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Storm Damage

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding From Storm in Basement Flooded Basement

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

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

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

Documents Damaged From Flood

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

Documents From Flood After the flood, documents need restored.

Home and Business owners know that throughout our lives we amass many important pieces of paper, from birth certificates to insurance policies. Many people don't keep our personal effects as neatly as we would like. At times 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 and business 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 don't lose valuable information in the event of a flood.

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

It's also a good idea to create 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.

Keep all your most vital information in a secure box, 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.

When Storms or Floods Hit, Call SERVPRO!

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

A trailer park sits in brown, murky flood waters. When flooding hits your home or business, give the professionals at SERVPRO a call!

Until you have been face-to-face with the damage a flood can cause, it can be difficult to understand how extensive the damage can be. When storms or floods hit North Central Arkansas, SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties is ready!

SERVPRO of BBFM specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

When storms hit North Central Arkansas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have storm or flood damage? Call us today at (866) 445-8457. Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

A power line pole heavy with snow and ice leans over into a road making it dangerous to drive. If possible, stay off roads during a winter storm. Conditions can become treacherous in minutes.

When you think of storms, you probably think of thunder, lightning, heavy rains, and tornadoes. But as the year gets colder, what about winter storms? Winter storms can cause an increase in car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks due to over exertion. They bring extreme cold, freezing rain, ice, snow, and high winds. Winter storms can last a few hours or several days. They can and often do knock out power, causing a loss of heat and communication services. This can place elderly, young children, and sick individuals at greater risk. So how do you prepare for a winter storm?

The best way to prepare yourself for a winter storm is to know when winter weather is threatening your community and have supplies ready before it hits. You should pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Signing up for your community’s warning system is a great idea and having a weather radio on hand is also a great idea to stay informed about potential threats. Extreme weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time. Because of this, it’s important to prepare your home to keep the cold out with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Insulate pipes and educate yourself on how to keep them from freezing to prevent pipe bursts and water damage. You should also install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups. In case the storm should knock out power for several days, you should have supplies on hand to last you and everyone with you until power is restored. You should take into consideration each person’s specific needs, such as any medications they might need. Don’t forget about the needs of your pets! Make sure they’re taken care of too. Keep extra batteries handy for radios and flashlights. If you HAVE to go out in your car, make sure you have jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Be sure to keep the gas tank full as well. Learn the signs of and basic treatments for frostbite and hypothermia to help keep your family safe and healthy.

Now that you know how to prepare, what should you do during the storm? If possible, stay off roads. If you become trapped in your car, stay inside. A car that ran off the road is easier to spot and find than a single person wandering around. If you leave your car, you risk getting hypothermia or frostbite from wandering around in the snow. You also risk getting hit by other cars that are having trouble gripping the road in the snowy, icy weather. Limit your time outside to help prevent getting frostbite and hypothermia. If you need to go outside, wear multiple layers of warm clothing. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by only using generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven. Reduce the risk of a heart attack by avoiding overexertion when shoveling snow and watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away if symptoms are found.

How do you spot hypothermia and frostbite, and what do you do if you or someone else have it? Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes. Signs of frostbite are numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, and firm or waxy skin. If you or a family member have symptoms of frostbite, you should go to a warm room and soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm, and do not massage or use a heating pad. Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency. Signs of hypothermia are shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness. If you or a family member have symptoms of hypothermia, you should go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first: chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.

If you are under a winter storm warning, find shelter immediately. Stay off roads and stay indoors. Dress warmly, in layers if you can, and prepare for power outages. Use generators outside only and away from windows to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Listen for emergency information and alerts on a weather radio or other local news outlet. Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite, and check on your neighbors.

How to Be Prepared for Disasters

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

A plastic bin with emergency supplies. A blue backpack and fire extinguisher sit next to the bin. It may seem impossible to plan for the unpredictable, but you can in fact be prepared.

Disaster can strike at any time. It may seem impossible to plan for the unpredictable, but you CAN be prepared for emergencies. In the Ozarks, our most common emergency disasters are flash flooding and tornadoes. So how can you be prepared for these disasters? One of the best ways is by building a disaster preparation kit.

To make a basic disaster kit, you’ll need the following:

  • Water. One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food. At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

In addition to the basic items, you’ll want to also take these items into consideration when making your kit:

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Once your kit is made up, you’ll need to maintain it so that it’s ready when needed. Keep canned food in a cool, dry place and store boxed foods in tightly closed plastic or metal containers. Replace goods as they expire and re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

You can also store kits in multiple places so you’re ready anytime, anywhere. The best places to keep kits are home, work, and in your car. For your home kit, you should keep it in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept. For your work kit, be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water, and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case. The kit in your car should contain emergency supplies for in case you become stranded.

What to Do After A Storm

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fallen trees lay around and on a brick house which has a dipping roof and broken window from the tree on it. Be careful of broken glass when inspecting home or business damage after a storm.

When storm damage is mentioned, the mind typically thinks hurricanes and tornadoes. For our area though, storm damage can range from tornadoes and heavy thunderstorms to heavy snowfall and ice storms. Storms can change everything in the blink of an eye. They can cause destruction to your home or office, and poor restoration can leave you with an unhealthy home for your family. As challenging as recovery can be, you can take comfort in the fact that many have gone through similar experiences. This makes finding the direction you need a little easier. If you know what to expect and learn all you can before a storm hits, you’ll be more prepared to restore things to normal as quickly as possible. But before you begin inspecting the damage to your home or business, there’s a few things you should keep in mind.

Watch out for hazards such as broken glass or exposed nails and screws. Keep a pair of shoes by your bed in case you should need to evacuate a damaged house in the middle of the night. Always assume that downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Stay at least 10 feet away and notify the police and electric company. If you should begin inspecting the damage to your house at night, always use a flashlight rather than a candle (or anything with an open flame). This will alleviate the risk of a fire or explosion from a damaged gas line. If you do smell gas—or suspect a leak—shut off the main gas line, open the windows, and immediately go outside. Notify the gas company and the proper authorities of the situation and don’t return until they’ve deemed your home to be safe.

Your roof is the most susceptible to costly damage. If a tree limb or other heavy debris fell on your roof during a storm, your home might have structural damage, so be cautious. Roof damage can cause water damage to your home and belongings and become a more costly problem over time. After a storm, you should check your roof for holes, split seams, missing shingles, bruised or dented asphalt shingles, and cracked or broken tile, slate, or concrete shingles. You should also check for granules collecting in gutters and downspouts, leaks in your roof or ceiling, and dents on vents, gutters, or flashing.

Windows and doors are vulnerable to wind damage and flying debris. Inspect your windows for cracks, holes, broken panes and damaged frames. Watch out for shards of glass and be sure to board up broken windows until they can be fixed. Look for damage to siding, paint, bricks and other exterior surfaces of your home. Also check outdoor appliances, like air conditioning units. You’re looking for dings, dents, cracks, splitting, holes, breaks chipping and discoloration. As safely as you can, secure yourself and remove debris from roof, gutters and make sure downspouts are intact to continue to divert water away from your property. If there was extended power outages and you have a sump pump, you may have standing water in your basement. Remember, do not step into standing water without first making sure power is turned off to avoid the risk of electrocution. Re-engage the sump pump to discharge water from the area or call a plumber if the pump is damaged.

After a storm of any kind, you may need a board up service to help prevent more damage and to secure your property. Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties to board up your home or business when storm disaster strikes.

Rely on SERVPRO for Quick and Efficient Flood Damage Restoration Services

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Severe rainstorms can leave significant damage to your home, call SERVPRO to properly and quickly remediate the damage.

It is more common than you might think for severe rainstorms to cause significant damage to your property. High-winds and massive amounts of water easily penetrate roofing materials, light fixtures, and make their way into lower levels of your home. 

Whether you have experienced flood damage in your home before or not, you can benefit from having a local restoration expert inspect your property. Our technicians are IICRC certified and provide you with solutions to help protect or restore your home.

SERVPRO has access to a variety of equipment that makes removing a large volume of water as quick and efficient as possible. With experience dealing with events like this in all shapes and sizes, our personnel can have your home water-free, safely returning water levels to normal sooner than you might think possible.

SERVPRO checks for immediate hazards and helps you locate hidden dangers. It is our job to help you avoid costly repairs, limiting your losses before tragedy strikes. However, if you find yourself in the middle of an emergency, needing immediate help, our technicians are available 24/7 to assist.

We can take control of existing damage, perform any necessary repairs, and get you on the road to recovery fast. With access to water extractors of all shapes and sizes, advanced drying equipment and professionals trained in cleaning and odor removal methods our cleaning and restoration services help you make the most of a dangerous situation.

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties has qualified professionals ready to assist. Contact us for additional information or to schedule your home’s restoration, today. (870) 424-0296 – (866) 445-8457.

Storms can Bring Water Damage into Your Home through Open Windows or Worse

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage from an Open Window

Storm damage from an open window

Warm weather can make it tempting to leave windows open so that fresh breezes can pull pleasant scents inside from the great outdoors. Having blooming flowers nearby can perfume your home naturally and help raise oxygen levels in your home, also. Storms that replenish these plants can cause problems for homeowners, though, when windows stay open and rainwater leaks inside. Other situations can cause homes to sustain storm damage. These include strong winds or trees that fall onto the roof, letting rain collect in the upper area of your residence. Patio doors can also provide a way for rain to splash up and onto the floor. Water damage around and under windowsills can affect wooden frames and cause them to swell, making it difficult to open and close. Metal frames can rust and flake off paint. Cleaning these areas can make metal frames functional again, while wooden ones may require the installation of replacements. We perform this work according to accepted standards to ensure our customers that their home becomes safe again. Dangerous entryways make themselves known quickly, while similar areas under windows can permit easier access to outside pests. Keeping your home safe for you and unwelcoming to vermin and insects helps protect your family and guests. The technicians of SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties want to help your family live in a safe, dry home, free of the problems rainwater can cause when it enters your home. Residents with such dilemmas can get these issues resolved quickly by calling us at (866) 445-8457. Our number is always available, every day of the year, and we perform water extraction and clean-up services for all types of water damage, regardless of the source.

When Storms or Floods hit North Central Arkansas, SERVPRO is ready!

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

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.

When Storms or Floods hit North Central Arkansas, SERVPRO is ready!

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit North Central Arkansas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (866) 445-8457

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage

Beware of Frozen Pipes This Winter

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

Conquer Your Flooding Fears in Arkansas With SERVPRO

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

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)

•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. 

Flood Damage Can Include More Than Water-Related Problems

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Flood Damaged Documents

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

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.