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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

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO crews on-site

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton and Marion Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - 866.445.8457

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton and Marion Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton and Marion Counties

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton and Marion Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton and Marion Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in North Central Arkansas.

The SERVPRO Cleaning Techniques After Fire Damage To Your Home

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The SERVPRO Cleaning Techniques After Fire Damage To Your Home Soot Cleanup from a Fire in Your Home Could Use SERVPRO Service

Fire Damage Cleanup Holds Many Options

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.

What Type of Damage Affects Commercial Buildings?

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What Type of Damage Affects Commercial Buildings? Be prepared and you will be able to weather any storm – quite literally!

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

Commercial Services-Property Management

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Services-Property Management Disaster can strike at any moment

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

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

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 

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

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

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

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

We work really hard at this type of facilities to make sure there's as little interruptions to tenants as possible. For example, we had an incident where there was water damage in a multi -tenant office building. Our team came in and got the job done without interfering with the other tenants. We make sure we take care of your facility with care, but also with professionalism and quality work as soon as possible. 

We can do work ranging from odor removal to Fire and Water Restoration. We can do that and more! We are available 24/7, so if a water damage occurs at 2:00AM in a tenant office, give us a call! 

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

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

"Like it never even happened."

Learn How SERVPRO Cleans and Restores Offices

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Learn How SERVPRO Cleans and Restores Offices Water removal is the primary step in bringing a saturated location back to its original dry condition.

Water line breaks, damaged roofing shingles, ill-timed sprinklers, or water used during firefighting measures can all lead to a water-logged mess. Water affects different things according to the porosity of the material from which it was made. Office complexes in our area can rely on commercial water removal services to regain control over their office’s environment once again after a disaster involving copious amounts of water has occurred. Our technicians have been trained and then given experience in mitigating water problems, in both large and small environments. At SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, our training results in certification from the IICRC, ensuring that our technicians can provide the services required regardless of the disaster type, size, or level of complexity. Having a mess in only one secluded section of your office, if large, never is a guarantee that equipment stored elsewhere is protected from damage. Water takes three forms, and humidity travels quite easily inside an enclosed area like your office. In smaller offices, this type of damage can happen much more quickly than in a larger one. When the water came from a contaminated source, our services also include effective decontamination methods that render your shop clean and free of any pathogens or other substances that can cause harm or illness. You, your employees, and your customers deserve a non-germy environment in which to conduct business, and we can help create this for you, even if the situation seems hopeless. Water removal is the primary step in bringing a saturated location back to its original dry condition. SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties uses pump trucks for standing water, hand-held units that extract water from water-logged porous materials such as carpets and furniture, specialized pads to increase the evaporation rate of water held inside floors, and a combination of dehumidifiers, air movers, and heaters for removing the last traces of humidity from the air.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties wants to help whenever your office needs us. No disaster is off-limits for us, so don't hesitate to call. Our number, (870) 424-0296, is answered 24/7, including holidays.

Flood Damage Can Include More Than Water-Related Problems

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Can Include More Than Water-Related Problems Until you have been face-to-face with the damage flood can cause it can be difficult to understand how extensive the damage can be.

Until you have been face-to-face with the damage flood can cause it can be difficult to understand how extensive the damage can be. Damages also include what the flood carried in with it, as well as household furnishings that were damaged by the increased humidity levels in higher areas of the home. Area residents who have flood damage in their homes also need to be aware of corrosion of metal items, possible mold growth, and security issues with swollen windows on second story floors. When SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties deals with a home that has had a flooding disaster, we address not only the standing water but every facet of flood damage. Contamination of both biological and chemical elements need to be addressed and eliminated. Carpeting needs to be pulled up so the padding below can be removed. Floors need time to dry thoroughly before padding and carpeting can be reinstalled. Destroyed materials must be properly inventoried and then disposed of in an approved manner. Wall materials must be torn out and replaced where they have been saturated and then repainted in their entirety. After visible damage from a flood has been eliminated through remediation efforts, mold inhibitors are applied where needed to prevent mold from growing. Mold inhibitors are also useful in preventing bacterial growth. Ensuring that clothing is completely dry before removing from the dryer is even more important after a flood, as damp clothing is especially vulnerable to infestations of mold and mildew. Air blowers used in conjunction with heaters, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers eliminate not only latent moisture but also any mold spores or other microscopic particles in the air. Cleaning in any area can dislodge particles that were otherwise fixed in their location and send them into the air. Air scrubbers and vacuums with HEPA-grade filters collect and prevent them from spreading. Before food damage can increase in your home after a water disaster, call the experienced professionals of SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, at (870) 424-0296. We are always available and can bring your home to pre-flood condition quicker than you might think possible.

What to do when you find Mold in Your Home or Business

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to do when you find Mold in Your Home or Business A bathroom in need of Mold Remediation

What to do when you find Mold in Your Home or Business

If you have recently found yourself in an unfortunate situation in which you have found mold within the interior premises of your home, then it may be of a benefit for you to know that there are options of remedial for you to resort to. 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 imperative for them to know that it has probably been there for a while. Also, although it may have been growing there for a while, it's important for them to know that it could also be a sign that there's fungus growing elsewhere within their property's premises as well.

An environmental hygienist is going to give you a myriad of benefits if you ask for their services. With microbial growth, you'll come to find out that it is not only detrimental to the conditions of your home, but also your health if you do not take the proper precautionary steps of advice that will be given to you. 

A mold cleanup task is always recommended when someone unexpectedly finds mold in their home. An environmental hygienist of Mehlville will be able to assist with such a situation in which the homeowner(s) has stumbled across mildew. It is 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. In the case the rain occurs during warm weather, there is a chance that the environment could be quite humid. 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 pipelines, 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 is 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 attained services for could start forming back again. In such cases, there could possibly be a bigger problem on your hands. Whichever 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.

Deodorizing After A Fire Damage To Your North Central Arkansas Home

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Deodorizing After A Fire Damage To Your North Central Arkansas Home One of the biggest problem after an incidence of fire is the lingering, foul, burnt odor.

Things You Should Know

One of the biggest problem after an incidence of fire is the lingering, foul, burnt odor. If the odor is not remedied professionally, it can stay on your property for a long time making it almost impossible to stay there.

Thankfully, professionals can help you get rid of this odor after fire damage to your North Central Arkansas home. The odor after an incidence of fire is a mix of chemical and natural odors due to the burning of wood, plastic, and other building material. Here at SERVPRO, we employ a multi-step process to eliminate odor and get your home smelling like home again- removing, and cleaning. Let's take a closer look at every step.

Removing
One of the first things that SERVPRO technicians do while tackling an odor problem after a fire is removing the source of the odor. The source of odor after a fire damage can be burnt wood or other building materials. Our IICRC certified technicians dispose of the source in a safely and efficiently.

Cleaning  
The second step during the deodorizing process is cleaning. Smoke and soot residues can deposit on and even penetrate the various surfaces such as walls and ceilings. SERVPRO technicians clean different surfaces depending on the type of the surface and residue deposited on it.

Sealing
Sealing is not required in most cases, but if the damage is extensive and the removal of the source is too expensive or impractical, it is the best option. Painting walls to seal in the odors is one such case.

We are here to help you in your hour of need. Call SERVPRO at Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties at (870) 424-0296 today to schedule an appointment and discuss your restoration needs.

How to avoid Frozen Pipes

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to avoid Frozen Pipes At What Temperature do Pipes Freeze? When should you be alert to the danger of freezing pipes?

Frozen pipes are one of the most common and costliest property damage events during the cold winter months. In fact, a burst pipe can result in tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Fortunately, frozen pipes can be prevented quite easily and inexpensively.

Water freezes when heat in the water is transferred to subfreez­ing air. The best way to keep water in pipes from freezing is to slow or stop this transfer of heat. Ideally, the best way to protect pipes from subfreezing tem­peratures, is by placing them only in heated spaces and out of attics, crawl spaces and outside walls. Unfortunately, this may not be a practical solution for existing homes. In the case of new construction, however, optimal pipe placement can be designed into the building.

Vulnerable pipes in existing homes should be fitted with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow the heat transfer. It is important not to leave gaps in the insulation that expose the pipe to cold air. Hardware stores and home centers stock a variety of foam rubber and fiberglass sleeves, in various thicknesses.

Cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes should be sealed with caulking to keep cold wind away from the pipes. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can keep warm inside air from reaching pipes under sinks and in adja­cent outside walls. It’s a good idea to keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to let the warm air circulate around the pipes.

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes:

  • Install a reliable back-up power source to ensure continuous power to the building.
  • Insulate all attic penetrations.
  • Properly seal all doors and windows. 
  • Seal all wall cracks and penetrations, including utility service lines.
  • Install insulation and/or heat trace tape with a reliable power source on various wet sprinkler system piping. This includes main lines coming up from underground passing through a wall as well as sprinkler branch lines.
  • Place a monitored automatic excess flow switch on the main incoming domestic water line to provide early detection of a broken pipe or valve when the space is unoccupied.
  • When away from home for an extended period of time, don’t set the thermostat at too low of a temperature. If you are not sure how low to set the temperature, consider shutting off the main water supply and draining the water system.

Open bathroom or kitchen faucets adjacent to outside walls to allow the water to slowly drip. This won’t necessarily prevent the pipe from freezing, but it will relieve excessive pressure to prevent the pipe from bursting, if it does freeze.

Call: SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties  (870) 706-0446 - (866) 445-8457

Flood Damaged Documents

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damaged Documents In the event of flood damage, it is all too easy to lose valuable documents or, even worse, find the flood waters have ruined them.

We all have a lot of necessary documents. Home owners know that throughout our lives we amass many vital pieces of paper, from birth certificates to insurance policies. Many of us do not keep our personal effects as neatly as we would like too. Sometimes life is just too busy to worry about filing. However, in the event of flood damage, it is all too easy to lose valuable documents or, even worse, find the flood waters have ruined them.

SERVPRO recommends all home owners take steps right now to protect their papers from flood damage. Once a natural disaster hits, it is too late to take action. Plan now so you do not lose valuable information in the event of flooding.

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

It is also a good idea to make backups of everything. You might keep a set of photocopies in another box in a different location. Alternatively, you might scan all your necessary documents and keep the files on CD or a USB drive. Always keep your electronic copies separate from the originals. Some people use a bank safe deposit box for their originals or keep their electronic copies in the home of a trusted friend or relative (do be sure to use a password if you take this option.)

What should you keep in your document box? SERVPRO recommends keeping all your most vital information, including your birth certificate, marriage certificate, social security documents, medical documents, driver’s license, passport, home paperwork, insurance, tax records, stocks and bonds, and your will and retirement plan. It is also a good idea to keep treasured items that cannot be replaced, such as your favorite recipes, or children's' artwork or photographs.

Our IICRC-certified technicians are available to help with post-flood cleanup. We can freeze dry water-damaged papers for later restoration. We also extract water, dry your home, and deodorize after.

For help with flood cleanup in North Central Arkansas and surrounding areas call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties at (866) 445-8457 today.

What to do if you discover water damage in your home!

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do if you discover water damage in your home! Drips Become Water Damaging Problems

Water damage probably is not something you think about a lot, but it can happen surprisingly easily. Perhaps you got called away while a faucet was still running, or maybe a pipe burst in your kitchen. Flooding is a real risk for homeowners, too. If you find water has leaked or got into your home in any way, it is necessary to get it fixed as quickly as possible. Where should you start?
 
The first thing to do if you discover water damage in your home is identify the source of the water, and cut it off if you can. Try and do this quickly to prevent the problem from getting any worse. Stop up any leaks, shut off any running faucets, use sandbags towels as a barrier against flowing water on the floor.

Once you have identified and cut off the source of the water, what then? It is vital that you remedy any water damage as quickly as possible. If left unchecked, water can harm your home’s structure and furnishings, and encourage the growth of mold. Our water damage technicians are skilled at mitigating secondary water damage. This limits out of pocket expenses and reduces stress and inconvenience.
 
Luckily, help is at hand. SERVPRO is ready and waiting to help you deal with water damage in your home. We can respond to your call quickly and send out our IICRC certified technicians to get the situation under control and help restore your home.
 
From the moment they arrive, our SERVPRO technicians get to work drying out your home. We remove any contaminated and non-salvageable materials and do everything we can to make your home safe. Our focus is on getting your home dried out as quickly as possible to minimize damage to your house and inconvenience to you.
 
Our team brings powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry out your home, including water damaged materials such as carpets. Air movers help dry your home by expelling the moist, humid air from the room and bringing in warm, dry air to create a drier atmosphere and increase evaporation. 


Our qualified SERVPRO technicians are experienced in placing our equipment in the most efficient manner, to dry your home out quickly. Whether the problem is confined to just one room or affects your whole house, we  come equipped with everything needed to start drying it out straight away. Moreover, if your home needs professional products to help mitigate any resulting mold growth, our technicians are trained to apply those too.
 
If you discover water damage in your home, don’t delay – call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties. We are dedicated to serving our local community. For an immediate 24/7 response to your water emergency call us at (866) 445-8457.

How Flood Damage affects the furniture in your home.

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Flood Damage affects the furniture in your home. Call SERVPRO for water removal from your property after a flood

Flood Damage is a serious issue for any homeowner. A sudden quantity of water can do untold damage to your house and belongings. That is why we recommend you call us as soon as possible after a flood - swift action helps mitigate damage and gives the best chance of restoring your house "Like it never even happened."

Here is four main issues to be aware of regarding flood-damaged furniture and how SERVPRO helps with them:

1. Water causes wood to swell, and as much furniture has a wooden frame this is a real problem. Our technicians extract and wipe water from the furniture and surroundings area as quickly as possible and ensure drying is carried out evenly and at the correct speed.

2. Water stains give furniture an uneven, splotchy look and are particular concern for items that are dry clean only. We come equipped with foggers to wet the furniture evenly and encourage more even drying.

3. Upholstery dyes might run and cause stains, and there is also a risk of colors bleeding onto the floor. Our teams know how best to "tent" furniture cushions and the best configuration of air movers and dehumidifiers for a fast result.

4. Furniture that is left damp is subject to the risk of mildew growth. We discourage mildew growth by extracting water quickly using a specialist upholstery extraction tool and by drying furniture thoroughly inside and o

Hard Lesson Learned When Bacon Left Unattended

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hard Lesson Learned When Bacon Left Unattended Cooking food on the stove, especially with grease, should never be left unattended. Call SERVPRO to remediate after an accident.

Weekend mornings are busy times for families. Preparing for sports, outings, and work around the home requires a hearty breakfast. Unexpected events during the cooking of the morning meal sometimes draw the home chef away, with catastrophic results. If a grease fire brings your day to a halt, SERVPRO is ready to take charge of a seamless restoration.
 
You know bacon should not be left to fry on its own, but a bang and a scream in the family room pulls you away to settle the bickering between a couple of your children. The meat sputters, and grease ignites. As you rush back, you are greeted with a stovetop in flames. A chemical fire extinguisher snuffs the blaze, but the greasy smoke and soot already coats every surface in the kitchen and floats throughout the house. Call us before you exacerbate the situation because grease fire damage in your home requires a professional cleanup.
 
Our SERVPRO crews arrive at your grease fire with years of experience and training in abating this type of disaster. We have the equipment, tools, and know-how to restore your home “Like it never even happened.” The crew member in charge assesses the damage, and the team gets to work. Burned cooking vessels and their contents go in a disposal bag. We evaluate the soot coating the surfaces to determine if it wipes away with one of our spray cleaners or if abrasive techniques must be used carefully. Then the work begins.
 
We know how smoke and soot move during a fire, and how chemicals used to extinguish it impact the cleanup. Expect us to inspect for hidden damage in cabinets, on window coverings, and in areas far from the fire, as ash and soot float freely. Window blinds receive an immersion cleaning; curtains bundle up for a trip to the laundry or dry cleaners. Hard, nonporous surfaces scrub clean, upholstery and carpeting undergo deep vacuuming unless the soot is too sticky. Walls and ceilings need cleaning following the proper protocol our techs learned in industry approved certification courses.
 
Odors may linger, and our team works with you and your perception of smoky smells to eliminate this final evidence that a grease fire occurred. Professional deodorizing sprays can take care of the problem, but we also offer thermal fogging in persistent cases, the deodorizing compound combusting in a heated chamber that recreates the fire conditions, the better to neutralize the smell.
 
SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties is familiar with efficient grease fire damage restoration, ready to transform a sooty mess back to your kitchen fast. Call (866) 445-8457 to have a crew of recovery experts scheduled to abate smoke, soot, charring and other harm at your home.

Moisture and Damage from Water Are Remedied by Expert SERVPRO Service

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

General Moisture and Damage from Water Are Remedied by Expert SERVPRO Service Using Relative Humidity As a Guide in Water Damage Restoration

When a leak or moisture problem develops in a property, one of the first signs is a change in air quality. In fact, in the case of a concealed leak (behind a wall, for example), this can be the only giveaway that something is wrong. As some people are more sensitive to air quality than others, they may notice it fairly quickly.

Often, they experience a clamminess. It can make sleeping difficult. It happens when the relative humidity within a space is too high, usually as a result of on-going water damage in Mountain Home homes. While there’s no health risk, high humidity eats away at organic materials like wood and cotton and can be a conducive condition leading to mold proliferation.

This is why SERVPRO recommends an efficient program of drying and restoration as soon as water damage gets discovered.

What Is Relative Humidity?
Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor present in the air. If it rises above 60%, the ambient air starts to become uncomfortable. It is when you might get that cold sensation on your skin. While it is not dangerous, human beings are happiest with a humidity between 50-60%, so water damage repairs aim to bring it down to this level.

How is Relative Humidity Lowered?
The fastest and safest way to make this reduction is with dehumidifiers. They extract a controlled amount of water from the air until relative humidity reaches the desired percentage. The process usually forms the largest part of the restoration job, because dehumidification prevents secondary water damage. Of course, if there are large volumes of water present from a significant problem, then extraction of the standing water is crucial.

Can High Humidity Produce Odors?
A high relative humidity only produces unpleasant smells if mold has started to set in and materials are degrading. Wooden furniture, for example, is often the first to absorb moisture and rot away. You can prevent this by reporting water damage as soon as you spot it and getting the repair team in right away.

At SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, we approach every water damage case with a fresh eye. Our technicians inspect the building, before starting work, and determine the level of relative humidity first. That way, they can select the best methods for the job. Call us 24/7 at (866) 445-8457.

SERVPRO Utilizes Many Pieces of Equipment for the Extraction of Water in Mountain Home Properties

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Utilizes Many Pieces of Equipment for the Extraction of Water in Mountain Home Properties SERVPRO Uses Industry Leading Equipment for Water Removal in Mountain Home

Secondary water damage can affect many things in your home. Removing the water and the humidity in the air can reduce or even eliminate much of the risk of this type of damage. However, the process of removing water needs to begin as soon as you know there is a water emergency.

In Mountain Home homes, SERVPRO tailors water removal services to the specific requirements of the home involved. For significant amounts of water that results in interior flooding, including the basement, we use trucks that quickly pump standing water out. When there is less water remaining because of our earlier efforts, or the emergency involves less water, to begin with, we use small portable water extraction units.

When we have removed enough water that your home is only damp, we continue reducing the amount of moisture in your home with additional methods. Some types of secondary water damage can be prevented from occurring with these techniques. Such damage can include substantially increased microbial growth, cracking and splitting of wood furniture, and deterioration of your home's walls and foundation.

Fans are not adequate in creating the required amount of airflow, so we use larger, more powerful air movers. As these blow air around the interior of your home, the air absorbs the moisture still present. Because this moisture needs to be removed, and not just evaporated into the air, dehumidifiers are also used in conjunction with the air movers. Large axial box fans are also useful to large volumes of air movement.

Sometimes, when the air is cooler, we also use heaters to raise the indoor temperature. Refrigerated dehumidifiers require an ambient temperature of at least 70 degrees to extract moisture from the air effectively. Some situations, involving contaminated water, require that air scrubbers be used. When foul odors are present, an ozone-producing unit or hydroxyl generator is always a good choice to add to the equipment used.

SERVPRO water extraction procedures remove the water and the risks of secondary water damage, making everything “Like it never even happened.” Call us, SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, 24/7, at (870) 424-0296.

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration Biohazard

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today   (866) 445-8457

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

Common Biohazard Scenarios

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

24 Hour Emergency Service

We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Call Us Today  (866) 445-8457 – Located in Mountain Home,AR

SERVPRO Technician reach IICRC certification in Fire & Smoke Restoration

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties is proud to announce that Nicole Brakebill recently has qualified by education and examination as a Certified Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician and Odor Control Technician by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification). This technician have sacrificed many hours and a great deal of time and study to reach this level of certification.

SERVPRO Technicians reach IICRC certification

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties is proud to announce that Joe Ostrowski and Travis Diaz recently has qualified by education and examination as a Certified Water Damage Restoration Technician by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification). These technicians have sacrificed many hours and a great deal of time and study to reach this level of certification.

100 year old Victorian Home in Harrison

2/5/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 100 year old Victorian Home in Harrison Fire Restoration

Victorian home in Harrison built in 1916 had a fire in one area of home. Congratulations to Harrison Fire Dept. for the work to save this home, fire damage held to just a couple of rooms but lots of smoke and soot. SERVPRO was called to begin the fire restoration process. We first started the drying process from all the water used by fire department, then removing and cleaning the contents, last removed the charred areas. The owner was thrilled that the first step to getting back in their home was complete.

IICRC Training

11/24/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has 2 Techicans that have recently completed Education Requirements with the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). JASON ROWE has completed Master Water Restorer and JOEL BINFORD has completed Master Fire Restorer.

Tobacco Staining

11/2/2015 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tobacco Staining SERVPRO Technician using the correct cleaning product to make a huge difference!

Before and after photos of home with extreme tobacco staining. With SERVPRO'S experience, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications for all our Technicians we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Biohazard, trama cleanup in north central Arkansas

9/22/2014 (Permalink)

SERVPRO franchise professionals provide fast, reliable biohazard and trama cleanup to residential and commercial property owners to all of north central Arkansas and south central Missouri. Our Technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. SERVPRO franchise professionals help turn unsafe envorments into clean, safe homes and offices.

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