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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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We've Got Your Back When A Fire Has Destroyed Your Shreveport Home

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We've Got Your Back When A Fire Has Destroyed Your Shreveport Home When fires happen, however, few homeowners are prepared for the repercussions.

Cleaning Up Your Home In Shreveport After Fire Damage

Disasters that do not discriminate, fires in Shreveport can occur no matter the condition or age of your home. The chance that a fire could start is always present, for any number of reasons. A majority of homeowners realize this fact, and it is probably the most common fear for people when purchasing a home. When fires happen, however, few homeowners are prepared for the repercussions.

If you’ve experienced a fire and fire damage in your Shreveport home, we understand that this is a time of overwhelming emotions, including sadness, anger, and confusion. That is why at SERVPRO, a professional restoration company, we handle each case that comes to us with care.

When cleaning and restoring materials in your home which have been damaged by smoke, tour goal is to restore these materials to their condition of preloss. We use some general principles of cleaning to accomplish this task.

SERVPRO staff first locate smoke residues by carefully inspecting the area affected. We begin at the source of the fire and trace how far the smoke traveled through your home. Different kinds of smoke residues can be present in the same area of loss. We select the cleaning method which will most effectively remove the type of smoke residues present.

We also identify the affected surface types, which determines the cleaning methods and products that are all right to use. We carefully preserve the material or surface we need to clean, and some elements can be unrestorable since they cannot withstand the cleaning process.

Since smoke residues bond with surfaces they contact, we use dry and wet processes of cleaning the residue particles can release and be carried away from the surface that was affected. We can then properly dispose of the debris and waste from cleaning.

As fire damage restorers, we have to respond to a variety of challenges created when odors and smoke residues affect various materials and surfaces. We adapt basic concepts of cleaning for each situation to ensure we are successful. We have several ways to agitate surfaces, multiple products to make the chemical reactions needed, and various cleaning procedures for using dwell time and heat to remove residues. We use the complete range of restoration procedures before determining that a fire-damaged material is unrestorable.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport wastes no time in getting to your property in Forbing, Shreveport, or the surrounding areas when you contact us after a fire. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (318) 299-1638 when you need help repairing and cleaning your property from fire damage.

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Why Shreveport Flood Damage Restoration Always Encompasses Odor Control

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Shreveport Flood Damage Restoration Always Encompasses Odor Control Flooding can be quite overwhelming when it causes damage in your area. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Flood Damage to Your Home in Shreveport Includes Outbuildings

Shreveport neighborhoods can experience flooding from overflows, heavy rainfall, and many other sources. Residents can expect slight flooding in some locations to occur on a regular basis and prepare for the situation while others are entirely unexpected. We can help undo the damage brought on by such disasters and make it "Like it never even happened."
 
Once your Shreveport home sustains flood damage, things can become murky. Which items require disposal and which ones require cleaning are questions that never seem to end. We can help you by guiding you through to a safe and quick recovery. Flooding brings in various elements, some of which are organic. This can include microbes as well as other materials. As this dries, it also decays. The smell produced can become highly offensive.
 
We remove the debris and any flood-damaged materials that we cannot restore (such as drywall) and begin drying everything out. We also perform highly effective deodorization techniques. Ozone gas is not recommended for use in damp locations, so we rely on hydroxyl generators to eliminate tough odors. This is also very safe and we can continue to work on your home while these generators fill the air with hydroxyl gas. In fact, some industries that produce very unpleasant odors rely on these machines to make their workplaces more comfortable for their employees.
 
As we work at drying and deodorizing your home, we also clean every surface that came into contact with the floodwaters. Removing the debris on this level ensures that we detect any damaged items. Many items are hard and impermeable to floodwaters, but many others absorb the water and require special attention. We can assist you with extensive, deep cleaning of these items at our facility. This frees up space in your home and helps bring order back into a very chaotic situation.
 
SERVPRO of South Shreveport wants to help put order back into your home and life. Flood damage can make your home seem unlivable but we are here for you. Call us at (318) 865-4655 and we can make things normal again.

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A Few Ways to Avoid Secondary Damages After Shreveport Water Damage

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO A Few Ways to Avoid Secondary Damages After Shreveport Water Damage If water damage has taken a toll on your kitchen or another part of your home, contact team SERVPRO to remediate any damage.

Kitchen Sink Leaks Can Ruin Cabinetry in Your Shreveport Home

Not every situation that requires professional restoration for your Shreveport home is going to be an emergency or a disaster. Many situations like small leaks can lead to substantial damages over time that requires the advanced technology and elaborate training of certified restorers to overcome. A kitchen sink leak can be a good example of this, persistently saturating nearby materials like the cabinetry.

Over time, this minuscule leak in your kitchen can develop into widespread water damages in Shreveport. By the time it gets discovered, many of the affected materials closest to the source of the water damage are unsalvageable. Our SERVPRO professionals have the experience to determine which structural components and materials can get preserved and which require replacement to complete restoration work.

When you get posed with water damage throughout the kitchen of your home of this magnitude, you want to find a team that has the experience and education to handle any facet of restoration they might encounter. Our SERVPRO professionals not only work to achieve their IICRC certification in water damage restoration but also can continue their education through online coursework and in-house training opportunities. These options can aid our technicians in being among the most prepared in the industry for handling whatever effects from a water loss incident they could encounter on a property.

Likewise, the equipment used is essential for fast extraction and drying of the damaged components. Our franchise prides itself on offering our technicians the latest tools and machines to make restoration work more efficient than ever before. We can extract water quickly with the use of portable pumps, we can pull moisture from the affected areas with industrial-strength dehumidifiers, and we can prevent fungal growth when possible through the application of antimicrobial chemicals to nearby surfaces and items.

When a small kitchen leak goes undetected for a period, the spread of the damage can far exceed your expectations. You can count on the advanced tools for moisture detection and drying to make short work of the damage your home has sustained. Give our SERVPRO of South Shreveport water restoration technicians a call today at (318) 865-4655.

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If You Have A Water Damage Emergency In Shreveport Contact The Team At SERVPRO Immediately

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage If You Have A Water Damage Emergency In Shreveport Contact The Team At SERVPRO Immediately The source of water on your property determines the water cleanup procedures we use during the restoration process.

What You Should Do When Your Shreveport Property Needs Water Cleanup Services

The source of water on your property determines the water cleanup procedures we use during the restoration process. It can be black water, gray water, or a clean water source and all require different levels of attention during the restoration process. Before any work can begin, we make sure the site is safe and put in place warning signs. We use the procedures we are discussing below when attending to structures in Shreveport that have been exposed to clean water.

Extracting the water from your Shreveport property is crucial when we are performing water cleanup procedures. Before the extraction process starts, we have to create space by moving furniture, appliances, and other items that might be blocking the area. Moving items such as books, papers, and area rugs can reduce the possibility of transferring stains from one area to the other. Depending on the accessibility of the site, our SERVPRO team uses submersible pumps, portable or truck-mounted extractors to remove the water.

If there is a carpet in the area, our SERVPRO technicians disengage it and use a carpet wand to extract the water. As we are performing this step, we are careful not to cause any form of destruction to the baseboards. After removing the pads, we place them in plastic bags and make sure water does not drip in unaffected locations. If we notice pre-existing conditions such as delamination and mold growth, notifying the adjuster is necessary. Our team also extracts water from hard floors using a squeegee wand.

After extracting water from the carpet and cleaning it, drying follows. In some cases, we may use the air mover's exhaust port to float the carpet and blow the air above and under its surface. We are careful not to stretch it and cause any avoidable damage. If we discover the surrounding air has excess moisture, we can use dehumidifiers to address the humidity challenge.

You can trust SERVPRO of South Shreveport with your restoration and cleaning needs in your home or business. Contact us at (318) 299-1638 to have your unique needs addressed professionally.

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How Our Team Removes Smoke Particles After A Fire In Your Forbing Home

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Our Team Removes Smoke Particles After A Fire In Your Forbing Home Postponing fire damage restoration after a fire occurs in your home is not a good idea.

Capturing And Removing Smoke Particles During Fire Damage Restoration In Forbing

Postponing fire damage restoration after a fire occurs in your home or business can be overwhelming. The longer you take to correct the damage, the number of areas that need repairs increase - which ends up increasing the cost of the restoration work. Alerting your home insurance company and licensed restoration professionals should be your priority. We can assess the level of damage in your Forbing property and outline appropriate cleanup procedures.

When our SERVPRO technicians attend to fire damage incidents in Forbing, they have the task of finding and identifying the various types of smoke residues at the site. The tests we perform during this stage helps us to come up with the most suitable methods of capturing and removing the particles. While some of the residues loosely attach to the surfaces, some are firmly attached, and we have to use fluids and air to release and carry them away.

Dissolving and vacuuming are the most common processes that our SERVPRO team uses to capture and remove the smoke residues. If the site contains dry particles that are not firmly attached to the surfaces, then vacuuming may be our preferred method. Particles that have come into contact with moisture may be hard to remove since they bond with the surface becomes stronger and it may be necessary to use a wet cleaning process.

Our SERVPRO technicians use dissolving to weaken the bond between the particles and the surfaces. After weakening the bond, we can then suspend the residues in a cleaning product and readily flush it away. The cleaning product that we select should not react with the surface in any way so that the area does not deteriorate. Wash, rinse, and dry are the three steps that we follow when using the dissolving method. At the end of the cleaning process, our team disposes the residues as per the state and local requirements. For instance, we cannot release the waste into a septic system or gutter.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport is a trusted leader that uses industry proven procedures to restore homes and business after water, fire, storm, and mold damage. Call us at (318) 865-4655 and our highly trained technicians can offer you emergency services.

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Moldy Camping Trip? Call SERVPRO for Remediation of Fungus in Your Shreveport Property--Even Your Tent

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Moldy Camping Trip? Call SERVPRO for Remediation of Fungus in Your Shreveport Property--Even Your Tent SERVPRO Says Protect Your Shreveport Property from Mold After a Camping Trip

Damp Hiking and Camping Equipment Can Cause Mold Damage to Your Shreveport Hom

Enjoying family time in the great outdoors, either near Shreveport or in other locations can help bond with your family and relax from the stresses of normal routines. Wet and rainy nights while away from home can soak your gear and leave it in need of serious drying out time. Neglecting to let things completely air out before storing them away for next year can create problems in your home.
 
If your Shreveport home contains areas with elevated moisture, mold damage can occur there and in nearby locations. Leather hiking boots may seem dry long before all of the moisture from walking through mud evaporates. Tents that you rolled up too soon after a stormy night can slowly seep water vapor into the air. Not only can these items become moldy themselves, but they also provide the moisture that microbes need.
 
When the time comes to place these items in either the garage, shed, or attic, moving them can disturb any mold spores already present. These now-airborne spores enter your home's air currents and soon settle in other regions, waiting for moisture to start their growth cycle. One way we protect our customers' homes is by using air scrubbers that eliminate these potential microscopic threats from the air.
 
When we cut and remove moldy materials, we also use air scrubbers as part of a protective chamber. These machines help produce negative air pressure, which works in a highly efficient way to remove spores and other particles from the air throughout your entire home. We further protect your home from future infestations by carefully handling any materials we remove so disposing of them poses no threat to other areas of your residence.
 
There is a wide range of prices involving camping equipment so restoring any of the more costly items can help save money overall. Some materials, though, require more than restorative work. We can discuss with you possible options, although our primary goal is to prevent the spread of mold and mildew in your home. Cleaning mold from the surfaces of your gear can help rid them of the living mold, but stains may remain behind.
 
SERVPRO's Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) uses moisture meters that help locate areas experiencing increased amounts of moisture, leading us to hidden mold damage. We must remediate all mold damage to make your home exactly “Like it never even happened.”
 
SERVPRO of South Shreveport also provides mold damage remediation services to families in the Forbing area. Our 24-hour services number, (318) 865-4655, is available to you every day of the year.

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Warehouses Are Not For Storing Flowing Water, Right? So Call SERVPRO to Dry Out Your Shreveport Structure

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Warehouses Are Not For Storing Flowing Water, Right? So Call SERVPRO to Dry Out Your Shreveport Structure From Shreveport Nursing Homes to Warehouses, Count on SERVPRO for Water Removal and Drying

Commercial Water Cleanup Experts In Shreveport Talk About Various Cleaning Procedures

Any building that has running water inside it in Shreveport comes with the risk of a disaster taking place. If pipes break, the moisture that gets into your manufacturing warehouse can cause you massive amounts of commercial water cleanup. Once water escapes from a pipe, it can spray out and dump thousands of gallons into your structure. The damage can be worse below the pipe as gravity draws it straight down from its source affecting everything. This is why flooring materials usually get wet and commercial water cleanup is necessary.
 
Removing any moisture that gets inside your warehouse or office is essential to reduce the extent of the damage. During water cleanup jobs in Shreveport, our SERVPRO technicians start mitigation by extracting any standing water. Then, items that are upholstered and carpets get vacuumed with our heavy-duty extractor units. We can use different tools with the truck-mounted extractor depending on what materials got affected.
 
After our SERVPRO crew is confident that they have pulled out as much water as possible, we begin the rapid drying process. During drying, we use air movers to create circular air movement. Then, we match them with dehumidifiers that pull moisture from the air. Once our drying techniques have brought your contents and building materials at your place of business back to normal moisture levels, we remove all of our equipment.
 
The last stage is one of the most vital parts to completely turn your warehouse back to how it was before the water leak occurred. Before our SERVPRO team finalizes a project, we complete a concluding cleaning process. The purpose of this step is to clean anything the damage may have got dirty and any soils that were left behind due to the mitigation work. For hard surfaces floors, we often use a hard floor scrubbing machine to get your flooring sparkling clean. After most jobs, we use our carpet cleaning machine to wet clean all of the carpets in your building to eliminate any foul odors or soils that may exist.
 
If your manufacturing plant ever is the victim of a water leak, call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 24 hours a day.

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Stay Prepared For Flooding In Shreveport Homes Throughout Hurricane Season

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stay Prepared For Flooding In Shreveport Homes Throughout Hurricane Season Flood damages can happen in several different ways, but the damage to your Shreveport home is often widespread and challenging to overcome.

Stay Prepared For Flooding Throughout Hurricane Season

While Shreveport residents might be more than a little familiar with the severe weather systems that can pass through quickly through the summer and fall, it is always best to stay prepared as best as you can. The more that you can do to keep your home prepared for disasters like flooding, the less of an impact these occurrences can have and the faster that professional restoration work can complete.

Flood damages can happen in several different ways, but the damage to your Shreveport home is often widespread and challenging to overcome. With multiple homes and properties affected at once, securing professional restoration services can be equally challenging, and that is part of the preparation process for your home. Knowing when and how to reach out to professionals like our SERVPRO team can help you to get the mess in your home taken care of as quickly as possible.

With September being National Preparedness Month, it seems fitting to better understand the ways that you can prepare your home for the possibility of an emergency like flooding. One of the first things that you can do is to ensure that your home is in top form by regularly inspecting elements like your foundation and roof for structural weaknesses. This assessment can keep you ahead of a disaster by diagnosing and repairing problems before they allow flooding in your home.

Another way that you can prepare for a disaster like flooding is creating an emergency plan with your family. This plan does not have to be for flooding specifically, but having each member of your family understand what to do when tensions and panic levels are high can help you to avoid injuries or something even worse. Once everyone is safe, you can reach out to our SERVPRO professionals to begin restoring your home back to preloss conditions.

You do not want to think about the possibility of a flood in your home, but having a plan in place and staying prepared for this circumstance can keep you safe and help restoration happen more efficiently. If you have any emergency threatening your home, give our SERVPRO of South Shreveport restoration specialists a call today at (318) 865-4655.

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SERVPRO Fire Damage Technicians Out of Forbing Talk About Restoring Contents

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Fire Damage Technicians Out of Forbing Talk About Restoring Contents SERVPRO Provides Pack-Outs for Cleaning Fire Damaged Possessions in the Forbing Area

Fire & Smoke Residues Require Cleaning As a Phase of Cleanup and Restoration

Whenever a fire ignites on a property in Forbing, burnt materials are not the only problems that can occur. Smoke can spread throughout a structure and cause more issues than just fire damage. Smoke consists of particles that did not wholly combust during the blaze. When these partially burned particles hit cooler surfaces, they coat the materials with soot residues. Sometimes affected items can be easily cleaned, but often the soot is impossible to remove forcing the object to be replaced during the fire damage restoration process.
 
Soot created by smoke can cause problems with both structural materials and your possessions. In many cases, during a fire damage project in Forbing, we remove contents from the affected areas to clean and treat them. Restoring your building materials and personal items separate from each other helps prevent secondary problems as a result of the restoration procedures. It is also easier to remove soot from your contents once our SERVPRO technicians move them to a clean and disinfected location.
 
If items inside your home get negatively affected during the fire, then they need to be cleaned, deodorized, and restored. When our SERVPRO technicians remove your contents for cleaning, we follow some general steps. First, we remove the boxes of your dirty possessions from their storage location to our cleaning area. We then unpack each box comparing the items in the box to the inventory list to ensure accuracy. Then, we clean each object using a standard set of procedures. Ultrasonic cleaning may be employed for specific possessions.
 
As each item is being cleaned, we perform additional deodorizing such as implementing an ozone machine or thermal fogging as required to eliminate foul odors to the structure. Once all of the elements are both cleaned and deodorized, we pack them back up in new with fresh packaging paper and update our inventory sheets. Lastly, we move the boxes filled with clean items to our clean storage warehouse until we schedule the time to bring them back to your home. "Like it never even happened."
 
If you ever think your contents require soot cleaning after even a small fire starts inside your home, call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 seven days a week.

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Helping Families With Our Water Removal Techniques In Shreveport

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Helping Families With Our Water Removal Techniques In Shreveport 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 detrimental conditions is crucial to protecting them.

When a home in Shreveport takes on water, either through an internal source or outside flooding, we can help with methods designed for rapid water removal. 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 dirty that it ruins carpet so badly that we cannot repair it to suitable cleanliness levels. Replacing it is our only option. However, if homeowners contact us as soon as possible, the damage often remains minimal. We can often save carpet 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. Wherever it flowed also needs to dry out and cleaned up as quickly as possible. Our habit of working in teams helps us mitigate damage and get things back to normal efficiently and effectively. Our experts use all of 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 small alterations in your home's structure. Small 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 then 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 is only asking for a mold infestation to plague your house. 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 flowed.

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 from occurring. Contact us at our emergency services number, (318) 865-4655, whenever your home springs a leak or sustains a flood.

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How Flood Damages Can Lead to Mold in Your Shreveport Home

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Flood Damages Can Lead to Mold in Your Shreveport Home Contact SERVPRO after flooding to both dry out your property and help mitigate any resulting mold damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand That Flooding and Any Possible Resulting Mold Damage Go Hand in Hand

Between a defective levy or substantial weather concerns throughout Shreveport, the threat of flooding is a persistent one to the residents here. While you work to safeguard your home from these unfortunate circumstances, sometimes it is difficult to avoid entirely. Worse still, many of the damages take days to develop once oversaturation and dampness have become widespread through the property, and the result of this situation can prove even more of a risk.

Combating mold damages in your Shreveport home is not something that every homeowner ever believed they would be doing. While the threat of this occurrence is possible every day due to the volume of mold spores (occurring inside and outside of your home at any given time), the kind of widespread water damage that flooding brings can offer this compounding damage in as little as 72 hours.

While correcting the flood damage is a daunting task all by itself at times, our SERVPRO technicians actively seek to avoid mold growth in your home. This growth can not only pose health risks for the occupants of the house, but these colonies feed on materials used in the framework, walls, supports, and floors of your home. Until the moisture is taken care of, especially in low traffic areas or in wall cavities, these colonies continue to grow and thrive.

One thing that you should understand is that mold damage is nothing to be taken lightly. With the kind of widespread nature of this fungal growth, it can quickly get out of control. This damage is something that our SERVPRO professionals actively look for as we seek to restore the flood damages to your home and return it to preloss conditions.

Preventing mold damage might seem as improbable as preventing flooding in your home at times. Regardless of how it happens, you should work to get this situation resolved as efficiently as possible. Our SERVPRO of South Shreveport applied microbial remediation technicians are standing by to help you. Give our rapid response team a call anytime at (318) 865-4655.

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Lesser Considered Risks Of Flood Damage To Your Shreveport Home

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lesser Considered Risks Of Flood Damage To Your Shreveport Home If you experience flooding in your house, trust the experienced technicians of SERVPRO.

Risks Of Flood Damage To Your Home

When rivers, creeks, and streams around your Shreveport home overflow, water might not be the worst of what you have to contend with if flooding occurs. While the substantial volume of water assuredly brings its own manner of damages into your house along with it, there are other considerations that you also have to think of when it comes to getting these damages restored.

Flood damages are rarely the same from one Shreveport home to the next. Points of entry change and the circumstances and parts of the home affected change right along with them. While removing the water is one of the top priorities for even our experienced SERVPRO professionals, other possible problems stem from floodwaters breaching your home's exterior.

One of the first things that our SERVPRO technicians have to assess when we begin a restoration job on a flooded residence is the stability of the structure itself. Oversaturation in various areas of the house can lead to material failure and collapse, which can be dangerous to the residents of the household or to our own team of experienced professionals working to restore the damage.

Another consideration is dirt and debris carried in with the rising water from these various sources like a river, stream, or creek bed. These sources tend to bring muddy and turbulent water towards your home, leaving more than just saturated materials and water extraction to face. Ultimately, extensive cleaning becomes another facet of the flood restoration process to remove this dirt and debris left behind after extraction and drying efforts.

Still another consideration for those who are unsure of where the flood water originated is the risk of contamination. If this invading presence overflowed sewer mains or encountered chemical leech fields or runoff from industrial areas, this flooding in your home could carry bacteria, germs, or chemical contaminants that need to get assessed and removed appropriately.

Flooding is never a straightforward occurrence to your home and often requires skilled professionals to assess the situation and take precautionary measures for everyone's safety. If you experience flooding in your house, trust the experienced technicians of SERVPRO of South Shreveport. You can reach our rapid response team anytime at (318) 865-4655.

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Set Your Mind At Ease Concerning Your Shreveport Business -- Develop A SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Set Your Mind At Ease Concerning Your Shreveport Business -- Develop A SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan SERVPRO's ERP Plan May Prevent Your Shreveport Business from Water, Fire, Storm, or Mold Problems

The ERP Plan Can Prevent or Mitigate Damages to Your Thriving Enterprise

Well-managed Shreveport businesses devise responses to a broad range of potential crises. Chief among the disasters a business can suffer is significant property damage due to water, fire, storms, or mold. An expert and informed reaction from a dependable restoration firm can halt the damage and return your business to full operation fast.
 
Water, fire, storms, and the secondary damage they cause to your company can shut your doors, possibly permanently. A fast response from using the ERP Plan in Shreveport from our highly-qualified commercial disaster team offers not only recovery from the damage but also a chance to proceed with your business during the restoration. The prospect of remaining at least partially open during recovery can increase when we collaborate. Arming our technician teams with a customized course of action if you must call for our help expedites positive results.
 
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan and Profile (ERP) codifies a detailed disaster reaction strategy in an easily accessible document. We visit and walk through your business premises with you to share pertinent details about your company’s priorities and ways of conducting your enterprise. During the assessment we map your layout, noting areas we identify as susceptible to a higher risk of severe damage or probability of collecting water during a flood or creating a fire hazard. Recommendations to limit the harm an emergency situation helps you adapt before an actual loss, including alternative storage systems or placement of your valuable equipment and inventory.
 
Personalize the ERP further as you click through the mobile app SERVPRO developed to provide more detail. The app makes it clear that you chose us to perform needed restoration services, clearing the way for a fast response on our part. Designate the managers, employees, or family members you authorize to contact us and direct the restoration until your return if you are temporarily unavailable. Make a list of the vendors, including your insurance carrier, who provided and installed equipment and systems should we need to contact them during the project.
 
Spend some time brainstorming with our experienced specialists to design one or more ways to meet the needs of your clients or customers during restoration. Offering open communication and accessibility to some degree while your building undergoes mitigation provides actual damage control to any perception that your company is down for the count.
 
Reach out to Olivia Showalter of SERVPRO of South Shreveport to set up the ERP assessment process. One call to (318) 865-4655 or email to OShowalter@SERVPROsouthshreveport.com sets the process in motion, preparing your business to thrive through any disaster with our professional assistance.

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Misused Electrical Outlets Can Cause Fire Damages In Your Shreveport Home

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Misused Electrical Outlets Can Cause Fire Damages In Your Shreveport Home SERVPRO Says Be Aware of Electrical Fire Potential in Your Shreveport Home

Prevent Fires from Electrical Shorts By Following this Information from SERVPRO

Many Shreveport homeowners do not fully understand the electrical network throughout their homes. While most occupants can appreciate the plug and use mentality of outlets, they fail to understand how they work and their limitations for specific oversized items or their ability to fail in dangerous ways when they get improperly used.

Preventing dangerous situations in your home is a priority to most families, and this begins with better understanding the limitations and restraints of your electrical systems. To prevent situations like fire damages in your Shreveport residence, it is a good idea to educate yourself about how you can be more safety-conscious about electrical consumption and improper usages.

One of the first things that a homeowner needs to consider when it comes to their electrical outlets in their home is that they only get rated for a specific amount of available power. This misunderstanding has required our SERVPRO technicians to respond to emergencies in residences and commercial structures alike. Trying to get more out of this individual stations than what they can provide underpowers the devices you have plugged in and can overload the outlet itself, causing sparks and combustion.

Another situation that our SERVPRO fire restoration team has seen is improper usage of outlets. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that because their home is grounded with a wire outside, that this protects all of the outlets, whether they have a grounding slot or not. Unless the individual who installed your electrical system physically connected your outlets to this grounding rod via the fuse box, some of your power outlets could remain unprotected. Using three-pronged appliances and devices with a converter for a two-pronged outlet provides no protection, and power surges can and do ignite fires. GFCI, ground fault circuit interrupters are often used in water accessible areas like bathrooms and kitchens to help prevent the chance of shocks or electrocution.

A better understanding of the safety guidelines and limitations of your residential electrical system can help you to prevent fires and disasters in your home. If these situations have already occurred, trust our SERVPRO of South Shreveport fire restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess and get your home back to preloss conditions quickly. Give us a call 24/7 at (318) 865-4655.

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Appliance Aging Can Lead To Water Loss Incidents In Your Shreveport Home

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Appliance Aging Can Lead To Water Loss Incidents In Your Shreveport Home Check your appliances regularly to avoid any water damage issues.

Have You Checked Your Appliances in Your Shreveport Home Lately?

With all of the bodies of water that sit around Shreveport like the Red River, it is no wonder that so many homes find themselves battling the possibilities of flooding throughout the rainiest times of the year. Even with this continual threat, homeowners find themselves surprised by internal threats they didn't see coming. A good example of this would be the degradation 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 live and function correctly. Regular servicing of these appliances can prevent some of these threats, but even still hoses become disconnected, and seals wear out inside of the appliance itself. When these situations occur, high volumes of water could end up in the affected areas and require water removal services for your Shreveport residence.

From the moment that our experienced SERVPRO professionals get the call, we respond quickly. We understand that the longer water soaks into construction materials, the more irreparable damage that occurs. Once we arrive, we assure that water to the appliance has gotten stopped and assess the full scope of the damage that our team faces in a thorough inspection.

Extraction begins shortly after that with the use of various sump pumps and wet-vacs. Larger pools of water damage could require the use of truck-mounted pumps from our SERVPRO fleet. Once the water has gotten removed from the floors, we set out to thoroughly dry the area, clean it, and deodorize.

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So many homeowners spend their time safeguarding their homes from the potential storms and natural disasters that could impact them externally, but this is not always the only preventative steps to take. Appliances have made life a lot easier for residents, but they are machines that can and do break down over time. When you face the damage they have caused and require 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.

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Restoring Safe Conditions after Commercial Fire Damage Happens in a Shreveport Daycare

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Safe Conditions after Commercial Fire Damage Happens in a Shreveport Daycare With the help of SERVPRO you can keep your daycare safe and fun.

Count on SERVPRO after fire damage to your business

A fire can occur in any business, but those engaged in providing caregiving services to the elderly, children, or medical patients require stable facilities. Working parents in Shreveport rely on their chosen daycare center to provide a reliable service. After a daycare center becomes unsafe for occupation because of extensive damage or other risky conditions, the entire community feels the loss.

The IICRC-certified technicians from SERVPRO can help you restore your Shreveport daycare to a safe condition when fire damage makes it unfit for your business operations. We know you have a responsibility to the parents of the children attending your daycare to provide supervision but also to perform your services in a safe location. Fire-damaged interiors in your building make doing this an impossibility.

Children should never be exposed to the soot that comes from a fire, nor should they be near damaged materials. The by-products of a fire include different toxins, including carcinogens. Soot is not a benign greasy mess – it can cause or worsen health effects in people. Until everything is clean again, your daycare poses several risks to the children you want to keep safe from harm.

Before SERVPRO mitigates fire damage in a building, we thoroughly explain what they should expect, including the expected duration period of the mitigation process. We carry out several different stages after a fire because the damage often occurs within the entire building and not just in the area directly affected by the flames.

Wherever we encounter burned materials, we remove them so new materials can replace them without becoming covered in soot or other grime. Once we remove fire-damaged materials, we check for damage from the water used by firefighters or your staff, in the event the fire remained small and did not require any emergency services. We extract the moisture from otherwise undamaged materials to keep them undamaged. We clean away the soot that settled on the surfaces of your daycare’s furniture, toys, and walls.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport can help you stay in business after fire damage becomes a reality in your daycare building. Restoring safe conditions assures parents that their children’s safety remains a priority with you and your staff. Call us at (318) 865-4655 to reach our 24-hour emergency service line so we can begin making things “Like it never even happened.”

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Battling Flood Damage In Your Shreveport Home

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Battling Flood Damage In Your Shreveport Home Count on General SERVPRO to Extract Storm Water and Save Your Home in Shreveport

The War on Storm Damage Cleanup in Shreveport Falls to the Generals at SERVPRO

Severe weather has been known to affect coastal states the hardest, and your home in Shreveport is no exception. Even though you might not be on the Gulf of Mexico, many larger systems can pick up speed and devastation strength when they hit land. Soon your home is in a battle for structural integrity, and with the right conditions, can lose this battle to high winds and harsh precipitation. Even worse than the storm damage, though, is what these now vulnerable areas of your home can allow.

Storm damage can affect your Shreveport residence in a multitude of ways, but ultimately, the biggest concern is the potential flood damages that could get allowed to impact your residence. Though your home likely got constructed with reinforcement in mind, even against hurricanes, over time, these provisions of protection from the elements fade and weaken. You might not even realize that your home is vulnerable until you start experiencing high volumes of water pouring into the house.

From the moment that you call our experienced SERVPRO team, we work to respond to your call quickly and efficiently. We aim to help you prevent further structural damage to your home and to protect the contents inside of it as best as possible. This preservation of possessions is part of the reason why we implement policies like pack outs, to remove the items in your house that are in harm's way while the water extraction and restoration takes place.

After the inspection, our technicians have a better understanding of the cause of the water damage and can work to seal up these areas where possible. Once this completes, our SERVPRO professionals get to work on extraction and drying the area thoroughly to help combat the possibility of worsening conditions like microbial growth and moisture degrading sensitive electronics.

No homeowner ever gets prepared to see their property flooded. One of the best steps that you can do is to reach out to the professionals we employ at SERVPRO of South Shreveport to help you clean up the mess quickly and prevent the situation from getting any worse. You can give us a call anytime at (318) 865-4655.

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Fire Damage can Happen when Forbing Residents use Candles During Power Outages

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage can Happen when Forbing Residents use Candles During Power Outages Several areas of this home sustained fire damage. The crew at SERVPRO was called in to clean or removed all of the damaged materials.

Rely on SERVPRO when a fire damages your home

Power outages happen during the spring months' thundershowers, and Forbing residents typically resort to using alternative ways to light their homes. Candles might play a role during a romantic dinner, but in an emergency, they pose a much higher risk than a flashlight or other temporary light source.

Candle use can cause a home in the Forbing area to suffer fire damage in a concentrated area. Setting a candle too close to a wall can force its heat to travel upward rapidly, catching any flammable items on fire. Drapes, paintings, wall art, and other furnishings can then spread the fire as burning pieces drop to the floor.

SERVPRO technicians with IICRC certificates in Carpet Repair and Reinstallation (RRT) can help save carpeting from the possible destruction caused by both the fire itself and the water used to put it out. Clearing walls and other surfaces of soot and oily smoke deposits often reveals that many materials do not suffer as much as the homeowners might have previously thought.

We use specially designed cleaning agents that pull dirty, greasy residues away from the different surfaces covered in soot. Some materials may require additional cleaning, while others may look and feel clean but continue to give off smoke-related odors. We have different methods that effectively eradicate odors caused by even the most challenging materials.

Many times, we find that the worst odors come from hidden nooks and crannies near the fire's location and not the suspected items. In these situations, we apply neutralizing deodorizing agents that bond with the smoke particles and chemically change them. After this takes place, they can no longer cause problem smells for you and your family.

After we replace damaged items and materials with new ones, your home once again should look "Like it never even happened." Damaged areas, greasy soot, and smoky odors no longer create bad memories or health and safety risks for your family members.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport has the technicians to help restore your family home to how you expect it to look and feel. Call us at (318) 865-4655 so we can perform the work needed.

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Do It Yourself Or Professional Cleanup Of Shreveport Mold Damage?

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do It Yourself Or Professional Cleanup Of Shreveport Mold Damage? Mold Remediation for Shreveport Homes and Businesses Needed? Call the Professionals from SERVPRO

Mold Remediation to Shreveport Properties Is Best Left to SERVPRO

Shreveport residences are at risk of mold growth and damage if excess household moisture saturates structural components and contents. Even a homeowner who tries to stay on top of water incursion can miss a microbial threat. Professional mold remediators have training and on the job experience to meet the challenges mold damage brings.

Good housekeeping and mold damage are not necessarily incompatible in Shreveport. Mold spores are omnipresent in the air and on surfaces no matter how often diligent the cleaning effort. The risk factor is moisture, and vigorous cleaning and some DIY efforts to remove mold ironically may increase the amount of water available to the spores. Our mold remediation specialists focus on practical methods to remove currently expanding colonies. We also make recommendations for altered use, repairs, or restorations designed to eliminate the moisture that fuels resurgent mold outbreaks.
 
Removing the water and drying out the surfaces and articles quickly can avoid a mold outbreak, but water damage can be tricky for a homeowner to manage if it hides behind walls or occurs in a little-used area of your home. When a diluted bleach solution is the choice of a homeowner attempting to remediate a microbial infestation, the bleach likely does not kill the mold, only lightening the staining. Household bleach is already primarily water, and when diluted it can soak into the affected structural components and feed rather than kill the mold.
 
SERVPRO mold remediation crews rely on a range of techniques and products to remove mold colonies. EPA registered antimicrobials are on the list, shown as effective as a fungicide as applied and are just one option. We also use scrubbing and scraping actions to remove the mold physically. If the hyphae infiltrate a porous surface, we sometimes decide to remove affected sections of structure to be sure active mold growth halts. Excellent results from soda blasting permit us to restore even porous surfaces, the fine abrasive eradicating the infestation on and below the surface.
 
Just 24 to 48 hours of dampness is all needed to boost a mold outbreak. If a water event moistens areas of your home and you do not remove the moisture, expect mold. A weekend absence gives mild enough time to gain a foothold if an open window admits rain or a pet knocks over a water bowl. SERVPRO’s professional mold remediation crew anticipates the ways mold takes advantage and also uses EPA protocols that contain, remove, and then devise ways to rid your home of future water events.
 
SERVPRO of South Shreveport is poised to remediate any size mold damage outbreak in your home. Contact our experts at (318) 865-4655 for a mold abatement plan that clears away the current mold with an eye to eliminating the moisture mold must have to reproduce and multiply.

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

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Severe Storm Can Leave Your Shreveport Home in Urgent Need of Water Removal Services This shows a home affected by flood damage. The drywall was removed up to the flood line to ensure the area is fully dried.

When flood damage happens, SERVPRO can help

A city that is settled on a source of water has the chance of flooding during a storm and leaving many homeowners in need of 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. It is wise to reach out for professional help as soon as the damage happens.

Waiting to call for Shreveport water removal services to remediate the damage that storm caused can be dangerous for the overall quality of your home. When water damage has time to sit, it gives way to microbial growth inside of your home. Having mold grow in your home is generally never a good thing. Additionally, water can ruin your belongings and removing the danger as quickly as possible can make it more likely that you can keep a majority of your belongings.

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 with them to help remove the water swiftly. SERVPRO employs the use of extractors, wet/dry vacuums, and portable submersible pumps to drain the excess water from your home.

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 flow of air over the damp places constant. Simultaneously, we can dry out the contents of any items.

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

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Call The Professionals To Recover From Flood Damage Contamination In Shreveport

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call The Professionals To Recover From Flood Damage Contamination In Shreveport Flood Water Extraction and Disinfecting in Shreveport for Your Home? Just Call SERVPRO for Aid

Black Water Extraction Post Storm Events Needed? Call SERVPRO

The Shreveport area is no stranger to weather-related flooding challenges. Heavy rains, tornadoes, tropical storms, and hurricanes take their turns, causing many residential property owners to seek assistance when flood waters invade crawl spaces, slab foundations, and the lower levels of residences. Our crew of seasoned flood damage specialists achieves a fast and thorough recovery.
 
When several inches of rain fall during a short period, the runoff can cause flood damage to your Shreveport home. Water seeps in as the ground becomes supersaturated, unable to absorb the precipitation and directing it through the porous materials making up the structure of your dwelling’s lower areas. The problem can be compounded by a backup of your home’s sewer system as the local storm drains become overwhelmed and force liquids back into homes. Dealing with potentially contaminated water and the need to dry out structural components quickly suggests using our flood damage professionals.
 
SERVPRO employees train extensively in flood damage restoration, one of our core services. We evaluate the characteristics of the water filling lower levels of your home, determining if it is clean, gray, or black water. Clean water has few or any other substances mixed with the rain, posing a low risk of microbial growth if removed and dried out quickly. Gray water has some contamination, commonly traced to things like home appliances or dishwater.
 
Black water contains hazardous substances like sewage or chemicals loosed by the flood. Fecal matter or bloodborne pathogens are a real threat if waste pipes back up or dead animals and insects mix into the flood waters flowing through your home. SERVPRO crews observe OSHA and EPA protocols to contain and dispose of these polluted waters for your and your family's safety as well as the public at large.
 
Once the water is typed, SERVPRO employees pump and extract the excess. Infrared scanners locate hidden pockets of flood water, and we use an array of strategies to release and contain it. Finding and removing all flood water is crucial as building materials continue to deteriorate when wet and microbial growth is possible within 24 to 48 hours. We use sensitive moisture meters to set drying goals, working with air movers, heat, and dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture content of structural components to normal levels.
 
We apply EPA registered disinfectants to affected surfaces to inhibit the effects of any lingering pathogens. SERVPRO employees receive comprehensive training and have experience in all the steps necessary to restore flooded spaces to preloss condition.
 
Do not wait to contact SERVPRO of South Shreveport when flood waters put your home at risk. Our phone line at (318) 865-4655 is available for your inquiries and requests for help round the clock every day of the year.

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A Storm Causing Flood Damage to Your Cafe Can Interrupt Your Flow of Business

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial A Storm Causing Flood Damage to Your Cafe Can Interrupt Your Flow of Business Our team is available to help with your flood damaged proprty today

Our tools and equipment can restore your business after flood damage

Storms can bring harsh winds and intense rain with them and, if that water finds a way into your property, it can cause flood damage. Property damage is never convenient, especially for a business. Suddenly having inches of water in your store can drive customers to other locations, which for a cafe is a nightmare as they are entirely dependant on daily foot traffic. These sorts of accidents happen, whether from a window that was left ajar or extreme winds forcing an entry open. What is important is that professional and certified help is close by to help you out of your situation.

Our qualified team understands how important it is to remediate the flood damage in your Shreveport cafe as soon as possible. It is essential to get the water out swiftly for the sake of your business, but we also strive to remove it quickly because when water damage lingers for too long, it can cause more problems. Your business is filled with tables, booth seats, and food. Water damage can spoil the food and cause mold when left for too long. The sooner it is removed from your property, the better.

SERVPRO's IICRC-certified techs can bring equipment with them to your property to remediate the damage. We use tools like extractors and portable pumps to remove the excess water. Working with these tools allows us to get the water out swiftly as we can move onto drying.

SERVPRO can come to your property whenever it best suits you, but we always recommend coming as soon as possible. If you find the flood damage in the early hours of the morning, we can be there within hours of your call. We aim to make sure that you do not lose an entire day of business.

Do not delay when floodwaters damage your property. Reach out to SERVPRO of South Shreveport by dialing (318) 865-4655. We strive to get our team to your location and do our job swiftly.

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SERVPRO - Cleaning And Removing Mold Damage From Shreveport Residences

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO - Cleaning And Removing Mold Damage From Shreveport Residences SERVPRO technicians have the knowledge and training to remove mold damage from your home properly.

When Mold Damage creeps up on you, count on us for help

Shreveport is a small, unique city. Almost as well known as our big sister to the south, residents enjoy a slightly quieter life and claim to serve actual, traditional Louisiana food without the commercialization. We still share many problems with other areas, and one of them is mold.

Mold damage can happen in any Shreveport home. It is merely a matter of a few mold spores having enough moisture to begin expanding and then finding a nearby food source while the temperature is just right. SERVPRO technicians understand that this can happen entirely out of sight and a homeowner only becomes aware of it when he or she sees it growing up the wall behind the washing machine.

In older and new homes, the majority of the damage happens to the structure itself. Mold can cause health risks in some people. What our restoration specialists find is that the mold has grown long enough to force its way into the material such as ceiling tiles, wood, and other building materials like sheetrock.

When this happens, SERVPRO technicians must remove and dispose of the infested material. Pulling sheetrock panels away from the wall framing is not a difficult task, but there is also the need to prevent needlessly damaging the panels and releasing loose mold spores into the air where they can settle in previously uncontaminated areas of the home.

That is why our team members carefully remove each panel off the wall and out of the home before breaking it into smaller pieces. Our teams dispose of every piece of infested building material according to EPA and state regulations.

Not every surface covered in mold requires disposal, however. In most cases, our technicians use anti-fungal and anti-bacterial cleaners to kill mold spores on the surface and then wipe them off with dry sponges or cleaning cloths. For thick layers of mold, teams use vacuums with special, HEPA filters designed to capture even a single mold spore off an affected surface.

If you have mold in your home, you need to bring a trained professional to remove it. SERVPRO of South Shreveport has cleaned and restored mold-infested homes since 1996. Let us help you now, so call us at (318) 865-4655 today to schedule an appointment.

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You Need Prompt Water Removal When Your Shreveport Home Springs a Leak

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage You Need Prompt Water Removal When Your Shreveport Home Springs a Leak When facing water damage from an outside or inside of the home source, calling SERVPRO immediately gets you on the road to remediation.

Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Scene Ready to Tackle Your Water Damage Emergency

Because of the tremendous pressure behind your Shreveport home's water supply, even a slight leak can cause severe problems. Thousands of gallons of water can enter your home through a broken water line on an appliance or faucet in a concise amount of time. If nobody is home when this happens, the damages can become extremely severe.
 
Residents can rely on SERVPRO professionals for emergency water removal services in Shreveport. Our ability to respond Faster To Any Sized Disaster means we save our customers from paying for preventable damages. We also reduce the time their families cannot live in their homes because of the mitigation work that follows water removal.
 
Our Green Fleet includes the truck-mounted pumps that initialize our work. Other equipment arrives ready to start, as we always keep each piece in excellent running condition. All our equipment works together, much like our employees work as part of cohesive teams - all designed to serve our customers' needs better.
 
Additional equipment includes small pumps that we use to extract any residual moisture from your floors. While we reduce this moisture to where they become barely damp, we need to dry these surfaces and others, such as your lower walls, even more. We accomplish this by increasing the temperature, which accelerates evaporation, and directing the damp air outdoors.
 
In locations where warping, buckling, or cracking of materials seem more likely to happen, as in wooden floors, trim, or other structural aspects, we can use directed heat with extraction mechanisms built into them. The interior of your walls can also retain excessive amounts of water that flowed in before we could extract any of the water. This trapped water can remain there unless we drill tiny holes to release it. Afterward, we can feed flexible tubing into the area and fill it with dry, warm air that acts as a desiccant.
 
Leaving any moisture behind from such a massive water leak can leave your home open to several types of damages. Water damage can continually deteriorate softer materials in your home while warping more durable ones. Microbes grow much more easily in damp conditions. Elevated moisture can cause corrosion in hinges and other metal fastenings in your home, as well as any electrical conduits. Water removal protects your home from these damaging effects.
 
SERVPRO of South Shreveport can help you protect your home by performing quick and efficient water removal services designed to mitigate and reduce any damages your home might experience otherwise. Our emergency services number is (318) 865-4655 and is always available, every minute of the year.
 
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Forbing's Fire Damage Specialists Discuss Soot Removal

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Forbing's Fire Damage Specialists Discuss Soot Removal 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 ruin contents and building materials inside your house as well. The flames and heat coming 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. A major part of restoring fire damage in Forbing is cleaning and removing these residues. The first step to removing burnt odors is to remove its 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 materials being cleaned. Some blazes get put out with excessive water which can cause the soot cleaning process to change. Water damage restoration is often needed after 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 a variety of 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 tough in others. For help cleaning soils created by smoke, call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 24/7.

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Recovering after Flood Damage Pervades Your Shreveport Property

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Recovering after Flood Damage Pervades Your Shreveport Property If your home faces a flooding scenario, contact SERVPRO right away for drying out services and to help prevent secondary damages.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With Efficient Equipment Ready to Dry Out Your Flooded Home

Flooding can affect any home in or near Shreveport, especially those in lower-lying areas. Because so many different bayous and smaller creeks and streams exist in the area, small blockages can spell disaster for nearby homes with only a small amount of rainfall.
 
Residents who own homes that sustain flood damage in Shreveport can find themselves and their families temporarily displaced. Such disastrous events often force families into temporary shelter arrangements, which can cause stress and hardship for even the strongest families. SERVPRO technicians can help reduce the time your family must remain away from home and restore everything "Like it never even happened." Returning your home to a safe, preloss condition means your family easily moves forward without memories of the flood persisting.
 
Silt retains moisture, as do waterlogged materials. We remove these so the house can return to normal moisture levels quicker. Once we take saturated materials out, our equipment dries everything faster and more efficiently. Cleaning your home's interior furnishings, such as furniture, appliances, and woodwork also proceeds more safely in the absence of soggy carpets and crumbling drywall. When special equipment may suffer problems, we partner with expert technicians who can help resolve any issues before they become permanent or worse.
 
Deodorizing your home after invasive water floods can also mitigate any microbial populations that might cause problems for your family and pets. We perform thermal fogging and other types of methods of odor elimination and control, leaving your home smelling like it should and without any wet musty odors. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) holds IICRC certification, helping ensure the work completed lasts long and provides you with the results you want.
 
SERVPRO of South Shreveport is always ready to help our local families deal with flood damage. Call us at (318) 865-4655 so we can use the latest equipment and techniques to restore your home. We work quickly to restore your home. We want to help your family return to a safe and dry home, free of the risks left behind by flooding.

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A Broken Dishwasher Can Flood Your Shreveport Bakery and Leave You In Need of Water Removal Services

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial A Broken Dishwasher Can Flood Your Shreveport Bakery and Leave You In Need of Water Removal Services SERVPRO Extracts the Water from Your Shreveport Bakery So You Can Sell Bread

For Fast Water Removal from Your Shreveport Retail Shop Count on SERVPRO

When you close up your bakery for the night with a load of dishes running, the last thing you would expect to find the next morning is that you are in desperate need of water removal services. A dishwasher breaking in the middle of the night and leaking everywhere can leave you to find a shocking amount of water. It is entirely too much liquid to handle on your own, and immediate concern is that you are going to lose customers. It is critical not to delay trying to decide on what is best, as water can cause even more damage to your property the longer that it sits. Quickly calling a reputable restoration company can help get your business back on track.
 
We strive to perform the critical water removal services at your Shreveport property as quickly as possible so you can get your business running again. We understand how significant the foot traffic in your bakery is for all aspects of your trade. Our schedule is flexible, and we can make it fit to match whatever time you need us. Night or day, we are available and can send our technicians to your location to work swiftly, quietly, and out of sight. We aim to be as unobtrusive as possible.
 
The first SERVPRO employee to arrive at your business is our Estimator if the loss sounded large after our phone call. His primary role in the water removal process is to keep you informed during all stages. He can explain the finer details of the remediation and answer any questions that you may have. They keep your concerns for your business at the forefront.
 
When our SERVPRO techs arrive, they can bring advanced tools with them to remove the water from your property. A particularly useful tool is an extractor. It can simultaneously remove water while also applying heat to help dry the space it is extracting water from. Depending on the volume of water that needs removal, we can also use industrial quality portable pumps and wet/dry vacuums.
 
Do not delay if you find water in your bakery. Dial (318) 865-4655 to phone SERVPRO of South Shreveport. The sooner we get the water removed from your business, the less likely it is to cause further damage.

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Air Quality Improves After Mold Remediation In Shreveport

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Air Quality Improves After Mold Remediation In Shreveport SERVPRO Remediates Mold and Improves Indoor Air Quality in Shreveport Area Properties

SERVPRO Provides Mold Cleanup and a Healtheir Home Environment

Mold colonies are a possibility in any Shreveport home given the right conditions. Mold spores are always present, waiting for the opportunity to begin growing and multiplying when moisture is available. Removing the active colonies from surfaces is one step toward abatement, but we also help clear the air of moldy debris during remediation.
 
If the interior of your Shreveport residence harbors mold damage, it is crucial to engage the services of a firm that can help with remediation of the active colony at all levels. Removing visible colonies safely following EPA protocols is one treatment our crews train extensively to master. We also offer techniques that improve the air quality inside your home, these efforts aimed at abating the airborne characteristics of mold and its residues.
 
When SERVPRO plans for your mold remediation treatment, containment of the mold seen on surfaces and escaping into the air are equally important. We use physical barriers and negative pressure air scrubbers equipped with high-efficiency filters and venting to create zones within your home to keep airborne and tracked in mold debris from unaffected spaces during the treatments. The contaminants are trapped within the HEPA filters used in our vacuums as well. Our crews observe strict rules intended to prevent as much as possible the migration of spores and other residues from the contaminated areas into the locations where you and your loved ones live during the remediation.
 
Because mold and its byproducts can cause health effects in those who have allergies or are otherwise susceptible, removing the tiny spores and other residues from the air help wind up a remediation project successfully. SERVPRO crews use specialized equipment like ULV foggers to dispense antimicrobial products during the remediation procedures. The foggers generate an ultra-low volume (ULV) mist of particles 5-50 microns (μm) in diameter. This size is ideal for the extermination of spores and clearing of the moldy debris stirred up during the remediation.
 
SERVPRO recommends remediation assessment when you see, smell, or suspect mold. Expensive testing is not necessary if the mold is evident. The services we provide are effective in curbing current mold damage. Once our remediation completes you and your contractors can take steps to eliminate the moisture that fuels the mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of South Shreveport is a full-service mold remediation resource for our community. Call us at (318) 865-4655 to schedule an assessment and the dispatch of one of our skilled mold abatement crews.

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Professional Solution to Commercial Mold Damage in Forbing

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Solution to Commercial Mold Damage in Forbing Mold growth in your shop can be stopped, and future growth can be prevented. Contact SERVPRO to discuss our plan for your location.

Team SERVPRO Understands Mold and How to Stop Its Spread in Your Shop

In a humid, subtropical climate such as ours in Forbing, some mold and mildew exposure in almost unavoidable. Even though it is a common challenge, it does not mean your employees and customers accept mold damage as a matter of course in your shop, restaurant, or other business. Our mold remediation strategies can help with a current outbreak and avoid future microbial infestations.
 
Your business struggles with commercial mold damage in Forbing for a very simple reason. Mold spores are present everywhere, outdoors and inside, including the interior of your commercial property. If the spores do not locate a source of moisture, they remain inert, unlikely to grow and multiply into a full-blown mold colony. Any standing water, damp building structures or fixtures, or even high indoor humidity provides fuel for mold growth if present for more than 24 to 48 hours. We understand the life cycle of mold, are proficient in mold remediation, and offer practical suggestions to keep moisture from feeding the unwanted fungal growth.
 
If you engage our mold remediation services, expect a thorough inspection of your commercial building. If we see evidence of mold, we develop a remediation plan. SERVPRO crew members contain the affected area with physical barriers and can also use negative pressure air scrubbers to prevent moldy debris from spreading to untainted spaces. We evaluate whether the mold is on the surface of nonporous materials or has infiltrated porous structures. We remove just the mold or the mold and any material it contaminates, bagging it for proper disposal under local rules.
 
Then the SERVPRO crew uses special vacuums and EPA registered disinfectants to clear away any remaining moldy debris and inhibit further growth. We then look carefully for the moisture sources that encouraged the mold growth and subsequent damage. Plumbing and roof leaks need repair, spills must be mopped promptly, and indoor humidity more than 60 percent requires reduction. HVAC systems and AC units need to be operating at peak efficiency to keep air moisture between 30 and 50 percent.
 
SERVPRO of South Shreveport is an experienced mold remediation firm, ready to help local businesses recover from mold infestations. Call (318) 865-4655 for assistance if you suspect mold damage at your business property.

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It is Important to Use the Right Equipment during Water Damage in Shreveport

4/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage It is Important to Use the Right Equipment during Water Damage in Shreveport If you experience water damage, call SERVPRO to properly and thoroughly dry out your home and restore it "Like it never even happened."

Call on the Professionals at SERVPRO for Proper Water Damage Restoration

Enhancing airflow is so essential when restoring your contents after experiencing water damage. Using the right drying techniques as well as tools counts a lot. If you are a resident of Shreveport, call professionals as soon as you can to mitigate the damage and know what is restorable. For instance, did you know that you have to position an air mover correctly to enhance its efficiency? It is a mistake to let the air mover blow the air directly into the surface since that makes the air bounce back and push the wetness into the area. A 45-degree angle of placement is appropriate

The monitoring and detection tools our SERVPRO technicians use when attending to water damage in Shreveport can make a big difference. For instance, if we need to detect the presence of water in soft materials, we may decide to use a moisture sensor. The device has probes which penetrate into materials, and if it detects some moisture, its light blinks and a beeping sound goes off. Given that this device only indicates the presence of moisture, there are instances where we have to use other methods when determining the exact amount is necessary.

With the help of a moisture meter, our SERVPRO technicians can determine the actual content of moisture in a structure. They also have probes which can penetrate wall cavities and wood flooring to provide the right measurements. Another vital equipment that allows us to measure both the humidity and temperature is a thermo-hygrometer.

After putting in place space heaters and air movers, the moisture evaporates from wet surfaces into the surrounding air. With time, the relative humidity of the air increases and there are chances that the wetness in the air can condense on surfaces and lead to damage. To avoid that, our IICRC certified technicians perform dehumidification and pull the additional moisture from the air. Dependent on the situation we are dealing with, we may use refrigerant, low grain refrigerant, or desiccant dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport is an industry leader in storm, mold, fire, and water damage restoration. Call us at (318) 865-4655 any time of the day if you need it to appear “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Fire Damage Cleaning in Forbing, LA

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Fire Damage Cleaning in Forbing, LA Smoke damage can remain in the home long after a fire. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With Equipment to Remediate Odors After a Fire

Forbing homes usually suffer most from smoke and soot after a fire. Massive structural damage is a rarity, but even cleaning and removing those residues can take days or weeks. In some cases, restoration costs can be higher than simply removing and disposing of the affected property and building materials.
 
Restoring the effects of fire damage to Forbing homes requires much more than a mop, bucket, and a bottle of cleaning and deodorizing chemical. To eliminate residues and the accompanying odors, we use specialized equipment not available to the general public. Every SERVPRO office maintains an extensive inventory of devices and machines to permanently remove both types of damage, and not just cover them up.
 
We start with Ventilation Fans. This high velocity, industrial grade, box fans shift 3000 to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute. Not only are they superb for removing odors, but they can also help to dry out furniture and building material like drywall. If the outside air is drier than inside, our technicians can use the fans to displace the odor-filled, damp air with the odor-free air from outside the home.
 
Once the fans are in place, SERVPRO team members bring out Electric Pressure Sprayers. We use these to disperse cleaning and deodorizing agents directly onto large surfaces, like carpets, and furniture such as sofas and chairs. These sprayers are very effective with light to heavy residues and mild to strong odors.
 
For small items or small stains on large items, we use Injectors. These are hand-held pumps with a large needle attached. Team members inject small amounts of cleaners and deodorizers directly into the stain. We prefer using this method to hopefully prevent the need to lift and remove a carpet or go to the expense of recovering an upholstered chair or sofa.
 
For very strong odors that have penetrated deep into wall framing and other support structure, we use Ozone Machines. These devices heat up and generate a gaseous molecule that binds with odor-causing molecules. The ozone molecules can penetrate as deeply as the odors, altering the molecules and eliminating them completely.
 
If you have smoke-related odors in your home, call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 today. We can help you return your residence to its original condition and provide a safe environment for you and your family.

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Unchecked Roof Damage Could Allow Flooding in Your Shreveport Attic

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Unchecked Roof Damage Could Allow Flooding in Your Shreveport Attic Roof damage can cause a great deal of water to enter your attic. Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage and restore your home.

Team SERVPRO Assesses Your Roof for Damage to Prevent a Flooding Scenario

As a homeowner, you often fixate on things that are meant to improve the functionality of your home or the convenience of your living. What many Shreveport homeowners do not always have on their minds is the condition of their roof, namely how much wear and tear it experiences throughout the storm-ridden warmer months of the year. Without at least an annual inspection, you could miss impending damages and vulnerable points that later collapse or fall through, allowing widespread damage to occur to your house.
 
When your home’s roof fails to prevent water from entering the attic space of your property, high volumes of water can pool in a short period allowing flood damage in Shreveport. This damage might be detrimental enough, though if allowed to continue, can quickly spread to adjoining rooms through the flooring of the attic and out of the ceiling of the next floor down. The farther the reach of the water, the more involved and time-consuming the professional restoration process is.
 
Our SERVPRO professionals work quickly to seal off the damaged areas of your roof to prevent further water from entering through these vulnerable points. Once the threat has gotten removed, we set our sights on pulling the excess water from the entire affected area. Since the faster this extraction gets accomplished, the less potential damage occurs, reacting quickly to the presence of flooding in your home is critical.
 
Drying the area is another crucial component of our restoration process. With flooding that could affect multiple floors of your home, air movers, dehumidification equipment, and drying mats get used to pull the moisture from the environment. The drying mats penetrate deep below the flooring material to dry up the dampness.
 
Once the drying process gets completed, an assessment must get done to determine structural damages and what materials need repair or reconstruction efforts. For severely damaged areas, our SERVPRO technicians can remove just the damaged portions via controlled demolition to prepare these spots for reconstruction.
 
Flooding might not be anything new for the people in your area, but when it is your house that gets damaged, you want to make sure it is taken care of correctly. Trust the experienced specialists of SERVPRO of South Shreveport to work quickly and efficiently cleaning up the mess a flood leaves behind. Give us a call anytime you need at (318) 865-4655.

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What You Can Do When You Need Urgent Water Removal Services on Your Shreveport Property

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Can Do When You Need Urgent Water Removal Services on Your Shreveport Property Not All Shreveport Residents Enjoy Water Intrusion into Their Homes--Call SERVPRO for Extraction

Moisture, Drying, and Restoring Are SERVPRO Areas of Expertise for Water Damage Mitigation

When a pipe bursts on your property, it can leak many gallons of liquid and water removal services can swiftly become a must. When such a situation happens, it is essential to call services as quickly as you can. Water damage can be remediated with little or relatively no catastrophic damage to the structure of your home if done promptly. The longer you wait to deal with water damage in your home, the higher the possibility for mold growth and structural harm becomes. However, if it is dealt with quickly, your home can usually be returned to its preloss condition with little struggle. Fortunately, there is professional help nearby to assist in the removal of excess water on your property.
 
Our skilled technicians can remove the damaging water from your Shreveport property through the use of advanced technology. After we receive your call and arrive at your home, we can inspect the damage and then apply the correct method to remove the water. In most cases, we can employ the use of industrial quality wet/dry vacuums and portable truck-operated pumps to remove the water from your property swiftly.
 
After we remove the visible water from your home, SERVPRO can use moisture meters to detect the places of your house that are in need of drying. With that knowledge in mind, we can focus on using the right tools to dry out your home. Commonly, we use devices such as dehumidifiers and air movers to create an ideal moisture content level in your belongings and building materials.
 
Freeing the area of airborne moisture assists in drying out the structure of your home and belongings as residual moisture is forced to evaporate. SERVPRO strives to make sure that your home is thoroughly dry so that no further damage arises from remaining moisture.

When a pipe bursts in your home and you are in need of water removal services, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655. 24/7, we can take your call and send our technicians to your home.

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A Commonsense Approach to Mold Damage in Shreveport

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Commonsense Approach to Mold Damage in Shreveport Mold can appear quickly especially in our Louisiana climate. Contact SERVPRO at the first sighting of mold for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess and Then Remediate a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Extreme weather patterns and general climate conditions common in the Shreveport area cause residents concerns about mold growth and damage on a frequent basis. Whether considering our 52 plus inches of rain per year, summer temperatures nearing 100 degrees, or humidity that can reach 90 percent, the area offers molds supportive growing conditions year-round. Our experienced mold remediation crews have the training, skills, and equipment for successful abatement in your home.
 
When we respond to a mold damage scenario in Shreveport, expect a swift assessment prior to employment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol. Mold remediation follows several steps, some focused on removing the current mold infestation and others aimed at taking a proactive approach to inhibiting future microbial damage. Our technicians train to these tasks thoroughly, mastering the basics revisiting the procedures over time in continuing education classes and e-seminars.
 
First, SERVPRO employees contain the moldy area to prevent the spread of mold spores and debris to other spaces in your home. Physical barriers like heavy plastic sheeting are part of the plan, but we also invest in high-efficiency negative pressure air scrubbers to vent and filter the mold-filled atmosphere in the affected area. Our team wears personal protective gear during the process and keeps you and your family safely out of the treatment area.
 
Then the mold and any porous material it infiltrated is removed and bagged for hazardous waste disposal. We follow legal requirements in place for your and the public’s safety. HEPA filter equipped vacuums help remove the last moldy particles, and SERVPRO crews disinfect the space using EPA registered antimicrobials.
 
Finally, we confirm the source of moisture and develop a plan to eliminate it. Mold always returns if the water that sustains continues to intrude. Roofs and gutter drainage systems must be in top-notch condition in our rain-prone neighborhoods, and any flooding must be remediated immediately after severe storms to prevent molds from taking hold. SERVPRO employees are familiar with the typical roof and foundation fails that spell water damage and resultant mold growth. We work with you to fix these issues.
 
High humidity by itself can cause mold growth. Our semi-tropical climate requires HVAC and freestanding air conditioning systems to work well, reducing humidity to levels that do not support mold growth. SERVPRO may recommend more efficient systems or the addition of dehumidifiers to achieve that goal.
 
SERVPRO of South Shreveport has talented technicians who help manage mold damage on a regular basis. Let us help you by scheduling an evaluation -- call (318) 865-4655.

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Restoring Your Shreveport Home Following Significant Fire Damages

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Your Shreveport Home Following Significant Fire Damages SERVPRO Says--Have a Fire Escape Plan to Protect Your Family's Safety from a Shreveport Blaze

Cleanup and Restoration Are Key Components of Fire Abatement for Homes in Shreveport

One of the most devastating of disasters that can occur to your Shreveport home is a fire. With the potential of leaving multiple lingering effects, not to mention the significant structural concerns common to residential blazes, recovering from the occurrence can initially seem overwhelming. Fortunately, the damage that your home faces from a structure fire is not something that you have to face alone.

Fire damage to your Shreveport residence can present itself in several unique ways. While our SERVPRO restoration process contends with the typical effects of the blaze, such as the presence of soot and foul odors, severe structural concerns take a priority. That is why when our team arrives at your home, we survey the affected areas for vulnerable points that need to get closed off, such as holes in the exterior of your house or broken windows.
 
Closing off these vulnerable areas thwarts further elemental damage to your home while the restoration process gets underway. An initial assessment of the full scope of the present damage can aid in formulating the best approach to restoring your home. We can prepare a CCIS inventory list to assist you with your insurance claim. Often this process begins with removing the water from extinguishing efforts and drying out these areas to prevent weakening of structural components or compounding effects like mold growth.
 
With severe structural damage to your home, beyond what restoration practices can salvage, our SERVPRO IICRC certified team prepares these areas for reconstruction by a residential contractor. This approach involves controlled demolition on the worst areas to remove these materials entirely, leaving the area ready for new construction while our technicians set their sights on the less dramatic effects from the recent fire. Our technicians get uniquely trained to handle all degrees of fire damage from the latest restoration techniques to the use of state-of-the-art equipment to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”
 
While this is merely a small piece of the entire restoration process that your home likely needs following fire damages, you can trust that our SERVPRO of South Shreveport team of specialists can see you through every step.  You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 by calling (318) 865-4655.

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Commercial Cleaning Services in Shreveport

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning Services in Shreveport SERVPRO® of South Shreveport team member begins a thorough top to bottom post construction clean-up at the Tejas Kitchen Bar Patio in Shreveport.

Before its big grand opening, Tejas Kitchen Bar Patio, located on the corner of Line and Pierremont in the Towne Oak Square Shopping Center, needed help. When a new restaurant opens, even in an older location, new construction is a part of the process and a job on this scale requires a professional post-construction cleaning before the doors open for business.

That's where SERVPRO® of South Shreveport becomes part of this story. Removing every hint of construction debris and clutter is essential so that new customers can enjoy a clean atmosphere as they experience the new cuisine. The SERVPRO® brand is usually associated with fire and water restoration but our cleaning skills also fit well in this type of environment.

Our team thanks the owners and employees at Tejas Kitchen Bar Patio and appreciates their confidence in SERVPRO® of South Shreveport.  

Staying Safe During Floods

12/28/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Staying Safe During Floods Dangerous residential flooding from 2010. Photo courtesy FEMA.

Because of our location as a gulf state, Louisiana residents are especially prone to damage caused by floods.  Flooding can be common during the hurricane season but unusual weather patterns can also bring unexpected flooding of the type we have witnessed in our state over the last few years.

If your home has flooded, it is important to conduct a list of safety checks before returning inside.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development has produced an in-depth document outlining these safety steps.  They include:

  • Checking the roof for dips across the surface
  • Checking external walls to determine if they are no longer plum
  • Checking the foundation from the outside to see if it has been damaged
  • Making sure electricity and gas have been shut off
  • Once inside, there can be multiple safety hazards and threats.  The presence of mold is a real possibility and a valid concern for your personal safety.  If you have an older home, there is also the risk of lead or asbestos contamination.  Flood water contains multiple health hazards and just because the visible water is gone, it doesn’t mean the contaminants are no longer a threat.

    That burning desire to check your home after major water damage is natural but even a few minutes inside could be bad for your health.  At SERVPRO® of South Shreveport, we provide emergency water disaster services for Shreveport, Bossier City, Northwest Louisiana and Northeast Texas.  We have given our mitigation specialists extensive training for safely entering this type of dangerous environment and for getting the remediation process started.  It is our hope you never have to experience this type of natural disaster or other types of water damages but if you do, we are a phone call away at (318) 865-4655 and are always ready to help.

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