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How Our Team Can Help You Prepare For A Flood In Bella Vista

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Our Team Can Help You Prepare For A Flood In Bella Vista A flood can damage your home, and you need help from the experts at SERVPRO.

Preparing For A Flood In Your Bella Vista Residence

While there are situations that affect Bella Vista homes with no warning that can cause catastrophic damages, many natural disasters that occur offer some degree of warning to allow residents to prepare their homes for what is coming. In situations like flooding from heavy rainfall or severe weather systems, especially with prolonged bouts of rain that take rivers and streams beyond their crest days later, homeowners have a small window of time to take preventative measures to protect their home as best as they can.

When you are looking to avoid flood damages in your Bella Vista home, your degree of success depends on your proximity to the established floodplains of the area. Lower lying properties are at the greatest risk for the rising waters, and even the most elaborate of measures often cannot hold back the strength of flood waters rushing towards a house. There are some things that you can do to lessen the impact of the incident on your family, however.

Of all of the training and restoration techniques that our SERVPRO technicians have at our disposal, we cannot protect your family as you could. The first thing that you should always consider is the legitimacy of the threat of flooding and act in accordance with evacuations issued for the area you live.

Another thing that you should do as you prepare for the inevitability of flooding is to take what time you have and save the things that matter the most to you from your house. While your insurance company and our SERVPRO professionals can protect much of the belongings inside of the house as well as provide coverage for the home itself, they cannot give you back photo albums that got ruined in the disaster or keepsakes that are irreplaceable.

It might not seem like you can avoid some disasters that threaten your home over the years, but you can always have an assured way of bringing your home back to the way it used to be. Trust our SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties technicians to respond quickly in an emergency to help you clean up the mess and restore the damage your home has sustained. Give us a call anytime at (479) 763-3220.

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Ultimate Solution to Water Damage in Your Siloam Springs Home

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ultimate Solution to Water Damage in Your Siloam Springs Home Drying out your water damaged hardwood flooring too fast or too slowly can cause it to buckle. Contact SERVPRO when requiring water removal services.

Why You Need Professional Water Removal for Hardwood Floors in Siloam Springs

Water removal can appear straightforward when your Siloam Springs home experiences what seems like a minor flood. Because water drains into cracks and hidden cavities, you may think it is gone and no longer poses a risk. Many materials used to construct your home absorb moisture, swelling, warping, or crumbling in places you cannot easily see. Our technicians use sophisticated moisture monitoring equipment to find and remove the water before using effective structural drying strategies.

A common complication when water removal in Siloam Springs is incomplete in your house is permanent hardwood floor damage. Water that floods over your beautifully finished floors also sinks into and soaks the subfloor. If moisture levels do not return to normal quickly, the planks of your hardwood floor can experience warping, buckling, cupping, or crowning. Advanced water extraction and drying methods stop progressive damage and can reverse many of the effects of the moisture.

After an assessment of the damage by our crew chief, SERVPRO technicians swing into action to restore your hardwood floors. Our service vehicles always contain pumps, wanded water extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. We also have special drying mats designed to pull moisture out of multiple levels of wood flooring. Our crew uses the pumps if the water is deeper than 2 inches, and then moves to extractors to clear the visible water.

The floor drying mats operate by creating a vacuum to remove the water saturating the hardwood and supporting subfloors. SERVPRO technicians measure moisture levels across the surface and position the mats to extract most efficiently.  Edges of the mats are sealed to the floor with tape and hoses link the mats to negative air pressure suction, intended to extract the moisture.

Drying the surfaces at all levels is essential. If the top layer is dried out without addressing the water in the subfloor, a number of problems can arise. The lingering moisture can resaturate the top layer, causing the wood to cup, or push up on each edge of a plank. If the floor is sanded to even out cupping before the moisture in the material measures at a normal level, crowning occurs, with the center of each plank higher than the edges prematurely sanded down. Monitoring all the changes and interpreting the results requires training and professional experience in the science of drying.

When you need water removal, SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties is ready with the trained technicians and appropriate and advanced equipment. Call (479) 763-3220 as soon as practical to arrange for an assessment and development of a water removal plan.

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Hidden Problems With Used Dishwashers in a Siloam Springs Kitchen can Cause Commercial Water Damage

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Hidden Problems With Used Dishwashers in a Siloam Springs Kitchen can Cause Commercial Water Damage If your commercial kitchen suffers from equipment break down, contact SERVPRO technicians complete the water cleanup.

Problems with Second-Hand Appliances Require Commercial Water Cleanup in Siloam Springs

New business ventures in Siloam Springs often try to reduce start-up costs as much as possible, especially in the very beginning. Doing so can cause more harm than good, though, when second-hand appliances malfunction. Using a 'new' dishwasher in your new restaurant can cause serious problems when the housing leaks hot soapy water all over your floor.
 
When a new business forms, it benefits our local economy, so preventing permanent damage with prompt and professional commercial water cleanup in Siloam Springs when disasters happen is crucial. SERVPRO crews are always on standby to help with such accidents by thoroughly cleaning them up. Preventing soggy floors and microbial growth protects your business from ever-increasing problematic situations.
 
Our crew members hold certificates in mitigation from the IICRC, and we understand how such disasters can affect your business. We mitigate using water cleanup methods that remove the water and undo the damage already caused. Removing the water and returning water vapor levels in the air to normal levels eliminates the possibility of future damage from occurring.
 
Airing out the kitchen where the incident happened can help keep humidity low, but we must concentrate our efforts on drying out the floor, also. Heated mats help achieve this as they increase the rate of evaporation and then extract the moisture, collecting it in a special chamber. We dispose of this water when full.
 
When the moisture readings show the area is once again within the normal range for that type of material, we can check for permanent damage. Permanent and unwanted changes are much more likely when the water was hot and contained soap than if the water was cold and free of any other additives. Restoring your restaurant's kitchen floor after a major spill is vital to preventing falls due to uneven flooring. Depending on the type of flooring, we may replace part of it with similar material or remove it so we can restore it more easily. We always discuss such issues with you so you can decide which option works best for your needs and goals.
 
SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties can help your Berryville, Bella Vista, or Lowell business keep its doors open and continue serving the public. Contact us when you need water cleanup services to get things normal again, “Like it never even happened,” by calling (479) 763-3220, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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Green Forest Residents Benefit from Professional Fire Damage Restoration

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Green Forest Residents Benefit from Professional Fire Damage Restoration Green Forest Properties Benefit from Professional Cleanup and Restoration by SERVPRO

Visit Your Neighbors While SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Your Green Forest Property

When fire damages your Green Forest home, the whole community pulls together to help and feels for you as you worry.  Citizens of smaller municipalities find ways to offer support to other residents. We strive as a caring and compassionate company to be there when our neighbors and friends struggle with a household catastrophe. Although it may be tempting to let your neighbors join together to clean up a fire scene, it is far safer and more likely to be successful if the restoration is left to the professionals.

A fire damage scenario can expose anyone helping in your Green Forest home to significant safety concerns. The powdered chemicals and water used to knock down the fire create slip and fall risks. Water combined with the dozens of electricity-powered appliances, systems, and tools endangers you and your family along with any rescuers with the possibility of shock. Our crew is trained to work even in hazardous conditions to bring your home and possessions back from the brink of ruin.

The residues left behind when a fire destroys building materials and possessions can contain toxic substances harmful when handled without proper personal protective equipment. The SERVPRO team have both training and experience in clearing away fire debris and working in circumstances where air quality might be less than optimal. Depending on how severe the smoke and soot damage proves, you might choose to live in temporary housing while the cleaning and restoring continue. Our crews work fast and try hard to limit the amount of time homeowners need to vacate the premises.

Insurance companies usually prefer the professional expertise and thorough documentation of SERVPRO over a do-it-yourself and helpful neighbor approach to fire damage restoration. They also know the comprehensive cleaning and deodorization standards are followed by our reliable and experienced restoration company. Halting the deterioration of the corrosive fire damage debris and neutralizing the persistent odor-bearing particles floating in the air, settled on surfaces, and buried deep into crevices and entangled in fibers is crucial to a successful restoration.

SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties commits to helping the residents and businesses thriving in the communities we serve. Contact us at (479) 763-3220 to schedule an assessment and begin the restoration services as soon as possible after the firefighters leave.

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What Professional Restoration Can Do for Your Siloam Springs Water Damage

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Professional Restoration Can Do for Your Siloam Springs Water Damage SERVPRO Services Many Siloam Springs Homes After a Water Loss--Don't Ignore a Wet Patch on Your Ceiling

Let SERVPRO Mitigate Water Loss in Your Home Professionally

Many Siloam Springs homeowners work to take care of problems their home faces on their own. Not only does this DIY spirit save them money, but it helps to educate them and make them better able to face what could happen in the future. Specific incidents that leave water spread throughout your home, however, are often better left to professional restorers to work on for several reasons.

One of the first things that you need to consider about water damage in your Siloam Springs home is the impact that it has on the materials used to construct the property. Wood and drywall are particularly susceptible to standing water and saturation, weakening their integrity and allowing them to fail. Preventing this costly concern is often as simple as reaching out to our SERVPRO rapid response team to let us get to work quickly on lessening the impact of the water damage on these sensitive elements.

Another thing that you should know about professional restoration like our SERVPRO team can provide is the thorough work that we do. Water damage often far exceeds what your eye can see, which often leads to inadequate cleaning and drying when homeowners opt for DIY approaches over choosing professional intervention. Our technicians have the tools and expertise not only to determine where moisture damage has occurred out of the line of sight but also the ability to ensure that it gets dried up appropriately.

One final note about water damage in your home is the potential secondary effects from inadequate drying. Mold can form in as little as three days on moisture ridden areas of your home, leading to possible structural degradation and potential health concerns.  

Water damage is something that many homeowners might believe that they can handle on their own but rarely is this the case. Our SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties has a rapid response team that is standing by to help mitigate your loss and restore your home back to the way it used to be, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime at (479) 888-4521.

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What to Expect from Our Bella Vista Mold Damage Remediation Crew

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to Expect from Our Bella Vista Mold Damage Remediation Crew Finding mold in your home does not need to be a reason to panic. Contact SERVPRO and we will mitigate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Understands Mold and What it Needs to Proliferate

Plenty of information is on the internet and social media about mold and the health effects it can cause. The sheer quantity of cautions and concerns about residential mold damage make it hard not to panic if you sniff a musty odor or peek a patch of dark staining or feathery microbial growth. To safely and efficiently deal with a potential mold problem ask for an assessment from one of our mold abatement specialists.

Summers are hot and muggy, the perfect environment for mold damage in Bella Vista if safeguards are not in place. Even the most vigilant homeowner might find it taxing to monitor all the mold hot spots in a residence. A minor plumbing leak, a spill that recurs daily near a pet’s water bowl, or even an inappropriately sized or poorly draining AC unit can fuel the growth of mold colonies. Until you arrange to eliminate the excess water, any mold abatement might be temporary. Our highly skilled remediation crews can remove current mold colonies and take steps to inhibit future mold growth in part by reducing the prevalence of mold spores to normal levels.

What we cannot promise is a complete elimination of the mold spores that inhabit our living, playing, and sleeping spaces. Without a consistent moisture source, however, mold spores typically present few risks to your property’s structural integrity or a low possibility of causing any health effects. Mold spores that absorb even a minute amount of water start a process that results in the growth of significant mold colonies on available organic surfaces. SERVPRO’s mold remediation crews employ the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols when managing a mold outbreak.

First, the SERVPRO team determines the location and extent of the mold infestation. Mold does not need a source of light to thrive so we investigate cavities between walls, under floors, in closets, or behind curtains or heavy furniture. Once we describe the perimeters of the mold colonies, we plan for adequate containment to prevent the drift of moldy debris.

Smaller collections of microbial growth might need only heavy plastic sheeting barriers. An added precaution that improves outcomes for larger outbreaks is the use of air scrubbers, a negative pressure vacuum type system that employs ductwork and HEPA filters to avoid airborne or tracked in mold to spread when we disturb it during mechanical removal. SERVPRO technicians wear personal protective equipment as they brush, scrape, and use abrasive processes like soda blasting to clear the affected surfaces of mold colonies.

EPA registered antimicrobials treat the targeted areas, inhibiting resurgence of the mold. SERVPRO employees use HEPA filtered vacuums to remove residual moldy materials left after removal. A final review of the identified moisture sources ensures they no longer encourage mold growth.

The mold remediation team at SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties uses the industry’s best practices to abate mold damage in your home. Call (479) 763-3220 for a consultation if you even suspect mold might be multiplying in your home.

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Benefits Of Packing Out Possessions After Lowell Fire Damage

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Benefits Of Packing Out Possessions After Lowell Fire Damage When your Lowell home experiences damage after a fire, the list of tasks needed to restore the structural integrity of your property is long.

Benefits Of Packing Out Possessions After A Fire

When your Lowell home experiences damage after a fire, the list of tasks needed to restore the structural integrity of your property is long. Building materials and fixtures are not the only casualties of the flames, smoke, and soot. The care needed to clean and restore household items and personal belongings varies with the type of article and the intensity of the damage. We have employees with the skills to determine effective restoration techniques for these portable articles.

The stabilization, cleanup, and restoration of your Lowell house after fire damage is a priority. You might believe the harm done to the contents of the home is irreversible and choose to load the seemingly ruined property into a dumpster and start anew as long as the building can be brought back. Failing to investigate the possibility of cleaning and restoring the hundreds of items in your home covered in soot results in considerable disruption to your life and adds hundreds to thousands of dollars in recovery costs. Our crew works with you and your insurance company to determine if a better solution exists.

Our production facility has the space, the equipment, and the specially trained technicians to recover the beauty and function of tarnished, soot-soiled, and otherwise damaged personal property. SERVPRO offers a complete inventory service, creating and preserving a chain of custody of the property we pack up and move out of your fire-damaged house.

Moving furnishings, accessories, documents, electronics, clothing, linens, and a broad range of personal effects out of a fire damaged structure makes it easier for the on-site SERVPRO crews to complete their duties. Locating the inventory elsewhere likewise permits the focus to sharpen for these articles, sorting and matching the damage of personal property to proven recovery techniques.

Household insurance carriers welcome the involvement of an experienced and reputable fire damage restoration firm like SERVPRO during the aftermath of a fire. Our mission is to restore, not to demolish and dispose of items that modern fire damage remediation strategies can recover. Advances in cleaning products, deodorization, and sanitization add up to better options and outcomes for homeowners dealing with the effects of a fire.

Let SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties demonstrate how a pack out of personal property benefits you and your family after a fire. Call (479) 888-4521 for an assessment of the damage to both structural components and personal property and a plan to recover from both aspects of fire damage.

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Commercial Water Damage In Siloam Springs Can Halt Production Lines And Create Unsafe Conditions

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage In Siloam Springs Can Halt Production Lines And Create Unsafe Conditions Siloam Springs factories sustain commercial water damage for many different reasons.

Commercial Water Damage

Factory managers in Siloam Springs need to maintain both safe conditions for workers and supply lines for clients. Keeping things safe in the event of disasters can require outside help. SERVPRO is ready to provide that assistance.

Siloam Springs factories sustain commercial water damage for many different reasons. A roof might leak, water lines can break, floods can invade your factory floors, and much more. Our technicians are IICRC-certified and know how to work alongside your employees to better manage the situation. We can help you set up space to allow for safe storage of materials used during the manufacturing of your products if desired.

Extracting the water also means removing the moisture from your plant's air filtration systems. The presence of moisture in your ventilation ducts can allow microbial infestations to rapidly explode out of control and spread even further. While we also resolve such situations, we prefer to prevent them by restoring complete dryness again.

Other areas that might absorb moisture come under our scrutiny. Checking areas for moisture with our infrared imaging devices easily detects moisture that should not exist. We can dry out such areas by increasing the temperature and placing machinery that produces strong air currents in specific directions.

Removing damaged materials also helps speed up the drying of otherwise undamaged items, preventing them from sustaining unnecessary damage. When we determine any different ways in which we can save our customers money or time, we use this to provide the best results possible.

SERVPRO always works with customers to obtain the desired results that best benefit our customers. Discussing any concerns, you might have can clear up any questions. We are always ready to answer these for you. Our professionals want you to be completely satisfied with our services and our work.

SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties helps factories and other businesses in Decatur, Bella Vista, and surrounding areas deal with water removal services. Call (479) 763-3220 to reach our 24-hour emergency services line.

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When Flooding Leads To Mold Damage In Your Bella Vista Property

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Flooding Leads To Mold Damage In Your Bella Vista Property Mold damage is a dire situation.

When Flooding Leads To Mold Damage

Arkansas is, unfortunately, no stranger to flooding situations, affecting multiple properties all across the Bella Vista area. As the waters rise and penetrate into homes and commercial structures alike, those directly affected seek out some way of reversing the damage and getting their properties back to the way they used to be.

While many homeowners and business owners believe that overcoming water loss events is little more than bailing out the building and drying up the moisture, there is a lot more to it than that. Failure to properly clean up after a widespread flooding situation throughout the region can leave many Bella Vista homes and businesses battling an equally severe effect: mold damage.

Mold damage is a dire situation, primarily because the kind of fungal growth that occurs indoors has gotten directly linked with potential health effects. Those exposed to the colony itself can find themselves getting sick or having various respiratory concerns. This fact puts a fine point on the need to get this situation resolved quickly and by professionals like our SERVPRO remediation team.

Much like the lesson that you might have learned through the attempt to resolve the flooding damages on your own, professional restoration and remediation offer the right tools and expertise to ensure that the job gets done correctly. The faster that our SERVPRO professionals can get out to start working on mold growth in your home or business, the better able our technicians are to mitigate the damages you could sustain.

More to the point, you can avoid these dire situations of mold growth altogether by choosing professional restoration for all of the water damages you contend with or are currently facing. Our professionals can help you to clean up this mess correctly, limiting the possibility of microbial growth in the first place.

Your home or business requires an experienced and professional hand when it comes to overcoming damages from mold. You can always count on SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties to help you overcome this presence in your property and get back to original conditions. Give us a call anytime at (479) 888-7808.

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What To Expect If Containment Is Necessary During Flood Damage Remediation In Bella Vista

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Expect If Containment Is Necessary During Flood Damage Remediation In Bella Vista Flood waters do not ask permission before they invade your Bella Vista home.

Flood Damage Remediation

Flood waters do not ask permission before they invade your Bella Vista home. Many factors can increase the risk of accelerated structural deterioration or health concerns depending on the circumstances. Some scenarios require the establishment of containment areas. We help you understand why and how our crews create and use these areas to help remediate a flooding crisis safely and effectively.

Summertime can mean long or short vacations away from your Bella Vista dwelling, and flood damage can welcome you if severe rainstorms occurred during your trip. Even if the water flowing into your lower levels began as relatively clean rainwater seeping inside your foundation because of ground saturation, failure to respond to it over a period of just a few days exposes your structure, possessions, and family to microbial growth. As a multi-spectrum remediation company, we respond to both the flooding and the secondary damage.

Our production crews consult with SERVPRO management when the need for containment of an area appears imminent. Some individuals, possibly including members of your family, are sensitive to mildew and mold growth, although only your health care practitioner can determine this for certain. Containing the areas flooded and showing microbial growth adds a level of protection for your home’s inhabitants and our work crews during the flood mitigation.

When we use containment in a flooded house, SERVPRO employs both physical barriers and technology to keep the hazardous materials in check. Crew members isolate the space where the water must be evacuated and the surfaces cleaned and treated with heavy-duty plastic sheeting, sealed tightly. A negative pressure air scrubbing system also could be part of the plan, using venting and filters to prevent airborne contaminants from escaping into clean spaces.

As needed SERVPRO employees construct one or more areas, they move through from the contaminated area to your living quarters. An equipment area where the pumps and extractors stay until we complete evacuating water is also a place where our crew stores the personal protective equipment they use while on the job. Clean clothing and equipment can be in adjacent area carefully sealed to prevent the transfer of contaminants.

We also may build contents cleaning and loading “rooms” where teams members clean and disinfect items or wrap and bag materials that need to be discarded because of the contamination. SERVPRO employees train extensively to IICRC standards regarding these strategies to ensure safety and well being for all.

Along with the more typical tasks of pumping, drying, and sanitizing, SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties is experienced in creating containment zones when long-term standing flood waters exhibit contamination. Call (479) 763-3220 immediately upon discovering the flood damage, so we can begin planning for containment and mitigation fast.

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