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How to Prepare your Shreveport Business for a Disaster

1/4/2024 (Permalink)

Water damaged office Water damage caused the ceiling in this office space to cave in.

Flooding in your South Shreveport business can be time-consuming, expensive, and overwhelming. If you do not recover quickly, you could potentially lose customers or even go out of business. Working with an established and reputable restoration company to remediate damage can make a crucial difference in returning your business to normal operations.

Preparedness is another important key to getting back to business. SERVPRO® has created tools to help prepare you for a catastrophic event such as a flood. With our Emergency Ready Plan® (ERP) we will assess your property in person, look for potential vulnerabilities, and make recommendations that can minimize damage. Our team will also locate all of your emergency shut-offs and other key locations and compile this information into our ERP app for your use.  

You can then personalize your profile to appoint team members to make decisions if you are unavailable during a crisis. The ERP will also include a blueprint of your business, names of important contacts and phone numbers, utility shut-off locations, and any other important information you want to include. You also can indicate that you want SERVPRO® to respond in the event of an emergency, which can help speed up the mitigation process. 

The SERVPRO® ERP allows a business owner to indicate priorities regarding areas of the business to restore first or documents or records to inventory and pack out. Take the opportunity to work with our IICRC certified technicians on ideas that can keep at least a portion of your business open during the recovery so that your clientele does not lose confidence in your products or services during the restoration process.

SERVPRO® of South Shreveport is ready to work with you to recover from a flooding event. Take our service to another level by developing an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile. Call (318) 865-4655 to get the process started

Immediate Commercial Water Removal Services Can Restore Your Shreveport Business

2/21/2023 (Permalink)

replacing hardwood flooring in a gym SERVPRO strives to restore and not replace commercial water damaged structures and elements in Shreveport area arenas and facilities.

Work with SERVPRO for Fast Commercial Water Cleanup Services in Shreveport

Due to rainwater pushing through the exterior door seals, commercial water removal services may be needed when a sports arena floods. Gymnasium hardwood floors are expensive features, and we strive to preserve them. Apart from causing structural damage to the facility, such an incident may cause the scheduled events and games to be canceled. You need the help of an experienced water damage restoration company to restore the property to its earlier state.

Our SERVPRO team uses powerful truck-mounted and portable pumps to extract moisture from the water-damaged Shreveport property. We often "tent" the affected floorboards and use negative pressure to extract moisture from the tongue and groove boards. Once we have made sure there is no standing water in the locker rooms and other areas, the next thing we do is to examine the wet insulation, vinyl base, and drywall. If they have suffered severe damage, we use the following tools to remove them:

· Flood cutter: It is a specialized tool that uses rotary cutting motion to remove wet insulation and drywall.

· Demolition hammer: Our SERVPRO technicians use this tool to remove and break up damaged vinyl base, drywall, and insulation.

· Pry bar and Sledgehammer: We use the two tools to manually remove the damaged vinyl base, insulation, and drywall.

· Flooring removal tool: The expedite the demolition stage during the water damage restoration process.

The unsalvageable wet materials can be a harbor for mold and bacteria. It is one of the reasons we remove them quickly and then apply an anti-microbial solution to the affected surfaces to prevent mold growth. At this point, we can set up drying equipment like air movers, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers to remove any remaining moisture from the building.

During the entire duration of the water mitigation project, our SERVPRO team is always in constant communication with all the concerned parties. For instance, we share frequent updates with your insurance adjuster and any personnel you have assigned to monitor the work.

Make SERVPRO of South Shreveport your number-one service provider when you need commercial water removal services. Call (318) 865-4655 to talk to our IICRC-certified team anytime - We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Obstacles for Efficient Fire Restoration in Shreveport Offices

7/23/2022 (Permalink)

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These Factors Can Slow Fire Damage Restoration

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

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

Damage to the Structure

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

Lingering Water Damages

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

The Claim Approval Process

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

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

What Does Pre-Fire Damage Condition Mean for Shreveport Offices?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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We Have Several Cleaning and Fire Restoration Strategies for Shreveport Properties

Cleaning up after a fire requires focused actions and deliberate mitigative strategies to return to preloss condition. The fast response of our SERVPRO team protects damaged offices from irreparable harm after fire disasters.

Job Scoping

In the earliest stages of mitigating and restoring fire damage to Shreveport offices, we must evaluate the condition of the property and its impacted building materials. Some of the focus of a detailed inspection of the facility might include:

  • Current Damage: This measures the state of exposed materials and contents throughout the property.
  • Content Loss: This evaluates the condition of contents, where irreparable harm has occurred, and the salvageability of assessed items.
  • Customer Input: We value the input of customers regarding restoration priorities and what pre-existing conditions might exist.

Pre-Existing Conditions

Working with the property management of the office, we can determine damages that already existed before the fire. It is an important distinction that valuable restoration resources and time are not spent recovering and restoring unrelated conditions.

Cleaning and Restoration

Large loss providers like our SERVPRO team appreciate the importance of restoring the business's aesthetic appeal following a disaster. In many cases, the preloss condition refers to the original appearance of exposed building materials throughout the property before combustion occurred. With soot cleanup, repairs, and powerful deodorization, we can restore the pre-fire state of your business.

Repairs and Reconstruction

Structure fires undoubtedly require some repair and reconstruction, and this process can be critical to getting your doors back open again after a disaster. Elements with weak structural integrity or deteriorated by combustion and post-fire damage effects must be removed and disposed of to prepare for reconstruction and replacement to come. With a contractor license, we can complete needed build-back services.

Restoration professionals of our SERVPRO of South Shreveport teamwork to return your office to preloss condition as soon as possible after a disaster. When fire affects your facility, give our experienced team a call today at (318) 865-4655.

Shreveport Manufacturing Benefit from Rapid Water Damage Action

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

water puddles in a warehouse Get your warehouse and goods protected from water damage with SERVPRO's rapid Shreveport extraction and drying

Commercial Water Cleanup Experts in Shreveport Mitigate Downtime

Any building with running water inside it in Shreveport comes with the risk of a disaster. If pipes break, the moisture entering 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 worsen below the line break as gravity draws it straight down from its source, affecting the surroundings. 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. Our SERVPRO technicians start mitigation by extracting any standing water during water damage cleanup jobs in Shreveport. Then, upholstered items and carpets get vacuumed with our heavy-duty extractor units. Depending on what materials got affected, we can use different tools with the truck-mounted extractor.

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 typical 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. We complete a concluding cleaning process before our SERVPRO team finalizes a project. We often use a special scrubbing machine for hard surfaces floors to get your flooring sparkling clean. Warehouse concrete pads require patient and repositioning of drying equipment to ensure proper moisture content.

If your manufacturing plant is the victim of a water leak, call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 24 hours a day.

Tips for Performing Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Forbing

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

key on hotel key fob The key to keeping your Forbing business open following a water damaging event--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Perform Commercial Water Damage Repair in your Forbing Motel

A fast response is vital when water damage strikes a commercial property like a motel. Every day that your motel (or other commercial structure) remains closed, there is a loss of revenue and productivity. That’s why you need SERVPRO on the job. We can handle the water damage so that you can reopen your doors to your customers sooner.

Performing commercial water damage restoration in your Forbing property requires specialized products, equipment, and strategies. Our SERVPRO technicians know the mechanism of moisture movement and can devise an effective drying plan for the situation in your motel.

Moisture migrates in 4 ways, including:

  • Liquid flow – This causes the highest amount of moisture to get into an area within a short time. Examples are large overflowing appliances and a broken main water supply.
  • Vapor diffusion – In this situation, moisture moves in a manner that attempts to equalize pressure. Water vapor pressure then causes moisture to move through airspaces. This could be in voids with materials or in a room.
  • Air transport – This is where air movement carries the moisture through openings.
  • Capillary suction – This is water absorption, and it can happen in wood and concrete.

Our SERVPRO technicians can carefully pre-inspect all aspects of the ruined areas and start to mitigate the loss. We can check floors and walls for standing water and remove it using electrical submersible pumps. We also use penetrating moisture meters to determine the extent of water penetration in floors, carpets, ceilings, and walls. These moisture meters operate on the principle of electrical conductivity by penetrating the materials we are testing. The presence of moisture influences the electrical conductivity of the material between the probes. The moisture meter measures it and displays it on a digital or analog readout.

Our SERVPRO team can also position dehumidifiers in your commercial property so that humid, moist air moves to the units while warm, dry air discharged from the units circulates back to the damp areas. Dry air functions like a sponge by absorbing moisture from wet materials. We try to address the wetness and restoration of the rooms in your motel on a case-by-case basis. Our goal is to restore availability, prevent cancellation of reservations, and keep your business in business.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport is ready to help you recover from commercial water damage. Call us any time at (318) 865-4655.

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

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

Bakery counter display case and breads on wall racks SERVPRO quickly removes water from bakeries and retail stores to keep the doors open. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster

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

When you close 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 IICRC certified water damage restoration technicians to your location to work swiftly, quietly, and out of sight. We aim to be as unobtrusive as possible.

Our Estimator is the first SERVPRO employee to arrive at your business 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 or other retail shops. 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.

How Can Your Business Thrive Despite Flood Damage in Shreveport?

11/28/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded meeting room with water everywhere Creating an ERP can certainly help when your business experiences flood damage. Contact our certified technicians to discuss/mitigate a situation.

Plan rather than panic when partnering with SERVPRO for commercial flood restoration in Shreveport

Flood damage in Shreveport commercial buildings can link to extreme weather patterns, waterways flowing over capacity, burst pipes, or cleaning up after a sewer backup, among other crises. Regardless of the cause, commercial flooding can grind your operations to a halt. Obtaining quick, competent water damage remediation is necessary to prevent progressive deterioration of building materials and contents. Doing everything possible to avoid or limit your business from shutting down during restoration is vital to the enterprise’s future -- between 40 and 50 percent of companies forced into temporary closures to remedy flooding or other disasters fail to reopen.

How Can Shreveport Businesses Prepare for a Flooding Disaster?

SERVPRO suggests to commercial clients that adequate planning for a broad range of challenges can separate successful companies from those that struggle. Join the firms that flourish despite short term setbacks from flood damage by:

  • Checking supply and waste lines and connections to prevent flooding from burst pipes or sewer backup
  • Cleaning up gutters and inspecting/maintaining roofs and drainage systems, avoiding ceiling leaks and lower level flooding from building perimeter saturation after storms
  • Permanently moving inventory, documents, and equipment above known floodlines
  • Preparing storage areas either on or off-site to which contents at risk of flood damage can be transported during a flood event

Why Create a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP)?

Another option for Shreveport businesses looking to minimize flooding impacts is to develop an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) with the SERVPRO team. After an on-site assessment by an experienced project manager, SERVPRO distills the information gleaned into a concise digital response plan, including blueprints of the space, utility shut-off locations, placement of essential equipment, and more. We suggest adaptations you can make to protect exposed structures and contents and invite you to share and update more details through our mobile app.

The flood mitigation and remediation experts at SERVPRO of South Shreveport will get you back in business. Call (318) 865-4655 round the clock to schedule an assessment and initiate emergency water damage services.

Storing Your Undamaged Inventory Facilitates Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Shreveport

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of clothing store; clothes hanging and displayed on shelves Every day you store is closed, customers visit elsewhere. SERVPRO is always on call to quickly restore your commercial fire damage.

Let us Handle it All, Including Your Shreveport inventory From Fire Damage

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

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

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

Undamaged Items After Fire Damage

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

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

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

Shreveport Eateries Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Tables in empty restaurant; waiting for customers Commercial kitchen are an ideal place for mold to grow. But no worries! SERVPRO’s IICRC trained techs are ready to remediate the situation.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Mold Remediation Services to Shreveport Restaurants

Mold loves a warm and humid environment, making restaurant kitchens highly susceptible to mold growth that can go unnoticed during early stages. The first and perhaps the most critical step in professional mold remediation of your Shreveport eatery is a thorough inspection by SERVPRO experts.  

Once the contamination is identified, SERVPRO technicians can begin the mold remediation of your Shreveport eatery. Our mold experts carry out the remediation according to the protocol set by the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals and Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP). Expect a containment zone to be established to limit the spread of the fungal spores by installing plastic sheeting. SERVPRO technicians also create a negative pressure within the containment area to avoid the spores from going out. 

How Do SERVPRO Mold Experts Remove Contamination from Your Shreveport Establishment?  

SERVPRO experts use different methods to remove mold depending on the type of surface involved. For example, restorers often clean non-porous surfaces; however, porous surfaces with visible mold growth are removed and discarded. 

SERVPRO technicians use air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters to remove loose mold fragments and spores during mold removal. HEPA filters can remove 99.7% of particles that are 0.3 microns or larger, and since mold spores are 4-20 microns in size, they are highly effective in removing them. The air scrubbers used during mold remediation are often equipped with charcoal filters to adsorb odor-causing molecules produced by the mold. 

The material exposed to mold for a long time, including wood, might lose its structural integrity and be eradicated. 

Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 for fast and efficient service. 

Restoring Safe Conditions after Fire Damage Happens in a Shreveport Daycare

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

day care with kids on wood floor playing SERVPRO provides safe and secure fire damage restoration to Shreveport Daycare and other commercial buildings

Count on SERVPRO after Fire Damage to Your Business

A fire can occur in any business, but those engaged in providing care giving 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 fire 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 and 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 fire include different toxins, including carcinogens. Soot is not a benign greasy mess – it can cause 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 if 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.”

What to do When Mold Threatens a Business in Shreveport

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold Removal Services in Shreveport are a Phone Call Away

It is not surprising that mold remediation is necessary for Shreveport businesses. Wherever there is high humidity or an abundance of storms, buildings are vulnerable to the spread of mold, and all this entails. Mold can cause health effects, and this is why hiring the best company for mold remediation is crucial to your business's continued success.

Companies in Shreveport needing mold removal should call SERVPRO for the most advanced techniques and mold specialists. Mitigation is our goal as we approach each step in the remediation process, including controlling its spread, eliminating existing mold, and regulating humidity and other environmental factors contributing to its growth.

Steps in Mold Remediation

At SERVPRO, we know that careful planning and specialized equipment are critical to our success, but we focus our efforts around these steps: 

  • Containment to prevent further spread
  • Removal of existing mold damage and unsalvageable items
  • Structural cleaning and drying to restore normal humidity levels and prevent new growth

SERVPRO of South Shreveport is ready to help you protect your business. Call us at (318) 865-4655, and let us put our industry expertise to work for you.

How is Smoke Damage Handled with Fire Restoration?

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

smoke billowing from the windows of a building Soot and smoke damage remaining after a fire? Contact our certified technicians to remediate any damage.

Shreveport Business Owners Must Address Soot and Smoke with Fire Damage Restoration – SERVPRO Can Help

Whether you are an owner or the manager of a commercial building, you need to ensure restoration gets adequately handled after a fire. The last thing you want is for Shreveport consumers to come into your place of business and get a hint of lingering smoke odors. SERVPRO features odor control technicians trained to locate and eradicate all sources of pungent odors post-fire.

The good news for a commercial property owner is that soot and smoke odors are part of our fire damage restoration process in Shreveport. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a major factor in running a space where employees and outsiders frequent. We take smoke and odor control seriously, including measures such as:

  • Identifying the location and cause of the odor
  • Determining the exact conditions where soot and smoke settled on various surfaces
  • Formulating the best course of action for odor removal 
  • Ensuring that pack-out services commence, if necessary, to clean and deodorize items off-site

There is a science to first identifying smoke odors and then working on eliminating them. We use EPA-registered deodorants, thermal fogging techniques, and industrial-grade equipment to ensure the job gets done right the first time. When we wrap up the project, your commercial space is Certified: SERVPRO Clean!

Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 to learn more about our fire damage restoration techniques. We have crews available 24/7, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Can Businesses Reopen Soon After a Storm?

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Contact SERVPRO for water damage mitigation services. No matter how big or small.

SERVPRO Mitigation Efforts Can Quickly Restore Shreveport Businesses

Shreveport does not get the worst storms like the coastal cities. However, rain and tornadoes still cause millions in damage to commercial operations annually. Not all can be stopped, but quick removal of water and debris help immensely.

Once on-site, SERVPRO specialists look for the following to reduce commercial storm damage in Shreveport:

  • Standing water 
  • Damage that leaves the facility exposed
  • Debris inside the building

The first action is to bring in extractors to remove water. By eliminating any pools and puddles, specialists can stop or reduce the chance of concrete floors cracking. The same elimination actions also reduce the chance for mold spores to become active and spread. 

To eliminate interior exposure to the elements, specialists cover damage to the roof and walls with plywood or tarps. This also preserves the interior from animal intrusions and reduces the chance of vandalism.

After removing the water, specialists clear out mud, trash, and everything else brought in by the storm. This prevents stains from forming and reduces pungent odors as well.

Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 to swiftly respond to storm damage.

Forbing Residents Can Trust SERVPRO for Successful Commercial Mold Remediation

11/28/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing down a wall Mold can quickly spread and overtake a large area. Contact our team to investigate and remediate the mold infestation plaguing your commercial space.

Businesses and Residential Properties Know SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Commercial Mold Remediation Needed in Forbing Properties

Forbing is a community that is unincorporated in the Caddo Parish area of Louisiana. It is considered part of the Shreveport–Bossier City metro area. This definition means that the town does not possess its own municipal government but is part of the Shreveport system of government. This also means that if the community becomes insolvent at any point, Shreveport has the fiduciary responsibility. Since Shreveport has a mayor-council government system, this means that the voters elect not only a mayor but also a legislative city council. This is a group of individuals that establish rules and regulations for the unincorporated townships under its jurisdiction. The township resides within the boundaries of Caddo County, named in honor of the indigenous Caddo Indians who sold the land for development to Captain Henry Miller Shreve, for whom the county seat of Shreveport got named in honor of.

Wet and Warm Climate in Forbing

The residents of Forbing enjoy mostly great weather year-round, with slightly more rainfall than the rest of the United States. The winter temperatures range on average around 40-degrees Fahrenheit, with summers being hot and humid with temperatures in the 80s and 90s.

While natural disasters like earthquakes are rare in the area, 

  • Hurricanes and tropical storms
  • Flash floods
  • Tornadoes are a frequent threat

The Forbing/Shreveport area ranks number one as an area likely to experience tornadic activity. Although the area is more inland than New Orleans, the threat of flooding, mainly from category three or more hurricanes, is not uncommon.

Supported By Shreveport

The majority of municipal resources for Forbing come through Shreveport. The town does not have its own fire department, including volunteer-based, and instead, the City of Shreveport established a fire station nearby Forbing to handle any calls. The police jurisdiction gets dealt with in the same manner to support the local community with emergency services as needed—the majority of citizens in the township work in nearby Shreveport and commute. The area was once a central hub for the oil business. Standard Oil employed a significant number of the local population, which ended when the New Jersey branch absorbed the Louisiana office. A similar situation happened when United Gas, based there since the 1930s, got taken over by Pennzoil and moved out of state. When the gas and oil boom went bust in the 1980s, the entire area went into a massive recession. Many companies went under during this time, malls closed, and Shreveport and the surrounding communities began to transition to more of a service-based economy. The area now holds accolades from Entrepreneur Magazine as the number one place to start a new Louisiana business.

Entertainment in the Forbing Area

Gambling is a big moneymaker for the State of Louisiana, and this area of the state is no exception. Since the 1990s, the modest skyline of nearby Shreveport has hosted a very active gambling center. Residents and visitors to Forbing can enjoy the "Streetscape" project, which was inspired by the gaming conducted on riverboats during the area's establishment. There are brick sidewalks, statues, street performers, and one of a kind mosaics to view.

Major motion pictures use this area of the state to film, and Louisiana has the third-largest film industry in the United States in large part due to the state's tax incentives. This has earned Louisiana the nickname "Hollywood South." Many films debut at the yearly event, Louisiana Film Prize, a short film competition and film festival. A large number of films have been made in the area, including:

  • The Guardian 
  • The Mist 
  • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay 
  • Olympus Has Fallen 
  • I Saw the Light 

Mardi Gras celebrations are associated with New Orleans but have been an essential part of this state's area. The Shreveport parades and krewes did not survive the cancellations due to World War I, and attempts to restore parades were unsuccessful until the mid-1980s. The Caddo Parish area plays host to many events for Forbing residents to attend throughout the year. Some of the notable venues are: 

  • ArtBreak Festival gets billed as the largest student arts festival in the South that occurs yearly. 
  • Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show has been held every year since 1933 and features a host of vintage and latest model aircraft
  • Let the Good Times Roll Festival, the annual Juneteenth festival
  • The State Fair of Louisiana, which gets held each autumn annually since 1906

Does a Forbing Business Need to Close During Commercial Mold Remediation by SERVPRO?

When SERVPRO handles commercial mold remediation for properties in the Forbing area, the techs have training in the best practices for limiting the spread of airborne spores to halt the chance of cross-contamination. They use methods such as containment over doors and vents to keep spores out of the ventilation system, negative air chambers to port airborne spores off-site and fresh, clean air into the structure, and air use scrubbers to improve air quality during the mitigation of the mold damage. In most instances, a business should close as exposure to mold spores may cause health effects in some individuals.

SERVPRO techs use their equipment to create an environment that is hostile to the mold and makes it unsustainable. Some of the actions include: 

  • Lowering interior humidity levels below 50% through the use of their air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Use of antimicrobial cleaning agents
  • Abatement tactics to remove dried colony matter from surfaces

Particularly in cases where the sheetrock or other building materials required removal due to damage from the mold, the techs can treat the exposed wall cavity with an antimicrobial sealant to ensure there is no return of the issue in that area of the property. The technicians may call in an industrial hygienist to measure the air quality at the end of the mitigation to ensure the remediation efforts were successful.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 remains the premier choice for commercial mold remediation in Forbing business properties. The trained and certified techs make the mold damage, "Like it never even happened."

How Will I Know Which Water Restoration Firm Is Best for My Shreveport Business Needs?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

flood in my building SERVPRO is prepared to help commercial customers of any size with water restoration concerns before a crisis and after the worst occurs.

SERVPRO Is a Community Leader Among Water Restoration Companies, Prepared with the Trained Crews and Equipment Inventory to Manage Commercial Losses of Any Size in Shreveport

When you suffer a water loss as a Shreveport business owner, the impact amplifies as your employees, customers, and the community absorb the consequences. At a stressful time, you feel the pressure of many others who rely on you to make the right choice when selecting from a list of water restorers.

What Should I Look for in a When Comparing Companies?
Focus on training, equipment, experience, response time, and scalability when deciding among Shreveport water restoration companies. Things to consider include:

    •    Is the company’s workforce trained through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the international standards-setting organization?
    •    Has the company invested insufficient inventories of state-of-the-art water extraction and drying equipment, and the tools to locate trapped water that migrated from the initial loss site?
    •    Do the company’s management team and crew members have significant experience in commercial losses, including creative and sustainable ways to permit at least partial operations during restoration efforts?
    •    How quickly can the company arrive with experienced project managers, technicians, and equipment to begin assessment, planning, and emergency services?
    •    Can the company mobilize resources with affiliated restoration firms to increase the number of work crews and the quantities of specialized equipment in the event of a catastrophic and more extensive loss than typical?

Is Preplanning for Commercial Disasters Available and Recommended?
SERVPRO urges commercial customers to reach out long before water restoration is needed to develop a collaborative plan that permits our crews to hit the ground running in reaction to a water loss event. Our Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP) enables us to gain a critical understanding of your layout and operations, ensuring our response is individualized and swift.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport is prepared to help commercial customers of any size with water restoration concerns before a crisis and after the worst occurs. Call us at (318) 865-4655 to explore how we can work together.

How Can I Minimize Inconveniences When Flood Damage Incidents Affect My Shreveport Tenants?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in property Flooding in a commercial establishment serving many people can pose many challenges.

SERVPRO Helps Identify Problem Areas and Provides A Wide Range of Resources to Help Smooth Out the Restoration Process In Shreveport

Flooding incidents easily disrupt the routines people have established over time. When an incident affects your property, and you have tenants who operate businesses or otherwise, a wide range of complications can develop complicating the renovation process. SERVPRO can help you find viable solutions that minimize inconveniences or conflicts with the tenants renting your Shreveport property.

How flood damage restoration in a property differ when it involves business tenants?

When flood damage incidents in Shreveport affect properties occupied by businesses, the decision-making process is less streamlined compared to handling an incident in a property that does not serve tenants. Some of the intricacies you are likely to face, especially if the incident takes too long to resolve, include:
    •    Disputes with tenants over preferred restoration procedures
    •    Disputes over rent or service charges
    •    Issues regarding security or storage of contents

If a dispute arises after a flooding incident, it impedes the restoration process, so it is best to avoid any type of conflict with your tenants. Identifying issues that might lead to disputes early and addressing them is one of the best ways to neutralize such an obstacle. One likely source of dispute is the tenants’ inability to access some parts, or all of their premises, especially if you do not clarify whether they are still required to pay the full rent. Lack of clarity of who is responsible for renovating the property can also cause problems. When our SERVPRO technicians inspect your property, we can help you establish all points that may lead to conflict, thus allowing you to iron them out early.

How does SERVPRO help reduce conflict?

Although most of the issues leading to a conflict are managerial and depend on the terms you have set out in your lease agreements with the tenants, some of the actions our crews take can help manage the situation. The top actions we take that can help include:

    •    Faster completion of the renovation process
    •    Provision of helpful resources such as storage pods
    •    Securing the affected sections of the property
    •    Providing insights on the best ways to resolve some damages

The longer flood damage restoration takes, the higher the chances of conflict developing because it gets in the way of other activities or even delays business activities for your tenants. Since our technicians use sophisticated equipment to extract water, clean soiled areas, and dry wet materials, we can fast track the process or reduce the costs involved, thus taking care of everyone’s needs.

Since the incident introduces significant amounts of moisture into the building, damage to various materials is inevitable. Removing contents from various sections of the property can help save them from complete deterioration or create room for restoration of damaged areas. However, the affected tenants might have problems finding alternative areas to take the items. Our technicians can help by providing temporary storage containers to hold items safely for you or your tenants. Alternatively, we can create temporary storage areas within the affected premises and do partial moveouts. Resolving temporary or long-term storage issues can help people continue with their businesses, as usual, thus eliminating disagreements.

What can guarantee security at a flood-damaged property?

In a property that serves different people, guaranteeing security for everyone during the renovation process can be challenging because of processes such as demolition of internal walls separating different premises. Mix-ups, misplacements, or loss of items are all possible outcomes if proper measures are not instituted to secure the property. One way to prevent problems is by erecting temporary barriers. Our SERVPRO technicians create containment barriers using plastic sheets that prevent the spread of dust, moisture, or other undesirable materials. With such barriers in place, we can eliminate the need to move items out of the way, and thus minimize the chances of loss or misplacement.

Another alternative is to board up some areas of the property, isolating the affected areas or sealing openings such as shattered windows. Such barriers help keep people from venturing into unauthorized areas, thus helping secure whatever valuables various premises hold. Boarding up can help keep the facility secure as the finer details of the restoration, such as which party is responsible for which aspect of the damage are hammered out.

Flooding in a commercial establishment serving many people can pose many challenges. Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport to help identify possible problem areas. We also deliver the necessary restoration services. You can reach us at (318) 865-4655 at any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How Do I Remove Water from the Carpeting in My Shreveport Shop?

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

closeup of open and welcome to store sign board at the door Discovering that water damage has affected your store is never pleasant. Make the right decision and contact SERVPRO.

Carpets can absorb high volumes of water when disasters occur, making it one of the places that must get dried out first to prevent further losses. 

Flooring can be one of the first materials affected by migrating water and saturation in your Shreveport shop. Besides structural elements that can become damaged and the wares and stock in your shop, addressing water losses as promptly as possible is vital to protecting your investment and shop location. Through both restoration and repairs, our SERVPRO professionals can help you to manage this loss scenario and get your doors back open quickly after a loss emergency.

From the pressing need that your structure has for responses like extraction and drying to full-scale commercial water damage repair in your Shreveport store, our professionals can help. Because flooring can be so substantially impacted by pooling water and migrating loss effects, it is often one of our technicians' priorities when we arrive. Carpeted floors are among the most sensitive of the flooring types, and one that many small business owners have throughout the main traffic area of the building.

How Do You Choose What Can Get Restored?

Before restoration can get started officially in your store, our team must evaluate the full scope of the property's damage. Noting where water has migrated to and where the problem originated can help us to provide sufficient water damage repairs in your Shreveport home like replacing plumbing or fixtures like sprinkler heads where they have broken. There are many focal points of a pre-restoration job scoping effort conducted by our management. These include:

  • Content Inspection - There is no mistaking the importance of the wares and stock in your shop, as these are the items that you have invested your time and money into for hopes of a profit. Water losses can irreparably damage these contents. We can work to relocate your stock and evaluate them on an item-by-item basis to determine if they need focused restoration attention. 
  • Structural Evaluation - Much like the wares of your shop, your building is also a vital element to running a successful business. We can inspect structural components to determine if controlled demolition, replacements, or repairs are necessary during mitigation and latter stages of restoration.
  • Water Migration - With the use of sophisticated technologies like infrared imagery and surface moisture meters, we can track the presence of water in materials and structural cavities. With these tools, we can determine the path of migrating water and ensure that all exposed materials get effectively dried. 

What Are the Threats of Standing Water?

Standing water can occur quickly with a severe loss incident like a broken piece of pipe or a missing fixture. Pooling in any area of your building can lead to some substantial loss scenarios. With the prompt response of our SERVPRO team, it is possible to avoid some of these conditions, including:

  • Structural DeteriorationFlooring is especially sensitive to the absorption of standing water. Carpet and hardwood flooring can begin to warp and get irreparably damaged within 48 hours of exposure. 
  • Material and Content Exposure - The contents of your shop and other structural elements are equally susceptible to this destruction after exposure persists for longer than it should. 
  • Longer Restoration Windows - Inadequately managed standing water concerns can lead to longer restoration times. Between removing moisture from flooring materials and structural elements to recovering exposed contents in your main shop area, standing water poses a considerable challenge for even our seasoned restoration professionals. 

How Can Carpets Get Dried Out?

Carpets are among the most sensitive of flooring materials for water absorption and damage, which means that our technicians must act quickly to protect these installed elements when possible. Water removal and drying of this flooring often fall to specific practices and equipment, including:

  • Weighted Extraction 
  • Carpet Wands 
  • Floating the Carpet 

Is it More Cost-Efficient to Replace it?

There are certain situations where it could be more efficient and cost-effective to remove damaged carpeting and reinstall it after drying completes. These scenarios especially are valid when saturation has moved beyond the padding layer and begun to threaten the subflooring material like OSB board or concrete.

Whether you are looking to protect your contents in the shop or prevent the unnecessary removal and replacement of your carpeted floors, our SERVPRO of South Shreveport team must respond immediately to water loss scenarios in your shop. Do not hesitate to call our professionals to help - We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. You can reach us anytime at (318) 865-4655.

Where Can I Find Commercial Flood Restoration Services in Shreveport?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water flowing through doors from a flooded office. Get your commercial premises back in working order, contact SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655.

Flooding Causes  Harm to your Shreveport Business Premises with Each Passing Hour

Does my business insurance cover flood damage?

Insurance for your commercial premises can provide coverage for reconstruction or restoration of flood damage in Shreveport when specifically mentioned within your policy document. If you are in a flood risk area, then it is likely that your policy covers flood restoration. You may want to double-check your policy agreement if there is a reported risk of flooding in the local area. SERVPRO restorers have experience working closely with insurance adjusters and commercial property managers to guide your business back to its preloss condition.

How long does it take to restore a flooded business?

Removing standing water and preventing further water intrusion in Shreveport is essential to mitigating property and contents harm. Our crew chiefs can place flood blocks or sandbags against entrance ways to divert the path of water from entering your property. Using electric submersible pumping equipment, we can rapidly remove water from a property up to twenty-five feet away from the truck mount. Restoration time is typically measured in days and weeks.

How does the restoration procedure play out from start to finish?

    •    Mitigation of losses by blocking water, scoping the property, and reducing standing water levels (pumping.)
    •    Inspection of losses and strategy planning
    •    Disinfecting the affected area
    •    Drying and restoring damaged building materials or contents

What special services do I need for commercial flooding?

Many issues are challenging for flood restorers. These issues mainly focus on water impact and water migration in your premises. SERVPRO has a roster of expert technicians that include water restoration technicians (WRT) and applied structural drying (ASD) technicians. Our skill-base enables us to perform multiple types of restoration on a given property without enlisting third-party assistance.

Get your commercial premises back in working order, contact SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655.

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What Do I Do When A Broken Ice Maker Causes Water Damage?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Ice and scooper SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle all types of water damage.

Call The Experts At SERVPRO To Assist You With Water CleanUp And Restoration To Help Prevent Further Damage To Your Business.

Most restaurants in Shreveport contain a large number of kitchen appliances to aid them in cooking and preparing food. If one of these appliances that use H2O breaks, then it is possible that your kitchen will flood and cause you excessive commercial water damage. Appliances like your industrial ice machine are useful, but they could malfunction and start spilling moisture all over your restaurant's building.

If the ice machine malfunction occurs at night when your business is closed, then hundreds of gallons of H2O could travel throughout your structure and cause several issues with your building materials and contents. During commercial water damage incidents in Shreveport, the moisture can follow gravity and start ruining your floors. Once your floors get wet, the relative humidity levels inside your restaurant can elevate and possibly cause other secondary problems.

If you ever notice that your ice machine has broken and it was pouring out water while your business was closed, it is wise to seek help from a professional company like SERVPRO. We can respond quickly and immediately start working to remediate your problems. First, we can shut off the pipes running to your ice maker and prevent the leak from continuing to occur. Next, we use moisture sensors to test your various contents and structural components to see what might have got wet.

Since your restaurant could have different flooring in your kitchen and dining rooms, our SERVPRO technicians can take various steps to remove moisture from each type of flooring affected. During the extraction phase, we can remove moisture from hard surface floors in your kitchen by vacuuming, mopping, or squeegeeing. If your dining room contains carpets, we can use weighted extraction tools with our truck-mounted extractor to compress the carpets and pull up the liquid.

Then, we can set up air movers and dehumidifiers on top of each of your affected floors to speed up the natural drying and evaporation process. We can dry your wet carpets faster if we pull up a section of it and place air movers underneath them so that air gets pushed under your carpeting.

If you ever have an appliance break and leak moisture into your restaurant's kitchen, call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 any day of the week. We can help you restore your business to the way it was before, "Like it never even happened."

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Revealed: Effective Methods for Dealing With Commercial Flood Damage in Shreveport

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged drop ceiling Whether water comes in through the ceiling or the floor, SERVPRO can remediate. Contact our technicians to assess your emergency situation.

Tactics to Avoid Commercial Flood Damage in Shreveport Properties

Louisiana experiences intense weather all year round, of particular risk, are heavy storms bringing commercial flood damage. It is vital to have water and restoration services in action as fast as possible to lessen the loss. 

Business owners bringing SERVPRO in to cleanup commercial flood damage in Shreveport properties is a smart move. Before the loss ever occurs, some actions can assist in limiting loss.

Monitoring Systems

Expand your security system, one that also monitors for smoke and water loss on the property. Video monitoring allows for the early alert of water entering the property and can make the difference between a little damage and a lot. Imagine finding out there is a water intrusion at midnight or the next morning when employees arrive for work, the time span of exposure increases the risk of more replacement cost for structure and contents. SERVPRO can be on-site quickly 24-hours daily so there is no delay in cleanup.

Establish a Ready Plan

The SERVPRO app makes it easy for commercial properties to set up a plan of action in case of damage. The set up is simple and establishes who to call in case of loss and priority areas to restore first. The location of electrical panels and water shut-offs for the building. If there are important papers, equipment, and anything crucial that requires safe removal, they can get listed in the app and handled in case of fire, water, or other types of property issues. 

Inspect Your Property Monthly

Make a list of areas to check and walk through once a month. Look for issues around the outside, relating to potential drainage issues. Stay alert for spots on walls and ceilings; this method is a great way to catch leaks not only from external damage to the structure but also from plumbing issues before they become huge problems. Once a year, have the caulking around doors and windows redone to ensure the exterior remains waterproof. 

Tell Employees to "See Something Say Something" 

While you may not notice a damp corner in a cubicle, someone that sits there every day might. Reporting issues when they occur is a proactive way to avoid not only water damage to the building but also secondary problems such as mold. 

SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 when your property and contents need a fast turnaround from commercial flood damage. The emergency response team arrives on-site quickly and makes the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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We Help You Resume Operations In Shreveport After A Flood

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

A ceiling with punched holes in it in order to release water after a flood We quickly showed up to this property and punched weeping holes in the ceiling to release the water caused by flood damage.

Warehouse Owner Was Glad We Arrived Soon after Commercial Flood Damage in their Shreveport Facility

A local Shreveport warehouse weathered an incident of commercial flood damage with minimal damage to the contents stored within thanks to quick action from SERVPRO. When the owner received a report that the roof was leaking like a sieve, he knew that quick action was the only way to minimize the losses incurred and called us immediately.

It was a unique case of commercial flood damage in Shreveport caused by a heavy rainstorm. Strong winds had blown off some roof shingles, creating an avenue for rainwater to cause havoc inside the structure. Before doing anything else, our SERVPRO technicians had to stop more water from getting into the structure. In our production trucks, we usually have access equipment such as ladders and cherry pickers, which made it easier to install roof tarps stopping rainwater from gaining access to the structure.

Apart from the tarps, we also set up plastic sheets over most of the bulky contents to stop dripping water from causing more harm. The warehouse owner was ecstatic since the heavy workload of moving items round to save them was reduced.

After stopping water from gaining access to the structure, pumping out standing water was the next crucial step. With the expansiveness of a warehouse, even 1 inch of standing water can mean a significant volume of water to move. At SERVPRO, we are equipped to handle such complicated tasks because we have truck-mounted water extractors and other high-speed pumps, which we used to complete the flood damage removal speedily.

Moisture control was another issue the warehouse owner was concerned about, especially with the fear of mold damage taking root after the incident. Our SERVPRO crews are well-versed with the aspects of moisture control, including managing heat, air movements, and humidity extraction. Knowing these aspects is not enough because it can be challenging to control them in the vastness of a warehouse. However, we have the equipment to match the challenge, including using Indirect Fired Furnaces to provide sufficient heat and DX, Direct Expansion Units, for humidity control.

To resume operations fast after flood damage is crucial for the survival of your business. Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 to help you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Hep You Get Back In Business In Shreveport After A Flood

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment inside a property drying the flood damage Our drying equipment is getting this Shreveport building into a pre-build back condition.

Warehouse Owner Was Glad We Arrived Soon after Commercial Flood Damage in their Shreveport Facility

A local Shreveport warehouse weathered an incident of commercial flood damage with minimal damage to the contents stored within thanks to quick action from SERVPRO. When the owner received a report that the roof was leaking like a sieve, he knew that quick action was the only way to minimize the losses incurred and called us immediately.

It was a unique case of commercial flood damage in Shreveport caused by a heavy rainstorm. Strong winds had blown off some roof shingles, creating an avenue for rainwater to cause havoc inside the structure. Before doing anything else, our SERVPRO technicians had to stop more water from getting into the structure. In our production trucks, we usually have access equipment such as ladders and cherry pickers, which made it easier to install roof tarps stopping rainwater from gaining access to the structure.

Apart from the tarps, we also set up plastic sheets over most of the bulky contents to stop dripping water from causing more harm. The warehouse owner was ecstatic since the heavy workload of moving items round to save them was reduced.

After stopping water from gaining access to the structure, pumping out standing water was the next crucial step. With the expansiveness of a warehouse, even 1 inch of standing water can mean a significant volume of water to move. At SERVPRO, we are equipped to handle such complicated tasks because we have truck-mounted water extractors and other high-speed pumps, which we used to complete the flood damage removal speedily.

Moisture control was another issue the warehouse owner was concerned about, especially with the fear of mold damage taking root after the incident. Our SERVPRO crews are well-versed with the aspects of moisture control, including managing heat, air movements, and humidity extraction. Knowing these aspects is not enough because it can be challenging to control them in the vastness of a warehouse. However, we have the equipment to match the challenge, including using Indirect Fired Furnaces to provide sufficient heat and DX, Direct Expansion Units, for humidity control.

To resume operations fast after flood damage is crucial for the survival of your business. Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 to help you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Enlist Our Experts When Dealing With Flood Damage In Shreveport

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

Shreveport Medical Offices are Also at Risk of Flood Damage

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

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

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

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

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When Storm Damage Becomes a Tenant in Your Shreveport Apartment Complex

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Shreveport has is ready to restore your storm damaged business.

Natural Flooding Threats for Your Shreveport Apartment Complex 

Shreveport business owners have battled widespread flooding multiple times, even in recent years. With this ever-present possibility coming along with the raising of creeks and streams surrounding the city when prolonged rain systems enter the region, natural flooding effects are inevitable for many of the lower-lying areas. With an apartment complex, you manage in one of these flood zones; a damaged facility can affect multiple tenants simultaneously. You need a plan of action to get things back to preloss condition quickly. 

With many of the tenants looking to you to remedy any flood damage concerns in your Shreveport complex, you need our SERVPRO team that is capable of handling significant loss incidents like this where multiple units become involved. Spreading water can easily penetrate drywall and find a pathway to many apartments through shared walls, making containment strategies critical to save our customers money and to prevent prolonged relocation of those living in the affected units. 

Natural flooding from creeks and streams can arrive at the building with all manner of bacteria and contamination within the invading floodwater. Even without a full working knowledge of what exists in the standing water, it has to get treated as though it is highly contaminated. Therefore, saturated construction materials and other heavily affected surfaces and contents get deemed losses and later replaced or reinstalled. 

Our SERVPRO professionals can get containment going from the moment we arrive, preventing the floodwater from spreading further than it already has and ultimately saving you money on the repairs and necessary reconstruction. Depending on the saturation levels of particular materials like drywall, flood cuts can often get made to preserve portions of these materials and make the reinstallation more efficient and cost-effective. 

We understand how traumatic relocating tenants can be when widespread flooding occurs, so our SERVPRO of South Shreveport work tirelessly to get all of these families back where they belong. Whenever disasters strike, give us a call at (318) 865-4655 to make flood effects, “Like it never even happened.” 

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

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in a building needs professional help. Call SERVPRO today.

Fire loss in your Commercial building can quickly take over.

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

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

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

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

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

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Coffee and Smoke Damage Don't Mix in Forbing

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Your customers want the fresh smell of coffee. Call SERVPRO to remove the smoke and fire damage odors today!

Professional Fire Odor Elimination in Your Forbing Coffee Shop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

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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How A Flood Can Effect Your Shreveport Bistro

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

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

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

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 sets the process in motion, preparing your business to thrive through any disaster with our professional assistance.

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

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

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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Professional Solution to Commercial Mold Damage in Forbing

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

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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Commercial Cleaning Services in Shreveport

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

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.