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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.

Mold in Mountain Home? What You Need To Know

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Mountain Home? What You Need To Know Mold - From The Ordinary To The UnHealthy

Microscopic mold spores occur naturally. Over 100,000 types of fungi have been identified. Some types of fungi are very useful.  They are used to bake our breads and to ferment alcoholic beverages.  The unique flavor of Blue Cheese and Gorgonzola Cheese is the result of mold; and lifesaving penicillin is also the product of mold.

Although some forms add value to our lives, other forms of mold can be harmful to our health, especially infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with asthma, allergies, and weakened immune systems.

Some companies advertise “Mold Removal” and even go as far as to guarantee that they will remove all mold.  This is a misconception, as it is impossible to remove all molds from a home or business.  SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties offers Mold Remediation, which reduces the mold spore count back to its “natural” or “baseline level”.

Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals will come into your home and evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure.  Using various testing devices and equipment, these professionals collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment.  

If You Think You See Mold, Call Us Today (866) 445.8457.  Our trained professionals will inspect your home or business, and create a scope of work to remediate the mold from the structure.    

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Conquer Your Flooding Fears in Arkansas With SERVPRO

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Conquer Your Flooding Fears in Arkansas With SERVPRO Flood damage needs to be handled correctly to prevent secondary damage. Call SERVPRO for a more in depth explanation of the process.

North Central Arkansas experienced its share of flash flooding over the past several seasons. With microburst storms more and more common throughout the country, it is likely more damage is in the future. Knowing that flood waters are possible means area homeowners look to SERVPRO to provide the help needed to restore properties after such a disaster.   The question is not whether floods will damage homes, but what the savvy owner does to recover when the unthinkable happens? Flood waters are devastating to structures and contents. An experienced flood restoration company with high-qualified staff and top-notch equipment is vital for the best results after flooding.   Health concerns rise because the water entering homes during flooding frequently contains infectious waste from storm sewers and the land and waterways surrounding residential areas. The runoff from roads and driveways includes automotive products, salts, and other chemicals. SERVPRO trains its staff to respond appropriately to these challenges. Homeowners lack comprehensive understanding concerning contaminated water, and how to properly extract and dispose of it that a trusted restoration company brings to the disaster. Shore up your knowledge by hiring an industry leader, secure that proper protocols are in place to protect your home and the health of your family.   Tough decisions arise when hazardous waters flood your living spaces. You need a professional to explain the risks in a way you comprehend. A reasonable and cost effective plan also must fall into place. SERVPRO perceives the problems and is familiar with efficient and thorough ways to transform the seemingly ruined lower levels of your home to pre loss condition.

  At the same time, this company has as its ultimate concern the health and well-being of its customers. If contaminated items, from walls, floors, and ceilings to fixtures and contents, are too far gone to ensure safety, SERVPRO lists options to protect all from harm. Relying on their expertise and extensive training in flood recovery efforts just makes sense.   Hard rains followed by flooding are no match for SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties. Give this community resource a call at (866) 445.8457 to get back your home and peace of mind.

Storm Damage Restoration Process

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Restoration Process •As you can see, when you suffer from natural disasters, the storm damage restoration process is something the experts can handle.

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.