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Prepare & Protect your Alma home from flooding by calling SERVPRO

5/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO wants you to know that in the case you live in a flood-prone area, you can still prepare your home so that it is more likely to withstand rising waters.

  1. Raise it up: In certain cases, most commonly beaches and lakes, when your building your home you can put them on stilts to keep rising water levels out. Even an inch of water can do damage to your home, so elevating the flood level like this will protect your home. The best time to do this is before you build your home.
  2. Sump Pumps: If your home is flooding regularly, it may be time to install a sump pump. This allows for the water to escape by releasing it outside your home, away from flood plains. The cost for this can range from hundreds to a couple thousand dollars depending on the pump you pick out and potential installation costs.
  3. Dry Flood-Proofing: This is when you apply sealants onto your walls/windows so that water cannot enter your home through cracks in the walls, or cracks in between the wall and the window. These items will set you back a couple hundred dollars, but could save you thousands in the long run.
  4. Raise outlets: All outlets should be about a foot above flood level. Doing this will prevent electrical damage in the event of a flood.
  5. Check Valves: By using Check valves, you can seal off your home from the flood pressure caused by rising waters. These are inexpensive and will ensure that you can stop incoming water.
  6. Regrading your lawn: If your property sits where the lawn is tilting toward the house, you are in danger of flood water rising around you home. To prevent this, you need to regrade the surface so that you’re leveling out the incline of your yard and the water is going to an appropriate place. To do this you just need heavy soil with a clay content and sand.
  7. Protect your siding: Mulch can make the siding on your home rot. If you’ll keep a space between the siding and the mulch, you will allow the home to completely dry after a storm, and won’t cause the structure to rot.
  8. Gutter Run-off: Water will pool up at the corners of your property if you don’t let the water be drained elsewhere. By directing this water into a gutter, you won’t see it again and it’ll stay away from your home.
  9. Raise appliances- Appliances like water heaters, generators, washing and drying machines and air conditioning units should always be up off of the floor so that if water were to come in, they will be unharmed.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration issues. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the water, dry, and then restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

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

Potential Floods to Set Records in Van Buren and Fort Smith this Weekend

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Potential Floods to Set Records in Van Buren and Fort Smith this Weekend Please remember to take any evacuation notices seriously and be alert to areas and roads that could be flooded.

The Arkansas River’s water levels are expected to rise to record levels this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a warning of “Extremely dangerous and life-threatening potential” of these storms.

4029 News published an article (5/23/2019) explaining that if these weather projections hold, we could experience a 3 foot record in the water levels of the Arkansas River. The record was previously set in 1943 when levels were a foot and a half below what they are expected to be this weekend.

If you are instructed to evacuate this weekend, PLEASE TAKE EVACUATION NOTICES SERIOUSLY! These are issued only if there are present dangers so please do not ignore them. To stay up to date with the national weather service, please reference the National Weather Service article and your local news networks.

If this projection holds true throughout the weekend, we could be looking at a 41.0 foot water level. We are considered in the flood stage at 22.0 feet, so this situation should be taken very seriously.

The Fort Smith River Park Amp is expected to be under water by early weekend. In preparation for this, the City of Fort Smith has removed breaker boxes as well as other electrical infrastructure on the River Trail.

The Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department has been giving out free sandbags to residents to protect their homes from flood waters. They also have secured security to monitor properties that are left unattended in order to keep burglars out of your homes.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration issues. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the water, 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 Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

Professionally Trained Mold Removal for your Farmington home

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Professionally Trained Mold Removal for your Farmington home Get the professionals on the job by calling us 24/7 at 479-318-6774.

Mold growth can be a disastrous if not taken care of in a timely manner. There are thousands of species of molds that may be affecting your home. If you’re experiencing mold, you should not assume that there is a universal solution to getting rid of the issue.

Once the mold in your Farmington home is inspected, we’ll know how to proceed with restoring your mold infestation. Do not let this mold growth continue for years, eventually causing harm to the health of you and/or your loved ones SERVPRO is here to help. Our team keeps all of our equipment stocked and ready to go so that they can remove, dry and prepare for the restoration process.

Our crew must complete extensive training to obtain their IICRC certification. Our team will also complete regular training activities to stay up-to-date on the industry and what is new. This is one of the ways that SERVPRO stays competitive, by having such knowledgeable technicians who are aware whenever something in the industry changes or is improved.
We also work to determine the cause of the mold growth in your home we do this to prevent the mold from coming back. We encourage our customers to use dehumidification machines to regulate the humidity in their home. This will help prevent the growth of mold in the future.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration issues. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the water, 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 Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here

SERVPRO Gets Your Business Back up and Going Quickly

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Whether its damage from a storm, mold growing in your office or anything in between, we can ensure that you are able to keep your day-to-day work running because the crew at SERVPRO is dedicated to working in a timely manner. We know that time lost is revenue lost, one of the most important thing to look for in a restoration company is how quickly they can make it happen. If you are interacting with customers daily, you’ll want to make sure the job is done quickly to avoid any reputation repercussions that could happen.

In a water damage situation, SERVPRO’s main goal is to first get the area dry to keep it from retaining moisture that leads to mold growth. Whenever the project manager is assigned to your job, they start by planning the best course of action while keeping all of these factors in mind. Our team has the experience to help in any situation regarding water, mold, smoke or fire damage.

Your Project Manager will be contacting you directly to stay in communication with you over the course of your job. Keeping communication open is one way that we work most efficiently so that we can mitigate damage and minimize the risk of additional issues.

Controlling the odor in a water disaster is important because you don’t want customers to return to your business and then leave because they can’t take the smell. Customers could also question the safety of your business if it smells like mildew or mold. In most cases, drying causes odors to dissipate. If this doesn’t happen, we can remedy this by applying surface cleansers with deodorizers that help to eliminate odor at the source. SERVPRO also uses a Ultra-light Fogging technique to eliminate smell. 

We also work with your insurance company. Let us take some stress off of your situation by calling us at 479-318-6774, 24 hours/7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration issues. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the water, 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 Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

5 Tips to Prevent Mold in your Commercial Business

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is preventable! Remember that mold can cause structural damage to your property and all your furnishings, so the quicker you call SERVPRO, the better. You can prevent mold growth in your building by following the steps below.

#1: Clean Out the Fridge

It can be hard to remember when you last touched those leftovers in the fridge. Or even better, when was the last time your coworkers cleaned out their old take out containers that they have forgotten about for weeks? Did you know that if you leave food to harbor bacteria and grow mold that it could grow outside of its container, make its way to the outside of your fridge and to other parts of the room? Consider starting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain day each week, it goes in the garbage.

#2: Look for and Repair Leaks

Leaks from windows, roofs, plumbing and more can lead to significant water damage in your business. Water damage can lead to mold if not taken care of. If you aren’t looking for leaks, they may get very bad and end up being a very large and very costly repair process. Look for leaks in cases of low water pressure and wet spots to floors, ceiling or walls.

#3: Keep It All Cleaned

At SERVPRO we understand that you’re in the business of working and not dealing with mold infestations. We get that. We want you to call us as soon as possible so that we can get on the job and get you back up and running quickly. One way to keep things simpler is to keep areas clean of clutter and junk. Clutter around offices, especially anything food or drink related causes opportunity for Mold to thrive. Make sure to clean desk areas and lunch tables after eating. Keep your bathroom areas sanitary by wiping surfaces down often. Rooms like bathrooms should be cleaned more often based on how many people are using that bathroom.

#4: Turn on the A/C or Dehumidifier

You’re A/C is another way that leaks can happen in your business. High humidity and stagnant air lead to mold. During the heat of the summer, fans can cool you off, but they don’t do much for the humidity levels that are already in the air. Running your A/C or dehumidifier can cut down on the humidity in your building.

#5: Take out the Trash

When was the last time you washed your trash can? Understandably, you may’ve said never. Most people don’t want to do this because we replace the dirty trash liners with clean ones fairly regularly. Often, food, drink or other items will fall under the liners and can lead to mold growth. Try to wash out your trash cans once every couple of months to keep any leftover waste from growing mold in your place of business.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration issues. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the water, 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 Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

If your Van Buren home floods after a storm, SERVPRO will be there with the help you need.

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage If your Van Buren home floods after a storm, SERVPRO will be there with the help you need. Our team is ready to take care of your Van Buren home and restore it to its preflood condition, "Like it never even happened."

What to do after flooding has already happened

Flooding can cause many problems for your Crawford County home. The issue we will look at first is the points of entry for the water that’s inside your home. Once we can stop the water from coming in, we can begin to clean up the damage that’s been done.

When you get SERVPRO on the job, you’ll have skilled professionals with the necessary equipment to make it as quick and painless as possible.  

The typical homeowner doesn’t have the time, resources nor equipment needed to take care of the issue without outside help. SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties can make sure to get you back to normal without all the hassle of trying to do it yourself. Your insurance provider can assist you in finding information on what your policy covers for recovery after a natural disaster like this.

Our approach to debris removal is very thorough so that you can get your items back to normal as quickly as possible. What we do is not just cleaning and extracting what came inside the house with the water and wreckage. The other affected parts of the home are important to pay attention to also. If structural elements are exposed, we can disinfect and clean the studs, beams, and framework that will prevent microbial growth and bio-hazardous conditions from occurring.

We do not advise anyone to try to remove debris or extract water from their home because there is always a high risk of contamination. Our SERVPRO professionals have safety equipment and highly effective machines designed to extract water quickly.  Having the experience and right equipment helps the SERVPRO team to do a thorough job returning your home to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration issues. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the water, 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 Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

Early Detection of Mold in your home

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Early Detection of Mold in your home Detecting mold in your home early, can reduce negative health effects and costs associated with the damage mold can do to your home.

Mold Mitigation and Cleaning

Detecting mold can be done in a few different ways. If you’ve experienced a flood in your home, you could have mold growing. If the walls in your home are discolored or spotted looking, you could be experiencing a mold growth issue.

Mold thrives when two of the following things work together: Heat, stagnant air and moisture. Anytime you have two of these three things, you could be at risk for mold growth. Since mold can be very damaging to your health and your home, it is critical that you call SERVPRO immediately to mitigate the situation.

SERVPRO has the knowledge and equipment to eliminate microbial activity. The process is highly effective and our experienced team knows how to target different types of mold.

Things that you can do to prevent mold are using a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels as low as possible, use an air conditioner to keep ventilation in your home. If your home undergoes any type of flooding, you may need to replace carpets or other textiles in your home that might retain mold particles.

You can think these factors through in the early stages of moving into your home. You can use paint containing mold inhibitors that ward off mold, thoroughly clean all bathrooms with mold killing products and avoid leaving wet towels and other wet textiles on your bathroom floors. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice to restoring your home after a mold infestation.  Our team of professionals is trained to identify potential threats, contain and/or remove the mold, 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 Crawford and South Washington Counties, click here.

Home Water Damage DRAINED By Experts At SERVPRO!

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Home Water Damage DRAINED By Experts At SERVPRO! SERVPRO understands that cleanup needs to begin as quickly as possible to prevent ongoing damage your home and personal items.

Fast Action and Cleanup of Water Damage In Your Home

When damages affect structural components and the contents of your home, you need professionals that can mitigate the crisis and resolve your situation fast. In a water damage situation, cleanup needs to happen as quickly as possible to prevent ongoing damage and detrimental effects that lead to irreparable damage.

Even though water cleanup is something that many 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.

Water cleanup might seem like something that you could attempt on your own, but this often leads to inadequate drying and moisture removal, which can result in negative and hazardous secondary effects like mold growth. Trust our skilled SERVPRO 24-hour response team to arrive shortly after you call to help you clean up the mess fast. Call us anytime at (479) 318-6774.

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Full Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Near You

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Full Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Near You Restoring your home after a fire can be quite overwhelming, which makes it crucial to locate a qualified professional to assist.

Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services

When an unexpected fire arises, It helps to know that the company you are choosing to use has the ability to restore your home. SERVPRO is in  association with the IICRC organization, giving you peace of mind knowing that you made the right choice. We ensure all of our team members are prepared to handle anything a fire throws your way.

The IICRC develops standards for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industry, which makes it easier for homeowners to locate a qualified fire damage restoration company when hazards occur on their property. When you find a company associated with this organization, you can rest assured that they can provide you with quality solutions to your problem.

Places like SERVPRO exist to give you access to resources that make recovering from fire damage easier, less expensive, and quicker than would be possible otherwise. Insurance companies like working with us because we offer customers with a one-stop solution to every problem that exists, this allows us to perform services for a better price and gives our customers better results.

If you are looking for a stress-free claims process, working with qualified professionals dedicated to providing you with fast, efficient fire damage restoration services, look no further. SERVPRO teams are available 24-hours a day, quickly respond to your emergency situation and help you cope with your situation. Our staff can even help you locate temporary housing and help you complete insurance paperwork required for your claim.

SERVPRO technicians understand how each type of damage affects another, often leading to a mix of methods to provide you with a full solution. Whether your fire consists of direct-damage or smoke damage that often lingers in hard to reach areas, our technicians can get the job done right. With top of the line industrial-grade equipment, advanced cleaning methods, and years of experience, you never have to call anyone else.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice to restoring your home after a flood.  Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the water, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

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Use SERVPRO to Restore your Van Buren Home after a Flood

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Use SERVPRO to Restore your Van Buren Home after a Flood This flooded house was caused by a recent storm

If your Van Buren home is affected by a flood, use SERVPRO to assess the damage and potential threats.  After an emergency, like a flood, there are many concerns.  The professionals at SERVPRO can thoroughly and safely assess the affected flooring, wall, and ceiling materials for structural integrity.  Our team works quickly to ensure that the drying process and repairs can begin immediately.  The faster SERVPRO can begin the mitigation process, the quicker we can return your home to preloss conditions.

Whether it’s residential or commercial flood damage, whether it is clean water or sewage, there are many steps to return your property to preloss condition.  Our SERVPRO Team uses extraction machines and drying techniques to keep the water from damaging your home any further.  Materials like sheetrock and particle board become saturated almost immediately.  After a short period of time, these materials can become structurally compromised.  SERVPRO can remove portions of the damaged materials.  This cost effective technique can make reconstruction easier and faster.

Regardless of how the water damage occurred, contaminants can be a significant threat. Materials potentially exposed to bacteria must be cleaned before people can safely return to their homes.  The professionals at SERVPRO are trained and have many years of experience in cleaning these different types of threats. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice to restoring your home after a flood.  Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the water, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.