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What to Expect After Contacting SERVPRO?

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What to Expect After Contacting SERVPRO? SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties has teams available 24 hours a day, call (866) 445-8457.

If a client has suffered damage to their home, it is important to act quickly. SERVPRO’s 24-hour availability makes them a top choice for many insurance agencies. Here is what you can expect during the first several hours after contacting SERVPRO.

  1. A Quick Response

When a building has been damaged, the response time is an important factor in how time-consuming and how costly restoration will be. SERVPRO is always open, so you can expect to hear back within an hour after you have contacted them about the emergency. Once you have provided them with the necessary information, they will begin preparing to address the needs of your client.

  1. Arrival to the Damaged Site

With over 1,700 locations, SERVPRO can arrive quickly to any emergency. They can be on site to begin the restoration process within four hours. This fast response can make a huge difference if your client’s home has suffered a great deal of damage. Beginning the process more quickly will result in less damage overall which can end up costing the insurance agency less money.

  1. Inspection and a Verbal Briefing

Once SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties arrives, they will inspect the home to determine the extent of the damage and decide on the best course of action moving forward. This should all happen within eight hours of your initial call. They will provide a verbal briefing so that you and your client are aware of what will happen next. Their quick 24-hour response will allow them to begin mitigation as soon as possible to prevent any further damage before they begin work on necessary repairs.

Because it can spread and worsen quickly, the 24-hour period after damage has occurred is crucial. SERVPRO’s fast response will save the agency money and allow your client to have their home back sooner.

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties has teams available 24 hours a day, call (866) 445-8457.

How to Keep Your Restaurant Kitchen Mold-Free?

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How to Keep Your Restaurant Kitchen Mold-Free? Install a ventilation system in your 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

SERVPRO Offers Property Owners Mold Remediation and Encapsulation as a Preventative Measure

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Offers Property Owners Mold Remediation and Encapsulation as a Preventative Measure Crawlspaces Benefit from SERVPRO's Mold Remediation and then Encapsulation. Call for a Consultation.

Our homes deal with water problems every year, but they often miss what can be a follow-up disaster. Usually, dormant spores become active and proliferate through a home after they absorb enough moisture.   A large share of mold damage starts behind walls and under the feet of homeowners. SERVPRO restoration teams often find themselves pulling down walls and crawling under homes to find the source of the problem.   In cases like these, the mold usually grows over surfaces, but it can dig into drywall and even the framing behind it if not caught quickly. While drywall is easy and cheap to remove and replace, wall framing can be more difficult. Technicians often are required to scrape mold from the surface, and if the spores went deep, they could sand down the surface to remove the infestation. Wood studs can also be sprayed with an antimildew product after removing the mold and hyphae.   To reduce the risk of mold growth and contamination, SERVPRO recommends encapsulation for crawlspaces exposed to water. Team members start by examining the concrete walls for leaks and seeps. If they find one even as small as a pinpoint, they use hydraulic cement to seal them against further water intrusion.   Other specialists’ level the dirt floor to prevent pooling and then cover it with heavy, polyethylene sheeting. If needed, they use wood framing to hold the sheets in place. Next, they secure the ends of the sheets to the now sealed walls with a polyurethane caulk or a specially designed, two-sided, foundation tape. Team members continue using polyethylene sheets to seal off the walls and secure them with the same caulk and tape.   After completing encapsulation, specialists use a moisture meter to determine if the humidity levels are at an acceptable level. If needed, they can use a dehumidifier to remove water from the air until the level measures as normal. In extreme conditions or environments, a permanent dehumidifier can be installed in the crawl space. Less moisture means less chance of mold growth. The encapsulation also limits food sources for mold spores to develop into large colonies.   Our goal at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties is to bring each home back to a clean condition. If you are still dealing with effects from the last storm or flood whether the result was mold damage or not, contact us at (866)445.8457 today to begin the restoration process.

House Fire Season? Not When It's Your Home!

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage House Fire Season? Not When It's Your Home! What if you have a fire?

We often hear about a particular time of the year as being the "season for house fires," meaning house fire disasters are on the rise from that month forward. It is usually associated with colder weather when we start to use more home heating.  When it comes to your home, however, there is no "season" for a fire. It can strike at any time. The sad fact is that 2,500 people will be killed in fires over the next year.  13,000 people will suffer serious injuries related to fires and the loss of property - in terms of real dollars - will be more than $7 Billion!

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties provides expert restoration services if you have experienced a house fire. If that is your situation now, please call (866) 445-8457 so we can begin restoring your home. The residue left from a fire, known as soot, presents hidden dangers if not properly removed from your home and your possessions. Soot is acidic in nature and within hours to days, it will begin to decay or even destroy whatever surface it comes in contact with.

SERVPRO technicians are trained to determine what can be salvaged and what needs to be discarded. Each home contains items of sentimental value like pictures and heirlooms. Until help arrives, pictures need to be removed from glass frames as quickly as possible, so they can dry unless they have become stuck to the glass. Valuable items like jewelry, weapons, ammunition, financial papers and other personal items should be removed from the home for safe keeping.

We have helped hundreds of families recover from house fire damages. Visit our websites for information on how we can restore your property at www.SERVPRObaxterboonefultonmarioncounties.com Located at 3918 Hwy 5 South, Mountain Home, AR   (866) 445-8457.   We cover North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri.

Avoid Frozen Water Pipes

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoid Frozen Water Pipes Take care of your pipes this winter!

Don’t let the cold temperatures of winter burst your pipes. By following these simple tips, you’ll not only save yourself the trouble of broken pipes and gushing water, but you’ll also save yourself a lot of money in repair fees.

  • Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas. Pipelines in an unheated garage or cold crawl space under the house can freeze; wrap the water pipes before temperatures plummet. Hardware or building supply stores have pipe wrapping materials available. 
  • Seal off access doors, air vents and cracks. Repair broken windows to keep the cold winter winds outside where they belong.  
  • Find the master shutoff. The master valve may be near the water heater or washing machine. Make sure everyone in your household knows where it is in case a pipe burst. Acting quickly can prevent flooding and thousands of dollars in repairs.  
  • Worried about pipe freeze? Run a minimal amount of water in a kitchen sink, on nights when weather forecast calls less than 20 degrees. A small and steady stream of water will be enough to keep your pipes from freezing, and you can even collect the water in a bucket to water houseplants.
  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. You should have all outdoor water connections, including irrigation systems, properly shut off during the winter. A single overnight freeze can burst faucets and pipes, so it’s important to disconnect the hose and let the water drain.
  • It’s too late – my pipes already froze! What do I do now?
  • First, call your plumber!
  • Second, locate your master shutoff valve. This will come in handy if things take a turn for the worst.
  • Third (for those DIY-ers out there), don’t try and melt the water by using fire, as heating one spot of the pipe can cause it to burst. Instead, use a hair dryer on low to distribute the heat evenly across the pipe.
  • If you don’t have a hair dryer, then you can wrap the frozen section in rags and gently pour hot water across it. The rags help to distribute the heat from the water evenly.  

In the event that the worst does happen, call the experts to help clean up any water damage caused by burst pipes or flooding. The trained and professional water damage technicians at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties at (866) 445-8457.

Beware of Frozen Pipes This Winter

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Beware of Frozen Pipes This Winter Frozen Water Line inside Home

Winter is on its way, and in our area that means freezing cold weather and a host of potential problems for your home. Chief among them is the issue of frozen pipes, which ranks among the most common plumbing repair calls in the winter months. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure as they say, and while a good plumbing service will always be on hand to repair such damage, it’s much easier to stop it from happening in the first place. Now is the ideal time to address frozen pipes before they get started.

Why Are They a Problem?

Frozen pipes are a problem first and foremost because they block water flow to the affected outlets, which can bring your home screeching to a halt. But it’s worse than that. When water freezes, it expands, which means that frozen pipe put a tremendous amount of pressure on the interior surface of the pipe. In many cases, that can cause the pipe to burst, sending ice and freezing cold water into surrounding material like drywall. Frozen pipes are difficult to deal with but burst ones can become very expensive very quickly.

Prevention Is the Key

The first step to preventing frozen pipes is to shut off the water to all outdoor outlets, such as the sprinklers, then open the valve to drain out the rest of the water. Then check your home for pipes that might be vulnerable, such as those running through an outside wall or those in an uninsulated part of the home like the basement. A good plumber can help you spot the pipes most vulnerable to freezing.

With that info in mind, the plumber can then add insulation sleeves to the pipe, adjust things like the water heater to keep the water warm, and even re-route piping in a dangerous location so that it runs much less risk of freezing during the winter.

In the event that the worst does happen, call the experts to help clean up any water damage caused by burst pipes or flooding. The trained, caring and professional water damage technicians at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties are here 24/7/365 to help you through the entire restoration process so you can get your home and your life back to normal as quickly as possible. Call Toll Free (866) 445-8457, the Office (870) 424-0296 or email SERVPRO9840@hotmail.com

What is Fire Damage and How Restoration Works

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What is Fire Damage and How Restoration Works Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties if you have a fire!

A fire can lead to serious and significant property damage and any number of problems that will negatively impact your quality of life and cost you a lot of money until you get them repaired. Many people don’t realize the full extent or nature of fire damage or a large number of different services offered by SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties.

Immediate Damage

In the case of a fire, the first thing you are likely to notice is that your items have been burned leading to them being destroyed. This can ruin walls, cabinets, counter tops and much more leaving them looking dilapidated and not fit for purpose.

This is the most obvious type of damage that SERVPRO will help to address..

Smell and Dirt

Fire damage doesn’t just destroy your property though, it can also cause a lot of bad odor and can stain your various surfaces. When there is fire, there is normally also smoke and this can travel through your property staining your walls carpets and leaving dust, dirt, and soot across your surfaces. This can be quite extensive and will cover not only the room affected by the fire but also the adjacent rooms nearby.

For these reasons, SERVPRO will also make it a priority to clean and sanitize your home. This will make your belongings usable again and it will also prevent health issues that may be caused by them. Importantly it will also help to get rid of bad odors that can otherwise linger for a long time.

This process will involve the use of many different cleaning appliances and industrial equipment. This can even extend to carpet cleaning services which can help to remove small amounts of smoke, soot, and other issues from in-between the carpet fibers. This can’t easily be reached by vacuums.

Water Damage

While fire damage and water damage might seem like they’re at other ends of the spectrum, often they can actually occur together. This is the case if fire damage leads to a burst pipe or tank which can then lead to water spilling out over your premises. It can also be a result of fire damage causing leaks and letting the weather affect your home.

In these cases then, SERVPRO must offer fire and water damage restoration. To do this, we will first address the source of the moisture and will then go on to remove any large pools of water.

Other Issues

Fire damage can be incredibly extensive and can also damage your property in other ways. For instance, it can damage your electrical wiring, your plumbing, and electrical appliances. Thus you might need any number of different services to ensure your home doesn’t just look repaired but is also able to function normally.

How to Find a Fire Damage Restoration Company

If you have experienced fire damage in your home, then you should work quickly to try and repair it and restore as much of your property as possible.

Having the number of a good fire damage restoration company is an important first step. Make sure that the company you find provides 24-hour emergency contact so that they can come out rapidly to deal with any serious damage that might be causing leaks and other problems that are progressive in nature.

Make sure as well to carefully research the company’s track history as well as the full range of services that they offer. You want an organization that will provide you with full renovations and that has mostly good reviews from other users.

Likewise, you should make sure that your home is fully insured. By using a comprehensive insurance plan, you will have financial aid when it comes to finding fire damage restoration services and you will also be able to get any items replaced that need to be completely disposed of.

On top of all this, you should also take as many steps as possible to prevent fire damage entirely. This means making sure that you are careful when cooking and it means avoiding leaving plugs on. At the same time, it also means using a fire alarm and ensuring that this works at all times by testing it regularly.

All these steps will help you to prevent fires where possible and to deal with the damage quickly when they do still happen. When you are in need of a fire and smoke damage restoration company in North Central Arkansas. Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, (866) 445-8457

Water Damage from Many Sources Can Affect Your Property

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage from Many Sources Can Affect Your Property Water Removal After Accidents in Your Home Gets Fast Results with SERVPRO

Clogged drains can cause overflows resulting in water damage, and usually do so with no notice. You suddenly have a massive amount of water where it does not belong. Expert, fast action is needed and is essential to protect your property to minimize the harm.   Since plumbing accidents can happen without warning, SERVPRO has experienced crews ready to respond to your water removal emergency any time of the day, any day of the week. We act quickly to ensure the safety of you and our workers and determine the cause of the overflow problem in your home. If it has not already been done, we shut down the water supply.   Upon arrival, we pre-inspect the damaged areas carefully and look for any dangerous situations such as electrical hazards or soft subflooring. The standing water is then pumped out with industrial, truck-mounted pumps for large volumes of water. If the sink is located on an upper floor, we check the walls and floors underneath it for any water seepage and remove that as necessary.   SERVPRO technicians also use a moisture meter to figure out the extent of the water penetration in flooring, ceilings, and walls. We move and block any furniture when necessary and extract water from hard surface flooring and carpeting. Carpets are detached, and we then extract the water from the padding and floor. The pad is removed from your structure and in most cases, it is discarded.   Once everything affected is checked for additional damages such as delamination in carpets, or visible mold, we treat with an appropriate deodorizer and antimicrobial. We position air movers for drying, so they deliver a rapid airflow to the wet surfaces. We base the number of air movers on the recommendations from IICRC. The driers are often checked, and the positions of them are shifted as needed to make sure your home is dried in the shortest amount of time possible. SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties is an experienced and trusted water damage remediation company. When you have a sink overflow for any reason, contact us right at (866) 445-8457 for all of North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri.

SERVPRO Technicians are Experts at Finding Hidden Leaks

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Technicians are Experts at Finding Hidden Leaks Pipes leaking behind a ceiling can cause extensive damage and possibly mold. Call SERVPRO quickly to investigate.

A cause of wasted water in your home is a slow leak in your plumbing fixtures, pipes and appliances especially leaks behind walls. Since these leaks are usually silent, they are often undetected. However, SERVPRO can repair any of these types of water leaks. If untreated, hidden plumbing leaks can cause serious water damage to your home and the need for water removal. There are usually some small signs to help you find these kinds of leaks. Mold grows well in dark, moist areas that are usually hidden under flooring or behind walls. If a pipe starts leaking, mold can grow in the area. If you see mold in places where water is not usually found, like non-shower walls, you might have a pipe which is leaking. Other things to keep an eye out for include peeling wallpaper or paint on your walls, a wall which is stained or warped for no apparent reason, a musty smell, or a cracked, bubbled or water-stained ceiling or floor, especially in the bathroom. Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties right away so that we can use our professional instruments to detect if there is in fact water inside your walls or any other hidden areas. Once we find the problem, we can use our experience and professional knowledge to take care of the leak, clean up the water, and repair any damages as quickly as possible. If you suspect a leak at all, you want to call us at SERVPRO right away because the longer you let it go, the more damage you could incur. Besides cost for repairs, you run the risk of mold growing. Mold can cause health effects to you and your family. We can help detect any hidden moldas well and clean it up properly. Water removal is not as difficult as you think when you have the right team helping you. Hidden leaks can cause many problems, so contact SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties as soon as possible. We can be easily reached at (866)445-8457 any time you need us.

Fire-Resistant Materials

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire-Resistant Materials 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.