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Water Damage and Flood Cleanup for your Crawford County Home

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Water Can Damage Homes in Crawford County, Keep It Out with SERVPRO'S Expertise!

Extraction Is Key in Mitigating Water Damage from a Storm

Floods happen when there is too much water on the ground that either cannot drain off or be absorbed into the soil. Rain, melting snow, a broken water main, and many other causes exist. Floods are almost impossible to control, and efforts often fail. Flood damage can be extremely expensive to clean up and remove, and the costs are not only related to structures damaged by flood water.

Van Buren is not immune to water damage, and flooding can cause health risks to develop in your once safe and secure home. SERVPRO is ready at any time to help you in this type of emergency situation, and many other types, as well. We may not be able to control the weather, but we have the equipment required to rid your home of flood damage quickly so your family can return home with less time spent in emergency housing. We know dealing with flood damage can be a very stressful time for you and your family, and we also know that you'll want to return to a home that is not only clean-looking but also sanitary.

We will use moisture meters to find areas that seem undamaged but that have absorbed moisture from the air and also by wicking into otherwise untouched areas that were under water. Water from flood waters will include many tiny, living microorganisms. These can travel with the absorbed water, the contamination spreads. Drying these areas out will kill many microorganisms. Our SERVPRO technicians will apply antifungal and antimicrobial agents to ensure that a sanitary state is restored to your property.

To dry an area after flood damage has occurred, we place duhumidifiers and fans in specific areas, and in very specific positions. These should not be moved until the area has been returned to acceptable moisture-content levels. Air scrubbers will also be used if mold has been discovered, or if the flood water was noxious. The groundwater is typically a category 3 type of water, also called Black Water, which contains many varying kinds of contaminants. When we come in contact with Category 3 water, anything porous is considered non-salvageable. Sheetrock is considered non-salvageable after category 3 water and will need to be removed. Doing a shorter flood-cut is one way that SERVPRO saves you money. By making this smaller cut, we are still able to remove what is necessary to restore the damage. And you don’t have to pay for replacement for more than what was critical. 

The cleaning of furniture and other household items is another way we will prepare your home for your family's return. Furniture legs and other wooden sections that are visible must be cleaned and dried out to prevent cracking and peeling of finishes. The interior frames must also be dried out, with upholstered areas also being cleaned inside first. This reduces odors in the future, in addition to the reduction of the risk of mold. If the soft surfaces were heavily exposed to contaminated water, then we will dispose of them, deeming them non-salvageable.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

For more about SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

Do Not Wait To Arrange For Water Removal In Van Buren

1/1/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo If not removed quickly, water accidents threaten severe damage.

Water is a necessity of life, and we use it inside our Van Buren homes for drinking, bathing, cleaning, and our sanitary systems, among other things. Because the pipes, basins, and appliances that use water are everywhere in our homes, the chances are good that water spills and leaks frequently. If not removed quickly, water accidents threaten severe damage.

Although a homeowner can mop up a minor spill easily, when larger quantities of water invade areas of your Van Buren house, water removal by professionals becomes necessary. A burst pipe or overflowing washing machine sends gallons of water across floors. Water follows the path of least resistance, flowing into the cracks and joints of your structure where it soaks in and hides. Our well-trained technicians have the skills and the tools to find and remove water fast no matter where it migrates after the event.

The SERVPRO crew assigned to your project locates all water that needs removal, both the obvious areas and the pockets that may lie under flooring and between walls. We use moisture meters and scanners that pinpoint pooled water behind obstructions. Using pumps and extractors, crew members pull water out and then we use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the structure.

Industry experts warn that as time passes water damage accelerates the deterioration of structural materials and contents. Even a day or two of waiting risks collateral damage such as mold growth. Water that was relatively clean becomes progressively dirtier as days go by, contaminated with microbes and substances that mix with the water, including dirt, cleaning products, and other chemicals on surfaces or in crevices, and a host of other debris. SERVPRO scales up our response to eliminate the water swiftly, minimizing the time contaminants have to taint it.

We monitor the quality of the water as we remove it, and decide to contain and dispose of gray or black water according to local codes as required by law. Using SERVPRO as your water removal partner offers a level of experience and certifications a typical homeowner does not have. Be confident in our ability to remove water safely and securely that otherwise would damage your home.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

For more about SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

Where Should You Start to Get Rid of Fire and Smoke Damage in your Van Buren home?

1/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Smoke and Fire Recovery Strategies SERVPRO Customizes for Van Buren Households

Few events are more disruptive to your family’s daily life than a residential fire and its aftermath. As you try to get things sorted, it becomes clear that you need reliable and expert help to take the first steps back towards a normal existence.

Is It Safe for Your Loved Ones to Breathe the Smoke?

Fire and Smoke damage exposes your home and family to airborne particulates, even if the blaze seemed minimal and extinguished swiftly. Smoke contains tiny bits of incompletely combusted structural components and contents.  They drift on air currents through your HVAC system, containing bits of the following materials:

  • Plastics and foams
  • Rubbers
  • Organic fabrics, including cotton, wool, and linen
  • Carpets
  • Wood and wood products
  • Synthetic fabrics
  • Asbestos and lead-containing materials

Can Smoke Be Cleared Out of My House?

Fire and smoke damage present severe air-quality issues. Cleaning the air of contaminants is high on the list of tasks of the SERVPRO plan. Opening windows and using industrial axial fans to move air out is one method. Another strategy our trained technicians use to reduce the toxic air contamination in affected spaces is the employment of an air scrubbing system. 

How Is an Air Scrubber Set Up?

Our team encloses areas of your smoke-damaged home with heavy-duty plastic. After sealing the edges of the containment, we are able to setup air scrubbing machines that will then exhaust the negative air pressure. We might partition off whole rooms, or build smaller containment areas inside large areas with PVC pipe or steel tension bars.

What Does an Air Scrubber Do?

Air scrubbing equipment forces the air inside the enclosure through high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters before exhausting it to the outside. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) mandates that the filters remove at least 99.97 percent of particles 0.3 micrometers or larger. HEPA filters can clear most smoke particles from the air inside the containment areas. 

The fire and smoke damage mitigations technicians at SERVPRO improves air quality outcomes with proven techniques. Call SERVPRO today for a fast and professional response to your household’s crisis. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

For more about SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

Three Fire Threats to Be Aware of In Your Crawford County Restaurant

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Always know where your fire hydrants are and have them accessible in more than one part of your restaurant for easy access.

Always know where your fire hydrants are and have them accessible in more than one part of your restaurant for easy access.

A restaurant kitchen fire can happen very fast. In a restaurant, there are many fire threats to be aware of. From oils and grease, to the closeness of items and people all contribute to fire threats. Awareness and caution can help to keep fires from starting, and also be vital in keeping the fire from spreading, threatening peoples’ lives and damaging expensive property and equipment. 

  1. The first fire threat you will think of will be the ovens. If there is a fire in an oven, close the door immediately and turn it off, leaving the door closed. Lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. If the oven continues to smoke and you think the fire may have continued, call the fire department right away. 
  2. The next threat will be your stovetops. When it is a fire in a cooking pan or pot, use an oven mitt or other protection to put the lid on right away, and move it off the burner. Turn off the stove and wait for the lack of oxygen to stop the flames inside your pot. If you are not able to safely put the lid on the flaming pan, or if there is no lid available, use the kitchen fire extinguisher. Always aim at the base of the fire, not the flames themselves. 
  3. A major fire threat in any restaurant kitchen is going to be a grease fire. Never throw water on this type of fire; water repels grease and will splash, spreading the fire by splattering the grease. Try one of these methods instead:
    • If the fire is small, put on the lid and turn off the burner.
    • Dump baking soda on it. Do not use flour; it can explode or cause the fire to expand and thread. 
    • Smother the fire with a wet towel or other large, wet cloth. 
    • Use a fire extinguisher. 
    • Swatting the fire with a towel, apron, or other material is likely to fan the flames and spread the fire. 
    • If the fire is spreading and you don’t have control, evacuate your kitchen and restaurant premises and call emergency personnel. 

For cleanup after any type of fire, the professionals at SERVPRO are ready to help. We have all the training, skills, and equipment necessary to get you back in business as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774. For more about SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

Why Did I Get Mold Damage in My Van Buren Home?

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo There are many ways mold can get inside your home. Keeping it at bay is very important!

There are many ways mold can get inside your home. Keeping it at bay is very important!

Homes of all shapes, sizes, and locations share some common enemies, one of the main ones being mold infestation. Mold spores are naturally occurring almost everywhere, but given the right conditions for growth, can multiply exponentially and cause major problems for your home. Some types of mold may even cause health effects. Here are some of the conditions and causes for a mold infestation in your home.
 
Damp or Wet Fabric and Wood
Mold damage typically needs two things to start growing: wet conditions and an organic food source. Both of these are often found in homes, where outside water can seep in, or a leak can cause wooden floors, walls, and structural elements to soak up water. Additionally, fabrics such as carpets, drapes, and shower curtains are also commonly susceptible. An important step we take in halting any mold colony's growth and preventing future ones from forming is dehumidification, whereby we take almost all the moisture out of a room and its air. We reduce the relative humidity.
 
Dark, Warm Areas
Some types of mold can only grow in dark areas, and preferably in warm places. Unfortunately, residences also commonly provide this environment, and many mold colonies end up growing behind walls or in attics and basements. These are some of the first places we check for moisture and mold when responding to any call to a home, via moisture sensors, hygrometers, and infrared devices.


Spoiled and Forgotten Food
Spoiled food almost always grows mold at some point; most people know that. However, if not disposed of, this food can be a catalyst for future growth elsewhere in the home. Once matured, mold colonies release large amounts of spores which travel across a home through the air, and these may take up residence in another room or the air ducts.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

For more about SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

To File A Claim Or Not To File A Claim

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

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As a homeowner, renter or business owner it is important to fully understand your insurance policy. Every policy is different, with exclusions and deductibles. Being knowledgeable about your insurance as much as possible will help you in deciding if it is necessary for you to file a claim in the event your home or place of business suffers water damage. Here are some things to consider before filing an insurance claim:

  • If the total amount of repairs is less than your deductible, avoid filing, especially if other claims have been filled in the last ten years.
  • Your insurance agency will be happy to help you decide on what your options are.
  • If it is an uncovered loss, you are responsible for the mitigation and repairs, be aware of what is covered under your insurance. Your insurance agent can help you with this information if you’re unsure of your coverage or policy.
  • Claim frequency could affect you in the form of non-renewal for being a high-risk.
  • If damage occurs due to lack of maintenance that is your own responsibility, do not submit a claim. But remember, continuously maintaining your home or business can get you better premiums in the future.

Ultimately, being aware of all exclusions and coverage limits is important by knowing your options in which direction you need to go to mitigate and repair damage that occurs on your home or business.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

For more about SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

What Can SERVPRO Do To Remove Water Damaged Walls in Your Northwest Arkansas Home?

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo SERVPRO has the tips and tools to assist you in your water damage emergency.

Restoration of water damaged materials can vary a great deal depending on the type of water, the amount of water, and the length of exposure. Some situations may require sanitation of the entire premises. Specific rooms may require drying and dehumidification. Usually, drywall that is exposed must be replaced at least below the waterline.

SERVPRO provides restoration services for all types of water damage. The first step is the assessment of the situation by our crew chief. Depending on the circumstances, he or she can arrange for deployment of the appropriate equipment and technicians to restore your home. This step includes pump mounted extractors for large amounts of water as well as submersibles. Removal of debris, and damaged unrecoverable materials for disposal.

Water Extraction from Carpets

Truck-mounted pump or portable extractors can be used to remove moisture from the carpets and under pad in clean water situations. If the water is contaminated, the flooring usually must be removed. The application of dehumidifiers in a negative pressure application can bring moisture levels down to acceptable levels. Negative pressure is used to exhaust moist air outside the home and draw dry air into the home from outside.

Removal of Baseboards and Walls

Water can easily penetrate drywall and seep under baseboards. Drywall exposed to water often expands and crumbles. If there is a limited amount of water in the room, remove the baseboards. Also the damaged drywall below the waterline will need to be removed. For high water levels, the entire damaged wall may be removed to dry the structure before restoration.

By exposing this area, SERVPRO can also apply drying techniques to these areas using water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers. We do not want to leave any pockets of moisture that can trigger mold growth later and be more expensive to restore. Most insurance policies won’t cover mold damage, so it’s important to properly address any concerns you might have with a water damage professional.

Call SERVPRO at 479-419-5544 for 24/7 service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

For more about SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

What Happens After You Call SERVPRO When Faced with Water Damage in your Van Buren Home

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Call SERVPRO to prevent secondary damages to your home after water damage.

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time increases dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

For more about SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

Space Heater Safety Tips for your Rogers Home

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Space heaters are great to use around your home in the winter months, but there are dangers involved that you need to be aware of to keep your Rogers

Many of us opt to use space heaters during colder months as an additional source of comfort and can help save money on our energy bills. While portable space heaters do generate heat they also present potential fire hazards and must be used with caution. Portable space heaters are a potential source of fire if not used properly. Heating fires occur in colder months. Below are some safety measures to keep in mind before turning on your space heater.

  1. When setting up a space heater, remember to keep it at least 36 inches from any flammable or combustible materials and place it on the floor. Should be free of flammable liquids. Do not put them on easily ignitable or combustible surfaces, such as rugs or carpets, or use them to dry wet clothing.
  2. Heaters must be monitored when in operation.
  3. Plug heater directly into a wall receptacle. Never plug it into an extension cord.
  4. When using a fuel-fired space heater in an enclosed area, it is a good idea to leave a window or door partially open to allow for fresh air to enter preventing carbon monoxide (CO) buildup. CO can be very dangerous if inhaled.
  5. Do not use space heaters in wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens. Electric heaters should be kept out of wet or moist places as water could lead to a fire or shock hazard.
  6. Keep space heaters away from exit ways, walkways and paths of travel.
  7. Make sure the heater you purchase carries a label from UL, ETL, or CSA. These are safety consulting and certification companies and a sign you’re using a good product that has been tested.
  8. Do not use portable space heaters if small children are expected in the area.
  9. Be sure to clean your space heater regularly, and follow your manufacturer’s guide for specific advice on maintenance and inspection.
  10. Unplug the unit when not in use. Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep.

SERVPRO of Benton & Carroll Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Benton & Carroll Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

For more about SERVPRO of Benton & Carroll Counties, click here.

Professional Cleaning Methods for Cleaning Upholstery in your Van Buren Home

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo SERVPRO can clean items in conjunction with a fire disaster to help you get your home back to normal!

Professional Cleaning Method for Upholstery

Sofa, armchairs and other soft furnishings are typically a big investment for every homeowner. However, it needs certain maintenance if you want them to be hygienic and look good, even after years of use. Regular vacuuming and professional upholstery cleaning service will not only prolong the lifespan of the sofa, it also makes it a healthier place to be at without all the dirt and germs.

  1. Steam Extraction

Steam heat extraction utilizes high temperature steam heat extraction technology to remove dust and all other unhealthy particles from the surface of the sofa. It extracts all dirt, contaminant and allergens from the upholstery. This method removes excess moisture ensuring that there will not be any wet or soggy after effect. This method financially economical as compared to other methods and ensures for the best possible cleaning. This is considered to be the most effective method for cleaning most fabric couches.

  1. Carbonating Cleaning

It is a cleaner that contained millions of microscopic carbonated cleaning bubbles. The carbonated solution penetrates deep into the fibers of the upholstery. It removes an average of 89% of the airborne bacteria in the home, improving indoor air quality. Carbonating cleaning simulates natural cleaning by Mother Nature and it ensures that the sofa is left in a just bought condition.

  1. Chemical Cleaning

With a dry shampooing method dirt is removed and embedded particles are used and minimal drying time is required. Chemically safe products are used on all types of fabrics including leather.

  1. Foam Cleaning

A foam solution is applied onto the sofa which works onto stains and allowed to rest for a short period of time. The area is vacuum cleaned and the result is a clean and fresh smelling sofa.

  1. Dry Cleaning

This process uses encapsulation technique to remove dirt. If you need maintenance clean of your upholstery or lesser drying time, this process might just suit you. Dry Cleaning is generally suitable for delicate fabrics. A chemical cleaning powder is sprinkled around the fabric and it is worked onto the stain. This is a method similar to foam cleaning without the using of water.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

For more about SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.