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SERVPRO for Commercial Water Damage Restoration

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Damaged Office By Water Water Damage in Office

While you might always work to keep your office running smoothly, you cannot ever plan for unexpected events like substantial water emergencies. Instances like broken pipes within the walls or above the ceiling grids of your facility can affect a broad area and cause widespread damages in a brief period. Considering that you not only have expensive equipment and electronics likely spread out through the facility, you also likely have records and servers which retain sensitive and client-specific information that you cannot afford to lose.

Our team does not just claim that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our commitment to being available when you need us is something that you should remember when faced with the need for water removal services in your office building. The team that can offer a rapid response is the same restoration outfit that can work to ensure that your facility does not succumb to worse damages as the pooling water continues to spread and affect new areas of your building.

When our IICRC certified professionals arrive at your business, our first concern is ensuring that the source of the water damage that you face has gotten successfully shut down so that our restoration process can begin. A thorough inspection of the entire affected area, as well as adjacent rooms to the damage, get thoroughly assessed for possible losses, and our technicians develop a site-specific restoration plan to bring your building back to the way that it used to be.

While our ability to extract pooled water and dry the area thoroughly often is sufficient, sometimes the immediate damage to the structure and surfaces in the vicinity is too severe for conventional restoration. In these situations, our SERVPRO professionals utilize our training in controlled demolition to remove overly damaged portions of the construction materials for replacement by a commercial contractor.

When your office building requires water removal services, this issue needs to get addressed as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counites restoration specialists are always available for any water emergency or potential disaster that you might face. Give us a call anytime at (870) 424-0296.

Fire Damage Cleanup Options

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Structure Fire, Soot and Smoke Damage

In the event of a fire, the resulting cleanup is difficult. The fire itself damages 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 equipped 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 have 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 for MOLD

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Mold

Mold is an inevitable part of the world around us. Every household has a small amount of mold in them by nature. But when you find large amounts of mold, especially in one place, then there’s a much larger problem afoot. Understanding where mold comes from and how it works can help you to further prevent a mold problem.

So how does mold start? Mold is a living organism that can be found anywhere in the right conditions and can grow on just about any substance. If mold spores should find their way to a moist environment, the potential for mold is there. Mold spores are the byproduct of mold and moves through the air both inside and outside your home. This means that you could have mold in one area of your home, but the air currents could move mold spores to other rooms.

Now that you know how mold starts, we’ll look at how it grows. Once mold spores have found the perfect environment, they begin to grow. Many of the materials in your home are the perfect environment for mold. Carpeting, the padding beneath it, drywall, plywood, and other surfaces are likely places for mold to reside. Dust, cellulose, and other organic materials are their food source. Leaking pipes, roofing issues, too much moisture in bathrooms, and additional moisture sources contribute to mold growth. Getting rid of the food source or the moisture will get rid of it, right? Wrong. Mold will become dormant instead, putting itself into a state of hibernation. When there’s no food, the mold “sleeps” until the food source is back to being plentiful. Mold will wait until the right conditions reappear to reactivate itself. Mold may not have an apparent source of moisture, but even just the humidity in a home can be enough for it to thrive. This moisture-laden air allows water vapor to collect on the surface the mod is living upon as it condenses. You may find that you don’t have the proper vapor barriers in your home, that mold can thrive in crawl spaces and basements.

How does one get rid of mold then? It’s plain to see that mold is not easy to eliminate. Although there are plenty of DIY sprays that claim to kill mold, some may in fact worsen the problem. Mold remediation is also more than just spraying the mold and forgetting about the problem. Special mold procedures must be taken to ensure you get all the mold out of your home, or you’ll find that in a short time, you’re back to square one with hidden mold spreading back to where you just cleared it.

Do I really need to worry about mold? The short answer is, yes. Certain types of mold can cause health effects. Though most mold is harmless and simply unsightly, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

What do I do when I find mold? Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties to take care of the mold for you! Mold isn’t one of the most straightforward problems to get rid of in your home. It can be very easy to miss a spot here or there and allow it to retake a substantial foothold after a short time. SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties has a thorough mold process to ensure the mold doesn’t come back. We are familiar with how mold grows and behaves, so we have a better chance of removing it all the right way, the first time. Call us today! And we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO for Commercial Water Loss

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Water Loss in Warehouse Commercial Water Loss

While you might always work to keep your office running smoothly, you cannot ever plan for unexpected events like substantial water emergencies. Instances like broken pipes within the walls or above the ceiling grids of your facility can affect a broad area and cause widespread damages in a brief period. Considering that you not only have expensive equipment and electronics likely spread out through the facility, you also likely have records and servers which retain sensitive and client-specific information that you cannot afford to lose.

Our team does not just claim that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our commitment to being available when you need us is something that you should remember when faced with the need for water removal services in your office building. The team that can offer a rapid response is the same restoration outfit that can work to ensure that your facility does not succumb to worse damages as the pooling water continues to spread and affect new areas of your building.

When our IICRC certified professionals arrive at your business, our first concern is ensuring that the source of the water damage that you face has gotten successfully shut down so that our restoration process can begin. A thorough inspection of the entire affected area, as well as adjacent rooms to the damage, get thoroughly assessed for possible losses, and our technicians develop a site-specific restoration plan to bring your building back to the way that it used to be.

While our ability to extract pooled water and dry the area thoroughly often is sufficient, sometimes the immediate damage to the structure and surfaces in the vicinity is too severe for conventional restoration. In these situations, our SERVPRO professionals utilize our training in controlled demolition to remove overly damaged portions of the construction materials for replacement by a commercial contractor.

When your office building requires water removal services, this issue needs to get addressed as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counites restoration specialists are always available for any water emergency or potential disaster that you might face. Give us a call anytime at (870) 424-0296.

Storm Damage

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding From Storm in Basement Flooded Basement

Violent weather such as storm damage can wreak havoc on buildings as well as vegetation. Wind damage can be a hazard to the structure of a building, by loosening the shingles or tiles on the roof. This can cause moisture such as rain and snow to infiltrate into the protective surface of the roof, which will result in the wood swelling and later on disintegration and becoming moldy. This outcome will lead to a sagging ceiling and further problems. Elements such as wind, rain, hail, and lightning can result in turning people’s lives upside down, this is why having SERVPRO to help this type of emergency is a good option.

Here are some of the activities you can expect from the SERVPRO professionals.

  • Whether it is a business or residence, SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties will come to your property and our trained experts will do a thorough examination of the interior and exterior of your building. This will help us discover the level of the damage. In many cases, SERVPRO will discuss the restoration plans with you and your insurance adjuster.
  • When everything is agreed upon, the work begins. Depending on what type of damage is present, this will determine the type of equipment that we will use. In the case of flooding, we will use specialized pumps and vacuums to remove water from the affected areas.
  • Generators will be brought in to operate dehumidifiers and air movers so mold and mildew do not have a chance to make matters worse. Using customized cleaners, we will then disinfect hard surfaces and shampoo salvageable carpets as well as apply deodorant to combat any odors. If you've recently suffered from storm damage and are looking for storm damage repair or water damage cleanup, contact the specialists at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties today to help reinstate your home. Toll Free: (866) 445.8457, Office (870) 424.0296. 

What Damage can Affect Commercial Buildings

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Water Loss Commercial Building

Damage to any property can be highly stressful, expensive and upsetting for the owners. If you have a commercial property, then damage can have a whole extra dimension that makes matters all the worse. Fortunately, commercial restoration services exist to help restore your premises and get them back to functioning normally as quickly as possible. These services often tend to involve a range of other jobs which together can help to bring your property back to full health and save you a lot of time and money.

What Type of Damage Affects Commercial Buildings?

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 remove 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 then result in contaminated water affecting surfaces and furniture, in mold growing and in items being eroded. 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 from lightning. 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 your damage 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 (or as soon as the fire departments have dealt with any potential risks).

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 accruing in another room as a result of water damage, or if smoke got into an adjoining part of the building.

Once everything is cleaned and moved out and the building is sealed, commercial restoration will then involve the repair and remodeling of various rooms. This may mean installing new fittings such as bathrooms and kitchens, it might mean replacing individual items such as cabinets or it might mean repainting the walls and re-carpeting.

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

How To Keep Your Kitchen Mold-Free

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Kitchen Commercial Kitchen

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.