and contractors. We want to ensure that once your interior is dry, all materials get replaced and refinished to make it “Like it never even happened.” You can also count on us as your insurance liaison to ensure your documentation is in order, so your claim for water damage goes as smoothly as possible. 

Why wait? Call us at SERVPRO of South Shreveport whenever you need help with water damage repair. Our customer care team is available 24/7 at (318) 865-4655, or you can request assistance online.