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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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