Recent Posts

Deal with Water Damage Fast for Best Results in Shreveport

2/22/2023 (Permalink)

water damage equipment stacked in a hotel lobby SERVPRO utilizes advanced equipment to ensure your water damaged Shreveport home has been thoroughly dried.

Shreveport Properties Recovery Faster with SERVPRO’s Water Damage Help!

Nobody wants to encounter water emergencies, including both homeowners and businesses alike. However, they can develop at any time and usually without warning. Preparation is critical if you want to get your Shreveport property back to normal as quickly as possible. This is why you should always have the name of a trusted water restoration team handy to have the help you need in a pinch. SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster, available 24/7, and we feature skilled IICRC-certified technicians to handle your water removal services and damage restoration needs!

Hiring professional cleanup and water damage restoration in Shreveport gets you results faster than any DIY methods ever can provide. Our team is up-to-date on all the latest industry technology and techniques in the restorations field. You will also see us pulling up with our Green Fleet of vehicles stocked with everything necessary to help you make your property “Like it never even happened."

Let Us Get Started on Water Removal Services

We have the capability and scalability to ensure small and large water extractions get done in a timely manner. You can count on us to come in and handle saturated carpeting, standing water left from floodwaters, or take care of moisture left after a major appliance malfunction. We begin water mitigation as soon as we can upon arrival to keep water from migrating into unaffected areas of your property. We do this with the help of equipment like:

  • Wet vacuums
  • Submersible pumps
  • Gas-powered pumps
  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Portable extraction units
  • Carpet wands
  • Rovers

We Handle Drying and Dehumidification in Tandem with Water Removal

Drying and dehumidification are critical elements in any water-related restoration project we perform here at SERVPRO. Proper drying efforts matched with dehumidification bring relative humidity (RH) back to normal. We have powerful air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers that remove the remaining moisture from ceilings, flooring, walls, and even harder-to-reach areas. We bring:

  • Axial fans
  • Air movers
  • Drying mats
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

What About Odor Control?

We have a well-rounded team of industry professionals to handle each aspect of your water damage project. This includes Odor Control Technicians (OCT) to ensure no lingering odors get left after water extraction and drying wraps up. Water and fire-related incidents are known for pungent or musty odors that must be handled, so there is no reminder of the emergency. Our equipment and proven methods ensure your interior gets left smelling clean so you and your family can breathe easy again, including:

  • Air scrubbers with powerful HEPA filters
  • Thermal foggers
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers
  • Odor counteractant granules or beads
  • EPA-registered cleaning and deodorizing agents

Why is Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Deodorizing Necessary?

Whenever standing water or moisture has been festering, there is the potential for contamination and bacterial growth. SERVPRO features a variety of cleaning agents and antimicrobial products in our arsenal that allow us to clean as we go, ensuring surfaces are free of contaminants. Everything gets a detailed cleaning, so all impacted areas of your home or business are safe once again for all that enter. This is our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval!

No matter the incident, whether you have a dishwasher that breaks and sends water under your cabinetry, flooring, etc., or something else, you will have to deal with an insurance claim. Rather than dealing with all the paperwork, we can help! SERVPRO is your insurance liaison to ensure all documentation is in order.

Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport whenever you require assistance with water damage. Reach us 24/7 by dialing (318) 865-4655!

Trusted Fire Damage Cleanup for Shreveport Homes and Businesses

2/22/2023 (Permalink)

room with fire damage and debris on the floor You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your Shreveport property and personal belongings after fire damage.

SERVPRO is Fast to Help Shreveport Residents Dealing with Fire Damage

Fire tragedies strike every few minutes across the United States, so it is no wonder that many Shreveport residents worry it will happen to them. In the unfortunate event your home or business experiences a fire, you need to work on rebuilding as soon as possible. The sense of loss and confusion you may feel amplifies when you realize that the damage can worsen the longer you wait to address the charred debris, soot, and water left behind. SERVPRO wants residents and business owners in the area to know we are the team to call for all fire emergency restorations so that you can get back on your feet again!

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Regardless of the time of day, if the fire occurs during a holiday or weekend, we can have a team at your door within hours to help with fire damage in Shreveport. We consider the need for smoke remediation with the types of soot deposits and residue present. It is also imperative to go over the level of charring, the condition of contents, and the safety of all structural elements. All efforts help us to restore everything to preloss condition so that you can enjoy your daily life without lingering reminders of the emergency.

What Does Controlled Demolition Mean with House Fire Cleanup?

Something to know about SERVPRO is that we always act fast and work on a restore versus replace level whenever possible. In many situations, we can use our industrial cleaning equipment, specialized methods, and cleaning protocols to return smoke-damaged and soiled materials and items to a like-new condition once again.

With many fire events, building materials like drywall, paneling, flooring, subfloor, carpets, and other materials will call for total replacement. Controlled demolition allows us to pinpoint areas for restoration so that we can salvage as much as possible to save money overall. Using trusted contractors in the area, we ensure all areas get reconstructed and finished off to look “Like it never even happened.” Some of the steps our crew may take include:

  • Sealant application and painting
  • Tile, hardwood, linoleum, and marble floor repair
  • Carpet cleaning or replacement
  • Drywall removal and replacement
  • HVAC cleaning and sealant application
  • Furniture restoration and more!

We Streamline All Processes to Get You the Results You Need Fast!

Once you have a fire in your home or business, give us a call to talk with our customer care team. We go over the details of the fire and your property and gather other information to begin your project. A team gets dispatched to your door, where our crew chief assesses and inspects all areas to determine the level of charring, structural integrity, and all equipment necessary to execute fire restoration. If needed, we also have staging equipment and alternative power available should electricity be an issue after the fire.

  • To protect the interior from the elements, board up, and tarping help cover windows, doors, damaged roofing, and other holes in the building.
  • Our water removal services address any standing water or chemicals from fire-fighting efforts.
  • Our fire and smoke restoration technicians determine the salvageability of contents and personal belongings. Everything gets separated for cleaning or disposal, with some items getting inventoried and packed up for safe storage until restoration is complete.

Contact SERVPRO of South Shreveport by dialing (318) 865-4655 or request help 24-hours a day online. We are here for emergency water and fire damage restoration to get the results you deserve!

Mold Damage is No Match for Professional Methods in Shreveport

2/22/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van parked under an awning Our skilled technicians have the expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to get your Shreveport home back in order after mold damage.

SERVPRO Performs Skilled Mold Damage Cleanup for Shreveport Properties

It is never a fun experience to find mold growing anywhere in your Shreveport home or business. To keep it from colonizing and spreading further, you need quick action and careful methods for the best results. While there are countless types of mold, you need to know that some are more harmful than others. Mold is everywhere, but you never want it within your living or workspace. Should you suspect black mold growth in your home, you can contact SERVPRO for skilled mold remediation to handle it safely and effectively.

Why not just clean up the mold damage in your Shreveport home yourself? Because trained professionals know how mold develops and the right way to safely clean it so that all parties involved are protected. Let’s go over how mold grows:

  • Tiny mold spores move through the air, floating around dormant as they look for the ideal conditions to settle and colonize.
  • The perfect conditions for mold growth include moist, dark, and warm spaces with organic substances to feed on – drywall, paper goods, carpeting, and more.
  • Excessive moisture, humid conditions, and water damage within your home can spell disaster if not remedied fast. This leaves areas like attics, crawlspaces, flooring, and cabinetry susceptible to mold growth.

Why Should a Business Use Professional Mold Cleanup Versus In-house Cleaning Personnel?

Any business wants to create a comfortable, safe establishment for clients, customers, and staff. Hiring mold remediation ensures you get the right level of cleaning to rest assured all who enter can breathe safely. We never claim to remove mold altogether, which is impossible to do. Instead, we meticulously clean all surfaces, pulling up spores safely to keep them from spreading and sanitizing everything – Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Mold Infestation and Your Home’s Property Value

If you are hoping to put your home on the market in the future, the last thing you want is mold to pop up during an inspection or potential buyer walkthrough. Even the slightest bit of mold can multiply into something more involved, thus impacting your property value. Additionally, the smell of mold is enough to turn buyers around before they even finish the viewing or open house.

Should you suspect mold is present in your home, look for some of the following signs and then call us at SERVPRO:

  • Dark spots developing on the ceiling, floors, and/or walls
  • Visible mold spores or clusters
  • Musty, damp, or foul odors
  • Wallpaper or paint that is peeling with dark spots beneath

The sooner you have our team at your door to begin mold remediation, the quicker we can prevent a significant infestation from developing. We may be able to salvage furnishings, floorboards, drywall, and other elements that have been impacted by mold. For all materials beyond cleaning and repair, we can perform controlled demolition to remove and replace to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Our SERVPRO technicians know how to spot mold, which we look for with our initial inspection and assessment of your property. We put on personal protective equipment (PPE) and put containment barriers in place to keep spores from floating through the air or getting tracked into unimpacted areas of your building. We use vacuums and techniques to pull up spores while cleaning all surfaces thoroughly with antimicrobials and other cleaning agents. Everything gets sanitized and deodorized so that you can rest assured your family and pets are free to enter once again after we get done.

Mold damage is no match for our highly-trained technicians at SERVPRO of South Shreveport. Give us a call to set up your mold remediation project by dialing (318) 865-4655.

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.

Removing Water Is the First Step in Water Restoration for Shreveport Homes

2/21/2023 (Permalink)

staged servpro air movers After water removal in your Shreveport home, SERVPRO provides a large inventory of drying equipment.

Immediate Removal of Water in Shreveport is the Best Water Restoration Course of Action

Water restoration of Shreveport homes after a storm involves many steps leading to fully restoring your home to its preloss condition. Mitigating the damage is one of the highest priorities of our SERVPRO team. Removing water immediately from floors, walls, and ceilings can significantly reduce the secondary damage caused by moisture absorption and mold.

SERVPRO sets priorities, develops a plan, and focuses initial water restoration efforts in your Shreveport home to minimize total damage after a storm:

  • Assess the damage, water, and debris penetration and safety issues
  • Install temporary protection – tarps on roofs, board up of windows and doors
  • Initiate water removal – pumping, weighted extractors, vacuum wands
  • Remove debris, begin disinfection and cleaning
  • Install high-capacity air movers and dehumidifiers to begin drying the home

Once we have removed all the water and debris, humidity has returned to normal levels, and your home has been cleaned and disinfected, it is time to focus on restoration activities. Our building services crew can begin repair and restoration, coordinated by SERVPRO. Building services that may be required include:

  • Repairs to the roof, windows, and other outside areas, in addition to general exterior cleanup
  • Controlled demolition of structure permanently damaged, e.g., flooring, walls, cabinets
  • Restoration, including – electrical, plumbing, HVAC, walls, floors, and cabinet installation
  • Painting, flooring installation
  • Return your contents that were cleaned and dried and held in a safe environment

Don’t hesitate to discuss any special concerns your family may have concerning valuable contents, heirlooms, or working with your insurance company. Our SERVPRO colleagues can answer these and any other questions you may have while they remove water, clean, repair, and restore your home after a major storm damaged it.

Call SERVPRO of South Shreveport for water restoration services. We provide service to Shreveport and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (318) 865-4655.

Grease Fire Restoration in Shreveport

12/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO on job-site SERVPRO should handle fire damage restoration services for your home. We will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

SERVPRO Can Remove Wet Smoke Damage from your Home

Grease fires are among the most common callouts that we attend each year. Cooking oils, animal fats, and gas stoves are all flammable, so even turning away for a moment can lead to a sudden outbreak. These fires are quickly contained in most cases, but the short time they burn can lead to thick, greasy soot deposits on appliances, stove hoods, and ceilings. Grease fires are generally difficult to clean because they reject most water-based household cleaning products. In fact, applying a water-based solution to a wet smoke deposit can lead to spreading the soot around without removing it at all.

SERVPRO Provides

  • Smoke removal
  • Appliance cleaning
  • Fire and odor restoration

We offer fire restoration to Shreveport residents for all types of emergencies. In the case of grease fires, our technicians can bring a full range of proprietary cleaning products specifically designed to target and remove wet smoke deposits. Oily soots can sometimes be removed by emulsifying them with detergents. At a molecular level, detergents resemble oils, grease, and fats. This similarity means that the oils in the smoke deposit can mix with water, a process we call emulsifying with a detergent that allows soil, a cleaning agent, and water to be removed altogether. 

Thick soot deposits may require cleaning agents that are more powerful than a detergent. In these situations, technicians must dissolve the soil in a solvent before removing it from the surface. A solvent removes soil by dissolving it in a solution. This process is referred to as suspension. Once the soil is suspended in a solvent, we can disperse it in a rinsing agent -usually a detergent- to remove all staining from the surface. 

Applying solvents to grease soot

  • Pre-testing a discrete area is essential to ensure the procedure is effective without causing accidental damage to the surface.
  • Mix the solution in the recommended dosages and allow dwell time for the soot to dissolve before applying the rinsing agent.
  • Some solvents require special disposal for environmental reasons. 

To restore your home after a grease fire, contact SERVPRO of South Shreveport for fire restoration at (318) 865-4655.

Mold Removal Precautions at Shreveport Properties

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

Mold remediation project at a home SERVPRO provides quality mold remediation services in your area. Call now for the fast and immediate service you need.

Safe Mold Cleanup in Your Shreveport Home with SERVPRO

Mold is a significant nuisance in homes. It discolors drywall, produces a musty smell, shows up as black spots on the siding, blackens the grout lines in shower tiles, and rots damp wood everywhere in a Shreveport home. When you notice microbial growth in your home, there is a moisture problem around that area. Moisture presence causes mold spores to swell and propagate by sending out a network of structures. Therefore it is essential to locate the moisture source and take steps to remedy it before cleaning the affected areas.

Mold removal at your Shreveport home requires more than a wipe-off. However, there are things one can do to minimize spreading before experts arrive. SERVPRO professionals inspect your home for visible signs and locate any hidden moisture source so the problem does not return once affected areas have been cleaned.

Before help arrives

  • Turn off the HVAC system and other air-moving equipment
  • Do not disturb or touch the mold
  • Do not spray disinfectant or bleach
  • Do not paint over it

Removing mold in porous surfaces

Mold affects surfaces and materials differently. Professionals, therefore, apply cleaning techniques based on the type of surface. If the material is porous, like a ceiling tile or insulation, and is extensively contaminated, it is best to remove it completely. However, If only a small area on walls or ceilings of sheetrock or plaster is affected, SERVPRO can stop spreading by cleaning the room. Using vacuums with HEPA filters, our crews vacuum loose spores, followed by wire brushing to remove the remaining colonies. When performing these tasks, we ensure our teams wear proper protective gear and that the contaminated area is covered with plastic sheeting to prevent cross-contamination.  

Essential materials include

  • 6-mil plastic bags for disposal
  • Antimicrobial solution
  • Heavy-duty cleaner

SERVPRO of South Shreveport uses the right mold removal approach minimizing the chances of a re-occurrence. Call us at (318) 865-4655. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Water Removal is an Initial Action for Damaged Shreveport Homes

10/2/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with water covering the floor Dealing with water damage in your home can seem overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 to assess and start the water removal and drying process.

Clearing standing water protects a Shreveport home and its contents.

Standing water is among the most damaging situations after water disasters, primarily because of how threatening this pooling can be to sensitive materials. Our responding technicians' priority is to quickly manage this standing water through several extraction methods available.

Types of Water Removal Techniques

When water removal in Shreveport homes is necessary, several options exist. With these varying layers of extraction available for homes, there is more versatility to the efficiency and efficacy of restoration. While each of these options has multiple tools and devices to help, the general premise for extraction and water removal in damaged homes includes:

  • Wet Vacuuming – This process involves truck-mount extractors or portable units that provide a vacuum lift. 
  • Pumping – This process involves submersible pumps placed in situations where more than two inches of standing water exist. 
  • Absorption – Mopping and toweling can be used on many hard flooring surfaces to manage smaller levels of water damage. 

Choosing the Best Extraction Method for Your Home

As with many aspects of water restoration and cleanup for homes in the area, there is no universal approach to water removal. Much of these choices are determined based on the situations where damage exists and the severity of these conditions. Substantial standing water scenarios with more than a foot of pooling will not be handled the same as trapped water in a saturated carpet.

Despite the damage that water disasters can do to homes and businesses in the area, many still delay contacting professional restoration services like our SERVPRO of South Shreveport team provides. We have efficient and effective water removal tools and restoration approaches to make these events "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (318) 865-4655.

Helping Families with Our Water Removal Techniques In Shreveport

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling When a home takes on water, either through an internal source or outside flooding, we can help with methods designed for rapid water removal.

Water Removal Techniques

Shreveport has some beautiful homes, some of which many local families have lived in for generations. We live in the area also and understand that our homes play vital roles in our daily lives and special occasions. Keeping them free of deteriorating conditions is crucial to protecting them.

When a home takes on water through an internal source or outside flooding, we can help with methods designed for rapid water removal in Shreveport. Extraction of water from surfaces in your home is only the first stage. We also perform other measures that get the water out of things that absorbed it.

When flooding happens, dirty water invades your home. This water is so polluted that it ruins carpet so severely that we cannot repair it to suitable cleanliness levels. Replacing it is our only option. However, the damage often remains minimal if homeowners contact us as soon as possible. We can often save carpeting that became drenched from an interior leak because We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster, keeping damages as minimal as possible.

Clean water comes from disastrous occurrences such as a broken joint on a water line or a sink that overflowed. Our techs also dry and clean the area where water flows as quickly as possible. Working in teams helps us mitigate damage and get things back to normal efficiently and effectively. Our experts use all the available methods to get everything safe and just "Like it never even happened" for you and your family.

Drying techniques include machinery combined with minor alterations in your home's structure. Smaller homes permit us to feed flexible tubing into wall spaces so our Injectidry system can use warm, dry air to evaporate moisture from interior walls and push that now-humid air out of the interior space.

Heated floor mats also use the same principle and quickly get floors dry again. Laying carpet down on damp floors can cause a mold infestation to plague your house. The wooden flooring of most types can trap moisture underneath their components, causing warping, curling, and severe cracking. Getting that moisture out of there can preserve your floor. We use water removal methods wherever the water flows.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport wants your family home to retain its integrity and ability to protect your family. Water removal methods allow this to happen and help prevent secondary water damage. Contact us at our emergency services number, (318) 865-4655, whenever your home springs a leak or sustains a flood.

When Your Shreveport Home Floods

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm warning sign against dark clouds Severe storms and flooding are common in our neck of the woods. Know that SERVPRO is always on call for your restoration needs.

Restoring a Residence After Flash Flooding in Shreveport

Flooding occurs in all 50 states, causing billions of dollars in yearly damages. While most floods come from heavy rains and river swells over days or weeks, flash flooding poses serious concerns. In just a short time, a flash flood can cause colossal destruction to homes and infrastructure, leaving homeowners overwhelmed by the amount of cleanup and restoration ahead of them. 

When your Shreveport residence has suffered flash flooding, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are only a phone call away from providing service that can return your home to a preloss state. These restoration experts undergo extensive education on disaster mitigation, restoration, and repair to ensure that homeowners have a safe and comfortable residence once more. Technicians, staff, and franchise owners also receive additional education opportunities to expand their knowledge of mitigation and restoration standards and procedures. 

Preparing Your Home for Flash Floods

If you have time to prepare, take the following steps to minimize damage:

  • Clear out drains, downspouts, and gutters to prevent water from penetrating your home. Check on any sump pumps and moisture detection systems on your property to ensure they work. 
  • Elevate furniture, appliances, electronics, and other items to keep them out of the reach of floodwaters. 
  • If you have not already, consider elevation for water heaters and an exterior backflow valve to minimize the risk of sewage backup. 
  • Have an emergency kit with important documents, first aid, prescriptions, and contact information. 

How SERVPRO Dries Flood Damage

After extracting floodwaters and debris and sanitizing the space thoroughly, SERVPRO technicians rely on air movers and dehumidifiers for most of the drying process. These two devices pull moisture out of surfaces, wall cavities, and flooring and replace it with warm, dry air. 

The key to effective drying, however, is a consistent and active measuring of surfaces with a variety of moisture sensors and meters, as well as infrared imaging and thermohygrometers, to assess the relative humidity of both flood-affected structures and the air itself. This process determines accurate drying goals and times and ensures that materials are returned to humidity levels that are appropriate for the structure without encouraging microbial proliferation. 

SERVPRO of South Shreveport is proud to serve homeowners by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (318) 865-4655 for an experienced mitigation team with cutting-edge tools.