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Our Advanced Training Can Save Your Home In Shreveport

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

caution tape in front of fire damaged home Call (318) 865-4655 to arrange for a prompt assessment after the firefighters wrap up their duties.

Advanced Training Is Why SERVPRO Crews Successfully Remove Fire Residues in Shreveport

The soiling left behind on surfaces after a fire in your Shreveport house does not respond as expected to ordinary cleaning methods. Fire residues require a range of different cleaning techniques. Making the correct choice depends on the type of surface involved, kind of materials burned, the temperature during the fire, and the amount of oxygen available to accelerate the flames. Our managers and technicians master training that prepares us to make appropriate cleaning decisions, why we demonstrate a high rate of customer satisfaction.

Categorizing Common Types of Soot
Smoke contains a range of gases, water vapor, and solid particulates, creating much of the fire damage in your Shreveport dwelling. The fine yet sharp-edged and abrasive particles we call soot are incompletely combusted bits of building materials and contents. Sooty residues cover many surfaces in your home after a fire, carried on hot air currents, often traveling far from the ignition site. Some are light and ashy, others thick and sticky. Protein-based soot follows cooking fires, depositing a thin, tightly adhered coating. Our understanding of the characteristics of these residues is why we can match appropriate cleaning products and methods as we move room to room.

What to Expect from Different Cleaning Strategies
Wood and paper burn hot, leaving light ash we can brush off and vacuum up from surfaces. Electrical fires and blazes involving rubber, fabrics, and plastics often smolder low oxygen burns resulting in dense, dark coatings. Cleaners with wetting agents and surfactants dissolve the bond the soot has with surfaces, and agitation can help loosen and remove the residue. Abrasives and solvents might be needed to resolve protein-based soot coverings. The potential for damage to underlying surfaces is why SERVPRO technicians train diligently and employ safeguards when working to remove residues.

Contents Cleaning
Our production facilities offer resources for fire, damaged personal possessions and household goods. The opportunity to use research-based techniques to clean, dry, and deodorize everything from firefighting water-soaked papers and photos to smoke-damaged furniture and clothing to sooty heirlooms and toys is why SERVPRO is a comprehensive disaster recovery company.

Dependable and well-qualified technicians are why SERVPRO of South Shreveport is the fire damage recovery leader in our community. Call (318) 865-4655 to arrange for a prompt assessment after the firefighters wrap up their duties.

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Storing Your Undamaged Inventory Facilitates Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Shreveport

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vans sitting outside a brick building. Don’t let fire damage smoke you out of your Shreveport business, call SERVPRO.

Let us handle it all, including your Shreveport inventory from fire damage.

Getting your Shreveport business back on track after a disaster takes time. It also uses up resources that you might not have readily available. Every day your business sits unopened is another day of lost profits and disappointed customers. Instead of waiting to see your selection, many shoppers decide to visit other places and make their purchases elsewhere. SERVPRO can help you minimize such related losses through professional mitigation.

We help all sizes and types of businesses in Shreveport survive commercial fire damage and its effects. We use tried and tested restoration methods that follow the protocols accepted by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The damage that occurred in your store during a fire involved more than the flames. The smoke and heat also cause extensive damage. 

We also address the inundation of water sprayed into your store. Because a significant portion of this turns into steam, we bring in air movers and dehumidifiers. Air scrubbers also play a powerful role in extracting moisture and restoring dry conditions in both structure and contents. These machines require more than just their own physical blueprint. The hoses, electrical cords, and exhaust apparatus also take up space. We need adequate space to work, clean your items, and move things around.

Any of your store's furnishings or inventory that survived without succumbing to smoke or fire damage can get in the way during our work. This not only makes it more difficult to do our job swiftly, it also places these items at risk of eventually becoming damaged. We want to prevent such damage, so we provide warehouse space to our customers where it is possible to safely store items. 

We tag larger items to provide an inclusive inventorying of such items. This information helps us keep groupings of furniture together, as well as match undamaged pieces to those that we needed to restore. After cleaning, drying, and other restoration activities, we can help your employees by returning furniture pieces and other content items back in your store. We try to get things situated in the same spot as before, so working with your knowledgeable employees helps immensely. 

SERVPRO of South Shreveport is ready to help your business by making it all “Like it never even happened.” Our building services department helps us achieve this goal wherever needed. Call us at (318) 865-4655 for IICRC-certified smoke and fire damage restoration specialists. 

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How to Dry Water Damaged Ceilings in Shreveport

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

water damage on ceiling Inspect your ceilings often for signs of water damage, and call SERVPRO for fast and effective restoration solutions.

Drying Water in Ceiling Cavities of Shreveport Properties 

Because air pockets and pressure fluctuations continue to the highest points of your plumbing, many of our Shreveport customers experience substantial water loss incidents originating in their ceiling spaces between floors. Even if these pressure differentials do not lead to a full separation or burst, leaks can result. Moisture present in the ceiling cavity can lead to mold and microbial threats, or continually weaken ceiling materials to the point of collapse. 

As much as our professionals must address all aspects of water damage to Shreveport homes, these tasks must get performed in the order of the highest severity for the household. We seek to protect installed construction materials as much as possible, and that begins with limited removal of specific ceiling tiles or portions of stucco to gain stable access to the damaged area. The faster that we can address this threatened area, the better chance we have of reducing the development of mold colonies. 

To reach both the damaged plumbing and continue the drying efforts necessary to restore installed ceiling materials and the flooring above the water damage, our technicians can remove insulation materials by hand or with our insulation vacuum. With access to the damaged areas of pipe, our licensed general contractors can repair the plumbing while our team sets up our cutting-edge drying equipment. 

With confined spaces like ceiling cavities, air movers are not always the most effective drying system. Our positive pressure devices like the InjectiDry system can allow us to provide a minimally invasive burst of heated air into this space to force moisture into the environment for collection by our desiccant or LGR dehumidifiers in place within the house or outside with our larger trailered units. 

Anywhere that water loss effects can get discovered in your home require a specific approach with our cutting-edge equipment. Our SERVPRO of South Shreveport professionals have extensive training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to help you navigate the damage in your home and restore it quickly. To make your property “Like it never even happened,” give us a call today at (318) 865-4655. 

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Why Seek Expert Assistance After a Fire Damages Your Shreveport Home

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck sitting a driveway. SERVPRO knows their place and how to help when it comes to your Shreveport fire damage.

We know what needs to be done to kick that soot from your Shreveport fire damage out of your home.

Cooking is one of the most common causes of fire damage in homes. Flammable substances around the oven or unattended stove tops can cause a fire. When cooking, it is essential to stay close to the oven or stove and watch it at all times. Fires that occur during harsh weather are worse because the flames may burn a hole in your roof, exposing your home to water damage. 

You can stay in your Shreveport home after fire damage only if the destruction is small enough. Remember that heavy soot and odors can cause unlivable conditions for you and your family. The excessive heat of a fire can also compromise the structural integrity of your home. Therefore, you should let professionals inspect your property before re-entry. 

Once you get to know the extent of the fire damage, start the cleanup process immediately. Get masks, gloves, and protective clothing to stay safe. You can cover your furniture with clean tarpaulin sheets to ensure that no more soot particles settle on it. 

If your home has dry soot, you can use dry cleaning methods to remove it. For instance, you can use a dry cloth to remove the residue from furniture and a vacuum cleaner to remove it from flooring, carpeting, and upholstery. To remove wet soot, you can use wet cleaning methods. Combine soap with water and scrub the affected areas lightly. However, it is not advisable to use water to clean wood, drywall, and electronics. Removing soot from the walls and ceilings is daunting. Our SERVPRO technicians can use dry cleaning sponges, peroxide active cleaning, and wet cleaning to clean the walls and ceilings. 

A fire may also cause pungent smells that can last in your house for many months or even years. We can control and remove unpleasant smells from your home and belongings by doing the following things:

    • Removing the source of the odor
    • Cleaning odor-causing residues from surfaces
    • Re-creating the condition of odor penetration
    • Sealing surfaces as required

If the odors remain, we can use other techniques to deal with it. For instance, our SERVPRO team can use advanced equipment like hydroxyl generators and Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to remove odors from your home and belongings. 

After a fire loss in your home, SERVPRO of South Shreveport can help you in restoring it to preloss condition. Call us 24/7 at (318) 865-4655 for quick remediation in Forbing and the neighboring areas. 

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Guaranteed No Stress Flood Damage Remediation Success In Shreveport

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

flood damaged room with recliner Many times there are no ways to prevent flooding and the resulting flood damage. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services after flooding.

Help Flood Damage Restoration in Shreveport Yourself by Conducting a Few Easy Procedures

During the hurricane season this year, several tropical storms and hurricanes have been threatening the part of the country around where Shreveport is located. These vicious storm systems coming from the Atlantic Ocean have already caused several flood damage claims and the season is not even over yet. In some cases, your property can get damaged by weather that gets created on the outskirts of the hurricane or tropical storm.

Sometimes these side storms can come quickly without much warning and cause your Shreveport home flood damage suddenly. Once the interior of your home gets affected, the best thing to do is to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. However, if seeking help is not possible right away, there are several things you can do yourself that will help mitigate the moisture issues.

According to our experts at SERVPRO, the first thing you should do when you notice that water came into your dwelling as a result of a storm is to walk through your house and inspect your entire structure for damage. Look in areas where moisture could have maybe leaked in from the ground. Also, inspect your walls and building materials around all holes to the outside, including doors, windows, and skylights.

Next, it is wise to check around and make sure your building is safe. If there is any wet drywall hanging down, remove it and keep any debris out of walking paths. If there is moisture near any light fixtures or electrical wiring of any kind, shut your power off immediately.

Once you rid your house of any potential safety hazards, it is then smart to figure out where the water entered. Follow the wet materials to the exterior walls and then try to determine how the moisture is leaking in. Once you find the source of the leak, temporarily fix it so that water stops entering your structure.

Next, it is wise to remove any standing water or liquid that has soaked into your carpet. Use a mop and a squeegee for hard-surfaced floors and a wet/dry vac for carpets. Once you think you have removed as much liquid H2O as you can, you can start trying to dry out your structure by setting up fans and creating ventilation inside your home.

Having a storm destroy parts of your property in Forbing or surrounding areas is never fun, but if you call in our team of experts, we can take the load off of your back. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can be reached 24/7 by calling SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655.

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What Goes Into the Cost of Flood Damage Restoration in Shreveport?

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damaged home showing flood cuts, debris in garbage bag, and SERVPRO drying equipment Sometimes water damage requires demolition. We removed the wet drywall and flooring to begin the drying process.

The Real Costs of Flood Damage Recovery in Shreveport Homes 

When most Shreveport homeowners think about professional restoration, one of the first aspects brought to mind is the expected cost. Without the right information and a clear understanding of what goes into an estimate, property owners can get misguided into a belief that the proposed expense is unnecessarily high. In truth, many homeowners find that not choosing professional restorers can end up costing them more after disasters like flooding occur. 

Flood damage in your Shreveport home can be a challenging situation to overcome for residents, and that is why so many choose the dependable 24/7 response and expertise of our SERVPRO team. One of the first steps that our team takes when we arrive at your damaged property is to assess the full scope of the damage. We then begin designing a tailored strategy to mitigate your loss and to restore your home entirely. This process involves our management and crew chiefs, the most seasoned and experienced professionals on our roster, to ensure that jobs get done efficiently to save you time and money. 

This assessment also involves the formulation of a proposed estimated cost. The projected estimate homeowners get from our administrators encompasses multiple areas of the work that we do to bring your property back to preloss condition. We do not lump our charges into a general “cost of doing business.” From the team working with your insurance provider to field technicians and the tools that they need, we itemize each cost. We are upfront with our customers during a crisis, and we have an honest and considerate approach that has allowed complete transparency through the restoration process. 

You must also consider the costs of not choosing a professional restoration team like our SERVPRO technicians as well. Without our advanced training and hands-on experience, your home might not get thoroughly dried and restored after a flood loss. This lingering moisture can continually deteriorate structural elements and can promote mold growth. 

Many people misunderstand the costs of professional restoration. If you want to restore your home quickly and prevent unnecessary secondary actions like reconstruction and mold remediation, give our SERVPRO of South Shreveport team a call today at (318) 865-4655.

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SERVPRO, Shreveport Water Loss Cleanup, and Environmental Friendly Products

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO Van Parked at Job-Site Our Green SERVPRO Fleet Uses Environmental Friendly Products for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Shreveport

Why We Choose Green Products for Shreveport Water Cleanup

As much as we want to provide every Shreveport home with the powerful and potent products that overcome threats, sludge, grime, and other residues after a water loss incident, we have an environment to protect as well. For many years, restoration companies used the most powerful cleaning agents regardless of their effects on nature, but our team has been working to raise the bar of the restoration industry by implementing green products in recovery projects all across the country.

While we have fast and effective mitigation tactics to address the immediate threats of water damage in Shreveport homes, the cleaning of residues and staining can be a severe challenge for homeowners to face. Our SERVPRO team relies both on our cutting-edge equipment and extensive training to address these concerns head-on. By combining this experience with our line of powerful, environmentally-friendly products, we can genuinely make loss incidents “Like it never even happened.”
 
Our SERVPRO brand is a standing member of the Design for Environment initiative implemented by the EPA. As a part of this project, we can access a list of “CleanGredients” that we use in our line of environmentally-safe products for our cleaning technicians to utilize. With these resources available, we can release products to help with everything from hardwood cleaners to deodorization agents. Now our commitment to helping our customers recover from water and other loss incidents does not have to come at the detriment to our environment.
 
We have a full team of cleaning technicians accredited in multiple facets of the industry through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Our team has endorsements in areas such as:
 
    •    CCT – Carpet Cleaning Technician
    •    RCT – Rug Cleaning Technician
    •    UFT – Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
    •    Biohazard Recovery
 
As damaging as water loss incidents can be to your home, you can count on the team that wants to protect your property and the planet without compromising potency. You can rely on the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of South Shreveport team to help you get your residence back to preloss condition. We are available 24/7 at (318) 865-4655.

Shreveport Home Have Serious Post Fire Odors? Call the Professionals from SERVPRO for Improved IAQ Indoor Air Quality

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO green box truck parked at a customer's property When the SERVPRO Box Truck Arrives at this Shreveport Home, The Smoke Odors Will Soon Be Gone

Thermal Fogging for Smoke Odors in Shreveport Homes

Deodorization is one of the most substantial obstacles most Shreveport homeowners face after a fire. While many opt for the experience and professionalism of accredited restoration firms to handle soot and structural damage, odors can spread far beyond the ignition point to threaten every type of material present on your property. Finding the appropriate solution to this problem is often a challenge for residents who do not have the deep pool of resources and recovery tools available to our SERVPRO team.

Professional Grade and Preparation Needed
Thermal fogging machines are one of the best lines of defense against fire damage odor in Shreveport properties. With multiple solutions available to suit any situation, our trained fire restoration professionals can tailor our response and actions to the severity of odor concerns in the house and what materials have become affected by the conditions. Understanding how thermal fogging works can help you to appreciate how ideal these machines are for most fire odor removal needs.
 
Can Reduce Pack-Outs for Cleaning and Deodorizing
The use of thermal foggers after a fire is commonplace for our SERVPRO team under certain conditions, as this deodorization process replicates how materials became smoke-damaged in the first place. Through the use of both heat and pressure, porous materials can open more and become exposed to the chemical fog that can neutralize these harsh odors on contact. By the use of this system, we can often reduce the need for material removal when other structural damages do not exist.

There Are Advantages and Some Disadvantages to Thermal Fogging
Another advantage of choosing thermal fogging is the portability of these machines. Unlike the units our professionals also use like ozone machines and hydroxyl generators, thermal fogging devices can often get carried throughout the home to expose a greater area to the neutralizing agents. These tools are also ideal for use with softer materials found throughout the property as well, including carpeting, upholstery, and clothing. However, some fogging products require removal of plants, pets, and people for a period of time.
 
While our professionals have multiple tools and approaches to eliminate smoke odors after a fire, thermal fogging can be a smart choice. Our SERVPRO of South Shreveport team arrives with the full measure of our fire recovery equipment and our experienced personnel to quickly make loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Contact us for any assistance you need recovering from a fire at (318) 865-4655.

Enlist Our Experts When Dealing With Flood Damage In Shreveport

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fans and dehumidifiers placed in a room with water damage The flooding caused the floor to be covered in water and trim and sheetrock wall panels. We arrived with our state of the art equipment and began.

Shreveport Medical Offices are Also at Risk of Flood Damage

Shreveport seems to consistently be the target of flooding and water events, particularly in the past few years. It is tough for businesses to be prepared to deal with this eventuality, but proper disaster planning has become an integral part of forecasting and projecting for every business owner. Even non-retail outlets, such as doctors offices, need to pay close attention to how they would restore their business following a flood regardless of size. Imagine for a minute that your dental office, typically operating during traditional business hours and closed during the weekend, is suddenly filled with water and sludge, all the result of the rise of a nearby body of water.  

Calling SERVPRO, a professional water restoration company is your best option if your Shreveport business suffers flood damage. Over the past years, we have seen floods big and small challenge our business community, and we partner with it to minimize your loss of time and resources. Like you, we realize that bouncing back quickly after a disaster is paramount to the viability of a business which is why we are available 24/7 to respond to your emergency as soon as you place a call to our office. Every minute you delay is one more minute for debris and bacteria to damage your office.

If you are wondering why you should call SERVPRO instead of enlisting friends and family to clean your space, the answer is quite simple. Floodwaters typically carry contamination and bacteria which can make themselves at home in your office without you realizing it. Our team of experts has equipment and techniques designed to identify problem areas and remediate the flood damage. This includes disinfecting with industry-grade solutions based on the chemical composition of each surface. The average consumer does not always have access or the training necessary to understand how to completely eradicate the unwanted organisms from your business, leaving it vulnerable to complications in the future.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport is an advocate for the quick restoration of businesses after disaster strikes. All you need to do is call (318) 865-4655 and let us take care of the rest. Our goal is to leave your office, "Like it never even happened."

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Do Yourself a Favor and Call SERVPRO for Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Shreveport

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Call on SERVPRO for the Heavy Lifting and Drying Needed after Storm Damage in Shreveport. We Can Help.

Restoring Your Shreveport Home After Flood Damage Calls for the Services of Experts

Flooding commonly occurs because of heavy rain that lasts several days or weeks. In Shreveport, heavy rain could cause high water levels in the Red River, and bayous may not be able to discharge water into it. The floodwaters can, therefore, end up in nearby homes.  Floodwater can cause the metal to rust, wood to expand and buckle, and furniture to discolor.

Water could also carry mineral deposits that leave stains on ceilings and walls. You can prevent further flood damage in your Shreveport residence by starting the restoration process as soon as you can. After weathering the storm, you should take the following steps:

For Brave DIY'Selfers
•   Turn off electricity to the flooded areas to prevent electrocution hazards. If the destruction is significant, avoid entering hard-hit areas and turn off the gas supply.
•    Notify your insurance company about the loss as soon as possible to prepare for filing a claim and have the adjuster calculate the actual expense of the repairs.
•    Move furniture and other belongings to dry areas.
•    Tarp a ruined roof and board up broken windows
•    Call a restoration expert for details about the proper procedures for restoring your home.

Ready to Call SERVPRO for all this heavy lifting?

When dealing with flooding, quick water extraction and drying is essential to prevent mold infestation and other problems. Since every hour counts, your safest option is to call SERVPRO franchise professionals because we respond fast to emergency calls. We start the restoration process with a thorough inspection and complete documentation as insurance companies require and then schedule flood damage cleanup and repairs. We perform the right tasks in the proper order.

In cases with significant destruction, we begin with securing the house with roof tarping and board-ups as required. We can pack out furniture for off-site treatment and protection and then return it when the work is complete. Our flood damage cleanup services may also include the removal of downed tree limbs and disposing of all unsalvageable items and debris.

Our technicians are well-trained and experienced in contaminated water removal. We use equipment like powerful portable pumps to extract standing water and antimicrobial agents to stop or limit the growth of microbes. Our technicians also use disinfectants like phenols, quaternary, chlorines, alcohols, and formaldehyde to destroy the organisms they contact on surfaces.

Hidden moisture migration is another problem you may deal with after a flooding incident. Water flows through tiny openings or gaps and spreads invasively. It can seep under baseboards and into wall cavities where the destruction process can proceed unseen. Our SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) use Thermal imaging cameras to find hidden dampness. These cameras read temperature differentials and help our technicians to track water migration through insulation, brick walls, and other parts of your home.  Our technicians use air movers and dehumidifiers to eradicate moisture from a house. We monitor the drying process to ensure the most precise results.

If your home has flooded, call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 for help. We can complete the restoration process quickly. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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