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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. 

Mold Damage Prevention

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Prevention Drying damp areas immediately helps to prevent mold growth

Homeowners in Arkansas know that mold is an unwelcome house guest. Mold in your home looks unsightly but worse than that it damages your belongings and the structure of your home, and might cause health effects. That is why it is important to act on the first sign of mold damage. SERVPRO is here to help with mold damage to your home. Our IICRC certified technicians have the equipment and know how to carry out effective mold remediation. We quickly assess the extent of the mold damage, seal off the contaminated area, and get to work cleaning every surface. We understand that every mold damaged surface requires an individual approach to cleaning. We use powerful HEPA vacuums to get rid of loose mold spores, sanding and damp wiping to clean up semi-porous materials, and the correct cleaning compounds for smooth surfaces. Our aim is to mitigate mold damage and reduce the presence of mold for a nicer environment for you and your family. There are also various things you can do to prevent mold from occurring: Check For Problem Areas Be aware of the problem areas in your home. If your basement or laundry is susceptible to mold, start there. Do your best to waterproof problem areas and always keep an eye on them to check for new colonies. Dry Clothes Properly Damp clothes are a leading cause of mold in the home. Never leave damp clothes lying around – hang out to dry or use a tumble drier. If you must dry your clothes indoors, use a well-ventilated area. Keep The Humidity Down Humidity is a key factor in mold growth. Buy a simple humidity detector from your local hardware store and look out for condensation in your home, as it is a sign of raised humidity. Use dehumidifiers to keep the humidity down. Dry Damp Areas Immediately There are lots of causes of damp areas in your home. They include humidity, damp clothes, condensation, seepage from outside, and damage due to a flood or burst pipe. Drying damp areas immediately helps to prevent mold growth. Ventilate Your Home Good ventilation keeps air moving and makes it harder for mold to grow. Open your doors and windows regularly. Open your closets to let air circulate. Move your furniture away from the walls. Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties today for assistance with mold remediation. Contact us on (866) 445-8457 for the help you need.

Mold Remediation Services Available Throughout the Mountain Home Area

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Services Available Throughout the Mountain Home Area Wherever it is hiding, mold will be found by our trained technicians. Contact us before a small patch turns into a full blown infestation

Professional Tools Can Get the Mold Problem in Your Home Under Control Fast

Everyone already understands that mold can cause severe problems in your home. We also understand that your indoor living environment, your belongings, and the health of your family are at risk when you choose to ignore mold problems developing in your home.     SERVPRO follows EPA mold remediation guidelines to remediate mold issues, helping you clean and dry, materials, items, and surfaces within 48-hours that reduce your family's exposure to harmful bacteria and germs. These guidelines provide technicians standards and procedures to follow that promote providing practical answers to mold remediation projects, both big and small.   SERVPRO technicians make each job as clean, healthy, and safe as possible, protecting customers and workers from exposure. Maintaining this type of environment prevents disturbing mold during cleanup, spreading contamination to additional areas of your building and reduces possible health and safety issues throughout the entire remediation process.   Your SERVPRO team uses a variety of control and containment procedures to keep mold exposure found in your home under control. Negative-airflow machines, moisture detectors, and advanced cleaning methods all work together to provide you with the quality solutions you deserve.     None of this could be possible without locating and repairing the source of contamination, first. We provide you with a full-service solution to mold, water, and repairs necessary to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition. Getting mold growth in your home under control means helping you understand how these issues begin and showing you how to prevent similar problems in the future.   Contact SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties to obtain professional mold remediation services in your home, today. Never accept anything other than quality, precision work when it comes to maintaining a healthy home. (866) 445-8457

Types of Industrial Equipment Used in Commercial Large Loss Restoration

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Types of Industrial Equipment Used in Commercial Large Loss Restoration SERVPRO Large Loss on-site

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 halting normal business operations while the restoration 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.  This guide explains the main types of industrial equipment that are used by SERVPRO to provide commercial restoration services for large losses.

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