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A Severe Thunderstorm Can Flood Your Little Rock Basement Laundry Room

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Severe Thunderstorm Can Flood Your Little Rock Basement Laundry Room Having waters rush into the basement of your home and cause flood damage over the course of a night can be incredibly overwhelming.

Flood Damage To Your Basement Laundry Room

Flood damage can come to your home in many ways. However, when it comes to storms, one of the most common ways is a broken window. With wind speeds of over fifty miles an hour during a severe storm, it is not hard to imagine how flying debris can create an entry point in your home. Once the entry point is made, it is easy for the rushing water from the rain to make its way into your home.

Having waters rush into the basement of your Little Rock home and cause flood damage over the course of a night can be incredibly overwhelming. Suddenly, the place you wash your laundry is filled up to your knees with water. Clothing is soaked through, your dryer and washer are partially underwater, and your cleaning supplies are floating around and ruined.

In just one night, the storm over your home has the potential to do thousands of dollars worth of damage. Because of this, it is imperative for you to call for help as soon as you can. If a restoration company can get there quickly, it is more likely that your home can be returned to its preloss state.

Here at SERVPRO, we try to arrive at your residence as soon as possible. Along with our team of IICRC-certified technicians, we also bring advanced technology to combat the flooding waters inside of your home. Due to the detergent, and other cleaning chemicals, that were stored in your basement leaching into the water, we do not recommend you go near the damage yourself.

SERVPRO can use tools like portable submersible pumps and wet/dry vacuums to remove the stagnant water from your basement. Should the volume of water be considerable enough, we can bring truck-mounted tools that can hold the water inside an interior tank. After removing the water, SERVPRO can gather clothing that has been compromised by the flood and take them away from your home to be cleaned. Any ruined clothing can be noted on a list for your insurance company.

Once our technicians clean up the space, SERVPRO can focus on using tools such as dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out your basement. The final touch is to return your dry clothing to you.

Should a severe thunderstorm cause flood damage in your basement, do not pause to consider your options. Dial (501) 803-9700 to get in contact with SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock. No matter the time or day, we strive to be available to you.

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SERVPRO - Removing Mold Damage From Little Rock Homes

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO - Removing Mold Damage From Little Rock Homes Large Mold Infestations in Little Rock Homes Need Safe, Professional Remediation--Contact SERVPRO

Property Owners in Little Rock Often Turn to SERVPRO for Professional Mold Remediation

Mold spores are common to every Little Rock home, but an infestation of the active mold is not a common occurrence. Cleaning the home and then removing the mold spores requires a trained service that can return it to a pre-infestation condition.

Most Little Rock mold damage remains confined to a room or a section of a home. SERPVRO restoration crews train to remediate (cannot eliminate) mold by establishing containment, removing contamination and then cleaning structural and personal property depending on the surface type of affected materials.

First, technicians isolate the contaminated area to prevent accidentally spreading mold throughout the structure. Our crews use plastic sheeting to cover all entry and exit points like doors, windows, and hallways. They also seal the air vents to stop passive airflow and to block the HVAC system from drawing air and mold spores into the rest of the home. If the infested area is extensive, crews may set up a clean room where they can store tools and clothing while removing mold to help prevent spreading mold spores.

Next, SERVPRO technicians remove the mold contamination from affected surfaces. They fall into two categories, porous and non-porous. Porous surfaces include carpets, fabrics, and insulation. With most of these surfaces, crews have to remove the property from the affected area. Technicians remove items like upholstered furniture and curtains to outside the home to clean them. They can clean carpets using an anti-fungal agent and a shampoo machine to kill the spores and remove them with the contaminated water. Insulation, depending on the type and degree of contamination, may be cleanable. However, when in doubt, throw it out.

Non-porous surfaces are items with glass, metal, or hard plastic for the tops and sides. Technicians can usually clean these with a wet sponge and a mild detergent if needed. For thicker mold layers on these surfaces, our restoration specialists can use vacuums with a HEPA filter that can pick up and trap even a single spore off a countertop.

There is also a smaller category of semi-porous materials which include concrete and wood. These rougher surfaces require agitation of the surface to remove mold spores from every crack and crevice. Standard agitation actions include sanding, wire brushing, and damp wiping with an abrasive cleaning agent. Ice or soda blasting are advanced techniques for abrasively removing mold patches and hyphae without causing a mess.

Cleaning and removing mold from the surfaces in a home requires a professional restoration company. If you need us, call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 today.

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During Any Fire Damage Incident In Little Rock Water Can Be A Factor

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage During Any Fire Damage Incident In Little Rock Water Can Be A Factor If a fire ever starts on a property in Little Rock, there are several different occurrences that can negatively affect your home.

Water Can Be A Factor During A Fire Damage Incident

If a fire ever starts on a property in Little Rock, there are several different occurrences that can negatively affect your home. If a blaze gets hot enough, it can burn and combust any substance in its way using it as fuel to grow. Once part of your house becomes ablaze, flames can spread throughout the building very quickly. Smoke coming from the burn also travels around a structure and causes damage in areas not close to the source.

As a result of the fire igniting on your property, it is also possible that the fire causes issues with water as well as the heat and smoke the blaze creates. When mitigating fire damage near Little Rock, our SERVPRO technicians inspect moisture levels inside your home to see if there is destruction due to water along with the heat-related problems. Once a fire starts it can cause excessive moisture to exist inside a structure after it gets put out in a few different ways.

Everyone knows that the best way to extinguish a fire is to use water. When the fire department gets called, they often use copious amounts of water to put out the blaze. Some buildings have an automatic sprinkler system that can flood houses when they get activated by heat. In other scenarios, burnt walls or structural components can fall into water pipes causing them to burst and squirt water all over the place.

If water gets into your home either after or during a fire, it can cause additional problems with the restoration process. Some materials can be more difficult to clean if they got wet. Other times, water can soak soot residues deeper into porous substances making the soils nearly impossible to remove. Water can also cause soot to streak and create more issues.

If water stays inside organic materials for too long, microbial growth can occur creating more replacement and cleaning in addition to the smoke and soot residue removal. In most situations, our SERVPRO technicians dry out the area affected by moisture before cleaning takes place. Drying out structural components before treating them for smoke damage can prevent secondary damage during the cleaning process and make soot removal easier. If you ever need help with issues related to water and fire, call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 any day of the week.

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Fast Water Removal for Your Little Rock Home

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fast Water Removal for Your Little Rock Home SERVPRO Says Rapid Water Extraction Mitigates Damages from Little Rock Properties

Little Rock Properties Suffer Less Water-Damaging Results When SERVPRO Is Promptly Called for Extraction

Admittedly, coming back to your Little Rock home and finding it storing several inches of standing water can be a little alarming. Emergencies like these can often occur when residents are not at home as readily as they can occur when they are. Finding the right way to handle the situation is typically something that you want to leave to professional restorers.

While all of these kinds of scenarios involve varying degrees of water removal for your Little Rock residence, this is to be expected. A plumbing break inside of a wall can often allow for much more damage than someone's washing machine gently leaking water during the draining portion of a cycle. No matter what caused your need for water extraction and subsequent damage restoration, our SERVPRO team of professionals can help.
 
One of the priorities of restoration specialists entering your home is identifying the source of the water damage itself. If this has occurred inside of a wall, portions of paneling or drywall need to get removed to access the break or rupture and repair it. This step ensures that once the water is turned back on to the interior, it does not create worsening problems throughout the affected areas and beyond.
 
Our experienced SERVPRO professionals also work to ensure that extraction and drying techniques are successful by assessing the presence of moisture in wall cavities, in ceiling areas, and beneath flooring with thermal imagery equipment.
 
You should be mindful that highly saturated construction materials like drywall and ceiling tiles can fall with little to no warning when they are too saturated and heavy to remain fixed in place. Exercise caution when assessing the full scope of the damage in your home before restoration specialists arrive. We suggest you wait until we arrive to assess the damage and develop an action plan.
 
There are multiple causes of substantial water damage to your home, some of which are entirely out of your control. When you face this kind of potential damage to your residence, you can put your trust in our SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock water restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (501) 803-9700.

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Preparation Is Crucial If Your Need Water Removal From Your Little Rock Business

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Preparation Is Crucial If Your Need Water Removal From Your Little Rock Business ERP Keeps Your Little Rock Business Safer and Functioning after Water or Fire Damage with SERVPRO's Help

The SERVPRO ERP Plan Provides Protection For and Against Water Damaging Events to YourCommercial Work Place in Little Rock

Everything you worked for to establish a thriving Little Rock business can wash away if a significant water loss occurs on your commercial property. Whether the water invading your company is from a plumbing leak, runoff from a storm, or back up from the sewer, or a combination, you need help from a trustworthy restoration company.
 
Your Little Rock business needs fast water removal, day or night, when an emergency arises. Water losses quickly cause significant damage to the structure and the contents of your business, and the situation gets worse hour by hour. A practical and proactive option we offer to business owners is a predetermined emergency plan, designed exclusively for the physical layout of your commercial property, the type of business you conduct, and the likelihood that contaminated water is an issue.
 
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan and Profile (ERP) takes a few steps to complete. You set up a time for an experienced manager to walk through your site before any emergency. Our team leader views your property for any potential vulnerabilities, including areas where excess water could collect and inventory, records, systems, and supplies that are at risk for severe damage if any circumstances occur that require water removal. Expect suggestions from our expert to minimize the effect of an emergency necessitating pumping and extracting of large quantities of water.
 
We also direct you to the SERVPRO ERP mobile app, a tool for you to give us more information to make a water removal scenario even more seamless. Take a few minutes to identify key staff or family who can act on your behalf if a water crisis occurs when you are out of town or otherwise unavailable. Mark the locations of utility shuts offs and share with us the names of contractors and vendors who installed systems and equipment for your business in case we need to discuss restoration and restarting issues.
 
Note that SERVPRO is your preferred restoration company, permitting us to get to work right away. As we collaborate to finalize the plan we explain what you and your staff can anticipate when we arrive to start water removal and complete applied structural drying. Discuss with us ways to help you keep at least part of your business operating during a crisis. Maintaining some level of responsiveness and a customer service presence give your customers confidence that you can weather this catastrophe.
 
Responsible business owners work with SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock to create an ERP in the event of a water or other disaster. Call (501) 803-9700 to schedule a planning appointment to ensure a quick recovery and minimal break in operations if professional water removal becomes necessary.

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Professional Flood Damage Solutions After Heavy Rains In Little Rock

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professional Flood Damage Solutions After Heavy Rains In Little Rock Drywall in this home was removed up to the water lever after flood damage.

When rain damages your home, the SERVPRO crew has the training and equipment to remediate the damage

When several inches of rain fall over a couple of days, the ground around your Little Rock home becomes supersaturated. Water caught inches or even feet below the surface must find release, often into your lower levels, slab foundation, or crawl spaces beneath your home. A professional response to the water flooding into your home is essential.

The quantity of rainwater falling during recent Little Rock spring storms caused flood damage overwhelming the ability of homeowners to remediate. During the flooding event, your home’s structural components and stored personal possessions are at risk for irreversible damage. Our water loss crews assess the scenario swiftly and put their IICRC training and experience on the line to remove the flood water and dry out both building materials and your home’s contents.

Our SERVPRO vehicles arrive with high-efficiency pumps and water extractors as well as the highly qualified technicians to operate them on board. If your home’s electricity is unavailable temporarily in the aftermath of the storm, our equipment uses truck-mounted power generators to remove the water. Any delay in response to the flooding poses a range of threats to your home and belongings, including microbial growth and progressive deterioration of building materials and the ruin of documents, pictures, books, household goods, furnishings, carpeting, clothing, and more.

Practical and best restoration industry practices often recommend the pack out of items at risk of further harm from the flooding. We train our SERVPRO employees to inventory, stow, and transport your precious possessions with care and respect. At our production center, our team evaluates the extent of damage done by the flood waters and employs proven restoration strategies to return saturated items to preloss condition.

As the packed-out articles receive needed attention, SERVPRO employees address the damage at your home. They complete the flood water removal by matching equipment and techniques to achieve applied structural drying. Our crews strike a balance among the elements of air movement, heat, and dehumidification. We work to release water from structural components into a vapor that we then condense, collect, and evacuate.

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock has the skilled crews and state of the art equipment to turn around your flood damage problems wholly and efficiently. Give us a call at (501) 803-9700 as soon as possible after the flood waters invade. We stand ready 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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What To Expect During Fire Damage Restoration In Maumelle

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Expect During Fire Damage Restoration In Maumelle Items like this monitor damaged by fire can be cleaned and restored off-site by our certified technicians.

How the SERVPRO team can help you after fire damage

A fire in your Maumelle residence can be an overwhelming experience. Often ignited by an accident or failure to monitor a common household task like cooking or a decorating decision like lighted candles, the blaze is unexpected, and the homeowner or family members can feel incapacitated in the aftermath with fear or even guilt. Our professional fire restoration crews manage the damage and set your mind at ease.

The extent of and variations in the fire damage done to your Maumelle dwelling can be daunting. Your instincts and reliance on other cleanup experiences do not provide the foundation needed to mitigate the damage appropriately. Charring, smoke, and soot damage all require specialized techniques, tools, and products for the best outcomes. Fire extinguishing also leaves most homes soaked in water and chemicals. This complex mix of challenges requires our broad spectrum of disaster restoration training and skills.

Our production team leads arrive ready to assess and plan for all aspects of the damage. Water removal and structural drying precedes other tasks for safety and to prevent secondary issues such as microbial growth. Then the SERVPRO team focuses on cleaning the residues left by the fire.

If the fire burned fast and hot, loose and ashy debris is typical, frequent when the fire ignites paper or other quickly burning items. Fires in the kitchen are often protein-based, leaving a sticky, almost lacquer-like substance on surfaces. Electrical shorts and oily rags or other slower burning fires combust incompletely, spreading a dark, thick, and sticky soot. SERVPRO crews evaluate the characteristics of the residues and match tools and products to the particular circumstances of your home fire.

Ash and light soot respond well to brushing with dry sponges and vacuuming with HEPA fitted equipment. The hardened leavings of a kitchen fire can require solvents or other bond-dissolving cleaners. Heavy coatings after electrical and other slower burns benefit from cleaning products containing wetting agents and surfactants that loosen and lift the heavy soot. SERVPRO technicians train extensively in methods that allow for effective abrasive actions without permanent damage to the surfaces treated when the soot adheres firmly.

We work fast but professionally, the speed necessary because the acidic residues from a fire progressively damage all building materials and your prized possessions. SERVPRO also packs out fire-damaged movable items to clean and restore off-site. We also offer deodorization services that eliminate, not cover up, fire-related smells. All the tasks take time, most efficiently done by our team of fire damage specialists. 

Take the first steps to restore your home back to “Like it never even happened” by engaging the services of SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock. Call (501) 803-9700 immediately after the firefighters leave to get the process moving.

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Mold Damage Specialists In Little Rock

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Specialists In Little Rock The team at SERVPRO is ready to roll to your home to remediate mold damage.

Contact the specialist at SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage

If a pipe breaks underneath your home in Little Rock, it is possible that water can affect structural components without you realizing it. Water can leak into your crawl space and cause many problems. Many crawl spaces already have elevated temperatures and humidity levels making it a prime location for microbial growth.

Extra moisture that gets added to a crawl space increases the chances of a fungus developing. For mold damage in Little Rock to take place, it needs an organic food source, the right temperature, and moisture. If fungi grow inside your home, they can cause health effects with some people.

Once microbes develop inside a structure, they can quickly reproduce and cause problems in other locations. Once the spores mature, they form structures called hyphae. The hyphae grow down into the material as well as up above it and across the surface. The hyphae then release spores into the airflow of the building that float around until they settle down into a new location.

If mold develops inside your crawl space, it can cause damage to structural components. Fungi can also create foul odors that can affect your entire house. Microbes inside your crawl space also can make their way into your ventilation system causing air quality issues.

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians remediate fungal issues, we take extreme measure to prevent spores from spreading to unaffected areas. Before any work begins the crawl space gets sealed off so that no dust or debris created by the restoration process spreads across the building. We use poles and thick plastic to build a containment chamber around the affected area of the crawl space.

If the entire crawl space is contaminated then the floor joists get sealed off so that the insulation in the floor does not get affected. Once the affected region is sealed off from the rest of the home, the contaminated materials get removed. If the mold has not gone too deep into the floor joists they can be sanded down and restored. After sanding the affected wood gets sprayed with a specialized sealant paint.

Before the containment chamber gets taken down, we vacuum all dust and debris with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. If you ever need help with microbial growth inside your crawl space, call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Fixture Wear Can Lead To Water Damage In Your Little Rock Home

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fixture Wear Can Lead To Water Damage In Your Little Rock Home Small Water Leaks Lead to Large Damage in Little Rock--Call SERVPRO to Remove the Water and Restore Your Property

Little Rock Properties Often Suffer Water Problems from Failed Plumbing

While there are countless ways that water can negatively impact your home, few people tend to think of something as simple as a broken fixture in their Little Rock residence. Something as fundamental as a broken faucet or connection to the plumbing underneath a sink or leading to a shower could result in damages. These kinds of problems that are out of their line of sight are out of mind until a problem appears.
 
By the time that these fixtures fail in your Little Rock home, any number of water damages could result. Even a fast reaction time on your part to cut the water supply could still impact all of the rooms adjacent to the walls housing the plumbing. Even if you are not aware of where exactly the leak has occurred, you can trust that our experienced SERVPRO professionals can identify the problem as well as how to restore the damage that it caused.  
 
Our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home get to work immediately on assessing the full scope of the damage and the equipment that we need to fix the problem you face. Extraction is often a large part of this process, especially in areas where substantial water damage has occurred. While hard flooring surfaces are ideal for using our wet-vacs and portable pumps, sometimes specialized equipment like weighted extractors are necessary for carpeted areas that get impacted by the spread of the water.  
 
Drying the area is a critical step for our SERVPRO technicians. While air movers and dehumidification equipment work to remove the moisture from open areas that got affected, our injectidry system moves air through the wall cavity where the plumbing problem has gotten repaired to eliminate any lingering dampness or moisture in these areas. This process also helps to prevent dormant mold spores from developing into significant and damaging colonies.
 
There are plenty of ways that water and the resulting damage can affect your home, but no matter the reason, having the right team of professionals can make all the difference in how smoothly the restoration goes. Trust our experienced team at SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock to help you with any water damage effects your home faces. We are available 24/7 by calling (501) 803-9700.

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Commercial Fire Damage Leaves Little Rock Boutiques Soggy and Smelly

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Leaves Little Rock Boutiques Soggy and Smelly Make sure to contact SERVPRO to get any fire damage in your boutique taken care of. Call right away for best results.

Team SERVPRO Arrives to BOTH Inventory Damaged Items and Remediate Fire Damage

Once a small business in Little Rock, such as a boutique, experiences a disaster that threatens closure, the integrity of its inventory, or ruination of its equipment, staying in business can become very difficult. Many small businesses fail because of such unexpected disasters.
 
We can help prevent such failure of your business, even if commercial fire damage played a role in your Little Rock boutique's difficulties. Because your customers expect your boutique to have a distinct feel to it, restoration needs to include mitigation of not only the charred materials and ruined inventory but also the sogginess and constant odor experienced. Fire produces heavy soot, and fighting fires leaves behind water and foam from firefighters putting out the flames.
 
As we perform fire damage restoration of your structure, we remove the materials that became charred and bubbled up from the heat. Once we remove the moisture left behind from firefighting efforts, we can bring in replacement materials. While these materials wait for installation, we can remove large amounts of soot and smoke deposits from the interiors of wall cavities. However, not all walls filled with smoke experience damage on their exteriors. Hence, these walls never require opening up, and their unwanted contents remain unreachable by our manual tools.
 
Odors produced by this smoke and soot become mixed with the musty odor caused by leftover water. The longer this water remains inside your business, the larger any microbial populations can become. Mold can produce bad odors and add to the problems experienced. Because of the complexities fire damage and many other disasters cause small businesses, we recommend our READY plan, which can help keep businesses from failing after such catastrophes.
 
For all businesses, no matter how small or large, SERVPRO uses the latest in technology and trains our employees well. Earning certificates from the IICRC prepares them for the challenges that disasters pose. We also gain extensive experience while performing jobs in a wide variety of commercial settings.
 
We can still make your boutique smell pleasant, even with the smoke, water, and possible beginning microbial colonization going on inside your boutique. SERVPRO can address each issue and resolve it so that it becomes "Like it never even happened" again.
 
Removal of damaged materials, specialized care for any salvageable inventory, intensive cleaning, water extraction and removal of moisture, and odor control techniques steadily restore your business. Paperwork for insurance purposes involving losses and specialized cleaning and restoration services help you submit claims quickly.

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock wants to help you put your business back together rapidly after a disaster. Fire damage can affect so much of your business, even when it seems unaffected in specific areas at first glance. Our professional team can help you stay in business when you call us at (501) 803-9700, our 24-hour service line.

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