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5 Steps to Replace a Leaking Shower Head in your Rogers Home

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Shower head leaking in shower There is a simple way to fix your leaky shower head!

If your shower head is leaking, you may need to replace the shower head. Follow these steps to safety install your new shower head.

  • Remove the old shower head.
    1. Use a wrench or pliers to loosen the nut and detach the shower head.
  • Clean the threads of the shower arm with a cloth. Be careful of jagged pieces of metal while you do this.
    1. If the connection is damaged, you may need to replace the shower arm as well.
  • Wrap Plumbers Tape around the thread of the shower arm.
    1. Make sure tape is wrapped tightly.
    2. Make 4-5 wraps around the thread of the arm in a clockwise manner.
  • Install the new shower head using your hands.
    1. Wrap a cloth around the connection and tighten with wrench to get a tight fit on the shower arm.
  • Run the shower for about a minute to test water pressure and ensure there are no more leaks.

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.

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What to do when you find a Busted Pipe in your Bella Vista Home.

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

There are a few signs of busted pipes that you should be aware of.

  • Check to see if you have fluctuating water pressure.
  • Look out for Discolored, rusty water with a strange smell.
  • Listen for pipes making clanging noises behind your walls.
  • Check your recent water bills for sudden spikes.
  • Look for puddles of water forming under your sinks.
  • Check out your ceilings for water spots and discoloration.

It is IMPORTANT that you act FAST if you notice that you have a busted pipe. This will prevent further damage and save on repairs.

If you do have a busted pipe, follow these steps immediately!

  • Turn off your water and drain faucets.
    1. Turn off water
    2. Drain your faucets
    3. Flush Toilets
    4. You may need to shut off electricity. If you suspect the leaking water came into contact with any electrical sockets or your fuse box. This is Important!
  • Locate the Burst Pipe.
    1. Look for signs of damage.
    2. After 3 days, mold may begin to grow. It’s important to extract the water quickly in order to keep mold growth from continuing.
    1. SERVPRO is available 24/7 for any water related emergencies you may have. With fast response times and top-of-the-line equipment, we can immediately start to extract the water in your home.
  • Document the damage for your insurance claim.
    1. Take photos of the area.
    2. If you can, take a video of the cause of the leak. Videos are even better than still photos because it allows the adjuster to see the leak while it’s happening.
  • Start the Restoration Process.
    1. First, SERVPRO will assess the damages. We have moisture meters to determine if you have water present in your walls.
    2. SERVPRO will extract the water in your home while saving as many building materials as possible.
    3. After the visible water is extracted, SERVPRO will place dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the affected areas.
    4. SERVPRO will perform any demolition of damaged materials such as baseboards and carpets that can’t be salvaged.
    5. After the area is dry, SERVPRO will begin repairs on the affected areas.
    6. Before you know it, SERVPRO has your home “Like it never even happened.”

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.

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Water Removal Essential for Rogers Carpeted Family Room

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

When water damages your home's carpeting, count on SERVPRO for professional extraction.

Effectively Removing Water from Carpeting in Rogers

When your Rogers 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 wanded and weighted 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 1200 times more effective. Following this logic, 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 Benton / Carroll Counties invests in continuous training for our managers and technicians to ensure your disaster recovery completes successfully. Call us at (479) 787-7377 for a fast response and up to date equipment and techniques. 

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Is Your HVAC System Adding Water Damage to Your Rogers Home?

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

HVAC systems can cause significant amounts of water damage in a home. Inspect your system regularly.

Could Your Air Conditioning Be Causing Water Damage to Your Rogers Home? 

Summers in northwest Arkansas can be hot and humid, making air conditioning a must for families in Rogers. When working well, central and window air conditioners remove moisture from the home’s interior, pulling the sticky, moist air through the unit where refrigerated coils condense, and a series of hoses drain the now-liquid water outside of the building. It works on a principle similar to evaporative dehumidifiers used to dry out properties with water losses.  

Unfortunately, water damage in your Rogers residence can result from a malfunction of your air conditioning system. The damage often begins unnoticed, leaking near a wall, under a window, or in the cavity between the interior and exterior structural materials of your home. Window coverings, rugs, or carpeting can cover up the evidence for a time, allowing floors, window sills, and other building materials to soak up significant quantities of water. 

Air conditioners leak water for a range of reasons. The SERVPRO team has seen homes with water damage by AC failures or infrequent maintenance, including the following: 

  • Clogged or disconnected drain
  • Clogged or blocked air filter
  • Dirty condensate pump or evaporator coil
  • Cracked drain pan
  • Insufficient refrigerant
  • Condensation buildup in HVAC ducts 

Homeowners might notice an unpleasant odor or step onto a wet carpet as a signal that something is amiss. Water flowing from an air conditioner contains a variety of contaminants and can accelerate mold grow as well as deteriorate the structural components of any building. It is crucial to assess and develop a plan for water removal and structural drying. 

The SERVPRO team arrives with all equipment needed to locate and evacuate any standing water, measure the moisture content of affected materials, and dry the space. If water collected between interior and exterior walls, we might use controlled demolition strategies to release it. Holes drilled at floor level or flood cuts several inches above saturated drywall can assist us in removing the moisture. An AC expert can and must help with the issue causing the overflow of condensed water, or the problem can recur.  

SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties resolves water damage of all types, ensuring success with our state-of-the-art equipment and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians. Call (479) 787-7377 for professional resolution of an AC-related water loss.

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What is the Best Way to Dry Contents in Your Water Damaged Rogers Home?

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can dry your water damaged collections.

Divide and Conquer When Both Your Rogers Home and Its Contents Suffer Water Damage 

Homeowners struggle when floors, walls, and ceilings show the harm unexpected water incursion brings. The challenges get even more intense when the unwanted water soaks into furnishings, rugs, books, papers, and window or floor coverings. The talented technicians in our production facility can evaluate the damage done to the contents of your home and take the right steps to restore a broad range of items when a pack-out transports the articles from your house to our headquarters.

It is no surprise that water damage affects more than the structure of your Rogers home. Regardless of the source of the water, many household goods and personal possessions absorb moisture if they are staged or stored in a space where water invaded. Our highly-qualified crews have strategies to clean, dry, and restore both building materials and movable property. A pack-out permits our employees to focus on the requirements of each type of water damage remediation. 

SERVPRO uses a detailed and secure Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) to track the progress of water damage restoration efforts for items temporarily moved out of your home. We use lists, digital photographs, and barcoding to document the packed-out inventory, helping you support insurance claims. You can also feel confident that we made all restorative efforts before choosing to discard or replace any property. 

Specialized water damage mitigation techniques such as freeze-drying for paper and photos, controlled drying modules for furniture or electronics, and commercial washing and drying equipment for clothing, linens, and window treatments restore the function and appearance of your possessions. Meanwhile, the SERVPRO crew members working on the damage to your home’s structure face fewer impediments as they remove the water and dry out the affected spaces. 

We clear items from rooms that incur water damaged wall-to-wall carpeting or hardwood floors to streamline the drying process. SERVPRO technicians complete in-place drying of carpets using weighted wands, carefully making multiple passes while avoiding stretching the fabric without concern about rust spots or staining from the furniture. Likewise, hardwood floors respond well to negative air pressure suction, and it is much easier to configure the drying mats if furnishings and other items are safely moved out rather than needing continual repositioning. 

SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties has both your home and contents covered when water damage is the challenge. Call us at  (479) 787-7377 to set up an assessment.

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Read This to Change How You Perceive Water Damage Remediation in Rogers

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

For water damage resulting from an overflowing sink, you need quick action. Team SERVPRO is available 24/7 for emergency calls.

Steps That Reduce the Impact of Water Damage in Rogers

Water loss incidents happen fast and leave a wide range of damages in the affected property. If a sink in a room upstairs overflows when no one is around to turn off the water, it can leave large swathes of the house wet. Even clean water soils property by spreading debris such as dust. It can also cause stains by causing bleeding of dyes in fabrics such as draperies. Proper cleanup and drying are necessary after such an incident affects your Rogers homes.

Removing any pools is the priority after water damage in Rogers since the longer the water sits, the higher the rate of migration. Gravity accelerates water migration rate, so a spill in upper floors affects large areas if extraction is not carried out fast. Our SERVPRO technicians tackle this problem using high capacity equipment such as truck-mounted water extractors. We also have different extraction wands for use in carpeted areas and other surfaces such as wooden expediting the process.

Removing pools of standing water is a significant step forward, but it does not complete the task since moisture is likely to remain in building materials and contents. Evaluating which areas are wet is necessary to allow proper drying measures. Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors to check which materials are wet. In case we suspect wetness in areas concealed by walls or other structures, we use thermal cameras, which eliminate the need to open up walls. Depending on the levels of moisture found, our SERVPRO technicians can take different approaches including using air movers and dehumidifiers to dry areas affected by the incident "Like it never even happened."

Different types of soiling require different approaches when cleaning to achieve positive results. Water spills mostly involve clean or gray water, so stains and debris dispersal are the primary forms of soiling. Our SERVPRO technicians identify the staining to determine the best removal option. In a case of rust stains, we avoid chlorine-based products during removal because they set such stains. Our water extractors also have heating capabilities, which we use to improve the outcome of restorative cleaning.

For all incidents involving water, call SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties to help restore your property to the preloss state. You can reach us at (479) 787-7377 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What To Expect When Our Professionals Restore Your Siloam Springs Home

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Our team will respond quickly and will bring the right equipment to restore your home after water damage.

Determining Appropriate Water Removal Procedures to Restore Your Siloam Springs

After a water event, it is advisable to treat the situation with the urgency it deserves and put in place appropriate water extraction measures. There is no room to take chances with your investments, which means you need to work with specialized service providers who have experience in the water restoration field. This post explains some of the procedures that we employ when restoring both commercial and residential properties in Siloam Springs. 

Inspecting the water damage in your Siloam Springs property determines the water extraction methods we use. If standing water stays in place for long, it saturates your items and makes them weaker; which can also be a risk to the occupants or in some cases lead to permanent damage. Our SERVPRO technicians know when it is appropriate to use gas-powered pumps, dehumidifiers, air movers, and other advanced water extraction systems.

Our SERVPRO technicians use monitoring devices to locate areas that are wet and compare their degree of wetness to the standard moisture levels. When we are determining how wet soft materials are, we use a moisture sensor. This device has sharp probes which penetrate the target material. By using a moisture sensor, we can find out how far the moisture has traveled into the item. Whenever moisture is present, a light blinks and a beeping sound is heard.

Some situations require us to determine the exact quantity of moisture in a material. In such cases, we use devices known as moisture meters. Just like moisture sensors, some types of moisture meters have probes which can penetrate through materials when it is necessary to measure the exact amount of moisture - these are known as penetrating moisture meters. We also use nonpenetrating moisture meters that use sensors to determine a material’s degree of wetness. They have a scale that our SERVPRO technicians read and record the readings.

No water damage event in your commercial or residential property is too small or too big for SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties. Call us at (479) 787-7377 and allow us to put your property back together.

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For Home Owners in Siloam, SERVPRO Offers Specific Techniques for Water Extraction from Floorings

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Professional Water Extraction Needed For Wet Floors In Your Siloam Springs House

After a water heater, washing machine, or other plumbed appliance breaks down in your Siloam Springs home, expert help is needed to ensure your waterlogged floors are restored. Failure to remove the water and dry out sometimes several layers of subflooring and coverings exposes a home to the risk of progressive deterioration and secondary mold damage. Our technicians are highly-qualified in extraction technologies, dispatched quickly to resolve the issues with appropriate equipment.

If your Siloam Springs home features carpeting, specialized water extraction tools and experienced operators can make a difference. Our crew members receive in-house training, and some are certified from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses that teach a system of assessment, planning, and effective techniques to remove water. Various types of flooring and the rugs and carpeting that cover them require specific methods for a successful drying.

SERVPRO crew chiefs evaluate the carpeting material and the underlying padding and flooring composition to decide if in-place, also known as “top down,” drying is appropriate. Laminate or hardwood flooring beneath a carpet must be exposed immediately for direct water extraction and drying to prevent warping and to access subflooring. In-place drying of carpeting in these circumstances is not recommended. We can attempt to "float the carpet" by lifting corners or sides by the baseboard and force a strong circulation using air movers. Instead, we remove the carpet for drying off-site and later reinstallation if applicable.

When SERVPRO crews decide to proceed with in-place drying, we start with a regular wand vacuuming to stop water migration. Then our crews use weighted wanded extractors to suction the water from both the carpet and the pad. We take great care to achieve a balance, performing thorough extraction while avoiding stretching or tearing the carpeting.

Although in-place extraction must be aggressive, overly vigorous passes of the wands might cause or accelerate delamination, an unwanted effect where the top layer of fibers detaches permanently from the carpet structure. SERVPRO crew members use the combination of advanced training and experience to achieve the equilibrium needed to remove moisture without damaging the carpet.  

Pads hold most of the water and are relatively inexpensive and easy to remove and replace if determined to impede extraction efforts. SERVPRO crews also increase the number of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to encouraging speedy drying after carpeting water extraction.

SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties is in the optimal position to help homeowners decide how best to extract water from carpeting and flooring after freshwater flooding from appliance malfunctions. Call us at (479) 787-7377 immediately after you discover the leak for the best results.

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Ultimate Solution to Water Damage in Your Siloam Springs Home

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

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) 787-7377 as soon as practical to arrange for an assessment and development of a water removal plan.

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What Professional Restoration Can Do for Your Siloam Springs Water Damage

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

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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Hire Bella Vista Water Damage Experts

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Before Small Leaks Lead to Significant Water Damage to Your Bella Vista Property, Call SERVPRO for Removal and Cleanup

SERVPRO Advice for Homeowners in the Bella Vista Area Concerning Water Intrusion and Damage

Many home maintenance tasks in Bella Vista can wait for a few days or even weeks with little risk of permanent damage. Any issue in your home that involves water incursion, however, requires an immediate response. Failure to respond promptly threatens your dwelling with progressive deterioration and secondary damage. Our technicians, training, and equipment set us apart from regular cleaning services.

In the past, you may have let minor water damage go in your Bella Vista house with what you believe was no adverse effects. It is essential for a homeowner to understand that water can be very destructive, and if there was a time where you did not attend to a significant spill or appliance overflow you beat the odds of secondary damage.
Water damage hides behind walls, under floors, and in the depths of cabinets if it is not dealt with at the time it happens. Hiring SERVPRO to help you manage an appliance overflow or mitigate the damage done over years of small leaks under a sink is a smart idea. For you to determine whether a thorough drying out is all that is needed or if more extensive rehabbing is required, an evaluation by our trained crew helps.
Do not be surprised when you find that the water issues you ignored did have effects you simply have not yet discovered. When we attend to a current water event, we may find evidence of previous water problems. SERVPRO takes the time to ensure that the affected surfaces are dry and cleaned, using water extractors and a combination of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to bring moisture down to normal levels.
Once we remediate current and preexisting water damage issues, SERVPRO feels confident that any additional contracting work you arrange to have done starts with a new slate. This is essential, as any lingering moisture can lead to continuing deterioration and possibly serious complications like mold growth. Putting water damage abatement off will not offer you anything but a risk of higher costs and more intrusive repairs in the future.
SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties is your go-to for reliable water damage remediation, including water removal and structural drying. Call (479) 787-7377 to schedule an assessment.

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Water Removal Experts In Rogers Discuss Moisture Effects On Furniture

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Wet Furnishings from Water Intrusion? Call SERVPRO for Removal and Cleanup in the Rogers Area

Rogers Homeowners Often Turn to SERVPRO After Water Has Damaged Their Property, Including Furniture

Whenever excessive moisture accesses a home in Rogers, much damage to both building materials and contents can occur. Materials can lose their structural integrity if saturated with water. Items such as furnishings can also suffer moisture damage.
Several problems can occur when moisture effects upholstery. Wet furniture during a water removal project in Rogers can be treated with a variety of methods. Specialized extraction wands are used to extract water out of delicate fabrics gently. Specific techniques can also be used to dry out furniture.
When furniture gets wet, swelling can occur. Most pieces of furniture are frame-supported with wood that can swell when exposed to excess water or moisture. During swelling, framing joints can weaken ruining the stability of the furniture. Glues that hold frame pieces together can also degrade causing the frame to break, causing possible injury to the occupants of the home.
If water drips onto certain types of finishes, water spots can occur. Many fabrics that are "dry-cleaned only" are susceptible to stains and water spots. When this takes place, we can wet the entire fabric to prevent the spotting and then slowly remove the moisture.
Any time furniture is affected by moisture; color bleeding can follow. Dust covers on top of furniture can bleed colors onto the upholstery or floors. The metal backing on buttons can rust causing stains on the material. Wooden legs attached to furniture can stain carpet floors. When water damage takes place in the vicinity of furniture, our SERVPRO technicians take steps such as furniture blocking to prevent stains that are almost impossible to remove. We can use thick paper, wood, or foam blocks to maintain the elevation above the wet surface.
Since most furniture is made up of organic materials such as wood, fungal growth can take place. To prevent mildew or mold growth, controlled, rapid drying the affected pieces of furniture has a positive result. Rapid drying is possible when air movers and dehumidifiers are set up in the affected area.
The drying equipment speeds up the natural evaporation process. SERVPRO team members can also "tent" specific pieces of furniture with plastic sheeting to expedite the moisture extraction. We monitor both the structure and the belongings exposed to water and water vapor with meters and sensors to eventually achieve the desired moisture content level.

For professional assistance with wet furnishings, call SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties at (479) 787-7377 24/7.

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Long-Term Effects of Unnoticed Water Damage in Rogers

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

A small leak overtime can lead to extensive damage requiring professional water damage restoration services.

SERVPRO Restores Water Damage and Prevents Future Damage

The nightly news and internet fill with stories and pictures of significant water disasters. Although these events can result in severe consequences to homes in our area, it is far more common for less sensational causes to underlie damage by water. We are ready to assist with the damage water brings to your home and belongings, regardless of the background of the problem.

A home in Rogers risks water damage from many different hidden events. Because our homes are laced with plumbing and equipped with appliances and fixtures that use or manage water, small amounts can escape and begin progressive damage to structural components and belongings. We train our water damage work crews to find the source of the problem as well as to employ effective strategies to restore the compromised building materials and contents.

SERVPRO technicians know small cracks in piping or loose connections allow water to escape between walls or behind cabinets. An unmentioned tub or sink overflow can soak through flooring and drip onto the ceiling below. Loose flashing or an ice dam permits water to invade in small amounts into an attic. All of these scenarios result in water damage that eventually causes walls or floor to buckle, ceilings to bulge, or wooden fixtures to weaken and splinter. Mold and dry rot also can become an issue, and may be the first sign of water damage you can no longer ignore.

Our production team crew members are amazing detectives and find the small leaks that now threaten big problems. SERVPRO arranges for the repairs to limit further damage, and then we turn our attention to drying out the water damaged areas. Depending upon the extent of the harm, we might need to remove sections of walls or ceilings to give us access for drying and restoration. High-efficiency air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers pull moisture from the saturated building materials. If wooden floor show damages, we employ drying mats or loosen and lift planks to ensure the warm air circulates to all levels, including the subfloor.

A baseline moisture reading of all affected structural components gives our team data to determine drying goals. The SERVPRO crew periodically remeasures moisture content to ensure we accomplish those goals, which may be different depending on the type of material. Once all wet areas dry per the plan, we repair and replace the sections of walls, ceilings, floors, and cabinets to restore your property to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties is an industry leader in restoring water damaged spaces and contents in your home. Feel confident that when you call (479) 787-7377 our efforts deliver your property back to you “Like it never even happened.”

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When Simple Mistakes Cause Water Damage to Your Bentonville Home

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

When a small error leaves your home with water damage, contact SERVPRO for excellent remediation and restoration services.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive With High Tech Tools to Find Hidden Drops of Water in Your Home

You might not stop to think about all of the things in your Bentonville home that could cause water damage. While there might be several potential threats to speak of, one of the most common is merely human error. Sometimes things just slip your mind, and you leave something running too long or find yourself distracted by several things at once, and suddenly a sink or bathtub is overflowing onto the floor.
While it is easy to eliminate the source of the water in these instances from making matters worse, the damage already exists. Instead of attempting to clean up these incidents on your own, which could prove ineffective for drying and removing all of the present water as it spreads to walls and under flooring, call our experienced restoration team in to help. Our SERVPRO professionals are well versed to handle any level of water damage to your Bentonville home and can restore this damage quickly.
The primary purpose of professional restoration services is preventing a problem from becoming much more severe from inadequate water removal or conventional cleaning methods that fall short of what the situation needs. That is why our dedicated restoration specialists get thoroughly trained in the latest techniques and most effective strategies for water removal and damage restoration, to save your family time and prevent lasting damages to your home.
Our initial assessment of the damage coincides with water extraction techniques. Even with higher volumes, our portable pumps and wet-vacuums can quickly pull the water from the floors and allow our team to better assess any structural concerns or areas in need of repair. To sufficiently scope the extent of damage that is difficult to see with the naked eye, our SERVPRO restoration specialists employ the use of thermal imagery and infrared technology to verify our successes with extraction and drying efforts.
Everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes these mistakes can leave water damage in our home. You can trust the expertise of our SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties team. We are available anytime you need us, for any manner of restoration emergency. All you have to do is give us a call at (479) 787-7377.

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Water Damage Restoration in Your Bella Vista Master Bath

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Padding under your soaked carpet can be removed and replaced at a reasonable cost. This way, carpet can be dried. Contact SERVPRO to discuss.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow the Path of Water to Discover and Dry Out Hidden Pockets That can Potentially Cause Mold to Develop

When choosing your retirement home in Bella Vista, a variety of bathroom options were available. Luxuriously tiled and outfitted with state of the art fixtures, you enjoyed the relaxation and serenity of your own spa area. With options, however, comes an opportunity for water to escape and damage your new dwelling. We can help when relaxation turns to aggravation.
The large soaking tub in your master suite overflowed when you became distracted, causing considerable water damage to your Bella Vista home. Your bedroom carpeting soaked as the water migrated into the sleeping area and a spreading water stain grows on the walls and ceiling beneath. Since downsizing into this townhome, you sold or gave away most of your cleaning equipment, including your wet/dry vacuum. We have both equipment and trained technicians who can mitigate this water loss.
Waiting for the water to dry on its own is not wise as moisture causes structural damage and may lead to secondary issues like mold growth and deterioration of fixtures and home decor. Our SERVPRO operations manager assesses the extent of the damage and develops a plan based on both experience and IICRC training. Removal of the water is task number one, accomplished with our professional grade extractors. The wet carpeting requires careful attention, using a weighted wand to pull all possible moisture out of both the carpet fibers and the padding. Delamination, stretching, or tears are likely if the wanding is done by an inexperienced hand.
If we feel the padding is too saturated to reasonably dry in place, our practice is to recommend removal and replacement. Padding is relatively inexpensive, and if it is pulled out the carpeting dries out more quickly as we direct heated air both under and over the woven or hooked surface. Throughout the process, SERVPRO production crew members monitor moisture levels, determine drying goals, and employ industry best practices to reach those goals.
The water that moved from the bathroom floor down the walls and between the floor and ceiling needed a breach in the grout or caulking in your tile bath. Our SERVPRO crew finds the vulnerable area or areas in the joints or edges and recommends maintenance or repairs to seal moisture out in the future. Even small leaks over time in a bathroom result in significant water damage. We use moisture meters or scanners to locate hidden pockets of water and release any ponding by drilling holes or removing a ceiling tile. Air movers, heat, and dehumidifiers complete the drying of the areas. We make necessary repairs and touch up with stain or paint to finish the job.
SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties has the skills, training, and equipment to restore water damage to your home. Call us at (479) 787-7377 to schedule an assessment and let us get your home back to normal after a water event.

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The Top Methods And Tool Of Removing Moisture From Your Rogers Home

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water removal in Rogers is a wholesome undertaking.

Various Moisture Removal Strategies And Tools

Water removal in Rogers is a wholesome undertaking. It does not merely stop at the actual pumping out of the excess water. It also entails the drying of excess moisture that is left behind after a successful removal exercise. This should be a top concern to all households as it helps in mitigating the growth of molds, peeling off paints and weakening of carpets among other adverse side effects.

SERVPRO has been continuously carrying out water removals in Rogers for quite some time now. It hence understands the various techniques and tools that may be employed to actualize this feat at the household level. The company is also all the more very glad to share them out freely with the general public.

First, the company uses dehumidifiers to suck out excess water vapor from the surrounding atmosphere. This helps in reducing the likelihood that molds and fungi may grow. It also diminishes the likelihood that those who occupy the room may develop allergies or respiratory disorders.

Secondly, it carries out regular checks and inspections in the premises of its clients. This way, it is able to detect the likelihood of the occurrence of any water damages. This allows it to come up with the appropriate intervention mechanisms.

To completely rid floors of any traces of moisture, SERVPRO utilizes vacuum pumps for the job. This is because the pumps have been tested and proved to be pretty effective in sucking up such moisture to leave behind clean and dry surfaces.

We use mops and rags to manually rid surfaces of extra water. This is especially so in case there is no access to vacuum pumps, the area in question is small or the surfaces are uneven. Rags and mops also have the added benefit of reaching out to those otherwise hard-to-reach areas easily.

SERVPRO also opens windows as a final intervention mechanism. The reason underlying this is simple. When windows are opened, a gush of wind is often let in. This wind ‘blows’ away excess moisture and accelerates the pace of drying.

To be sure of the best results, you obviously need to involve us, SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties. We are based in the Springdale area but serve the entire adjacent communities. Talk to us by calling this line (479) 787-7377. We are eagerly waiting to hear from you!

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Preventing Water Damage in Your Bentonville Kitchen

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Keep your kitchen free from water damage by regularly checking for dishwasher leaks, drips under your sink, or moisture behind your refrigerator.

Checking for potential water damage problems in your kitchen

Although you frequently clean and use your kitchen, you could be neglecting the signs of warning indicating impending water damage and moisture. There are sources of moisture you can look for in your Bentonville home which could help you prevent water damage in high-risk areas.

All dishwashers leak if given enough time, creating massive water damage in your Bentonville kitchen. The main filter can be clogged and need prompt replacement. If your sink is overflowing, it is likely due to the dishwasher back-ups, which usually happens when the drain line is clogged. Inspect and clean the line regularly. Other indicators are warped, stained, or soft flooring materials around the dishwasher.

When you have had a dishwasher leak or any other leak in your kitchen, SERVPRO, an experienced water damage remediation company, can assist you with all the cleanup and repairs. We know that time is of the essence to prevent additional damage, and we do not waste any time after you contact us.

Regularly check under your sink as well. Get rid of anything you have stored in the sink cabinet and check for leaks. A drip in the sink trap could be a sign of drainage problems and needs to be repaired right away. A partially blocked drain could cause slow draining pipes around the sink. A faucet which is constantly dripping also needs to be fixed immediately. If sink seals are loose or cracked, replace them.

The area behind your refrigerator is difficult to reach, but a periodic inspection significantly reduces the change for problems which are water-related. Moisture behind the fridge is a big warning sign. Do not ignore any sign of leaks or moisture, and fix them right away or hire an appliance repair technician. If mold is spreading under the refrigerator, our SERVPRO technicians can take care of this before it gets worse. We find the source of moisture and make the necessary repairs.

When you have an ice maker in your fridge, check the hose connection to ensure it is sealed and attached securely to the water supply line. Don’t ignore leaks here, either.

SERVPRO of Benton/Carroll Counties is experienced and trained to handle any water damage in your kitchen, including mold growth. When you are in Bentonville, Bella Vista, or Rogers, you can reach us at any time just by dialing (479) 787-7377.

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Neighbor’s Sprinkler System Overreaches Bentonville Property Causing Water Problems

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Bentonville Water Damage from a Lawn Sprinkler System--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Advice and Service in Bentonville Mitigate Water Damage

Sometimes you do everything right but have the misfortune to live near someone who makes a bad decision that affects both your homes. Water damage stemming from a neighboring sprinkler system working on overdrive is unexpected but well within the ability of the trained staff at SERVPRO to help you recover.

Sprinkler systems make it easier for homeowners to keep lawns and gardens green, but water damage to your Bentonville home occurs when your neighbor’s in-ground set up ran all weekend when you were out of town. The water pooled around your slab foundation and ran into your crawl spaces. Some of the water absorbed into the ground, but you fear pockets of moisture are now under your living area.
Waste no time inviting SERVPRO to inspect the problem. The longer water remains under your home, the more likely it is that mold colonizes, impacting your air quality and threatening your structure with rot. We have the equipment and the know-how to get under your home to remove standing water and to employ strategies to dry out the more inaccessible areas. Industrial strength air movers help lower the moisture content of the slab and the supports under your subfloor. If indicated by our experience with similar issues in the past, we add dehumidifiers and carefully monitored heaters to reduce the moisture. We can offer an encapsulation service by setting up a barrier to mitigate moisture migration from the crawl space soil.
Our crew takes the time to evaluate the moisture barriers you may, or may not, have in place between the foundation and your structure. Replacing or improving this vital construction protection avoids issues in the future. We dutifully inspect for any damage to the interior of your home and help with the restoration of floor or walls if they wicked water from the pooling beneath your house.
SERVPRO can communicate with your insurance company and the representatives from your neighbor's insurer, help with your claim's paperwork, and reduce out of pocket expenses. Many insurance companies favor using our services, so you rest assured that our recommendations and reputation are taken very seriously in the industry. This water removal and restoration is not a situation you should try to abate on your own.
Neighbors make mistakes, but you can make the right decision and call SERVPRO of Benton / Carroll Counties when their sprinklers threaten to ruin your home. Our office takes basic information at (479) 787-7377 and sends an experienced team to your aid within hours.

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Using Relative Humidity As a Guide in Water Damage Restoration in Bentonville

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

By Controlling RH and Moisture, SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage in Bentonville

Moisture and Damage from Water Are Remedied by Expert SERVPRO Service

When a leak or moisture problem develops in a property, one of the first signs is a change in air quality. In fact, in the case of a concealed leak (behind a wall, for example), this can be the only giveaway that something is wrong. As some people are more sensitive to air quality than others, they may notice it fairly quickly.

Often, they experience a clamminess. It can make sleeping difficult. It happens when the relative humidity within a space is too high, usually as a result of on-going water damage in Bentonville homes. While there’s no health risk, high humidity eats away at organic materials like wood and cotton and can be a conducive condition leading to mold proliferation.

This is why SERVPRO recommends an efficient program of drying and restoration as soon as water damage gets discovered.

What Is Relative Humidity?
Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor present in the air. If it rises above 60%, the ambient air starts to become uncomfortable. It is when you might get that cold sensation on your skin. While it is not dangerous, human beings are happiest with a humidity between 50-60%, so water damage repairs aim to bring it down to this level.

How is Relative Humidity Lowered?
The fastest and safest way to make this reduction is with dehumidifiers. They extract a controlled amount of water from the air until relative humidity reaches the desired percentage. The process usually forms the largest part of the restoration job, because dehumidification prevents secondary water damage. Of course, if there are large volumes of water present from a significant problem, then extraction of the standing water is crucial.

Secondary damage occurs when there is so much water in the air that it tries to escape into other materials; usually wood and fabrics. Professional drying with dehumidifiers has to be controlled and monitored for the best result. Thermal hygrometers accurately track the progress of dehumidification in a structure or room. At SERVPRO, we combine our machines with air movers, which direct the clean, dry air to the wet areas that need it most.

Can High Humidity Produce Odors?
A high relative humidity only produces unpleasant smells if mold has started to set in and materials are degrading. Wooden furniture, for example, is often the first to absorb moisture and rot away. You can prevent this by reporting water damage as soon as you spot it and getting the repair team in right away.

At SERVPRO of Benton/Carroll Counties, we approach every water damage case with a fresh eye. Our technicians inspect the building, before starting work, and determine the level of relative humidity first. That way, they can select the best methods for the job. Call us 24/7 at (479) 787-7377.

Hidden Leaks and Water Removal in Bentonville

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Pipes leaking behind a wall can cause extensive damage and possibly mold. Call SERVPRO quickly to investigate.

SERVPRO Technicians are Experts at Finding Hidden Leaks

A cause of wasted water in your home is a slow leak in your plumbing fixtures, pipes and appliances especially leaks behind walls. Since these leaks are usually silent, they are often undetected. However, SERVPRO can repair any of these types of water leaks.

If untreated, hidden plumbing leaks can cause serious water damage to your Bentonville home and the need for water removal. There are usually some small signs to help you find these kinds of leaks. Mold grows well in dark, moist areas that are usually hidden under flooring or behind walls. If a pipe starts leaking, mold can grow in the area. If you see mold in places where water is not usually found, like non-shower walls, you might have a pipe which is leaking. Other things to keep an eye out for include peeling wallpaper or paint on your walls, a wall which is stained or warped for no apparent reason, a musty smell, or a cracked, bubbled or water-stained ceiling or floor, especially in the bathroom.

If you do not see obvious signs of water leaks behind walls, but you think you have one, there is an easy way to find out. Turn all appliances off which use water, such as your dishwasher, sprinklers, washing machine, etc. Read your water meter and record the number down. Don’t use any water for a few hours and then check the meter again. If it has increased, you have a leak somewhere in your home.

Call SERVPRO right away so that we can use our professional instruments to detect if there is in fact water inside your walls or any other hidden areas. Once we find the problem, we can use our experience and professional knowledge to take care of the leak, clean up the water, and repair any damages as quickly as possible.

If you suspect a leak at all, you want to call us at SERVPRO right away because the longer you let it go, the more damage you could incur. Besides cost for repairs, you run the risk of mold growing. Mold can cause health effects to you and your family. We can help detect any hidden mold as well and clean it up properly.

Water removal is not as difficult as you think when you have the right team helping you. Hidden leaks can cause many problems, so contact SERVPRO of Benton/Carroll Counties as soon as possible. We can be easily reached at (479) 787-7377 any time you need us.

Water Damage and Flooding in Rogers

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

Water Can Damage Homes in Rogers, Keep It Out with SERVPRO'S Expertise

Extraction Is Key in Mitigating Water Damage from a Storm

Floods happen when there is too much water on the ground that either cannot drain off or be absorbed into the soil. Rain, melting snow, a broken water main, and many other causes exist. Floods are almost impossible to control, and efforts often fail. Flood damage can be extremely expensive to clean up and remove, and the costs are not only related to structures damaged by flood water.

Rogers is not immune to water damage, and flooding can cause health risks to develop in your once safe and secure home. SERVPRO is ready at any time to help you in this type of emergency situation, and many other types, as well. We may not be able to control the weather, but we have the equipment required to rid your home of flood damage quickly so your family can return home with less time spent in emergency housing. We know dealing with flood damage can be a very stressful time for you and your family, and we also know that you'll want to return to a home that is not only clean-looking but also really, actually sanitary.

We will use moisture meters to find areas that seem undamaged but that have absorbed moisture from not only the air but also by wicking into otherwise untouched areas that were under water. Water from flooding harbors many living but tiny microorganisms. When these can travel with the absorbed water, the contamination spreads. Drying these areas out will kill many microorganisms. Our SERVPRO technicians will apply antifungal and antimicrobial agents to ensure that a sanitary state is restored to your property.

To dry an area after flood damage has occurred, we place heaters and fans in specific areas, and in very specific positions. These should not be moved until the area has been returned to acceptable moisture-content levels. Air scrubbers will also be used if mold has been discovered, or if the flood water was noxious. The groundwater is typically a category 3 type of water, also called Black Water, that contains many varying kinds of contaminants.

The cleaning of furniture and other household items is another way we will prepare your home for your family's return. Furniture legs and other wooden sections that are visible must be cleaned and dried out to prevent cracking and peeling of finishes. The interior frames must also be dried out, with upholstered areas also being cleaned inside first. This reduces odors in the future, in addition to the reduction of the risk of mold. If the soft surfaces were heavily exposed to contaminated water, then we will dispose of them, deeming them non-salvageable.

We're ready to take your call to clean up any type of flood damage you might have. Call us, SERVPRO of Benton/Carroll Counties, 24/7 for assistance at (479) 787-7377.