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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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SERVPRO, Shreveport, Winds, and Flooding? We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO, Shreveport, Winds, and Flooding? We're Faster To Any Size Disaster Don't Wait to Call SERVPRO to Remove the Tree, Cover the Hole, and Remove Water from Your Shreveport Home

Flood Water Removal Technicians in Shreveport Talk about Problems with Heavy Wind Gusts

Thunderstorms in Shreveport can create high-speed wind gusts to blow into your neighborhood. These winds can cause damage to your home that allows moisture to enter during a storm which can force you to have to call a professional flood water removal company such as SERVPRO in to help you mitigate your problems. During severe rainstorms, winds can reach dangerously high speeds and cause your roof's shingles to blow off your house. The wind can also blow objects into your windows or exterior walls that puncture a hole in your building's structure. Once you have a hole in the exterior of your house, flood water removal may become essential.
 
Heavy wind gusts can also cause more rainwater to get into your home. Any time excessive moisture enters a building, flood water removal in your Shreveport home by our SERVPRO professionals can help prevent secondary damage from taking place. As soon as water enters the interior of a structure, the problems can get worse over time. If the situation is not treated correctly right away, secondary issues like mold growth or humidity-related issues can occur. Whenever handling moisture-related matters, we begin by extracting water while it is still liquid.
 
We can extract liquid H2O using truck-mounted extractors and specialized tools. We have extraction tools that are handheld and ones that the operator can stand on to compress thick, wet carpets. After we extract the water, we can remove moisture using advanced rapid structural drying equipment.
 
These machines help us create the ideal atmosphere to speed up the natural evaporation and drying process. To do this, we use air movers to push wet air around and dehumidifiers to pull moisture from the atmosphere. We set up the drying equipment and leave it inside the affected area until moisture levels of your contents and building materials return to what they were when the wind caused your water damage. "Like it never even happened."

If you ever suffer from wind-damaging events leading to flooding call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 any day of the week.

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Moisture and Mold Are Partners in Forbing Properties --Until SERVPRO Arrives

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Moisture and Mold Are Partners in Forbing Properties --Until SERVPRO Arrives Leaks Lead to Mold Stains and Damage—That’s Why to Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Why SERVPRO May Repair Drips and Leaks Before Starting Mold Remediation Work on Your Forbing Home

Almost every home has one or two drips, somewhere from top to bottom, and many go unnoticed for months or even years. While a drip in the kitchen sink can keep people up at night, carpeting or other flooring types can muffle the sound enough that drips in other areas are relatively silent. When this happens, homeowners do not know that they are losing water.

The reason why it is so crucial for SERVPRO to eliminate slow leaks in a Forbing property before remediating any mold damage is to make the environment inhospitable to microbes as soon as possible. When we begin cleaning up mold, it releases spores into the air so it can propagate itself. If these spores land in moist environments, they can start growing immediately. However, if spores land in dry places, they cannot become active and cause problems.

We rely on our equipment to get materials dry inside your house, as well as to protect it from contamination by loosened mold particles and spores. We find these places by using specialized cameras that reveal the moisture in your home. Infrared imaging picks up on even the slightest difference in temperature, allowing us to 'see' the lost water that you might never know about otherwise.

We track these leaks down to their source. Then we can start sealing up leaks, tightening joints in pipes, and securing loosened water lines to their appliances to stop water loss. Air movers completely dry the area, with multi-purpose Injectidry units helping where needed. We might also opt to use desiccant dehumidifiers when water losses seem extensive.

Before we begin cutting away moldy walls and ceilings or cleaning mold-covered surfaces, we enclose the area with effective chambers made of plastic sheeting. Inside, each room contains an air scrubber with flexible tubing which we use to draw air inside your home to the outdoors. This air can contain microbes, dust, lint, fibers, and spores. Because of the negative pressure, these cannot escape into your home, but instead, get pulled into the air scrubber and either become trapped inside its filter or pushed through the tubing to the exterior.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport promises to arrive at your property with the skills and equipment needed to perform a thorough mold remediation job and make things “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (318) 299-1448 to receive more information on how we can help you protect your home and prevent possible health effects caused by the presence of mold.

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For Shreveport Properties, Why Oh Why to Call SERVPRO For Water and Storm Damage Mitigation

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO For Shreveport Properties, Why Oh Why to Call SERVPRO For Water and Storm Damage Mitigation SERVPRO uses Industry-Leading Equipment for Water Removal in Shreveport Commercial and Residential Properties

Call the Professionals When There Is Water Damage to Your Home in Shreveport

Standing in your living room with water up to your ankles is not where you want to be. However, many factors could come together and make the unimaginable happen. Your home is flooded due to a storm or a hurricane, and suddenly you are faced with the need to engage water removal professionals to safeguard your safety and to return your home to how it should be. Whether you have a few inches of standing water or just the aftermath of its entry into your home, it is important that you reach out to a team who is experienced in this process.

When our SERVPRO Green Fleet arrives, you see that we have specialized equipment for all aspects of the water removal process. Our powerful pumps can be used when the standing water is at least a few inches, and we will use smaller equipment for more localized water deposits. Hygrometers and moisture detectors allow us to monitor moisture levels along with temperature and airflow, so we may achieve ideal conditions to remove all water traces from your home. You may also see us utilize infrared cameras to detect any water that may be hiding within walls or ceilings and invisible to the naked eye.

At SERVPRO we have trained specifically for these emergencies. Our emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer that rapid response you need. Upon receiving your call, our team of technicians and specialized staff is sent to your home first to assess the situation and make recommendations on the next steps. Always keeping safety in mind, we can evaluate the impact the water has had on your property, including examination of any structural damage, as well as assessing the extent to which your personal property has been affected. Based on our observations we can begin the water extraction process, the first step in recovering your home.

At SERVPRO of South Shreveport, we are locally owned and operated with the support of a nationwide network of specialists. Moreover, when you call us at (318) 865-4655, we are ready to put our knowledge and expertise to work for you. Water removal is not only about eliminating the water that entered your home, but it is also about knowing how to prevent further damage. Our professional team can anticipate those hidden dangers and help you make your home look "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO Helps Shreveport Homeowners Throughout The Entire Restoration Process

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Helps Shreveport Homeowners Throughout The Entire Restoration Process SERVPRO experts see you through to the end of your water damage cleanup.

The Timeline for Water Damage in Shreveport Homes

With a disaster in your Shreveport home, there is a finite amount of time to reach out to professional cleanup and restoration services to protect your property from what could be substantial damages. Even with smaller scale situations, water damage can spread quickly throughout the affected area and saturate into materials that it contacts. Our professionals must respond fast in these situations to protect your property and the contents of the damaged areas from becoming unsalvageable.

As with all of the disasters and emergencies that could threaten your Shreveport home, water damage has a specific timeline that restoration crews have to follow to gauge the potential effects that could exist throughout your home. Understanding this timeline can help you to appreciate your need for professional services like our SERVPRO professionals, but also encourage you to reach out to our emergency response team quickly to avoid unnecessary damage and loss.

Our professionals remain available 24 hours a day with experienced personnel and industry-leading equipment designed to improve the outlook of your damaged home shortly after we arrive on the scene. We work to protect the structural integrity and the contents of your home through real-time mitigation tactics like our pack out process to protect your belongings until restoration work later completes.

Materials exposed to water damage begin absorbing this moisture immediately. Within as little as 24 hours, these same materials can warp and distort, being oversaturated and now unsalvageable. Within a few days, this moisture ridden area of your home becomes a welcoming environment for mold and microbial growth. In severe situations, the area can even become biohazardous to you and your family within a week. Taking care of these situations immediately can work to keep your home and those that live in it safe.

When you start to consider the many ways that water damage can occur in your home, it is nice to know that you have a team of dedicated professionals available 24/7 to help you through the restoration process. From the initial inspection through the end, our SERVPRO of South Shreveport technicians work tirelessly to give you a restored property. Give us a call anytime at (318) 865-4655.

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Don't Let A Fire Ruin Your Shreveport Business Call Our Experts For Help

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Let A Fire Ruin Your Shreveport Business Call Our Experts For Help The goal at SERVPRO of South Shreveport is to help every business reopen its doors as quickly as possible.

Cleaning And Removing Commercial Fire Damage In Shreveport Businesses

Shreveport business owners deal with the effects of storms on a regular basis. Much less common are the effects of fires and the requirements needed to clean them.

Commercial fire damage in a Shreveport convenience store can be as varied as the products on the store shelves. SERVPRO restoration teams understand how to clean smoke and soot residues, and dispose of items not restorable. They can achieve all of these tasks without causing secondary damage to the store and its contents.

Most fire damage comes from the residues left by smoke and soot which travels through the store before enough heat is generated to activate the fire suppression system. If the residue is dry and powdery, our technicians can remove it from canned goods, shelves, and sealed items with only a dry sponge or a soft brush. For slightly thicker layers, they may need a spray bottle with water or a mild cleaner to break them up for removal.

In a commercial facility, the fire suppression system usually soaks everything. In this environment, SERVPRO team members deal with wet residues, which are more difficult to remove. They need stiffer brushes to clean surfaces, and if the residues begin to dry, they can become very sticky depending on the material and how quickly it burned. These residues require a stronger cleaner to break them free from the affected surfaces.

If the residues stayed long enough to penetrate the surface of shelves, displays, or other property, it might be more cost-effective to dispose of the items than expend the labor, cleaners, and equipment to restore them. Technicians wipe down the surfaces to avoid spreading the residues and then disassemble the equipment, if needed, to prevent damaging the structure as they dispose of the property.

In most cases, the insurance company has already determined the cost of restoration versus disposal, and our team members can assist in ensuring every business owner meets the requirements to receive their full benefits.

The goal at SERVPRO of South Shreveport is to help every business reopen its doors as quickly as possible. If you're dealing with the results of a fire in your business, call us today at (318) 865-4655. We are here for you.

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Flooding, Yikes! Too Much Water in Your Shreveport Home Gets Extracted Swiftly by SERVPRO

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Flooding, Yikes! Too Much Water in Your Shreveport Home Gets Extracted Swiftly by SERVPRO Your Gonna Need a Bigger Pump for Flood Water Extraction in Shreveport--Call SERVPRO

Why SERVPRO Strives to Always Be Faster To Any Size Disaster in Shreveport

Many natural disasters that occur in Shreveport also cause significant devastation to the homes located in the affected area. Homeowners who react quickly to such emergencies can help reduce their losses. SERVPRO is always ready to help provide support to those residing in flooded regions with relevant expertise and the latest in technologically advanced equipment.
 
An extremely important reason why SERVPRO is excellent at providing what homeowners in Shreveport need most after flood damage happens to their home is the fast response we give to all our customers. Damaged sections of a house do not mitigate themselves and require an experienced team who knows how to combine the equipment and their teamwork skills most productively. Doing this always benefits the property owner by mitigating the damages and preventing secondary damages like mold growth or humidity-induced losses.
 
Another benefit of having a team that acts quickly upon the initial call and then continues to work as rapidly as possible is that the amount of time your family requires substitute housing decreases if you were forced to vacate the premises. However, many mitigation services that work quickly often gain the reputation of cutting corners where they should not and leaving crucial steps out, causing problems for homeowners. SERVPRO wants to assure you that we find this unacceptable as both a service to our customers and as a way to perform any work in any industry. We are here for you, our neighbors in our community, too.
 
SERVPRO is well-known for communicating and cooperating with you insurance adjuster to expedite the service. We have mitigated massive losses caused by different disastrous events and know that you want to get things back to normal, "Like it never even happened." Being IICRC-certified, we adhere to internationally accepted standards of service to our customers.
 
SERVPRO of South Shreveport wants to help you and your family get things back how they should be again after a disaster. Flood damage can make your home unlivable in an instant. We work as quickly as possible to mitigate the damage and get your home restored and livable again. Contact our 24-hour emergency services line by calling (318) 299-1448 when flooding ruins your property.

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How A Flood Can Effect Your Shreveport Bistro

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How A Flood Can Effect Your Shreveport Bistro This damaged ceiling was caused from a water leak due to a flood.

 

Shreveport's Commercial Flood Remediation Technicians Talk About The Importance Of Sanitization

When a rainstorm makes its way into Shreveport, your place of business, as well as houses in the area, can get damaged. Even small storms can cause commercial flood damage to your bistro. If water leaks in through a broken window or if it comes in due to flooding conditions it can cause you sanitization problems. Moisture entering a building from the outdoors is either classified as a category two or three situation, meaning that the water could be contaminated. Rainwater is considered category two or grey and muddy water from the outside is treated as category three or black water situations that can cause sanitation issues inside your Shreveport bistro.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians know that when operating a restaurant, there are standards your company must follow set by the state's health department. Whenever we deal with a commercial flood situation in Shreveport, we know that abiding by the health code is essential to keep your bistro open. As soon as the damage occurs, we begin assessing the situation for damage. Once we figure out the water's source, we determine ways to dry out your structural components and disinfect anything that came into contact with contaminated moisture. We initially devise a plan that will get your business back open as quickly as possible.
 
When dealing with grey or black water, our SERVPRO team knows that the chances of harmful bacteria affecting your bistro are high. To start, we remove any porous materials such as chairs or rugs that came into contact with rainwater. Next, we determine how wet other materials got during the storm. If water seeped deep into the grout holding your tile floors together, then we can complete procedures to dry out the materials and clean the tiles and grout.
 
During the restoration process, our SERVPRO crew uses antimicrobial chemicals to disinfect any harmful bacteria. We then do a final cleaning and sanitization procedure so that your bistro can pass an inspection from the health department and reopen its' doors. If you know notice even slight water damage after a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 24 hours a day. Give the gift of a golf membership click here to find out more about memberships at Querbes & Huntington golf courses. 

When Water Damage Leaves a Foul Odor in Your Shreveport Home

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Damage Leaves a Foul Odor in Your Shreveport Home Water damage can leave a foul odor.

Dealing with Smells after Water Damage in Shreveport

When water overflows into unwanted sections of your Shreveport property, foul odors might develop. The causes might differ depending on the unique aspects of the incident. Familiar odor sources include debris such as food remains, moisture, trash, mold, and pet waste among other issues. Whenever you experience foul smell, you should establish the source and remove it because any other steps that might mask the odor are just temporary. As part of our professional restoration services, we offer a multi-procedural deodorization service.  

Cases of water damage in Shreveport properties that take longer to dry can result in moisture-fueled odors from the wet materials. Luckily, these go away when the materials dry thoroughly. Our SERVPRO technicians help accelerate the drying process. We use different approaches including air movers, which help increase the evaporation rate in the wet areas. We then use dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the air. In the case of water migration to concealed areas such as wall cavities or below floorboards, we use an injectidry system and drying mats eliminating moisture traces that can lead to bad smell effectively.  

Odors caused by waste materials, whether it is pet waste, food remains or trash, cannot go away until the source is removed. The problem is that as the water rises around the property, it can push such waste into concealed hard-to-reach areas. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their vast work experience to trace the source of such odor. Because this might take time, we also take measures to mask the odor until we identify the source. Masking agents in the form of time-release beads help provide a sweet scent until we remove the foul odor source.  

Sometimes even after removing the suspected odor sources, the problem might not go away thus necessitating a general way of combating the odor. Our SERVPRO team can use ULV foggers to dissipate a pairing agent that combines with odor particles neutralizing them. We also use Ozone generators, which work by changing the chemical structure of odor particles neutralizing them.  

A property might not seem clean if it still smells terrible after the emergency is over. Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 to help you deal with any odors. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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