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How To Keep Your Kitchen Mold-Free

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Enjoying the fruits of your hard-earned labor through the success of your local restaurant is always a rewarding feeling. However, coming across mold growth in your commercial kitchen can bring that contentment to a halt very quickly. Thankfully, there are various methods for keeping your restaurant kitchen clean and consistently mold-free.

 Focus Your Attention on the Food Itself

 Though there are many possible avenues for mold growth to occur, one of the most common causes of mold is through the food you bring into your kitchen. It can materialize easily on such foods as:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Cheeses and other dairy products
  • Bread, and more

Therefore, it’s important to inspect your produce and other items before ever integrating them into your kitchen. Look for bruises, abrasions or already-apparent growths on your fruits and vegetables before purchasing. Check the expiration dates on packaged items and keep any open containers covered or sealed until use to prevent the onset of mold.

 Keep a Reliable Ventilation System

 Mold tends to emerge in areas that are dark, moist and generally untouched, meaning it can be hard to pinpoint the onset of mold until it’s too late. Help yourself and your kitchen crew by installing a ventilation system that reduces the high humidity in the kitchen, preventing potential mold from finding a suitable place to take root.

 Remove and Restore Any Water Damage as It Occurs

 Finding water damage in your restaurant would hardly be surprising, as running water is a consistent feature in any commercial kitchen with food prep spaces, dishwashing stations and more. For this reason, it’s important to always keep an eye out for continuously damp or wet areas that are the perfect breeding ground for mold. Hiring qualified mold remediation specialists to clear the area of any damage is key to a clean and healthy food prep environment.

When it comes to keeping the commercial kitchen of your restaurant clean and mold-free, following these methods can help prevent any outbreak of unwanted mold growth and clear your kitchen for healthy food prep. Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties to schedule an inspection. (866) 445-8457

Fire Damage Cleanup

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damaged Home

In the event of a fire, the resulting cleanup is difficult. The fire itself can damage many different items. After a fire, some articles are destroyed or damaged beyond repair. Other belongings are damaged by the soot from the fire. Anyone who has dealt with a fire cleanup is familiar with the blackened look of articles that are in a soot residue. For the homeowner, this is one of the most upsetting parts of dealing with the aftermath of a fire.  

If your home has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties can help. Our IICRC certified technicians are trained with the necessary equipment and products to thoroughly clean your home and restore it to its pre-fire condition “Like it never even happened.”   Our professional cleanup teams understand that every article in your home is different and has diverse cleaning needs. When you call us, we start by assessing the items in your house to determine which can be saved and which need to be discarded. Once the viability of each item has been established, our professional technicians can decide on the most appropriate cleaning technique for each of them.  

Some of the most common cleaning techniques we use include Agitation: This is the use of mechanical action to dislodge soot particles from a surface. Using a liquid cleaner straight away can push soot further into the material and make the problem worse. Agitation helps loosen soot particles first and prepare the surface for cleaner application. Lubrication. This is the use of a cleaner to make the soot particles slippery. They slide away from the surface with flushing and leave it cleaner. Our certified IICRC technicians can then tackle any further cleaning necessary. Application of cleaning chemicals. The application of cleaning chemicals alters the compound composition of the soot. This means the cleaning product can remove the soot from the surface and leave it clean once more. Suspension and Dispersion: These are common cleaning methods. In most cases, the soot is first loosened with agitation. The item is then suspended in the correct cleaning solution until the residue is removed.  

SERVPRO has the know-how to determine which cleaning method is the most efficient for each and every article in your home. Our teams carefully examine each item to determine the cleaning method that will best restore it. We know which cleaning products and actions to use and the best dose of each product to clean your possessions without worsening the damage.   If you need help cleaning up after a fire in your home, SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties is here to assist you. Call us at (866) 445-8457 today.

Why SERVPRO after a Water Loss

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

Water Loss Water Damage

When a water related loss hits, water mitigation is time sensitive. Water damage can cause thousands of dollars of damage within minutes and only get worse as the hours go by. Calling a company like SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties immediately after a water loss can help lessen the damage done by a water loss. Whether it be a burst pipe, flooded basement, or a roof leak, do not hesitate to call.

Within minutes of a water loss, moisture is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and personal belongings. This alone can cause a lot of monetary damage, especially if allowed to soak into electronics, books, and papers. Within minutes, irreversible damage can be done to wood furniture and wood floors.

In one or two hours, drywall swells, metal surfaces tarnish, and furniture begins to warp and/or mold. At this point, drywall and ceilings can become a major hazard. Swollen ceilings can begin falling and become an overhead hazard, and walls can begin to crumble and fall. If the conditions are right, mold can grow quickly, can thrive and spread even faster.

In just forty-eight hours to one week, mold grows, doors and furniture warp, and metal begins to rust. Mold grows on upholstery and other contents. Furniture becomes water stained and wood furniture becomes swollen and begins to disintegrate. Furniture with metal parts rust and become hard to function, if functional at all.

After just a week, structural safety becomes an issue, and mold growth and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks. If a structure fails to have water damage mitigated, the safety of the structure can become seriously compromised. As pieces of the framework, floors, and ceiling rot out or disintegrate, it becomes a hazard to even be inside the structure.

Calling on the professionals at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties quickly can help prevent such damage to a structure and contents. We can help to mitigate and dry a structure and can help to save water damaged contents. When water damage strikes, you need a company that works quickly to help mitigate the amount of damage done. Call on us, and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

When You Discover Mold

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Mold in a corner

If you have recently found yourself in a situation where you have discovered mold in your home, then it may be beneficial for you to know that there are options of remediation. Oftentimes, people will be doing their routine everyday tasks and then all of a sudden find fungus that has been growing for quite some time in some corner, crack, or crevice. Although they may have found it unexpectedly, it's likely it's been there for a while. Also, although it may have been growing there for some time, it's important for them to know that it could also be a sign that there's fungus growing elsewhere within their structure.

An Environmental Hygienist will give you a myriad of benefits if you ask for their services. With microbial growth, you'll come to find that it's not only detrimental to the conditions of your home, but also your health & wellbeing if you don't take the proper precautionary steps of advice that will be offered to you. 

A mold cleanup task is always recommended when someone unexpectedly finds mold in their home. An Environmental Hygienist will be able to assist with such a situation in which the homeowner(s) has stumbled across mildew. It's certainly something that can spread over time and in order to prevent that from occurring they will need to see a specialist who will be able to remove the microbial growth as soon as possible. 

Arkansas is a state that often experiences a lot of rain and humidity during the spring and summer months. This is when microbial growth has the best chances of forming and can appear in any area of a home. Some other causes of mildew growth are leaking pipes, drain/pipeline bursts, flooding, and more. An Environmental Hygienist can provide you with an adequate amount of guidance on how to keep your property clean from there on out. It's recommended for you to follow the guidance that they provide and if you are to fall behind on your needs of keeping the property clean or lack in your maintenance needs, it is highly possible that the bacteria that you had could start forming again. In such cases, you could possibly have a larger problem on your hands. Whatever the case may be, it is highly recommended for you to contact a mold cleanup specialist first to conduct a removal and see if the problem persists after some time. If not, then you may have conducted the only form of solution that you would have needed. Visit http://www.SERVPRObaxterboonefultonmarioncounties.com/mold-remediation if you suspect mold in your home or business, or call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties at (866) 445-8457.

Frying Foods Can Be Hazardous

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fry Pan Frying foods in hot grease require attention and no distractions to avoid a grease fire.

Unexpected events during the cooking of meals sometimes can draw the chef away, with catastrophic results. If a grease fire brings your day to a standstill, SERVPRO is ready to take charge of a seamless restoration.
 
Frying food needs attention without interruptions. But if you are distracted the meat sizzles, 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 intensify the situation because grease fire damage in your home requires a professional cleanup.
 
Our SERVPRO crew arrives 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 chief 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. We will 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 and take for professional cleaning. 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.

Commercial Large Loss Equipment Used

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Major disasters including fires, floods, storms, severe mold growth, and accidents almost always happen without warning, leaving your property vulnerable to the effects.  The damage from a natural disaster can be particularly severe on commercial property because these properties are often much bigger than residential properties and include assets such as equipment and machinery that can sustain damage.  There is almost always a higher volume of damage when disasters strike commercial property and the cost to the company can be significant.  A company will lose money not only due to the amount of damage and cost of the restoration, but also from stopping regular business operations while the restoration process takes place.

When it comes to commercial large loss restoration, it is crucial for the job to be done quickly and efficiently to reduce the financial loss to the company.  There are several SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Centers throughout the U.S. The key to effective large loss restoration is having the right equipment to get the job done efficiently. 

The mobile command center is an important piece of equipment for handling large commercial losses.  These command centers are large trailers that can serve as a temporary space for employees to resume business operations while the property of the business is being restored. 

It is common for businesses to lose power when a disaster causes major damage.  If there is no power on-site to power up the restoration equipment, the restoration process will take much longer.  SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss centers use mobile generators that are powerful enough to provide power to any size building

Large scale water damage can result from natural floods, storms, pipe bursts, and from extinguishing a fire if there was one on the property.  Excess water and moisture in a building will not only cause severe structural damage, but also result in the appearance of mold which will make the damage worse.  SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss centers use desiccant dehumidifier units to dry large areas affected by water damage.  These trailer mounted units use low vapor air pressure which speeds up the evaporation process by extracting the moisture from the affected materials.  This is the most effective way to handle large scale structural drying and humidity control.

As discussed above, natural disasters that result in large scale commercial losses can be devastating to a business.  However, the total losses can be limited with a quick reaction and the right equipment to complete the restoration process.  SERVPRO Commercial Loss centers across the U.S. use advanced restoration and industrial machinery to provide effective large loss restoration services when businesses need it the most.  Fast and efficient commercial restoration saves businesses money by limiting the amount of damage and reducing the amount of time a business has to suspend its operations.

If you need more info on SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss, please call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties (866) 445.8457

Property Management Services

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Here at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, we're here for both residential & commercial structures. 

Commercial buildings include, but are not limited to: healthcare, education facilities, & retail. 

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, Property management is defined as: the management of land and buildings as a business, including keeping buildings in good condition and renting property.

Disaster can strike at any time, and anywhere. A good bit of facilities impacted involve property management. An example of this would be a property manager of an apartment complex. They are in charge of the building, so they unfortunately have to deal with a lot of emergencies such as water or fire damage. 

What kinds of facilities do property managers manage? There are several kinds! Here's a couple examples:

  1. Multi-level commercial buildings
  2. Multi-tenant facilities 
  3. Small Office Buildings
  4. Apartment Complexes

We work really hard at these type of facilities to make sure there are as few interruptions to tenants as possible. For example, we had an incident where there was water damage in a multi -tenant office building. Our team came in and completed the job without interfering with the other tenants. We make sure we take care of your facility ASAP and with professionalism and quality work. 

We can do work that ranges from odor removal to Fire and Water Restoration and more. We are available 24/7.

Here at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, we are ready to help in any sized disaster at any time! We work with property managers and be sure that they are 100% satisfied with the job we do. Our professionalism and fast-paced work helps minimize interruption for property managers during this stressful time.

If you have any questions or need anything? Give us a call toll free at 866.445.8457 - SERVPRO9840@hotmail.com

"Like it never even happened."

Documents Damaged From Flood

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

Documents From Flood After the flood, documents need restored.

Home and Business owners know that throughout our lives we amass many important pieces of paper, from birth certificates to insurance policies. Many people don't keep our personal effects as neatly as we would like. At times 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 and business 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 don't lose valuable information in the event of a flood.

The first step is keeping all your relevant documents together. Gather all your records, certificates, policies and more, and put them all in one watertight lock box. In the event of a natural disaster, you can grab the box in seconds.

It's also a good idea to create 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.

Keep all your most vital information in a secure box, 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.

Types of Damage to Commercial Properties

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Warehouse Be prepared to protect your commercial property.

Damage to any property can be highly stressful and expensive for the owners. If you own a commercial property, then damage can have a whole added dimension that makes matters all the worse. Fortunately, commercial restoration services exist to help restore your structure quickly and get it back to functioning normally. These services often tend to involve a range of other jobs which together can help to bring your property back to functioning order.

All the same types of damage that can affect residential properties have an equal chance of affecting commercial buildings. These include:

  • Storm and wind damage – Damage caused by strong winds and heavy rain which can rip away roof tiles, break windows and more.
  • Water damage – Water damage can be caused by burst pipes, floods, rain or a number of other things. In any case, this can result in contaminated water affecting surfaces and furniture. Electricity and water damage are particularly volatile when combined.
  • Fire damage – Fire damage can come from a cigarette that isn’t properly put out, from a gas stove or electrical malfunctions. In any case, this can then cause severe destruction to your property which requires cleaning and restoration services.
  • Mold – Mold is highly unhygienic as well as being unappealing to look at. Mold spreads quickly around properties as air-borne spores and remediation is very important to prevent it from getting out of hand.
  • Why Commercial Restoration Services Are So Important

If you have a damaged commercial property, then you need to look for a company offering commercial restoration services as quickly as possible.

As with any type of property damage, leaving it unattended could potentially cause it to get worse. Rainwater can get into your property if you have an exposed roof for instance and this can then cause mold and water damage. Likewise, if you have broken window, this can leave your commercial business vulnerable to theft and vandalism.

How Commercial Restoration Services Operate

When a business needs commercial restoration, they should look for services that provide 24-hour emergency services. These companies will be able to come out at any time of day in order to offer immediate relief and this means they can get started as soon as possible.

From here, these companies will then go about assessing the extent of the damage. This will then allow them to come up with a good plan of action for addressing the damage and for restoring your building. Often the extent of the damage might be more severe than it appears on the face of it – for instance, if mold is apparent in another room as a result of water damage, or if smoke got into an adjoining part of the building.

Ultimately, commercial restoration companies provide a wide variety of different services which together can help to clean and restore a property after it has been affected by a storm, flood, fire or any other type of damage. This will then allow you to return to business as quickly as possible.

Tips for Businesses

Knowing a good commercial restoration company is a good way to ensure you will be able to start repairing and restoring your property as soon as possible and to get to work fast. Do the research before the fact then and look into insurance as well that will cover the costs.

When you are in need of a commercial restoration companycall SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties. If your commercial property or residence is in need of restoration, whether from storm damage, water damage, fire damage or mold, we will work to restore it to its former glory. We have helped many property owners, associations and homeowners renovate and repair their properties after a disaster has struck. You can count on us for prompt, efficient, and effective service. Toll free 866.445.8457. SERVPRO9840@hotmail.com

Why call SERVPRO on water loss

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Water Loss Water Loss in Home

When a water related disaster strikes, water mitigation is time sensitive. Water damage can cause thousands of dollars of damage within minutes and only get worse as the hours go by. Calling a company like SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties immediately after a water loss can help lessen the damage done by a water loss. Whether it be a burst pipe, flooded basement, or a roof leak, call us.

Within minutes of a water loss, water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. This alone can cause thousands of dollars of damage. It doesn't take long and irreversible damage could be done to wood furniture and wood floors.

In a short period of time, drywall swells, metal surfaces tarnish, and furniture begins to warp and/or mold. At this point, drywall and ceilings can become a major hazard. Swollen ceilings can begin falling and become an overhead hazard, and walls can begin to crumble. Any metal surfaces become tarnished, and furniture begins to warp. If the conditions are right, mold can grow quickly, and can thrive and spread even faster.

In just forty-eight hours to one week, mold grows, doors and furniture warp, and metal begins to rust. Mold grows on upholstery and other contents. Furniture becomes water stained and wood furniture becomes swollen and begins to disintegrate. Furniture with metal parts rust and become hard to function, if functional at all.

After just a week, structural safety becomes an issue, and mold growth and contaminants may pose serious risks. As pieces of the framework, floors, and ceiling rot out or disintegrate, it becomes a hazard to even be inside the structure.

Calling on the professionals at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties quickly can help prevent such damage to a structure and contents. We can help to mitigate and dry a structure and can help to save water damaged contents. When water damage strikes, you need a company that works quickly to help mitigate the amount of damage done. Call on us, and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”