Deodorizing After A Fire Damage To Your North Central Arkansas Home
One of the biggest problem after an incidence of fire is the lingering, foul, burnt odor.
Things You Should Know
One of the biggest problem after an incidence of fire is the lingering, foul, burnt odor. If the odor is not remedied professionally, it can stay on your property for a long time making it almost impossible to stay there.
Thankfully, professionals can help you get rid of this odor after fire damage to your North Central Arkansas home. The odor after an incidence of fire is a mix of chemical and natural odors due to the burning of wood, plastic, and other building material. Here at SERVPRO, we employ a multi-step process to eliminate odor and get your home smelling like home again- removing, and cleaning. Let's take a closer look at every step.
One of the first things that SERVPRO technicians do while tackling an odor problem after a fire is removing the source of the odor. The source of odor after a fire damage can be burnt wood or other building materials. Our IICRC certified technicians dispose of the source in a safely and efficiently.
The second step during the deodorizing process is cleaning. Smoke and soot residues can deposit on and even penetrate the various surfaces such as walls and ceilings. SERVPRO technicians clean different surfaces depending on the type of the surface and residue deposited on it.
Sealing is not required in most cases, but if the damage is extensive and the removal of the source is too expensive or impractical, it is the best option. Painting walls to seal in the odors is one such case.
We are here to help you in your hour of need. Call SERVPRO at Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties at (870) 424-0296 today to schedule an appointment and discuss your restoration needs.
How to avoid Frozen Pipes
At What Temperature do Pipes Freeze?
When should you be alert to the danger of freezing pipes?
Frozen pipes are one of the most common and costliest property damage events during the cold winter months. In fact, a burst pipe can result in tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Fortunately, frozen pipes can be prevented quite easily and inexpensively.
Water freezes when heat in the water is transferred to subfreezing air. The best way to keep water in pipes from freezing is to slow or stop this transfer of heat. Ideally, the best way to protect pipes from subfreezing temperatures, is by placing them only in heated spaces and out of attics, crawl spaces and outside walls. Unfortunately, this may not be a practical solution for existing homes. In the case of new construction, however, optimal pipe placement can be designed into the building.
Vulnerable pipes in existing homes should be fitted with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow the heat transfer. It is important not to leave gaps in the insulation that expose the pipe to cold air. Hardware stores and home centers stock a variety of foam rubber and fiberglass sleeves, in various thicknesses.
Cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes should be sealed with caulking to keep cold wind away from the pipes. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can keep warm inside air from reaching pipes under sinks and in adjacent outside walls. It’s a good idea to keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to let the warm air circulate around the pipes.
Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes:
- Install a reliable back-up power source to ensure continuous power to the building.
- Insulate all attic penetrations.
- Properly seal all doors and windows.
- Seal all wall cracks and penetrations, including utility service lines.
- Install insulation and/or heat trace tape with a reliable power source on various wet sprinkler system piping. This includes main lines coming up from underground passing through a wall as well as sprinkler branch lines.
- Place a monitored automatic excess flow switch on the main incoming domestic water line to provide early detection of a broken pipe or valve when the space is unoccupied.
- When away from home for an extended period of time, don’t set the thermostat at too low of a temperature. If you are not sure how low to set the temperature, consider shutting off the main water supply and draining the water system.
Open bathroom or kitchen faucets adjacent to outside walls to allow the water to slowly drip. This won’t necessarily prevent the pipe from freezing, but it will relieve excessive pressure to prevent the pipe from bursting, if it does freeze.
Call: SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties (870) 706-0446 - (866) 445-8457
Flood Damaged Documents
In the event of flood damage, it is all too easy to lose valuable documents or, even worse, find the flood waters have ruined them.
We all have a lot of necessary documents. Home owners know that throughout our lives we amass many vital pieces of paper, from birth certificates to insurance policies. Many of us do not keep our personal effects as neatly as we would like too. Sometimes life is just too busy to worry about filing. However, in the event of flood damage, it is all too easy to lose valuable documents or, even worse, find the flood waters have ruined them.
SERVPRO recommends all home owners take steps right now to protect their papers from flood damage. Once a natural disaster hits, it is too late to take action. Plan now so you do not lose valuable information in the event of flooding.
The first step is keeping all your relevant documents together. Gather together all your records, certificates, policies and more, and put them all in one watertight lockable box. In the event of a natural disaster, you can grab the box in seconds.
It is also a good idea to make backups of everything. You might keep a set of photocopies in another box in a different location. Alternatively, you might scan all your necessary documents and keep the files on CD or a USB drive. Always keep your electronic copies separate from the originals. Some people use a bank safe deposit box for their originals or keep their electronic copies in the home of a trusted friend or relative (do be sure to use a password if you take this option.)
What should you keep in your document box? SERVPRO recommends keeping all your most vital information, including your birth certificate, marriage certificate, social security documents, medical documents, driver’s license, passport, home paperwork, insurance, tax records, stocks and bonds, and your will and retirement plan. It is also a good idea to keep treasured items that cannot be replaced, such as your favorite recipes, or children's' artwork or photographs.
Our IICRC-certified technicians are available to help with post-flood cleanup. We can freeze dry water-damaged papers for later restoration. We also extract water, dry your home, and deodorize after.
For help with flood cleanup in North Central Arkansas and surrounding areas call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties at (866) 445-8457 today.
Reversing fire damage in Arkansas requires an experienced and trusted restoration company.
Residential fires claim over 2,500 lives every year in the U.S alone. Moreover, according to FEMA, most fire-related deaths in Arkansas and the world at large occur when people are asleep, particularly due to the smoke that lulls the sleeping person into a deep slumber. Interestingly, your choice of building materials can influence your exposure to fire and smoke damage when disaster strikes. While no practical building material is 100% fireproof, a properly-constructed house can help prevent the impact by making use of fire-resistant materials.
Reversing fire damage in Arkansas requires an experienced and trusted restoration company. With many years of experience as a fire damage restoration franchise, SERVPRO lives up to its reputation of offering quick and efficient cleanup services. Our technicians follow IICRC guidelines to ensure that their techniques, products, and equipment are up to par with industry standards.
A number of structural materials in your home can influence the severity of fire damage. House windows, albeit important for light and visibility, are nonetheless a potential fire hazard. In the presence of a strong fire, the intense heat alone can cause the glass to break, making the building more vulnerable to outside flames. If the outside fire is strong enough, it can actually ignite flammable items within the structure even without direct contact.
Installing fire-resistant windows is a great way to protect your home from severe fire damage. Dual-paned glass windows, in particular, provide energy efficiency while doubling the time it takes for the windows to succumb to the fire. Tempered glass is also effective, as it is heat-treated to improve its fire resistance by about 4 times as compared to regular glass.
Glass blocks do not provide much visibility, but they are extremely effective at minimizing fire damage. Wired glass, which consists of tempered glass that has been reinforced with metal wire, is probably the best option. It offers excellent fire resistance as well as visibility.
Most structural buildings also call for underlying gypsum sheathing to enhance their fire-resistant rating. Gypsum board is commonly used to protect the interior finish from fire damage. Also known as drywall, gypsum board features two sheets of paper with a gypsum layer sandwiched in between. Additives help improve its fire-resistance qualities. The papers burn very slowly, subsequently reducing the impact of fire damage. Furthermore, gypsum board contains a noncombustible core with chemically-combined water that impedes heat transfer in the event of a fire. Using numerous layers of gypsum board can promote better fire resistance.
Structural materials are a serious concern during fire outbreaks. In the event of a fire disaster, SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties can assess and correct the fire damage. Give us a ring anytime at (866)445-8457.
What to do if you discover water damage in your home!
Drips Become Water Damaging Problems
Water damage probably is not something you think about a lot, but it can happen surprisingly easily. Perhaps you got called away while a faucet was still running, or maybe a pipe burst in your kitchen. Flooding is a real risk for homeowners, too. If you find water has leaked or got into your home in any way, it is necessary to get it fixed as quickly as possible. Where should you start?
The first thing to do if you discover water damage in your home is identify the source of the water, and cut it off if you can. Try and do this quickly to prevent the problem from getting any worse. Stop up any leaks, shut off any running faucets, use sandbags towels as a barrier against flowing water on the floor.
Once you have identified and cut off the source of the water, what then? It is vital that you remedy any water damage as quickly as possible. If left unchecked, water can harm your home’s structure and furnishings, and encourage the growth of mold. Our water damage technicians are skilled at mitigating secondary water damage. This limits out of pocket expenses and reduces stress and inconvenience.
Luckily, help is at hand. SERVPRO is ready and waiting to help you deal with water damage in your home. We can respond to your call quickly and send out our IICRC certified technicians to get the situation under control and help restore your home.
From the moment they arrive, our SERVPRO technicians get to work drying out your home. We remove any contaminated and non-salvageable materials and do everything we can to make your home safe. Our focus is on getting your home dried out as quickly as possible to minimize damage to your house and inconvenience to you.
Our team brings powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry out your home, including water damaged materials such as carpets. Air movers help dry your home by expelling the moist, humid air from the room and bringing in warm, dry air to create a drier atmosphere and increase evaporation.
Our qualified SERVPRO technicians are experienced in placing our equipment in the most efficient manner, to dry your home out quickly. Whether the problem is confined to just one room or affects your whole house, we come equipped with everything needed to start drying it out straight away. Moreover, if your home needs professional products to help mitigate any resulting mold growth, our technicians are trained to apply those too.
If you discover water damage in your home, don’t delay – call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties. We are dedicated to serving our local community. For an immediate 24/7 response to your water emergency call us at (866) 445-8457.
How Flood Damage affects the furniture in your home.
Call SERVPRO for water removal from your property after a flood
Flood Damage is a serious issue for any homeowner. A sudden quantity of water can do untold damage to your house and belongings. That is why we recommend you call us as soon as possible after a flood - swift action helps mitigate damage and gives the best chance of restoring your house "Like it never even happened."
Here is four main issues to be aware of regarding flood-damaged furniture and how SERVPRO helps with them:
1. Water causes wood to swell, and as much furniture has a wooden frame this is a real problem. Our technicians extract and wipe water from the furniture and surroundings area as quickly as possible and ensure drying is carried out evenly and at the correct speed.
2. Water stains give furniture an uneven, splotchy look and are particular concern for items that are dry clean only. We come equipped with foggers to wet the furniture evenly and encourage more even drying.
3. Upholstery dyes might run and cause stains, and there is also a risk of colors bleeding onto the floor. Our teams know how best to "tent" furniture cushions and the best configuration of air movers and dehumidifiers for a fast result.
4. Furniture that is left damp is subject to the risk of mildew growth. We discourage mildew growth by extracting water quickly using a specialist upholstery extraction tool and by drying furniture thoroughly inside and o
Hard Lesson Learned When Bacon Left Unattended
Cooking food on the stove, especially with grease, should never be left unattended. Call SERVPRO to remediate after an accident.
Weekend mornings are busy times for families. Preparing for sports, outings, and work around the home requires a hearty breakfast. Unexpected events during the cooking of the morning meal sometimes draw the home chef away, with catastrophic results. If a grease fire brings your day to a halt, SERVPRO is ready to take charge of a seamless restoration.
You know bacon should not be left to fry on its own, but a bang and a scream in the family room pulls you away to settle the bickering between a couple of your children. The meat sputters, and grease ignites. As you rush back, you are greeted with a stovetop in flames. A chemical fire extinguisher snuffs the blaze, but the greasy smoke and soot already coats every surface in the kitchen and floats throughout the house. Call us before you exacerbate the situation because grease fire damage in your home requires a professional cleanup.
Our SERVPRO crews arrive at your grease fire with years of experience and training in abating this type of disaster. We have the equipment, tools, and know-how to restore your home “Like it never even happened.” The crew member in charge assesses the damage, and the team gets to work. Burned cooking vessels and their contents go in a disposal bag. We evaluate the soot coating the surfaces to determine if it wipes away with one of our spray cleaners or if abrasive techniques must be used carefully. Then the work begins.
We know how smoke and soot move during a fire, and how chemicals used to extinguish it impact the cleanup. Expect us to inspect for hidden damage in cabinets, on window coverings, and in areas far from the fire, as ash and soot float freely. Window blinds receive an immersion cleaning; curtains bundle up for a trip to the laundry or dry cleaners. Hard, nonporous surfaces scrub clean, upholstery and carpeting undergo deep vacuuming unless the soot is too sticky. Walls and ceilings need cleaning following the proper protocol our techs learned in industry approved certification courses.
Odors may linger, and our team works with you and your perception of smoky smells to eliminate this final evidence that a grease fire occurred. Professional deodorizing sprays can take care of the problem, but we also offer thermal fogging in persistent cases, the deodorizing compound combusting in a heated chamber that recreates the fire conditions, the better to neutralize the smell.
SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties is familiar with efficient grease fire damage restoration, ready to transform a sooty mess back to your kitchen fast. Call (866) 445-8457 to have a crew of recovery experts scheduled to abate smoke, soot, charring and other harm at your home.
Mold Damage in Storage Facilities
Many people turn to using a storage unit at one or several times in their lives. Make sure that a mold infestation in your business does not spread.
In a college town, students take advantage of self-storage facilities to secure belongings between semesters or when they study abroad. This plan works well for the traveling scholars and is a great business opportunity for the owner of the storage company until mildew or mold infiltrates one or more units. SERVPRO has the experience to respond when microbial growth gets out of control and threatens your business.
Problems arise when water leaks inside or moisture otherwise raises the humidity level high enough to support commercial mold damage in your self-storage business. Your tenants often put their stored property out of their mind and rarely visit to inspect the areas rented. Mold needs no light to grow, so hidden pockets proliferate. Your offer to protect customers’ belongings is at risk if microbes grow unabated. When you discover mold in the storage common areas or rented rooms, your first step must include lining up a reliable remediation company.
SERVPRO trains its staff to follow proper EPA protocols when molds are an issue. When an inspection of your facility reveals mold contamination, quick but sure action is the only answer. Qualified restoration staff contain and remove mold, and then sanitize the area where mold grew. The interconnected storage units pose a challenge if a common HVAC system heats, cools, and clears the air. Well trained remediation staff choose to use air scrubbers with negative air pressure to keep the mold outbreak confined to just the one unit.
Mold remediation is incomplete if the source of water is ignored. Mold spores are always present, inside and out. They mature into mold colonies when moisture feeds them. The mold experts from SERVPRO have taken advanced classes to help find the water causing the problem. Flat roofs with clogged drains, cracked cinder block walls, high humidity, and flooding are just some of the things leading to mold growth. This mold remediation expert has dozens of practical suggestions to prevent future microbial growth based upon finding and securing leaks and other water incursions.
Sometimes unit tenants bring the wetness and mold risk into the storage area. SERVPRO works with you, offering tips to inspect the contents and advise customers to limit the mold growth you invite when you rent to careless lessees.
SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties guides your storage business through the stress of mold remediation. Call (870) 424-0296 to set up a consultation right away.
Moisture and Damage from Water Are Remedied by Expert SERVPRO Service
Using Relative Humidity As a Guide in Water Damage Restoration
When a leak or moisture problem develops in a property, one of the first signs is a change in air quality. In fact, in the case of a concealed leak (behind a wall, for example), this can be the only giveaway that something is wrong. As some people are more sensitive to air quality than others, they may notice it fairly quickly.
Often, they experience a clamminess. It can make sleeping difficult. It happens when the relative humidity within a space is too high, usually as a result of on-going water damage in Mountain Home homes. While there’s no health risk, high humidity eats away at organic materials like wood and cotton and can be a conducive condition leading to mold proliferation.
This is why SERVPRO recommends an efficient program of drying and restoration as soon as water damage gets discovered.
What Is Relative Humidity?
Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor present in the air. If it rises above 60%, the ambient air starts to become uncomfortable. It is when you might get that cold sensation on your skin. While it is not dangerous, human beings are happiest with a humidity between 50-60%, so water damage repairs aim to bring it down to this level.
How is Relative Humidity Lowered?
The fastest and safest way to make this reduction is with dehumidifiers. They extract a controlled amount of water from the air until relative humidity reaches the desired percentage. The process usually forms the largest part of the restoration job, because dehumidification prevents secondary water damage. Of course, if there are large volumes of water present from a significant problem, then extraction of the standing water is crucial.
Can High Humidity Produce Odors?
A high relative humidity only produces unpleasant smells if mold has started to set in and materials are degrading. Wooden furniture, for example, is often the first to absorb moisture and rot away. You can prevent this by reporting water damage as soon as you spot it and getting the repair team in right away.
At SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, we approach every water damage case with a fresh eye. Our technicians inspect the building, before starting work, and determine the level of relative humidity first. That way, they can select the best methods for the job. Call us 24/7 at (866) 445-8457.
SERVPRO Utilizes Many Pieces of Equipment for the Extraction of Water in Mountain Home Properties
SERVPRO Uses Industry Leading Equipment for Water Removal in Mountain Home
Secondary water damage can affect many things in your home. Removing the water and the humidity in the air can reduce or even eliminate much of the risk of this type of damage. However, the process of removing water needs to begin as soon as you know there is a water emergency.
In Mountain Home homes, SERVPRO tailors water removal services to the specific requirements of the home involved. For significant amounts of water that results in interior flooding, including the basement, we use trucks that quickly pump standing water out. When there is less water remaining because of our earlier efforts, or the emergency involves less water, to begin with, we use small portable water extraction units.
When we have removed enough water that your home is only damp, we continue reducing the amount of moisture in your home with additional methods. Some types of secondary water damage can be prevented from occurring with these techniques. Such damage can include substantially increased microbial growth, cracking and splitting of wood furniture, and deterioration of your home's walls and foundation.
Fans are not adequate in creating the required amount of airflow, so we use larger, more powerful air movers. As these blow air around the interior of your home, the air absorbs the moisture still present. Because this moisture needs to be removed, and not just evaporated into the air, dehumidifiers are also used in conjunction with the air movers. Large axial box fans are also useful to large volumes of air movement.
Sometimes, when the air is cooler, we also use heaters to raise the indoor temperature. Refrigerated dehumidifiers require an ambient temperature of at least 70 degrees to extract moisture from the air effectively. Some situations, involving contaminated water, require that air scrubbers be used. When foul odors are present, an ozone-producing unit or hydroxyl generator is always a good choice to add to the equipment used.
SERVPRO water extraction procedures remove the water and the risks of secondary water damage, making everything “Like it never even happened.” Call us, SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, 24/7, at (870) 424-0296.