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What Are The Odds That Your Crawford County Home Gets Struck By Lightning?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Lightning is one of the most dangerous storm events that could damage your home. Call SERVPRO to see how we can help after storm damage.

Lightning is one of the leading weather-related causes of death and injury in the U.S. It may not seem likely to happen, but you would be surprised how often homes are struck by lightning. When this happens, the home is at risk for catching fire but it won’t always catch. Hopefully this never happens to you, but what would you do if it did?

When the lightning hits down, it will jump around to another place in your home. For example, it could strike your awning and then bounce to a window frame and then continue to the electrical system in your home. Anything that is metal or electronic has potential for being a source of power for the lightning. There are a few main things you need to be aware of to minimize concerns of potential damage to your home.

  • Fire Danger: This is the biggest threat to your home in the event of a fire. Most of the time, damage isn’t visible, or at least doesn’t start that way. It may start in the wiring of the home and create a fire in the wall, which burns slowly and is dangerous because it may not be noticed easily, especially if the people occupying the home are asleep. Most commonly, the damage starts in the attic or roof of the home.
  • Power Surge Damage: If lightning goes along the path of the home’s wiring as its path, the surge can damage even non-electronic appliances that are connected. Lightning can destroy electronics without you even knowing something has happened to them.
  • Shock Wave Damage: Lightning can split concrete, brick, cinder block or stone when it produces a shock wave. The shock waves that lightning create is what produces the thunder that we hear.

If your home gets struck by lightning, the first thing you need to do is to call the fire department. As I previously mentioned, lightning can spark a fire in the wiring within the walls, and you may not be aware of the fire until it is visible. After the fire department inspects your home, you may need an electrician to rewire your home. If the damage is extensive, you may need SERVPRO to come do a free inspection of the damage. We can target the areas that need to be restored and then we can remove any debris, mitigate the damage and then restore any structural damage you may have. SERVPRO can also identify the items in your home that are salvageable and non-salvageable. What is salvageable we will clean and re-pack to be delivered back to your home. For what is non-salvageable, we can document and photograph these items for insurance claim purposes.

Lightning may be a chance encounter, and we hope it doesn’t happen to your home, but be prepared with SERVPRO’s information, just in case! Be prepared when disaster strikes.

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.

Clothes Dryer Safety Tips to Prevent Fires in your Alma home

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo By checking these few things, you can ensure that you are being safe to prevent a fire in your Alma home!

Clothes dryers are involved in thousands of house fires every year. Dryer related emergencies are in their highest numbers in the fall and winter. Most of the time, this happens because the dryer is not cleaned properly. The lint that collects in the dryer MUST be cleaned out to prevent a fire in your home. Here are some simple tips that are available to help keep your home safe from a dryer fire.


  1. Installation

    Using the correct electrical outlet and plug to hook up your dryer is essential. To ensure that installation is completed properly and safely, consider calling a professional to connect your dryer. Like all electrical appliances, dryers come with warnings and instructions from the manufacturers, and you should read over these carefully.

    2. Cleaning

    The lint trap should be cleaned between each load of laundry. The back of the dryer can also accumulate lint and should also be cleared every so often, to keep lint from building up in this area. The vent pipe or exhaust should be emptied using a drain snake every couple of months, in order to avoid a lint fire.

    3. Proper Use

    Using your dryer properly can also protect your home from a dryer fire. Avoid overloading your dryer with too much clothing at once. Loading the dryer too full takes your clothes longer to dry because they can’t tumble. The clothes get very hot and could cause a fire. Do not dry items with rubber, foam or plastic, such as bathroom mats with rubber backing. Avoid placing clothing with oil, gas, alcohol or any other flammable chemical in your dryer. Turn the dryer off before going to bed or leaving your home to avoid the chance of a fire sparking while you’re not able to watch it closely.

    4. Maintenance

    Practice routinely inspecting equipment parts, such as the venting system to ensure that there is no damage or buildup of lint. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of anything flammable. Check outside for any blockages to vents, such as bird nests. Unplug or disconnect dryer if you will be away for an extended period. This can limit the risk of damage in the event of a lightning or thunderstorm.

    A dryer or lint fire is almost completely preventable, but homeowners must take proper precautions. If your residence has been damaged in a dryer fire, don’t hesitate to reach out to a fire restoration service today.

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 Mitigates Fire Damage with Ice Blasting Technology in Van Buren!

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo SERVPRO Technician ice blasts the bare rafters of home to remove fire damage.

SERVPRO is ready to help after you experience a water loss in your home.

This customer’s home was damaged in a fire pretty badly, causing charred marks all over what is left of the standing structure. Our Technicians were able to come in and ice blast the area. This process takes a highly pressurized machine with dry ice to force the charred marks off of the structure. This is a form of cleaning that is very innovative and because of the fact that the dry ice dissipates on its own, leaving no debris leftover. This process saves a lot of time for the customer which is a game changer for our customers after they’ve already had to deal with the fire/water/insulation/dust everywhere after the event happened! Watch the video linked here to see what this looks like in progress!

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale 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 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 Removal Essential for Van Buren Carpeted Family Room

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Water Extraction can begin fast when you call SERVPRO!

When your Van Buren home experiences a water heater leak the amount of fluid absorbed by the carpet in an adjoining family room can be considerable. Resist the temptation to handle the issue yourself. Merely pushing the water standing near the heater to a drain might miss migration into nearby structures. Putting a fan and dehumidifier next to the carpet after wet vacuuming is most likely ineffective, risking secondary mold damage and the progressive deterioration of the fabric and padding.

Thorough water removal in your Rogers house is essential, even when you catch the water loss and take action fast. Consumer dry/wet vacuums are not nearly as powerful as the extractors our professionals use. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training our technicians complete prepares our crews for the challenges of water removal from expensive carpeting. 

Even when SERVPRO brings in commercial air movers and high-efficiency dehumidifiers to complete drying, it is vital to remove the bulk of the water with pumps and extractors. We check out the room where the broken water heater stood, using thermal imaging and moisture meters to locate any moisture trapped behind walls or absorbed into building materials. We use weep holes or flood cuts to release liquid water as even the most advanced drying equipment cannot reach and dry those spaces.

When comparing extraction versus dehumidification, extraction is so much more effective. SERVPRO first mitigates the spread of water into your carpet with extraction wands and then uses weighted equipment to force the majority of the water out. Training and experience are crucial because the fabric of the carpet can tear or stretch during this process. Many passes are necessary, which also can cause delamination, the separation of the carpet from its backing if the operator is not skilled.

SERVPRO technicians also learn how to decide whether to remove and replace padding or dry in place during IICRC coursework. Padding is relatively inexpensive and can provide an environment for mold or mildew if incompletely dried. We collaborate with you and your insurance company when making the 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.

SERVPRO doing fantastic work for Coronavirus sanitization in NWA Area!

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo SERVPRO is Here to Help with any Coronavirus Sanitization Needs!

SERVPRO is a nationally recognized brand that is franchised throughout the country. Locally, we have three franchises that makeup the majority of the Northwest Arkansas Area. We have been working hard for our community to clean for the Coronavirus. It is our goal to make sure that your business is sanitized so that we can stop the spread of the virus in our community.

We start by assembling you and estimate based on the square footage of your home. Once that is completed and accepted by the customer, we go out and perform the work. Whether it’s a

If you or anyone you know is in need of Cleaning and Sanitization for Coronavirus, feel free to give us a call. SERVPRO is always ready for your call! We pride ourselves on showing up quick to your emergency, and we’ll be sure to get the job done right the first time! We’re Here to Help!

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.

In-Facility storage at SERVPRO can contain all of your belongings during the time it takes to mitigate!

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Call SERVPRO anytime 24/7 at 479-318-6774!

SERVPRO offers vaults for pack-out customers. Pack outs are for customers that need items removed from the area before we can be mitigation on the area. This is needed for many customers as it is an unexpected event that may mean we need to make room to perform the work. Once items are removed from the room, they are put into the storage units that are all numbered and those items will begin going through the restoration process while there in our facilities. What this means is that whenever we have items from your home, we go about packing them this way so that everything stays where it should and there is a place for it to get once it is done being cleaned and ready to be returned to you. Everything that we take to clean will either be cleaned by hand or in our Ultrasonic Cleaning System. Our Ultrasonic system carefully cleanses your items back to preloss condition. Often times and especially after a fire, there are items that will be non-salvageable and will need to be documented for your insurance purposes. SERVPRO has a loss inventory system so that we can document everything that we have at our location so that you will always know where your items are and we will always know that they are yours. When we pack out everything, we will categorize it as salvageable and clean it or as non-salvageable and save it to dispose of once we have your permission to do so. Items that are non-salvageable are typically consumables, health risks or ultimately too far damaged that they will not function. SERVPRO makes sure that we restore as much of your home as possible, but for the things that aren’t salvageable, we will document everything for your insurance’s needs.

With the addition of our storage units, we’ve found that our customers enjoy when we take great attention and care to their personal items. From sentimental items and trophies to expensive art and jewelry items, SERVPRO has the ability to clean things of any size and restore it to the way it was before your loss occurred.

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.

When a fire takes over your home.

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Anytime you have fire/smoke damage or need odor removal, call SERVPRO for a fast response and great customer service!

Ignition – When a fire is ignited, it takes only seconds for it to spread. Whether there is grease or oils on your stove that catch on fire, or a towel nearby. Smoke is a deadly combination of gases, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, water vapor, hydrogen sulfide and unburned hydrocarbons (ash or soot).  

In the first 30 seconds of a fire starting- The harmful gases are already spreading into the air that you’re breathing. If the fire is a grease fire on your stovetop, don’t try to extinguish it with water as this will make matters much worse when the fire is caused by grease. Grease fires are put out best by smothering them with a pan or cookie sheet. It is at this point that you need to make anyone else evacuate the home.

30 seconds to 1 minute- At this point, smoke starts to rise and if you’re still in the room, the smoky air can burn the inside of your nasal passages. Fires generate highly poisonous gases, including carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide (created when insulation, carpets, clothing or plastics are burned). Just 2 or 3 breaths of this combination of gases, and it can cause you to pass out.

1 to 2 minutes- The hot air in the room is getting very hot, up to temperatures of 190 degrees already. Heat radiates from your home and starts to form thick, dark smoke clouds throughout the room. The deep smoke clouds contain cyanide and carbon monoxide levels that are steadily increasing. When the smoky layer inches down to the top of the doorway, window or vent systems, it quickly streams out of the room into the rest of your home. Then the poisonous smoke and heated air travel through hallways and up stairwells to the second floor. Any rooms that are connected to the room that the fire began in, will also have smoke damage. Usually the ventilation systems are the worst about helping the smoke travel throughout the rest of the house.

2 to 3 minutes- At this point, the fire has reached 400+ degrees F. There are very harmful components of the smoke including arsenic (wood preservative), lead (from paint), and other irritants like ammonia, oxides of nitrogen, hydrogen chloride and isocyanates. The fire can now spread by two paths: direct flame contact or by auto-ignition. Auto-ignition is the temperature at which objects will spontaneously burst into flames without being touched by flames. These temperatures fall between 595 degrees F to 739 degrees F.

3 to 4 minutes- In just over 3 minutes, the heat from a room fire can reach 1100 degrees F. As the flashover starts, everything is beginning to burst into flames. Wooden furniture, upholstered furniture, curtains, carpets and belongings are all burning now. The oxygen in the room is virtually being sucked out causing rapid combustion. Once this happens, your windows will shatter. Balls of fire and flames shoot out windows and doorways. Any upstairs place will fill with thick, hot smoke and the stairwell is unusable. When you have Flashover, temperatures can reach up to 1,400 degrees F and the rest of the home is severely at risk.

Whole house on fire 4 to 5 minutes-

Flames are now visible from the street view of the home. At this point the broken windows and doorways will release heat up into the second story of the home. If anyone is still on the second floor at this point, they will be very hard to save. As the other rooms start to flash over, the type of construction materials used to build your home will influence the severity of the damage. Newer homes with engineered wood can experience floor collapse in as little as 6 minutes. Roof collapse can follow very soon at this point.

Firefighter’s onsite to contain and stop the damage-

If flames are visible from the outside when the fire department arrives, they will decide if they can still save any trapped lives or not. Next they will direct water to extinguish the flames causing a tremendous amount of water damage to your home as well. The water from the fire hose is strong enough to extinguish the flames while simultaneously cooling the burning particles of your home. On average, firefighters use 3,000 gallons of water on a house fire. Firemen have alternative strategies for getting into your home like cutting a hole in the roof or breaking a window apart. They can also use dry chemicals to retard fire spread and put out the flames.

The Aftermath-

There is extensive damage to the whole house. Even in rooms untouched by flames, high heat has softened window glass, melted plastics, caused paint to blister and charred wood. Most appliances are a combination of metal and plastic, so if they are still standing, they could still be ruined with their insides melted and destroyed beyond repair. After flames are extinguished, danger still lurks: many of the burned or melted plastics and synthetic materials in your home will continue to off-gas toxins. It is unsafe for anyone to enter the structure. Likewise, unseen weaknesses in the structure may still cause collapse.

Returning Home-

Whether or not the home is livable after a major fire, will depend on many factors and you will need to obtain permission from the Fire Marshall to reenter your home. Burned and unstable woods need to  be replaced. Drywall will be crumbling and need to be replaced. Given the temperatures of the fire, the furnishings of the home may not be salvageable. Smoke damage will be severe causing particles to permeate everything in your home. The foul odor of the smoke is hard to remove, but possible! Even untouched items in storage are at risk. Water from fire houses may cause further damage to the structure, foundation and furnishings: mold can grow rapidly in wet or damp areas where the firemen used water to extinguish the flames. Ash and soot are difficult to get out of flooring and walls and can cause additional damage. It may take some time to get your home back up and running, but SERVPRO is here to help along the way.

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 Damage In Your Van Buren Home Does Not Stand A Chance Against Our Experts At SERVPRO!

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

When damages affect structural components and the contents of your Fayetteville home, you need professionals that can do what is necessary to resolve the situation fast. With water damage situations, cleanup needs to happen as quickly as possible to prevent ongoing damages and detrimental effects that lead to irreparable damage.

Even though water cleanup is something that many Fayetteville homeowners could insist they could do on their own, water loss situations require an immediate response from skilled technicians equipped with the right tools. Our SERVPRO water restoration technicians begin their training with the extensive IICRC-certification, which is the premier standard of the industry. They are encouraged and take part in ongoing in-house and e-learning options to improve their knowledge in essential recovery techniques such as mitigation and drying.

These skilled technicians are available to you for water cleanup, mitigation, and water damage restoration 24 hours a day through our response team. As water damage is time sensitive, having a crew of highly-trained technicians that can mobilize personnel and equipment efficiently reduces the impact that water loss incidents have on your property. Within a matter of minutes, water can absorb into walls, floors, upholstery, and your personal belongings. You need a team that can respond immediately to help.

The equipment that we use for water cleanup and restoration work is among the most advanced machines and tools available in the industry. We seek to have the best equipment possible, as this ensures that we can provide fast extractions, drying efforts, and premier cleaning solutions. Drying is an important step in water restoration, and our high-powered air movers can help to force dry areas at a much faster rate than they would through conventional approaches.

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.


Commercial Flood Damage Solutions in the Van Buren/River Valley Area

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fast Water Removal Reduces Economic Impacts After Flooding Events

The Springdale area was traditionally an agricultural area, but in recent years a range of newer business ventures have diversified the jobs in the region. Because of the importance of these local industries to the economy of the region, it is critical that our professional disaster restoration services are available.

A flood damage event at a larger Springdale business impacts not only the company involved but also their customers and employees. No matter what the source of the flood waters, it is inevitable that fast and comprehensive assistance is required. If machinery or appliance malfunction floods the production floor or heavy rains or rising waterways invades the building, the need is similar. Our employees know what to do regardless of the scenario.
 
SERVPRO service vehicles have pumps and extractors on board. If the areas to be treated is large, we make sure enough equipment arrives so the removal of the water is swift. If contamination is an issue, we contain the water in tanks and dispose of it according to local rules. Damaged plant equipment is inspected and repaired, and air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers move in to dry the structure. Throughout the process, moisture is measured and monitored, and the drying goals determined by our production managers are eventually reached.
 
The SERVPRO work crews are aware that every moment the business is down community members are losing money. We do all in our power to work fast and get the majority of the building back to normal so the business can get back to regular production as soon as possible. We listen carefully to the business owner and its management team to see if there is a way to open a portion of the commercial building while we continue to work on the flood-damaged areas.

If the scope of the response needed exceeds our configuration, we have relationships with other SERVPROs that can lend technicians and equipment. For certain, no job is too big or too small for us, and the quality the customer receives is impeccable. Our goal is a fully operational company in as few days or hours 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.

How to Minimize Fire Damage in your Van Buren home

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo There are ways to minimize the damage after a fire, CALL SERVPRO!

Minimizing further fire damage is one of the first considerations of our team, after a fire in a home or business. Commercial fire damage can greatly affect the ability of a business to continue their day to day operations. In order to recover as much as possible from a property that has undergone fire damage, smoke damage, and soot damage, a restoration company should be contacted immediately after the premises are secure. The fire cleanup team can aid in evaluating the damage to the property and listing all items that are present. They can also perform fire damage restoration and offer an estimate onsite.

A restoration company will also be instrumental in boarding up a property if commercial fire damage has compromised any doors or windows. Roofs and walls that may have been cut into by firefighters during the fire may also need to be boarded up. This process can be much more difficult than it originally appears due to the need to evaluate the structural integrity of much of the buildings foundation. Boarding up a property that has undergone fire damage is important both to prevent the collapse of the building as well as to protect it from any intruders who may cause additional damage.

The fire cleanup will also involve drying up all the water that firefighters may flood the premises with in order to put out the fire. This water can cause extensive water damage as well as promote the growth of mold. A certified technician can employ all manner of techniques to dry out the property and prevent mold growth using industrial equipment that may include a water extractor, a dehumidifier, and an air current mover. This process will also remove the smoke smell that may persist after a fire.

After a list of personal belongings have been identified and list along with the property owner, SERVPRO will work with him or her to reverse the smoke damage and soot damage that may have settled into the property. Surfaces can often be fully cleaned, even if it is porous like carpet. Deep vacuuming and steam injection are often successful in removing the oily soot that may lead to residual smoke smell. Fire damage restoration requires techniques that require specialized equipment, and these techniques can be discussed with the property owner in order to decide whether or not to proceed with restoration.

If fire damage restoration is not possible on certain items, they may be more easily replaced. In this case, SERVPRO will also help to dispose of these items in the appropriate manner. After a fire in a home or a fire in a business, much debris will need to be removed anyway.

All surfaces are sanitized and cleaned after all soot damage and smoke damage is gone. The fire clean up team will also instruct property owners on how to prevent commercial fire damage in the future. Any residual smoke smell will be ventilated until gone. If the smoke smell persists, chemical solutions like an ozone treatment or thermal fogging are also options depending on the needs of the property owner. Additional treatments may be needed weeks or even months after the initial incident.

Fire cleanup is extremely daunting for an individual who is shocked by a fire happening in a home or a fire in a business. However, fire damage restoration is normal for a fire cleanup specialist, even after commercial fire damage. A specialist who has the experience and the expertise to guide a property owner will ensure that fire damage is minimized as much 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.