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Tackling Water Damage in Your Shreveport Property Should Not Have to Happen Alone

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tackling Water Damage in Your Shreveport Property Should Not Have to Happen Alone Mold growth is not an easy thing to clean up. Contact SERVPRO today for all your remediation needs and assistance.

Why You Might Need SERVPRO of South Shreveport To Handle Water Damage From a Leak

One of the most common causes of water damage that we see in local homes is damaged caused by a pipe or appliance leak. While leaking faucets are the most common and visible types of water leaks in a home, these should pose a minimal concern, as any leaking water can be collected and drained away. Leaks below cabinets, behind walls, and underneath large appliances can both be much harder to detect and may cause much more costly types of damage to your home. Here are a few reasons why you might need to call SERVPRO for a simple water leak. 

Discoloration

One of the most visually apparent signs of water damage to a Shreveport home may be the discoloration of walls, floors, and ceilings. Many building and finishing materials found in local homes are not designed to accommodate significant volumes of water and may become permanently discolored when soaked by a leak. Although some of these problems can be resolved with a fresh coat of paint, many others require alternative approaches to refinishing and color change reversal. Our technicians are trained and experienced in the handling of all materials used to build local homes, and can leave yours looking "Like it never even happened."

Warping

Some materials may warp when exposed to water, especially when only one side of a surface gets wet (as may happen with a leak). As these materials expand and contract with the absorption and drying of water, they may permanently take a new shape. We can help to return most home materials back to their original shape and size without any replacements.

Fungal Growth

Leaks can provide the perfect opportunity for mold and other types of fungi to start to grow in your home. Mold can be identified by the presence of strong, musty odors; but you can usually assume that a longstanding leak has supported mold growth somewhere. SERVPRO technicians can help to control and remove any past or present mold infestations in your home that may have been caused by a leak.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport can help you handle large and small water damage problems in your home on a 24/7 basis. Just give us a call at (318) 865-4655.

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Commercial Fire Damage Crews In Shreveport Talk About Problems With Manufacturing Facilities

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Crews In Shreveport Talk About Problems With Manufacturing Facilities Fire Damage in a building needs professional help. Call SERVPRO today.

Fire loss in your Commercial building can quickly take over.

Companies that are in the manufacturing business in Shreveport deal with a wide variety of risks every day they operate. The different types of machinery present inside your manufacturing plant can malfunction and cause your company commercial fire damage. Machines that produce your products frequently use electricity, heat, and sometimes different fuels. This combination can be a dangerous situation when things go wrong. If something in your plant malfunctions, such as an electrical short, a situation could arise that forces you to call in a professional commercial fire damage company like SERVPRO.

Electrical shorts can often cause things to burn inside your manufacturing plant. Once the blaze ignites in your Shreveport plant, fire damage in your business can quickly occur. According to the Occupational Safety Health Association or OSHA, a business must have plans in place to deal with emergencies like electrical shorts, fires, and personal injuries. Once a problem occurs, it is wise to follow all of the standard protocols set up by your company according to OSHA standards. The federal regulation agency forces all business to provide things to their employees that include what to do if something burns or if an injury occurs.

When an emergency like a fire takes place the first thing that should happen is to follow all of your emergency plans and company procedures strictly. The emergency plans that are required to have by OSHA involve exit plans and extinguishing procedures. OSHA requires businesses that pose a fire danger to have extinguishers on site that get regularly inspected by certified professionals.

Once all of your employees get evacuated safely and the fire gets put out, then it is time to call in our SERVPRO team. First, our trained professionals that are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration or IICRC, can arrive at your plant shortly after your call. Then, we assess the situation and figure out what we can save during cleaning and restoration procedures and what may need to be replaced.

If you ever notice something burning inside your manufacturing plant, then call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 any day of the week.

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Severe Storms, Flooding, and Your Shreveport Home

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Storms, Flooding, and Your Shreveport Home SERVPRO of South Shreveport is always ready to restore your water damaged home.

Severe Storms Can Cause Flooding in Your Shreveport Home!

Heavy rains that fall in Shreveport can quickly lead to dangerous flash floods requiring evacuating people from their homes. Unfortunately, you may find yourself returning home to a house flooded with extremely dirty Category (Cat) 3 Black Water. It is risky to attempt to clean up your home on your own. Without professional assistance, it is easy to make mistakes and potentially cause further damage to your home. Luckily, SERVPRO technicians can assist you with restoring your home as you go through the recovery process. 

SERVPRO technicians are experienced when it comes to flood water removal in Shreveport homes, and can quickly arrive at your home to begin the mitigation process. Time is of the essence when it comes to removing flood water. Although many floods already consist of Cat 3, Black Water, flooding due to rain drenching a room in your home may result in flooding from Cat 2 or Gray Water.  Cat 2 flood water can degrade to Cat 3 water if not removed within a few days of entering your home, making the restoration process much more difficult. Fortunately, our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified professionals could assist you in the efficient removal of flood waters through the use of large pumps and industrial grade wet vacs.

After removing the floodwater from your home, our techs can begin the decontamination and drying processes. We can use high volume air movers to draw moisture from your walls and floors into the air and dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air. 

Note that should any upholstery or carpet absorb Cat 3 Black Water, they must be thrown out. Preventing further damage is why it is important to quickly contact professionals who can mitigate the crisis in your home before it causes irreversible damage. 

If you need flood water removal services after a massive storm, then contact SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655. We are available 24/7 and can help you recover your home after a flood.

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Let SERVPRO Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Shreveport

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Let SERVPRO Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Shreveport After the fire is put out call us for restoration. We are available 24/7 to offer our expertise, equipment and experience.

Cooking-Related Fire Damage in Shreveport Can Be Restored

Learning new recipes for your family to enjoy can be an absolute delight, at least until your skillet catches fire and leaves fire damage all around your kitchen, even on the ceiling. Worse still, because your recipe involved meat, you can expect an especially foul odor that is off-putting for anyone's appetite.

When accidental fire damage in your Shreveport home has you ordering takeout for dinner, it is best to address and mitigate the damage as soon as possible. SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to visit your home, address the damage, and curb potential long-term corrosion from soot turning acidic.

During our team's visit, we can get right to assessing fire damage and cleaning soot-covered surfaces in your home. It is vital to mitigate soot on surfaces before it is allowed to become acidic and corrode your possessions. Porous surfaces, such as kitchen wallpaper, curtains, and tablecloths, are also prone to absorbing soot and need extensive cleaning to eliminate fire damage from these surfaces. Residue from proteins that have caught fire is nearly invisible and requires thorough manual cleaning of surfaces before odor can be eradicated with deodorizers. If left unchecked, these proteins impart a hard-to-remove film that can continually give off unpleasant odors, even on surfaces where you may not have expected such a residue to settle.

Multiple methods of deodorization may be used by our SERVPRO odor control technicians (OCTs), including Ultra Low Volume (ULV fogging), which works by releasing deodorant particles that are 8 to15 microns in size. These particles are small enough to settle in and penetrate odors in cracks and crevices where you may have least expected to find it. ULV fogging is also an effective method for deodorizing ventilation systems after a thorough cleaning to prevent odors from spreading throughout your home.

CTA, SERVPRO of South Shreveport is ready to assist you in cleaning up any size disaster. Give us a call today at (318) 865-4655, and we can have a team sent out to mitigate damage within hours.

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Are You Actually Doing Enough for the Water Damage Situation in Your Shreveport Home?

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Are You Actually Doing Enough for the Water Damage Situation in Your Shreveport Home? When flood damage affects your floors, whether they are carpeting or hard wood, it can be quite frustrating. Call SERVPRO right away for remediation.

Drying Carpets Correctly Diminishes Water Damage to the Floors in Shreveport Homes

During an incident where a water pipe breaks, floors in a Shreveport home get drenched. Carpets can seem permanently damaged, but SERVPRO drying specialists can often salvage these costly furnishings for our customers.

Customers can rely on SERVPRO to protect their home from Shreveport water damage and its effects, including flooring and floor coverings. We can often save carpets without needing to remove them. This occurs in only situations involving the loss of clean water that has only been present for a short period. Longer periods can render this impossible, so we recommend calling as soon as possible. The longer a homeowner waits to reach out to us the more extensive water damage becomes.

When a carpet and padding system in a home gets wet, we need to get not only the carpet and its padding completely dry, but we also must ensure that the components underneath these two layers do not retain any moisture. In addition to the usual water extraction equipment, we also use weighted equipment that steadily removes moisture from the lowest portions of your floor.

In-place drying initially requires more time than removing the carpet, but overall, the entire project can take less time for the customer. Because we do not need to re-install the carpet and padding, the overall time involved in saving and restoring a carpet with water damage ends up the same or less than if we had removed the carpeting and pad from the floor.

The advantages of in-place drying include not stretching the carpet, as well as preventing any loose areas that might occur. We can also save the padding, keeping costs low through not needing to replace additional materials.

Additional drying equipment, including desiccant machines and air movers, can make drying the floor's structure below the carpet fast and efficient, as well. We use highly accurate meters that determine when we reach full dryness, preventing over-drying of your wood underlay.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport can help homeowners through in-place drying of carpets and padding, as well as other money-saving techniques. Always ready to help our customers with IICRC approved methods, we are as close as a phone call to (318) 865-4655. When your carpets need help, we are here to help.

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After A Flood In Your Shreveport Home, Call Our Experts For Help!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After A Flood In Your Shreveport Home, Call Our Experts For Help! Our 24-hour services line, (318) 865-4655, is always available to you.

Proper Mitigation Of Flood Damage Includes Crawlspaces In Shreveport Houses

When a flood occurs in your Shreveport neighborhood, protecting your valuable furniture and other household contents by placing them upstairs can keep them from becoming ruined. SERVPRO is always here to help mitigate the damage to your home's interior and make everything safe again for your family.

Our mitigation services in Shreveport include taking care of the flood damage that happens below your home, in the crawlspaces that you might never consider as crucial to the rest of your house. This area's condition plays a vital role in the air quality of your house's interior, making it crucial that we also mitigate anything wrong.

Your home's crawlspaces allow flooding to make this location a severe mess, full of mud, debris, and water. When the sump pump becomes clogged with solid materials, pumping water out becomes impossible. We can use our large pump, mounted on one of our Green Fleet's trucks, to rid the area below your home of this murky water. Our mitigation team is ready with manual tools to remove the debris so we can get this area clean again and free of excess moisture that can harm the living area of your property.

Even if the floor of the crawlspace is hard earth, we clean down to the base, as well as to the walls. Exposing the brick or concrete means we can thoroughly dry it and reduce the chances of future problems. Getting a sump pump re-established helps keep the area dry as we complete work on the rest of your home. We continue to monitor the area for additional problems, as water from the flood can saturate the ground around homes and slowly seep in through cracks or other weakened areas in the foundation of a property.

Although crawlspaces make up a small percentage of a residence, the amount of water that such areas can contain can pose severe detrimental effects on the rest of the house above. Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport to protect your Forbing area home from flood damage, especially when your crawlspace area also sustained damage. Our 24-hour services line, (318) 865-4655, is always available to you.

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Coffee and Smoke Damage Don't Mix in Forbing

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Coffee and Smoke Damage Don't Mix in Forbing Your customers want the fresh smell of coffee. Call SERVPRO to remove the smoke and fire damage odors today!

Professional Fire Odor Elimination in Your Forbing Coffee Shop

You are proud of the cozy, inviting ambiance of your Forbing coffee bar. The community gathers to sip hot and iced beverages and nibble sweet and savory delicacies, and visitors to the area seek a revitalizing brewed or steeped caffeinated drink as they enjoy our area’s attractions. If fire damages your business the pleasant smells of coffee, tea, and pastry treats can become overwhelmed with the noxious odors lingering after we manage the soot and charred surfaces. 

Smoke and unpleasant fire odors can cause the business at your Forbing commercial property to suffer. Our IICRC-trained team of deodorization technicians follows a protocol of necessary steps to remove the malodors, persevering until the problem odors disappear. We use a combination of common sense, elbow grease, and modern technologies to rid your coffee shop of residual fire odors. 

The SERVPRO deodorization process begins with finding and discarding any overlooked burned materials, which might include searching under cabinets and behind kick plates or walls. If no charred items remain, a thorough cleaning of affected surfaces can eliminate the absorbed odor-bearing substance. We might need to move beyond the fire site as soot and its odor floats on air currents and often is found several rooms away from the now-extinguished blaze. 

HVAC systems can spread smells making an evaluation of the heating and cooling system a good idea. A thorough cleaning of ductwork and exhaust fans might do the trick, and the changing of filters is inexpensive and can help as well. SERVPRO experts inspect porous and hard to reach surfaces closely, looking for places foul-smelling residues can hide. If further cleaning is impractical sealing of the surface is an option, preventing the smell absorbed from continuously vaporizing and affecting air quality. 

If odors linger still SERVPRO has specialized equipment like thermal foggers and ozone or hydroxyl generators to deal with odor at a molecular level. Foggers combust deodorizers in a heat chamber, recreating the conditions of the fire. Tiny particles bond with their odiferous counterparts, rendering the remaining smelly bits neutralized. Other equipment creates odor-fighting particles that change the airborne or settled foul-smelling ash and soot into non-noxious compounds. 

SERVPRO of South Shreveport leaves no fire odor unchanged. Welcome your customers back to a deliciously smelling coffee spot by calling us for help at (318) 865-4655. 

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We Have The Experience And Equipment To Handle Your Shreveport Home Restoration

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Have The Experience And Equipment To Handle Your Shreveport Home Restoration When you need water cleanup services after plumbing failure in your home, call our experts. We are available 24/7 so call us day or night.

SERVPRO - Water Cleanup Procedures For Shreveport Homes

Shreveport is far enough north that flooding is not the recurring problem here as it is down along the Gulf. Our community still has the rain to deal with, but most of the damage from water comes from inside sources like broken appliances, split hoses, and plumbing failures.

In most of these situations, there are no contaminants, with the exception being a backed-up toilet. The water cleanup after a minor disaster like that deals with, well, clean water. In some cases, however, SERVPRO restoration teams have to deal with the damaging effects of detergents from dish and clothes washers when handeling water cleanup in Shreveport.

None of these cleaning agents are for use on carpets. The chemicals to remove food and soil can damage carpet fibers, dilute the color dye, and cause delamination, which is where the top and bottom layers separate. Our first step to eliminate the threat is to remove as much of the water during water cleanup as possible with pumps and smaller extraction devices.

If the color is not damaged, team members next use an industrial carpet cleaner and a mild shampoo to isolate the other detergents. Technicians then use the vacuum on the device to remove the water, shampoo and suspended detergents from the carpet.

Our next task is to lift the carpet for drying and to examine the pad underneath. If the detergent or the water caused the pad to begin deteriorating, SERVPRO team members would remove it for disposal. They carefully detach the carpet from the tack strips and roll it up for temporary storage in another part of the home. After cleaning the floor and installing a new pad, they roll the carpet back in place.

If the carpet is still damp, however, technicians lift it at opposite ends and use an air mover and an exhaust fan to force dry, warm air under and over the carpet while drawing away the moisture still trapped inside.

Our goal at SERVPRO of South Shreveport is to return every home to its original condition before the water or another disaster. If you need our experience, training, and extensive equipment inventory to return your home to a livable condition, call us today at (318) 865-4655. We are here for you.

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Is Your HVAC System Circulating Smoke After the Fire on Your Shreveport Property?

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Is Your HVAC System Circulating Smoke After the Fire on Your Shreveport Property? Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is loaded with equipment to restore your fire damaged home.

HVAC Cleaning and Deodorizing After Shreveport House Fires

Many Shreveport homeowners use their HVAC systems every day to regulate the temperature inside their homes and to offer cleaner breathing air by filtering the circulating air through the filter of the system. Whenever situations occur like a fire, however, this same HVAC system can work to spread soot and smoke particulates, as well as the sour odor that often accompanies the incident, throughout every area of the house.

Once the first responders have left your fire damaged Shreveport home, you need to begin to address the effects throughout the property such as fire debris removal, soot cleanup, and fire odor deodorization. Our SERVPRO professionals have effective mitigation and restoration tactics from our extensive fire restoration training to obtain IICRC certifications. The continued educational opportunities that our technicians undertake ensure that we send knowledgeable and prepared professionals to your home capable of restoring the property quickly.

Many steps are intricate to the fire restoration process, but our team must first fully assess the property. This inspection includes a close look at the HVAC system, both the physical unit and the ductwork throughout your house. We can utilize drill-powered brushes to break sediment loose throughout this system, and combine this with high-powered vacuums to improve the cleanliness and effectiveness of this appliance. Additionally, clean ducts, filters, and coils can stop the spread of damaging effects throughout your home.

Removing the sour odor that fires can leave behind often requires multiple pieces of equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians might begin with our hydroxyl generators which can work to reduce particulates in the environment and reduce present odors. Thermal fogging is also an effective approach that is safe to use on soft materials, fabrics, and textiles throughout the property.

Recovering after a fire requires an immediate response from skilled professionals who have the expertise to restore your home entirely. Our SERVPRO of South Shreveport fire restoration technicians can showcase the full measure of our experience and equipment to make these damages “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (318) 865-4655.

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Some Tips to Help You Recover After a Fire in Your Shreveport Home

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Some Tips to Help You Recover After a Fire in Your Shreveport Home Fires leave odors and many residues in your home. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services which include dealing with the odors.

Fire Odor Containment and Removal for Your Shreveport Home

Fires, regardless of their size and severity, can pose long-term damaging effects for your Shreveport home. Even without widespread structural damages, symptoms like smoke residue and odors can make it challenging to continue comfortably living in the house after the incident. Restoring these damages to the property requires skilled technicians like ours that have the advanced equipment and fast response to make a difference for your home fast.

Fire damage in Shreveport such as smoke residue and odors can exceed the cleaning expertise of homeowners. Often these effects require our highly trained professionals with industry-leading equipment and high-strength solvents and detergents to clean up the mess a fire has left behind adequately. With a 24-hour response time to all emergencies, our team can provide property-saving solutions that can prevent the need for widespread demolition and reduce the spread of these effects to unexposed areas of your house.

Odor control and deodorization is an important step for our SERVPRO restoration technicians as we work to recover the damage to your property. Even without a fire bad enough to require relocation, the noxious odor of the fire can be overwhelming and nauseating. Our professionals can set up physical containment barriers from the time that we arrive to prevent this smoke odor from spreading to unaffected areas of your home while our professionals bring in deodorization equipment.

Our SERVPRO professionals have several pieces of equipment that can help to eliminate foul odors left behind after a fire permanently. Hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers are two of the most popular options that our team uses to remove these lingering scents, and they can work together to clear out harsh smells from open areas as well as soft materials like fabrics, upholstery, clothing, and carpeting.

While many potentially harmful effects can occur during and following a fire in your home, it is important to focus on improving indoor air quality as promptly as possible. Our SERVPRO of South Shreveport team can offer effective solutions to help you breathe easier after a disaster. Give us a call today at (318) 865-4655.

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