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7/7/2022 (Permalink)

 In these unprecedented times and as part of the effort to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 and the more contagious Delta variant, SERVPRO of eRidder Leesville & Vinton is responding to the current global pandemic by offering a groundbreaking cleaning and sanitizing solution for businesses and facilities.

SERVPRO Sanitizing Services

SERVPRO of DeRidder Leesville & Vinton uses a combination and/or selection of products in its COVID cleaning efforts:


We use a hospital-grade, US EPA registered broad-spectrum disinfectant that cleans, disinfects & sanitizes. The disinfectants kills 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, fungi and molds when applied or sprayed.

The disinfectant is:

  • Non-abrasive and Non-Corrosive
  • Free From Chlorine and Phosphates
  • Cleans and Disinfects Without Bleaching
  • No Rinse Required

Air Duct Cleaning

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Clean air ducts play a crucial role in the quality of air in a building. Ducts are conduits responsible for the flow and distribution of clean air within a space. If the ductwork isn’t clean, this can contribute to poor indoor air quality, which could lead to a whole host of health problems. Air ducts naturally gather dust and dirt over time. Other airborne contaminants can also build up inside ductwork, creating a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, and other microbes. After an incident such as a fire, additional dust, dirt, smoke, and soot particles are absorbed into the building’s ductwork. If not treated quickly and efficiently, this mix of contaminants is pushed through HVAC systems, becoming part of the breathing air within a building. The negative effects of this on your building and the people in it can be quickly eliminated with a specialized restoration or air duct cleaning plan from BELFOR, one of the most trusted and experience air duct cleaning companies.

What Is an Air Duct?

In order to understand air duct or HVAC vent cleaning, it’s important to first understand what HVAC stands for: Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning HVAC systems are responsible for airflow within a building; they ensure that the air is both safe and at a comfortable temperature. From a central unit, air is distributed throughout a building through a range of air ducts. Because of the way air ducts serve an entire building, if even small amounts of contaminants are present, they can filter into the overall airflow, affecting many people.


7/7/2022 (Permalink)

There are numerous ways to tell if you have mold in your home or business. Both sight and smell are the most simple and effective ways to identify mold growth indoors. This means that actively looking in mold-prone areas can play an important part in ensuring your building stays free of mold. Mold-prone areas include:

  • Bathroom tile and grout
  • Basement walls
  • Under sinks
  • Windows where moisture condenses

High humidity and poor ventilation can be common causes of mold in the home or business. This means that routine household activities that produce excess moisture – like drying clothes inside the home, hot showers and cooking can all be contributing factors or causes of mold growth. For homes or businesses that frequently have problems with high humidity or dampness, purchasing a dehumidifier and improving ventilation are proactive solutions to avoiding mold problems.

Home Fire Safety and Prevention

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Within our own homes, we all have a responsibility to minimize the risk of a fire destroying our property and possessions. Following some of the tips on our home fire safety checklist could help to make the difference and save your house from the devastating effects of a fire.

Home Fire Safety Checklist

  • Do Your Smoke Detectors Work?
    The most important first step to take is to ensure you have working smoke detectors. Check the batteries regularly and make sure that all family members, including children, know what they sound like.
  • Do You Have an Evacuation Plan?
    Each member of your family should know how to evacuate from every room. This should include two evacuation routes; in case one is blocked.

         Do You Have Fire Extinguishers?

  • Having fire extinguishers placed around the home is key to minimize the risk of a fire taking hold. Having at least one on each floor of your home is a good idea.
  • Are You Cautious When Cooking?
    Never leave anything cooking on the stove unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove.
  • Do You Restrict Smoking to Outside?
    Always smoke outside the house and put out any cigarettes when finished. Avoid smoking inside the home, especially in bed. Mattresses and bedding are highly flammable.
  • Do You Know How to Prevent Electrical Fires?
    Ensure you’re not using any electrical appliances that have frayed wires and never run cords under furniture. If you notice any electrical problems, such as hot light switches, turn them off and have them professionally replaced.
  • Is Your Property Child-Safe?
    Make sure that all lighters, matches, etc. are kept out of the reach of children. Keep children away from lit candles and stoves and teach them of the dangers of fire.
  • Do You Have Fuel Lying Around?
    You may not think of piles of books, newspapers, blankets etc. as being fuel, but in the event of a fire they can be. Make sure you don’t have any of these lying around.

Hurricane Preparedness

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricanes cost an average of $26 billion per year and they cause a huge amount of property damage. Make yourself aware of how to prepare for a hurricane, and how to stay safe when a storm hits.

How To Prepare for A Hurricane

Step 1: Plan

The first thing you need to do when preparing for a hurricane is make a plan outlining the information you will need and the procedures to be followed in case a hurricane hit. Your plan should include:

  • Contact details – family, friends, schools, workplaces, and emergency services
  • Insurance details – policy, ‘before’ photographs of your property, and claim process information
  • Maps with at least two evacuation routes marked – in high-risk states, hurricane evacuation routes are signposted
  • An inventory of your possessions - use as a reference in case anything is damaged
  • Details of nearby shelters

Discuss your plan with family and friends to ensure everyone knows what to do when a hurricane occurs.

Step 2: Create A Disaster Kit

You should gather supplies into a disaster kit to help you stay safe during a hurricane. Your disaster kit may have to last for several days, so ensure it’s well stocked. Key items are:

  • Food and water to last at least three days for each person and animal
  • Medicines and first aid supplies
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Portable radio and mobile phone
  • Toiletries
  • Maps of the local area
  • Money (cash)
  • Portable generator (if in an area prone to power outages and hurricanes)

If you’re going to be at home when the hurricane hits, fill up all available containers with water beforehand, including sinks and bathtubs. Stock your refrigerator and freezer with water and ice. If the hurricane is severe (Category 3 or higher), water supplies are likely to be down or contaminated for multiple days after the storm.

NOTE: Water stored in sinks and bathtubs is safe for flushing toilets, washing dishes, and doing laundry. If you intend to use it for drinking, cooking, or brushing teeth, make sure you boil it for 3-5 minutes first.

To save room in your refrigerator, purchase non-perishables and canned foods.

Have one disaster kit prepared for your house and one to take with you should you need to evacuate. If hurricane watches and warnings are frequent in your area, consider storing a kit in your car at all times, so you are able to evacuate the area quickly. Remember to fill up the gas tank of your car if a storm is likely.

Step 3: Establish A Safe Room in Your House

Even if your first choice would be to evacuate the area during a hurricane, bear in mind that this may not always be possible. It is best to identify the room in your house that could offer the most protection if you have to stay.

The ideal safe room should have no windows or external doors and be on a low floor of the building. Store your in-house disaster kit and hurricane plan in this room so it is accessible at all times. If a hurricane approaches, move water and food into this room as well.

Unlike with tornadoes, hurricane safe rooms should not be located in a basement. Hurricanes are frequently accompanied by flooding, so subterranean shelters should be avoided. If possible, have an option in your plan to move to higher floors in case flooding occurs.

Water Damage Restoration

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Water intrusion into buildings can be incredibly destructive. Over time, excess moisture can cause issues within an indoor environment. Without proper water extraction, decontamination and drying, numerous long-term effects can take hold of a building and cause long-lasting structural damage as well as pose numerous health risks.

Any type of water ingress should be taken seriously, and proper water damage restoration is a key part of recovery should your home or business be affected. This intervention should be prompt and effective, and it’s important to act within the first 24-48 hours to minimize the potential short and long-term effects of water damage.

Water Damage Mitigation

Whether it’s a burst pipe, flood damage, or any other number of potential causes, water damage needs speedy and effective water damage mitigation. Water mitigation is about much more than just drying and cleaning a property. There are many other factors to consider, like decontamination and treating porous materials (e.g., carpet or drywall) that can hold water. If left damp or untreated, bacteria can potentially thrive and cause future problems.

Water Extraction and Drying

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage within your property can cause a whole host of issues and lead to serious structural problems and damage to property if not dealt with quickly and efficiently. The rapid deterioration of property can be reduced with quick and effective intervention.

At SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville & Vinton, our professional water removal services are some of the bests in the business and can provide you with peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that your property is in safe hands and receiving the best care possible. Using professional water drying equipment, SERVPRO od DeRidder, Leesville & Vinton will ensure water damage to your property is minimized as quickly as possible and will soon be returned to its normal state.

Why Do I Need A Water Removal Service?

When your property has suffered flood damage, it can be tempting to try and deal with the water extraction and cleanup process on your own. However, without the necessary equipment and specialist knowledge, this can lead to further problems. Structural drying is a scientific process that requires professional water damage training and the use of specialized instruments. This means that calling a professional water removal service is vitally important to help ensure a full recovery for your property.

Removing The Worry & The Water

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

With rapid response, your floors, walls, and priceless possessions can often be preserved and restored. We help minimize flood damage. SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville & Vinton professionals are available 24/7 for emergency water damage services. Our certified technicians come to your home with knowledge and confidence backed by decades of field experience, along with proven water remediation techniques—perfected in our own one-of-a-kind test house—to remove moisture and promote effective drying. From start to finish, we’re with you at every step of the way, until the last piece of furniture has been put back in place and you’re safely back in your home.

What Does Fire Restoration Look Like?

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

The fire damage restoration process differs entirely depending on the type of property, severity of fire damage your property has suffered, and the amount of time passed since the fire.

For those who have suffered at the hands of fire damage, fire restoration can help bring your property back to its former glory. SERVPRO ofDeRidder, Leesville & Vinton's specialist team will do everything in their power to help minimize the loss and inconvenience caused by fire damage, helping you and your business or family resume normal life as quickly as possible.


2/9/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your home or business can be tragic. The powerful flames can destroy almost anything in their path. The smoke is also an issue, it can leave sooty residue deep within the carpet, furniture, and clothes long after the fire is put out. This smoke soot residue can cause health effects if not dealt with. That's why we offer the best 24/7 fire and smoke damage restoration services in in your area. Our team of specialist are standing by to help you through this tough time and provide the best possible customer service.