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SERVPRO’s Certifications are the Reason that we are the Team to Call

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo SERVPRO is prepared for whatever happens. Call us today to see how we can best be of service to you!

At SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties, we understand that you need the best restoration contractor for your business. Commercial damage can include additional services or resources that need specialized care for. We know how important it is to partner with capable and reliable companies because as an independently owned and operated franchise, we’re right there with you. That’s why we make sure our technicians receive continuing education throughout their employment and we make sure we qualify for certification programs that are important in the restoration industry.

So that you can see at a glance that we’re serious about quality, here’s a quick guide to our certifications:

IICRC

  • ASD—Applied Structural Drying Technician: Teaches the process and techniques for drying water-damaged structures and contents.
  • CDS—Commercial Drying Specialist: Focuses on repairing water-damage in a commercial or industrial environment
  • FSRT—Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician: Teaches the technical procedures for dealing with fire and smoke damage
  • WRT—Water Damage Restoration Technician: Covers water damage, sewer backups, and mold contamination
  • ICRA - Infection Control Risk Assessment: Training that prepares SERVPRO technicians with a foundation to restoration work in hospitals and other health facilities. 

OSHA
10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program: Course teaches general safety and health practices that everyone in the construction industry needs to know.

EPA
RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation: Covers how to inspect the risk of lead-based paint and how to safely deal with it.

In addition to all these certifications, SERVPRO provides its employees at every level with continuing education so that we can be the most effective restoration team around.

You can trust our training. No matter what the disaster, SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties will make your business "Like it never even happened."

We’re the Team to Call

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.

Dealing With A Small Kitchen Fire in Alma - What You Need to Know

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Contact SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties after a kitchen fire for professional fire damage restoration.

The leading origin of house fire damage is from kitchen mishaps. When you see a kitchen fire start, the fight or flight response is immediate. What actions you take in those precious seconds will determine how much damage occurs.

Putting out a kitchen fire doesn’t take a superhero, but it does take preparedness. SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is prepared to come to the rescue of property owners who are recovering from a house fire, but it’s best when we can stop a fire before it spreads.

Since a kitchen fire is where house fires are more likely to get started, this guide helps you to be prepared and know how to put out an oven fire or stovetop fire.

How to Put Out a Small Kitchen Fire in Your Home

The consequences of a small kitchen fire range from ruining your favorite pan to destroying the whole kitchen. Being well-versed in the right solutions as well as using good judgment is your best defense.

However, it’s important to remember that a kitchen fire is most manageable when it’s still small, and we have a better shot at putting out a fire in the kitchen when we catch it immediately. We do this by not leaving cooking unattended.

Knowing how to put out a kitchen fire means understanding that not all are alike. We’ll go over each scenario so you’ll know how to respond appropriately.

Microwave or Oven Fire

You’ve made popcorn a thousand times, but this time you pushed the wrong button or added an extra digit to the cooking time. Accidentally cooking something to the point where it burns is the usual cause of microwave fire.

Oven fires can also be started when the baking is well overdone, or if flammable material drips down to the heating element. Oven fires can also happen when an oven gets to be too dirty from food particle buildup.

You may have a reflex to open the oven door, but do not open the door. Instead, how to put out an oven fire is to allow it to suffocate. Leaving the door closed, you’ll turn off the oven or microwave oven to stop the cooking (unplug when possible).

Eventually, the flames will consume all of the oxygen, and oxygen is what the fire needs to sustain itself. The flames should eventually snuff out, but if they persist, call the fire department.

Fire on a Stove

A stray uncooked noodle rolls underneath the burner. If it gets too close to the gas flame or the electric coils, it will catch on fire. Stove fires happen when oils or bits of food make contact with the heating element. 

It’s best to put out a stovetop fire with something that can cover the flames and deprive it of oxygen. A large or pan lid would be best for this. Cover the flames and let them die off.

Salt and baking soda are also effective with putting out stove fires. Douse the flames with either of these items (but not flour as it may make it worse).

The big lid approach is less messy than pouring out salt or baking soda. Next, we’ll explain why we avoid using water to put out a kitchen fire.

Grease Fires

Fats are a part of the American diet, so when we prepare foods we may have grease from animal fat or use oils for cooking. Say you wanted to try adding olive oil to the water when boiling pasta. If the water starts to boil over, the oil mixed with it makes contact with the burner and a fire starts. The same thing could also happen with oil spills or grease splatters from a pan. Grease fires are more precarious to put out compared to other kinds of fire.

  • Don’t use water to put out grease fires. Water won’t put out the fire, it will just divert the grease and thus spread the fire. 
  • For a small fire, use the big lid trick as mentioned earlier. Turn off the burner and cover the burning pan or the burner itself with the lid tightly so it’s deprived of oxygen.
  • Pour baking soda or salt on the flames until it’s snuffed out (again, do not use flour).
  • Use a water-soaked towel to smother the flames. This is different from pouring water on the flame.
  • Use a fire extinguisher, pointing it at the base of the flames.

General Safety Tips For Dealing With a Small Kitchen Fire

Kitchen fires can happen unexpectedly. Below are some steps you can take to be proactive and prepared for a kitchen fire.

  • Have smoke detectors installed in key areas around the kitchen.
  • Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and ready for use. Don’t discharge a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire. This might move burning grease around the kitchen and cause the fire to spread.
  • Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles. Immediately clean up oil spills and grease spatters. Keep cloth materials and cardboard packaging away from the cooktop.
  • To avoid fires from boiling over or grease splatters, make sure your pot or pan is the right size for what you are cooking.
  • Try to keep pets and children at least three feet from cooking and baking stations. Keep pot handles turned inward so they won’t be accidentally bumped or grabbed by tiny hands.
  • Don’t wear loose clothing while cooking because dangling sleeves can catch on fire when near the stove.
  • Stay in the kitchen while cooking. Never leave a stovetop or oven unattended when in use.
  • Keep a potholder, oven mitt, and lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, turn off the burner, put on an oven mitt, and slide the lid over the pan to smother the fire.
  • As mentioned earlier, never pour water on a grease fire
  • If a fire starts in the microwave, unplug it and do not open the door.

If you are unable to get the fire under control, it’s good to have backup on the way. Call 911, or better yet, have someone else call as you keep the situation under control. Have an escape plan for everyone in the household should you need to evacuate.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher for Small Kitchen Fire

Fire extinguishers are a convenient way to stop a kitchen fire from spreading. You can purchase one from your local hardware store.

When it’s time to use the fire extinguisher:

  1. Pull the pin to break the tamper seal.
  2. Aim the nozzle at the base of the flames.
  3. Avoid touching the plastic discharge on a CO2 extinguisher as it gets extremely cold and could injure your skin.
  4. Squeeze the handle to release the fire extinguishing content.
  5. Oscillate from side to side at the base of the fire until it’s entirely put out. Once it’s extinguished, watch to see if the flame comes back. If the fire starts up again, repeat the process.

Once the fire extinguisher has been used, it will need to be recharged before it can be used again. A recharge can be done by a professional fire extinguisher servicing company.

Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

Remember, kitchen fires are a common cause of what leads to a house fire. Some basic kitchen safety measures go a long way toward preventing 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.

Signs You Might Need a Sump Pump Replacement in Van Buren

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo If your sump pump fails and you end up with water damage, contact SERVPRO for professional water damage restoration services.

If you have a basement, chances are you also have a sump pump, and this is a very good thing. Sump pumps prevent water and moisture damage to your basement and foundation by keeping the area dry in places where moisture is very common.

How long has the sump pump been installed in your basement? If it’s been several years, chances are you will need a sump pump replacement soon, as this is the sump pump life expectancy.

Water collection in your basement can be destructive, so a homeowner must maintain the sump pump. You’ll know it’s time for a sump pump replacement when you start to notice sump pump problems.

As the mold remediation and water damage restoration experts in Van Buren, SERVPRO understands how a property owner benefits from the constant operation of sump pumps. To keep your basement in tip-top shape, we recommend you monitor for signs that indicate you need a sump pump replacement.

How Many Years Does a Sump Pump Last?

A sump pump life expectancy is about 10 years. How often to replace a sump pump might be affected by factors that shorten the average life of a sump pump. This happens when a sump pump is overworked, barely used, or if it experiences electrical issues.

Common Signs Your Sump Pump Is Having Problems

The best time for a sump pump replacement is before it fails. The point of having a sump pump is to keep your basement and its walls dry, and once your basement starts to take on water it’s too late for prevention.

Below are three telltale signs that a sump pump replacement may be an immediate need.

Problem Sign #1: Sump Pump is Constantly Running & Is Noisy

When the pump is frequently running but there is no water to extract, there is the risk of a burned-out motor. The wastewater helps cool down the sump pump motor so it doesn’t overheat. This issue should be addressed as soon as possible because of how likely it is that the motor will fail.

Other reasons that sump pumps run constantly are:

  • The sump pump is not the right size for the basement.
  • The sump pump switch is stuck and cannot turn off.
  • Check valve failure

Noises are another sign that it may be time for a sump pump replacement. You might hear gurgling, rattling, grinding, or thuds when the pump is malfunctioning.

When the sump pump is running all the time or is noisy, this problem may be resolved with a motor repair or replacement rather than a whole pump replacement.

Problem Sign #2: Sump Pump is Clogged

Another cause for sump pump failure is when the channels get clogged up. Only water should be entering the sump pump. When other things get inside, this clogs the pump. A sump pump without a lid is vulnerable to clogs. You need an airtight lid to keep out dirt, debris, and other intrusions that would jam sump pump switches.

Another common cause of sump pump clogs is a thick orange slime called bacterial iron. This goo forms around wells and groundwater sources. A chlorine shock can prevent this from accumulating and causing a clog.

Problem Sign #3 Sump Pump Cycle is Erratic

Sporadic activity, shutting off during the cycle, or taking a while to empty are all symptoms of an erratic pump cycle. Reasons for this malfunction are check valve failure; the float valve is too low, faulty wiring, or a short circuit respectively. A sump pump that takes too long to empty isn’t prepared for a flooding emergency.

Troubleshooting an erratic sump pump includes inspecting the check valve or the float valve, examining the wiring, and checking for installation errors. It’s also possible that the pump isn’t compatible with the basement situation, and so a sump pump replacement is needed.

Is a Sump Pump Easy to Replace?

While a sump pump replacement qualifies as a DIY project, you should have a fair amount of home improvement experience and a firm grasp of what all is involved with a well-functioning sump pump. 

How to Replace a Sump Pump

Depending on the issue, installing sump pump replacement can be a time-consuming project. Below are the basic steps of this procedure.

  1. Cut off electricity to the sump pump then remove the cover to unplug the old sump pump.
  2. Detach the sump pump from the discharge line. Then cut a length of PVC pipe (1 ¼ - 1 ½ inch) for the new sump pump. It’s better to cut it a bit longer than too short (as you can always trim it down).
  3. Find the discharge outlet on the new sump and join it with the PVC pipe using a male adapter. Make this connection watertight by using purple primer and PVC glue. 
  4. After the sealants have had enough time to dry, lower the new pump into the sump pump pit. Don’t let the pump lean against the side of the basement, and make sure that the wires do not become tangled. Also, allow clearance between the float switch or back-up pump.
  5. Check to make sure the pump is level. The pump should be flush against the concrete floor. Use a level to check for stability. Shims can be put into place to make adjustments.
  6. Orient the float switch. It needs to be positioned where it can remain unobstructed and at the appropriate height. If it’s too low, the pump will run too much, and if it’s too high it won’t start at the right time.
  7. Connect the new discharge line to the existing pipe. To avoid water reentering the basement after it’s been pumped, put the check valve back in place or use a union connector to connect the pipes.
  8. Power the sump pump for testing. Fill a utility bucket with five gallons of water and pour it so it will enter the pump. If it can handle this influx of water, it’s ready for a possible flood. Monitor to make sure that the water is draining to the appropriate place.

If a sump pump stops working during a flooding event, you’d need to act fast with alternative methods. To monitor your basement for a flooding problem, you should consider installing a sump pump water alarm. Once the water gets to a certain level, this trips an audible alarm. 

Do You Need a Plumber to Replace a Sump Pump?

People who are sure they have the right sump pump for their basement and feel comfortable with the skills level required for a sump pump replacement should be able to install it with no problem.

However, some property owners are unsure of what sump pump to purchase, aren’t sure they can do it properly, or don’t have the right tools to complete the sump pump replacement project.

While hiring a plumber can easily double the cost of a sump pump replacement, in some cases, this is the only way to replace it. Keep in mind that plumbers may not be able to do the necessary waterproofing needed around the sump pump. You may need to hire a separate handyman for this.

SERVPRO is Ready to Help

Just like any room of a home or business, the basement should stay dry. Having a sump pump in place guards the basement against excess water that causes damage, including toxic mold growth.

Unlike a basement, a sump pump isn’t made to last forever. You can expect to replace the sump pump every 7-10 years.

If your sump pump fails, SERVPRO is always available to provide water damage restoration. We have experience with flooding scenarios of all kinds, including sewage cleanup. 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.

Mitigating Commercial Water Damage after Firefighting Efforts in Crawford County

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo When the Fire Is Extinguished in Van Buren, Call SERVPRO for Water and Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Rely on SERVPRO for Both Cleanup and Restoration after Fires and Water Extinguishing Efforts to Your Work Place

When your commercial property suffers a fire, the many tasks necessary to put you back in business is overwhelming. One aspect of recovery you can find surprising, yet inevitable, is the critical need to remediate water damage caused by efforts to extinguish the blaze. Our highly-qualified restoration crews stand ready to address water damage as well as to manage other fire damage issues.
 
Dealing first with water damage to your Crawford County business after a fire is necessary first and foremost for safety. Our crews and your employees and customers can injure themselves by slipping and falling or risk shock or even electrocution if the water remains on the premises during restoration. Removal of water and structural drying is crucial to prevent the progressive deterioration, and the secondary harm water incursions threaten. Microbial growth and damage can occur within 24 to 48 hours if moisture remains. We want to remove water and reduce moisture levels in building materials fast to limit the overall damage. Our crew members have the training, expertise, and equipment to accomplish that goal.
 
Our SERVPRO crews use submersible pumps and powerful extractors to evacuate the water from your business. When a fire is knocked down with water-bearing hoses, the mission focuses on halting the flames as soon as possible. Firefighters do not concern themselves with moderating water use to avoid water damage. Consequently, water is applied generously to all surfaces without regard to the harm it may cause. We address visible standing water as well as hidden pooling of water in recesses, beneath floors, between walls, and over ceilings, among other spaces water can collect when extinguishing a fire.
 
During training provided through IICRC courses, our SERVPRO technicians master the processes of measuring moisture content and employing advanced scanning technology for hidden caches of water. We use this data to inform our determination of drying targets. We use air movers, heat, and dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture levels of the damaged commercial structures to normal and acceptable levels. Once the water damage abates, our focus can shift to the next wave of fire damage remediation efforts.
 
We strive after the cleanup and restoration of the fire-damaged materials and items to eliminate any remaining noxious odors. Our goal is to make you, your employees, and you customers feel "Like it never even happened."

Post-fire recovery almost always includes the need to address water damage resulting from firefighting activities. SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties has the technicians, experience, and equipment to manage fire-related water damage. Call (479) 419-5544 as soon as the authorities allow for scheduling an inspection and development of a water remediation plan.

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.

Fire safety tips from your local fire department by clicking here.

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

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Water entered this home after a tree fell through the roof during a storm.

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 River Valley homes to sustain storm damage. These include downed power lines or trees that break holes into 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.

The experts at SERVPRO assist homeowners with extraction and clean-up of all types of water. When damaging water comes from storm activity, we do not need to worry as much about the source's location like we must when an interior leak caused the situation. Instead, we concentrate on drying out the home before damage can become a problem and remove any materials where damage already occurred.

Water damage around and under window sills 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.

These areas can only grow over time unless mitigated and cleaned up. 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 Crawford and South Washington Counties want to help your family live in a safe, dry home, free of the problems rainwater can cause when it enters your home. Van Buren and Alma residents with such dilemmas can get these issues resolved quickly by calling us at (479) 419-5544.

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.

Severe Storms Bring Floodwaters to Van Buren

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians dry out your property limiting the potential of secondary damage

Torrential downpours fill foundations, crawlspaces, and basements in Northwest Arkansas. Misery, confusion, and fear hit after the loss event and overwhelm local homeowners. SERVPRO has the trained crews, specialized equipment, and flood damage experience for our communities, ready to restore both your home and your peace of mind.
 
Waves of heavy rainstorms, with winds blowing and water pouring from the sky caused flood damage in your Van Buren home. You need immediate help to remove several inches of standing water and to dry out the area of your home you devoted to the storage and mechanical system. Our crisis team arrives fast to your disaster, familiar with industry best practices to restore your home and belongings back to pre-flood conditions.
 
A project manager from SERVPRO assesses the situation, working with you and your insurance company to craft a plan to dry out both structure and contents. First, we establish the safety of working in the affected area, making sure electricity is off, and other utilities are secure. Our truck-mounted pumps and extractors move the water out even if the storm took down power lines. Storm water runoff can contain many pollutants, so we collect and dispose of the water in your home according to codes. Workers measure moisture levels and determine drying goals, setting up industrial air movers and dehumidifiers. We look for water in recessed areas and get it out to avoid future issues.
 
We empty your storage area to a space where you and our crew can take the time to review the damage. Some belongings launder well or are nonporous, so just need a wipe down. Books, pictures, and papers pose more of a challenge, but we offer freeze-drying techniques as a resource for important documents or treasured heirlooms. With the advice of our crew, you may discard some items that are ruined or contain contaminated water, risking mold growth or other problems with potentially infectious wastes.
 
As the drying out of the space nears completion we evaluate if your HVAC system needs further attention; duct cleaning and sealing may be indicated if the dirty water intruded. Only after contacts from the proper utilities approve will we recommend the systems and appliances in your lower level are turned on again.
 
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.

SERVPRO Provides Farmington Property Owners with a Stress-Free Fire Loss Recovery

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Contact SERVPRO for Fire Damage Mitigation and Content Pack-Outs in the Farmington Area

Pack-Out of Contents Makes Fire Damage Remediation in Farmington Even Faster and More Complete

After a fire in your Farmington home, you are likely feeling helpless, hopeless, and out of control. The last thing you want to consider is moving contents out of your house, fearing at a time of great loss that you might never see treasured items again. We can help you see how a pack-out of the affected furnishings and other items in your home both speeds the remediation efforts inside the structure and offers the best chance of preserving precious personal property.

Fire damage to your Farmington home is a messy proposition. Water from firefighting, charring from the heat, and soot deposit from the smoky, incomplete combustion of a wide range of materials all need attention, the sooner, the better. Taking the time to move out furniture, household goods, and personal possessions might seem a poor use of limited resources. On the contrary, relieving the structure of items that impede the restoration efforts is a smart move.

When we transport the contents of your home to our secure production facility, we clear the decks for more efficient cleanup. Items need not be repositioned many times as our crews move room by room removing water and debris and cleaning sooty residues. Be assured that SERVPRO uses a carefully thought out protocol during pack-outs, the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). We list, barcode, and photograph items as necessary and practical, documenting their condition and allowing easy tracking of our evaluation, cleaning, drying, and restoring of each.

Throughout the entirety of the process, we work closely with you and your insurance company, making informed decisions on recovery or disposal of items in a systematic way. SERVPRO is proud to be of service in restoring documents, photos, heirlooms, furniture, and household goods from the ravages of fire. Using specialized processes like freeze-drying; foam, immersion, and ultrasonic cleaning; and industrial washing and drying systems, we can limit your need to replace items. Contributing to the comfort and peace of mind our customers feel when their familiar possessions return restored -- from wedding photos to a beloved teddy bear -- is an honor and privilege.

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.

Types of Storm Damages you could experience to your Prairie Grove Home

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Wind damage, flood damage, and hail damage are all possibilities here in Arkansas. Here are a few quick tips to consider should storm damage hit.

Wind Damage Restoration
Tornadoes often cause severe wind damage. Your roof is particularly susceptible. Roof damage from strong winds may lift roof shingles, cause cracks, or remove part or the entire roof. Harsh winds and rains can shear away asphalt. Flying debris can also cause cracks and holes in your roof and siding. Correcting roof damage may prove difficult to homeowners and business owners after a disaster, because damage may not be obvious. If you have wind damage, make sure to ask for a professional to check your roof for moisture and signs of a roof leak.


Roof Leaks

Roof leaks and roof damage can be hard to detect. The storm may loosen shingles without creating a problem that’s easily visible to the eye. Unresolved damages can cause additional roof leaks even weeks after the initial storm damage. A small roof leak can produce damp, moldy conditions inside your home or business. Your best choice is to perform roof repair immediately after the wind damage. Doing so can prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage restoration expert, like the professionals at SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties, will help assure the home or business owner receives a comprehensive moisture assessment and can help connect you with local roof repair services when wind damage hits the area.

Flood Damage & Recovery
If your home or business is near water, or in a low-lying area, flood water damage is a risk. Heavy rains and flooding may cause water damage many miles from the water source. If the land around your home or business cannot redirect the additional water, flooding may happen as a result. Even homes and businesses at higher elevations can sustain flood damage if frozen pipes break. Sump pump failures can contribute to basement flooding and contaminated ground water. Flooding may also disrupt your city’s water system. Experts need to assess ground water and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. Hiring a restoration service, like SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties will allow you to begin your cleanup process before more damage occurs. By calling SERVPRO first, you’ll get a fast response and we will take an assessment of the storm damage to give you an idea of how best to restore the damage.

Hail Damage & Recovery
Hail may be the most overlooked cause of major storm damage. Hail can damage not just your roof but also your siding, exterior walls, and any detached sheds or outbuildings. You may think your home has survived a hail storm without damage, but hail damage can be difficult to identify. Again, you’re wise to hire a roofing professional to inspect your roof, exterior walls, and outbuildings for damage. Dark spots on your roof are areas where the shingles have been knocked away. These weakened spots can lead to other more extensive problems such as leaks and cracks. Cracked and chipped shingles are also a sign of hail damage. Catching this in its early stages is likely to prevent further damage to your home.

Impact Damage & Recovery
In a major storm practically anything can become a creator of damage to your home or business. For instance, trees. While most people want to have big trees near their home to produce shade, you’ll want to make sure that these trees are at least alive and there aren’t any branches that extend over your home or are breaking off. If you have a tree fall on your home, not only could it damage the roof of your home, but the force from high winds and size of the tree could cause it to enter the home and damage the walls, flooring and content inside your home. After storm damage, the professionals at SERVPRO of Crawford and South Washington Counties know where to look for additional types of damage to your home.

Help Is Here

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.

Hidden Dangers of Power Outages in Farmington

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

When the power goes out, it can be very annoying to have to wait at home, especially if you have no internet.  But, there are more serious concerns that you should be considering to protect your home in case of storms. Without power to your home, several critical systems in your home are going to be offline.  In the event that they aren’t working for a period of time, you should have a backup plan just in case of an emergency. By preparing for these things to happen, you’re saving yourself ahead of time and if anything does ever happen, you’ve at least thought about what you will need to do next!

Consider:

  • Sump Pumps: These pumps are located in the basement and prevent water from entering from the ground.  Without power the pump will not operate and water could enter from the sump pump pit.
  • Heating units: Even gas powered heating units need electricity to run the blowers/fans that push the air through ducts and around the home.  Without heat the pipes are susceptible to freezing and rupturing. If the temperature outside is below freezing consider turning the faucets on just a little bit to keep water moving in the pipes.  This not only introduces warmer water from underground pipes but the movement of the water helps prevent freezing.
  • Freezers:  If you haven’t thawed your freezer in a while you may have significant ice buildup that will begin to melt and cause water to puddle at the freezer door.  You are better off putting a baking tray under the door rather than opening the door and trying to manually remove the ice.  Opening the door will cause the cold air to escape and will lead to more rapid thawing/spoiling of food if power is not restored quickly.

Of course a back-up generator is your best bet for restoring power quickly but these can be costly, especially built in units.  If you do have a generator (portable or built-in) make sure it is wired to provide power to the critical systems above.

If you do experience storm damage, call the experts at SERVPRO!

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.

Water Cleanup in your Van Buren Clinic!

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo No job is too big for our SERVPRO team.

In a clinic setting, you most likely have a maintenance and custodial staff working daily to keep your facility nice and inviting. When a situation like a water loss incident threatens your building, it might exceed the immediate abilities of you maintenance staff and become something better suited for a fast-responding, certified, restoration company like ours.

In a commercial loss event, navigating the damage and not shutting the business down is preferred by SERVPRO. We don’t want your office to have to turn any business away because of a loss event. From the equipment and contents of your business to the hard copies of records and patient information kept in storage, water damage can cause a great deal of damage when left unchecked. Our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to an emergency to help you preserve the at-risk items and begin removing the water from all affected areas.

Our goal is to limit the impact of our services on your business. With this goal in mind, our technicians minimize our presence and work to provide the most efficient restoration possible so that your clinic can reopen in a short timeframe.

With water damage, structural components and construction materials are at risk for oversaturation and warping, causing them to fail or require replacement. Our technicians make every effort to repair instead of replace wherever we can, making restoration more budget friendly to our customers and with less down time! Preserving these materials takes precedent over unnecessary demolition work to limit the time our SERVPRO team spends restoring your property.

Water damage can spread very quickly through materials and even walls and subflooring. An undetected problem could grow to cause major issues in your business. With how quickly water damage can cause significant problems for your building, trust our experts at SERVPRO to extract, mitigate and dry out your clinic FAST!

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.