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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.

The Importance of Acting Quickly after a Disaster in Crawford County

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo After a water damage issue, it is very important that you act on it as quickly as possible to limit the damage that is done to your home.

When a disaster strikes, it is imperative to respond quickly in order to prevent further damages and complications. Fires, mold infestations and floods from broken pipes, overflows or heavy storms – all such disasters must be dealt with in a timely manner. If not handled immediately you could experience on or more of these issues:

  • If water-damaged structures and contents are not dried out quickly and correctly, potential health risks can develop. Mold can begin to grow within the first 24 to 48 hours after the disaster.
  • Excessive water can cause: rusting in metals, corrosion in electronic components, cracking, splitting or warping of furniture items, color bleeding or transfer in fabrics, furniture stains and secondary damage to upholstery, drapery, clothing, wallpaper, photos and papers.
  • Fire or smoke damaged properties can also experience irreversible damage, regardless of the size of the fire. Soot residue is highly acidic and can pit or corrode the metal in doorknobs, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, etc. It can also etch glass in windows, mirrors and cabinets, causing them to look soiled and cloudy. Moreover, plastics, appliances, fabrics and vinyl windows can become discolored.
  • The safety and security of the home can be compromised. Windows and doors may become weak and function improperly, wet materials may collapse and electrical installations and components can be a health hazard when they come in contact with water. Slips and falls are also potential dangers.

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 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.