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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Shreveport, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport today at (318) 865-4655 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Should I Hire Professional Cleaning Services Right Now?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

hand wiping a black desk with an orange rag There are times when dusting is not enough. SERVPRO offers enhanced cleaning services.

Shreveport Businesses are in the Fight Against the Virus

The pandemic is changing life as we know it in many places and ways, at least for a period of time.  Many businesses are also a casualty due to enforced lockdowns to help prevent the spread of the virus, and many that remain open are taking proactive cleaning measures.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport Provides Disinfection and Cleaning Services

The CDC encourages regular cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces such as tabletops, counters, doorknobs, elevator cars, stairway handrails, and other surfaces. Our trained and experienced SERVPRO technicians are familiar with cleaning procedures for a variety of situations involving biohazards such as anti-microbial remediation for mold, bacteria (sewage spills), and cleaning and applying disinfectants for viruses such as the previous SARS episode.  We are fully capable and ready to help any business with this pandemic. SERVPRO of South Shreveport offers cleaning programs for businesses that remain open as well as those that are currently closed.  Businesses that have remained closed during the mandated stay-at-home order may wish to have deep cleaning services in their preparation for a relaunch.  We also provide deep-cleaning for institutions such as schools, athletic facilities, medical facilities, and government buildings.

There are many reasons to use a professional cleaning company.

  • Experience, training, and IICRC certification
  • Access to EPA approved medical-grade cleaning products
  • Commercial grade equipment 
  • Flexible work hours 24/7
  • No job is too large, or for that matter too small

If you need help with professional cleaning services, get help now.  If you have questions and are looking for meaningful answers, please get in touch with SERVPRO of South Shreveport by dialing (318) 865-4655. 

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Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Did an Unattended Stove Cause Fire Damage in Your Shreveport Home?

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen The most common fires begin in the kitchen. Never leave cooking unattended and should you experience fire damage, call SERVPRO.

The Most Common Type of Fire Damage in Shreveport Homes is... 

Kitchen fires from cooking account for the majority of fire damage to residences. And with these types of fires, there is often some specialized cleaning methods necessary to remove all traces of the loss. 

The reason this type of fire damage in Shreveport homes requires professional mitigation is that protein fires release a fine mist that is nearly invisible but very pungent. While little soot may appear, the residue spreads quickly across surfaces and often requires more than over-the-counter cleaners to release its grip.  

Why SERVPRO?

The technicians undergo extensive training for handling all types of fire damage. Using their knowledge, they test residues before cleaning to determine the best method to use. For example, a dry smoke residue has the potential to get driven deeper into surfaces through the use of incorrect cleaning applications. The full scope of knowledge the techs call upon ensures they choose the methods with the best outcome, every time.  

Containment and Cleaning Methods

When only a portion of a home requires cleanup after a fire loss, it is standard for SERVPRO to contain the area. This action inhibits the spread of odors and residues throughout the undamaged areas of the home. After testing residues, they use the best cleaning agents for the job. Protein fires often need solvent-based cleaning solutions to force the residue to release its grip on surfaces. Porous items get inspected on a piece by piece basis for restoration potential.  

Walls and Cabinets 

There are two primary outcomes with walls and cabinets after a protein fire. If the cleaning agents are successful in the removal of residue, there is a good chance these areas get full restoration. In some cases, especially after the application of DIY cleaning methods before SERVPRO came on-site, the loss areas may require the use of a sealant to stop the pungent odor and create a new surface that needs paint or stain. 

SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 handles any size fire damage restoration needed to return your home to its pre-fire condition, "Like it never even happened." 

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When Kitchen Fires in Shreveport Ruin Holiday Festivities

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen engulfed in flames Cooking fires are some of the most common in the US. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the knowledge and equipment to restore your fire damaged home.

Removing Holiday Fire Damage from a Shreveport Kitchen 

The Christmas season is among the peak periods for home kitchen fires. From 2004-2008, US fire departments responded to an average of 154,700 cooking fires that caused an annual average of $724 million in property damages. Unattended cooking equipment was among the leading cause of these fires. From 2004 to 2005, for every US household fire reported, 50 went unreported. 

If your Shreveport residence has suffered fire damage from a kitchen or cooking- related disaster, SERVPRO technicians are available to assist you in restoring your home to a preloss condition. These professionals use industrial-grade equipment and practices rooted in scientific theory to ensure that you get a high-quality clean every time disaster strikes. 

SERVPRO Serves the Community 24/7

SERVPRO team members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays, because this firm knows that disaster can occur anywhere, any time. SERVPRO offers over 1700 US and Canadian franchise locations, strategically positioned to address emergencies, both big and small. Not only does an immediate response make it possible to minimize damage, but it can help homeowners save on repair and replacement costs for their furnishings and possessions. 

How SERVPRO Can Help

One of the most pressing concerns after a cooking fire occurs is dealing with invisible protein residues that can leave a very distinct and strong odor that persists without professional-grade cleaning. SERVPRO has a variety of tools available to address odors related to fires, including augers, whips, and brushes designed to dislodge soils trapped in HVAC systems. Our technicians achieve odor control using air scrubbers with HEPA filters designed to catch odor-causing particles as small as 0.3 microns and a variety of odor-counteracting solutions, including time-release tablets, pellets, granules, and EPA-registered antimicrobials. Using both wet and dry cleaning solutions, we can mitigate fire-related damages and restore homes after a disaster occurs. 

SERVPRO of South Shreveport can leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (318) 865-4655 for a rapid response team that can help you during the holiday season.  

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Some Mistakes When Dealing With Fire Damage in Shreveport That You Should Avoid

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged office Regardless of which room in your home was damaged, fire damage can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave.

Why SERVPRO Uses Dry Sponges During Smoke and Fire Damage Cleanup of Shreveport Properties

SERVPRO's Green Fleet transports not only our crew members to each job site throughout Shreveport but also all of the equipment we need to get most jobs done fast and efficiently. Our tools, equipment, and materials include both large, powerful pieces of equipment designed to make our labor extremely productive, as well as smaller items that provide just as much of a boost to our efforts.

The effectiveness of these items is why SERVPRO uses things like our dry sponges to clean homes in Shreveport of smoke from fire damage. These sponges can reveal how damaged certain surfaces became during a fire. They often clean flat-painted surfaces well enough that staining does not happen, saving homeowners, our customers, from the added expense of repainting those areas. Our goal is always to reduce the costs a family experiences when recovering after a disaster.

Pre-cleaning the ceiling eliminates strands of soot chains and web-like deposits. These might make it seem as if your home was squalid and in need of cleaning before the fire, but we know this is not the case. These spider tags, as they are also called, only look like spiderwebs.

Besides cleaning ceilings with an adaptive device called the Fixi-Clamp, which allows us to stand on the floor instead of climbing a ladder, these sponges can clean cabinetry doors, walls, doors and their frames, and window frames. These sponges work best on cleaning away dry soot. Greasy soot requires another approach, which we are also prepared to provide when needed. When stripping overhead surfaces of soot with these sponges, our technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including a mask, to eliminate the risk of inhaling any soot particles that fall to the floor. We protect the floor underneath with a drop cloth for the same reason.

Draperies tend to deteriorate quickly, especially if they receive significant exposure to the sun. This can make them fragile. We use the vacuum after pre-cleaning with the sponge to remove as much as possible. The sponge also wipes away any remaining pet hair that may have adhered to the surface of the draperies. Window blinds also attract smoke residue, and again, the dry sponge technique helps clean them up beautifully.

Another reason SERVPRO technicians grab a dry sponge to clean the inside of a home of smoke and soot is that cleaning with water-based or other wet cleaning solutions can cause additional damage to some materials. Others might not respond well to such cleaning methods. Wet cleaning methods can also leave streaks. Our technicians receive intensive training on which methods provide the desired results according to material and soot type. Removing soot can also help us detect materials that require removal and replacement by our building and reconstruction team.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport's technicians are always near your home in Forbing and ready to clean your home of soot deposits. Making everything look “Like it never even happened” happens fast when you call (318) 865-4655 to reach our 24-hour service.

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Flood Damage in Shreveport, Call SERVPRO Today!

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment lined up on the sidewalk in front of a home. Let us prove to you why you should use SERVPRO for your Shreveport damages.

We will be here for any of your Shreveport damages. 

Water damage, floods, fires, and mold contamination can occur at any time, sometimes with little notice. We all like to prepare for storms, boarding up windows and moving items to higher ground or placing sandbags. But sometimes all of the preparation is in vain. Now is the time to call in the experts and restore your home or business to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is locally owned, part of the community of Shreveport providing flood damage recovery, fire, storm, and mold remediation. We can respond in less than four hours and provide a 24/7 response to our customers. We can respond to small disasters as well as more significant events with the assistance of our four connected locations in the area.

Advantages of Using SERVPRO

Every disaster is different; however, over the years, we have amassed the knowledge, the equipment, and the focus on customer satisfaction to provide high quality, trusted cleaning, remediation, and restoral services to our community. The following are some of the advantages we bring to every disaster situation:

Services for Residences and Commercial Buildings of all Sizes

Water, fire, mold and storm damage restoration

Biohazard remediation and removal

Cleaning and drying of all surfaces

Odor removal and deodorization

Vandalism restoral

Graffiti removal

Cleaning air ducts, HVAC, Sewage, Carpet and furniture, drapes and blinds and more

Equipment

Large inventory of air movers,

Extraction equipment – including wands, submersible pumps, truck-mounted pumps

Air purification machines

Dehumidifiers

Moisture sensing devices

Staging areas as needed

Leadership and Training

Locally owned and operated

IICRC trained technicians

We coordinate with contractors to minimize the time and cost required

Certification training for our employees

E-Learning tools

Continuing education focus

Response Time

24/7 response to all sizes of disasters

Crew Chief onsite within four hours

Immediate assessment – safety, equipment needs, team members required

Support for insurance claims

Don't see the services you are looking for, call us for a consultation.

Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Forbing and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Advanced Training Can Save Your Home In Shreveport

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

caution tape in front of fire damaged home Call (318) 865-4655 to arrange for a prompt assessment after the firefighters wrap up their duties.

Advanced Training Is Why SERVPRO Crews Successfully Remove Fire Residues in Shreveport

The soiling left behind on surfaces after a fire in your Shreveport house does not respond as expected to ordinary cleaning methods. Fire residues require a range of different cleaning techniques. Making the correct choice depends on the type of surface involved, kind of materials burned, the temperature during the fire, and the amount of oxygen available to accelerate the flames. Our managers and technicians master training that prepares us to make appropriate cleaning decisions, why we demonstrate a high rate of customer satisfaction.

Categorizing Common Types of Soot
Smoke contains a range of gases, water vapor, and solid particulates, creating much of the fire damage in your Shreveport dwelling. The fine yet sharp-edged and abrasive particles we call soot are incompletely combusted bits of building materials and contents. Sooty residues cover many surfaces in your home after a fire, carried on hot air currents, often traveling far from the ignition site. Some are light and ashy, others thick and sticky. Protein-based soot follows cooking fires, depositing a thin, tightly adhered coating. Our understanding of the characteristics of these residues is why we can match appropriate cleaning products and methods as we move room to room.

What to Expect from Different Cleaning Strategies
Wood and paper burn hot, leaving light ash we can brush off and vacuum up from surfaces. Electrical fires and blazes involving rubber, fabrics, and plastics often smolder low oxygen burns resulting in dense, dark coatings. Cleaners with wetting agents and surfactants dissolve the bond the soot has with surfaces, and agitation can help loosen and remove the residue. Abrasives and solvents might be needed to resolve protein-based soot coverings. The potential for damage to underlying surfaces is why SERVPRO technicians train diligently and employ safeguards when working to remove residues.

Contents Cleaning
Our production facilities offer resources for fire, damaged personal possessions and household goods. The opportunity to use research-based techniques to clean, dry, and deodorize everything from firefighting water-soaked papers and photos to smoke-damaged furniture and clothing to sooty heirlooms and toys is why SERVPRO is a comprehensive disaster recovery company.

Dependable and well-qualified technicians are why SERVPRO of South Shreveport is the fire damage recovery leader in our community. Call (318) 865-4655 to arrange for a prompt assessment after the firefighters wrap up their duties.

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What Goes Into the Cost of Flood Damage Restoration in Shreveport?

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damaged home showing flood cuts, debris in garbage bag, and SERVPRO drying equipment Sometimes water damage requires demolition. We removed the wet drywall and flooring to begin the drying process.

The Real Costs of Flood Damage Recovery in Shreveport Homes 

When most Shreveport homeowners think about professional restoration, one of the first aspects brought to mind is the expected cost. Without the right information and a clear understanding of what goes into an estimate, property owners can get misguided into a belief that the proposed expense is unnecessarily high. In truth, many homeowners find that not choosing professional restorers can end up costing them more after disasters like flooding occur. 

Flood damage in your Shreveport home can be a challenging situation to overcome for residents, and that is why so many choose the dependable 24/7 response and expertise of our SERVPRO team. One of the first steps that our team takes when we arrive at your damaged property is to assess the full scope of the damage. We then begin designing a tailored strategy to mitigate your loss and to restore your home entirely. This process involves our management and crew chiefs, the most seasoned and experienced professionals on our roster, to ensure that jobs get done efficiently to save you time and money. 

This assessment also involves the formulation of a proposed estimated cost. The projected estimate homeowners get from our administrators encompasses multiple areas of the work that we do to bring your property back to preloss condition. We do not lump our charges into a general “cost of doing business.” From the team working with your insurance provider to field technicians and the tools that they need, we itemize each cost. We are upfront with our customers during a crisis, and we have an honest and considerate approach that has allowed complete transparency through the restoration process. 

You must also consider the costs of not choosing a professional restoration team like our SERVPRO technicians as well. Without our advanced training and hands-on experience, your home might not get thoroughly dried and restored after a flood loss. This lingering moisture can continually deteriorate structural elements and can promote mold growth. 

Many people misunderstand the costs of professional restoration. If you want to restore your home quickly and prevent unnecessary secondary actions like reconstruction and mold remediation, give our SERVPRO of South Shreveport team a call today at (318) 865-4655.

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For Damage Control and Cleanup in Shreveport Properties SERVPRO Is Recommended

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Here Already! WOW, They Are Faster To Any Size Disaster! Why Shreveport Homeowners Rely Upon Us for Restoration Services.

Why SERVPRO Is a Shreveport Restoration Leader

Decades of hands-on experience and commitment to the people and institutions of Shreveport makes choosing our restoration experts the clear alternative. We spent time and effort building a reliable team of technicians and commercial-grade collection of equipment ready to assist with water, fire, mold, or storm disasters. Within hours of your initial call, we pledge to send an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crew of project managers and technicians to your home.

Water Damage
A sneaky drip under the kitchen sink, seepage around a poorly caulked tub, an aging appliance pump, or a cracked water heater can cause hidden water damage in Shreveport. The cabinets, floors, or walls near the slow leak absorbs the water for a period without anyone noticing, but eventually, a stain, swelling, and distortion of wood, puddling, or a musty smell betrays the harm even a small amount of water can do. As you mop up, you realize the damage extends beyond the patch of wetness first discovered.

Obtaining an assessment from our team for what seems like a minor water problem is a wise decision. We might find that a visit from a plumber and a brief drying program takes care of the damage. On the other hand, a repeatedly saturated cabinet or bathroom wall substrate could be harboring severe deterioration and mold growth. To make the determination, our IICRC certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) inspect visible damage and use sensitive devices like thermal imagers and moisture meters to map out the perimeter of the water incursion. Attention to details is why SERVPRO stands out as a restoration partner.

Our service vehicles are packed with pumps and extractors for standing water removal and air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers for applied structural drying. As the assessment and project planning proceeds the crew awaits the plan, implementing it immediately when shared. Rapid water removal and drying is best practice, challenging to achieve without training and appropriate equipment. Water damage remediation is one of our fundamental services, our skilled employees and specialized tools explaining why SERVPRO delivers successful results.  

Fire Damage
The residues left on surfaces and airborne after Shreveport fire damage are highly toxic to inhabitants and corrosive to building materials and contents. Soot and smoke cleanup must occur as quickly as possible, best done by highly qualified professionals. An assurance that proper protocols proceed is why SERVPRO is the perfect fit for fire remediation.   

Water removal needs completion before we evaluate soot, charring, and odor elimination. Firefighting remnants, water is a slip and fall hazard as well as a potentially destructive force at least as severe as fire damage. Our multi-certified technicians are as confident extracting water and drying the structure as they are when characterizing soots and matching cleaning methods, tools, and products. Customers do not need to hire several different contractors to get a project done, why SERVPRO minimizes stress and saves time and money.

A lingering problem posed by nearly all fire damage scenarios is the need for odor elimination. Our focus on following research-based processes to eliminate, not mask, odors is why SERVPRO dispenses treatments that work at a molecular level to neutralize the stench after a fire. Equipment such as thermal foggers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators produce odor fighting particles that seek out the minute pieces of incompletely combusted materials that carry the smell. Chemical reactions ensure that odor disappears.

Mold Remediation
Humid environments like those found in Louisiana can accelerate the growth of mold damage in Shreveport. Modern technologies like high-efficiency dehumidifiers help minimize the potential for mold growth by keeping the relative interior humidity less than 60 percent, and preferably between 30 and 50 percent. Installing and using exhaust fans in higher-humidity areas like kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms also help keep mold at bay.

Thorough water removal and structural drying are also essential to ensure mold spores do not find the moisture needed to grow and spread. Mold prevention is a strong reason why SERVPRO crews should assist with water losses, including assessing and monitoring the moisture levels in structural components as drying procedures continue.

If the tell-tale musty odor or smudges of dark material arise in your home, mold involvement should be suspected and investigated. No reputable mold remediation company promises complete mold removal, but we pledge to follow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols when remediating an outbreak in your home. Containment by creating an airlock barrier employing negative pressure air scrubbers and durable plastic sheathing allows the removal without drift to unaffected spaces. Brushing, scraping, and gentle abrasion with soda rids most surfaces of the moldy debris. HEPA-filtered vacuuming and wipe down with an EPA-registered disinfectant brings spore counts to near-normal levels and inhibits future growth. Sealants containing antimicrobials prepare surfaces for further restoration with minimal concern for fungal regrowth.

Storm Damage
Severe storm damage in Shreveport can be the fallout when your home is in the path of torrential rains and other precipitation and high winds, including tropical storms and hurricanes. Roofs, siding, doors, and windows are vulnerable to the ferocity of storms making landfall off the Gulf and coming north or sweeping eastward from Texas.

The destruction of a storm does is overwhelming to the point of paralysis to homeowners, but inaction creates more damage and increases the cost of remediation. Many tasks need completion, which is why SERVPRO’s team approach is beneficial. When we arrive, some of the crew board up broken windows and tarp holes in the siding or roof. Meanwhile, one of our project managers assesses the water or flood damage and designs a plan to mitigate and remediate your premises.   

Flooding exposes your home to contamination, whether from water rushing overland or sewer backups. Our crew is familiar with the local protocols for Category 3 or black water removal and disposal. Blood or fecal-borne pathogens, chemicals, decaying organic materials, and fungi, among other contaminants, can expose you and your family to health risks. Rapid water removal, EPA-registered disinfection, and structural drying all have their place in the protocol, best delivered by our remediation professionals.  

SERVPRO of South Shreveport has state-of-the-art equipment and a highly qualified workforce to mitigate and remediate water, fire, mold, and storm losses. Call us at (318) 865-4655 for a professional assessment and clear the way for a rapid response to the disaster. 

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

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fires leave odors and many residues in your home. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services which include dealing with the odors.

Fire Odor Containment and Removal for Your Shreveport Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Leaks Lead to Mold Stains and Damage—That’s Why to Call SERVPRO for Remediation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO uses Industry-Leading Equipment for Water Removal in Shreveport Commercial and Residential Properties

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO Helps Shreveport Homeowners Throughout The Entire Restoration Process

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO experts see you through to the end of your water damage cleanup.

The Timeline for Water Damage in Shreveport Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Your Gonna Need a Bigger Pump for Flood Water Extraction in Shreveport--Call SERVPRO

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

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

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A Few Ways to Avoid Secondary Damages After Shreveport Water Damage

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

If water damage has taken a toll on your kitchen or another part of your home, contact team SERVPRO to remediate any damage.

Kitchen Sink Leaks Can Ruin Cabinetry in Your Shreveport Home

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

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

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

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

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

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