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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage In Little Rock After A Water Damage Disaster

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Drying Glue-Down Carpet in Your Little Rock High School

When water lines spring a leak in the ceiling above the administration offices of your Little Rock high school, several structural elements and areas could become severely affected by this development. Because water pools along the flooring, addressing these concerns should be one of the priorities of our responding SERVPRO team. We can work to provide mitigation services that protect exposed furniture, flooring, and the critical documentation kept in the offices.

The need for water removal in a Little Rock school might not be as damaging and destructive if the right containment measures can get taken quickly. If this water loss can get held to the office area exclusively, you can continue to run in a limited capacity while our technicians begin mitigation and drying efforts. Clearing surface water and drying out carpeting can help our team to get a fast handle on the water damage threat before the situation gets out of control.

Depending on the severity of the water breach in the pipes from the ceiling, the office areas could contend with several inches of standing water even when a fast response occurs. With the glue-down carpeting common to school office buildings, there is only a thin layer of short pile carpet stretched over a concrete pad rather than wooden subflooring, padding, and the thickness of carpeting you might expect in a residential setting.

Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, our SERVPRO team can utilize our light carpet wands to pull water from both the surface and from inside the flooring material. Once we have made a complete pass with this tool over the full water damaged area, the rest of the moisture can get removed with a combination of centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers. This approach prevents the need to detach the carpet from the concrete and reinstall it after drying occurs.

Addressing water damage in your school office can help to keep documents safe and prevent the replacement of carpeting and other structural elements. With effective mitigation services that can begin as soon as our professionals arrive, we can get you back to business as usual quickly. Give our SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock team a call today at (501) 803-9700.

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Get Results with Professional Fire Damage Cleanup in Little Rock

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Wall plug covered in soot Soot covering your walls, contact SERVPRO

SERVPRO has the tools for fire clean up in your home

One major mistake that many homeowners make when they have had a house fire that resulted in very little smoke or charring damage is to try tackling the cleanup on their own. Because there can be a lot of smoke penetration and damage that remains unnoticed, calling the experts at SERVPRO is always the best course of action.

Whenever you suffer loss from fire damage in Little Rock, trying to take the route of DIY often leaves your home riddled with pesky odors and hidden moisture that could have otherwise been taken care of with the assistance of trained professionals. Mold and odors tend to spread, which can lead to costly damage, the need for significant repairs moving forward, and potential health hazards.

These are some of the more common problems that our SERVPRO technicians are available to address:

Lingering Moisture

Households already contain mold spores that are dormant until germination takes place. Any water-soaked materials once the fire is completely extinguished must be thoroughly dried, or mold spores can develop rapidly over the next 24-72 hours. Our highly-trained technicians at SERVPRO use specialized moisture detection equipment throughout the home to find any areas where water may have migrated under flooring and behind walls. We make sure that everything is dried correctly and then apply antimicrobial solutions to inhibit further mold growth.

Foul Odors

Soot particles are not always visible to the human eye, and once they are airborne, these particles often make their way into your HVAC system to spread fast. Wherever soot particles end up, they leave behind foul odors. These residuals are why SERVPRO employs a multi-layer approach to eliminating smoke odors by way of thermal foggers and HEPA filtered air scrubbers with onboard charcoal filters to eradicate odors. If the job calls for it, our team also works on cleaning your home’s ductwork to rid the space of residual smoke odors.

SERVPRO is available for fire damage assessment, water extraction, industrial cleaning solutions, and all of the specialized equipment after a fire to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700, and we can deploy a team as soon as possible to get started.

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Our Experts Can Save Your Fire And Smoke Damaged Home In Little Rock

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage and Odor Cleanup in Little Rock Home

The issues of fire damage and odor tend to go hand in hand, and both require addressing for a complete restoration. Some of the most common types of cleanup are kitchen blazes.

A grease fire in a Little Rock kitchen left behind extensive fire damage and odor in the home. One of the first actions technicians performed upon arrival was the removal of the charred stove.

Cleanup of Structural Damage
The cabinets required a tear-out due to charring, as did the sheetrock along with the wall and ceiling by the stove. The floor did not receive any direct damage from the flames but needed removal as it delaminated from the substantial amount of water used to extinguish the fire.

Extraction of Water and Smoke Damage
Water brings musty odors, and soot has its own distinctive calling-card scent. SERVPRO technicians extracted the water and began removal of the smoke residue from the walls and ceiling. After water extraction efforts complete, and drying of the affected area occurs. As a part of the air quality improvement, air scrubbers run during the cleanup process to capture airborne soot particles and port them off-site. The techs have access to an extensive array of cleaners to lift off different types of smoke damage. Many of these cleaning agents have deodorization capabilities.

Prepping for Repairs
Before the replacement of the cabinets, flooring, and other structural items can happen, the foundation needs to be free from odors. The hand cleaning of surfaces goes a long way towards reducing odors. Each odor control application is unique to the amount of treatment needed on a case by case basis. Sometimes the neutralization of scents requires multiple methods. Two of the most frequent types of odor treatments are the use of hydroxyl generators, a safe way to remove airborne odors. Thermal fogging is another method that works exceptionally well in the case of eliminating scents from porous objects.

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 has the knowledge and equipment to get rid of fire damage and odor no matter how large the problem is, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Commercial Fire Damage In Little Rock

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Use Professional Commercial Fire Damage Teams to Avoid Disruption to your Little Rock Hotel

Fires and the resulting hot ash can cause widespread damage to a Hotel. As a property manager, you need to provide a quick response in the face of angry guests as well as working hard to restore the harm. Often smoke can travel far beyond the fire itself staining stairwells, walls, ceilings, and even exteriors of your block. Over time any soots that have not bonded with the surface begin to drop onto the floor soiling carpets and communal furniture.

Our team of servicemen and women are trained to deal with a substantial loss in commercial fire damage and are based here in Little Rock. By working together with a determined crew chief, SERVPRO technicians can get your property back to a safe, preloss condition. Throughout the service, we can communicate with you directly to ensure there is a minimal inconvenience for your guests as well as staff.

No two fires present the same challenge to a restorer. SERVPRO conducts thorough pre-testing of materials and smoke types to tailor a solution to each job we do. Tailoring is essential because buildings have different requirements, and we may need to consider air circulation as well as whether to put in place open or closed system drying. Our crew chiefs worked quickly to minimize any disruption to yourself and put in place an efficient restoration plan.

At high temperatures, soots can bond with surfaces. These may include paintwork, furniture, upholstery or sheetrock, and exterior walls where possible SERVPRO uses oil or water-based solvents to dissolve soiling. We can then rinse the wall removing both solvent and soiling. These materials need proper disposal, and we can take them with us at the end of service to a specialized waste facility.

In some cases, soiling may bond with a surface and cannot be easily removed. In these exceptional circumstances, our technicians can repaint the wall using sealant paints. These help to lock in odors as well as providing a fresh, clean slate for you to paint over. Our industrial fogging equipment can thoroughly remove any residual odors after cleaning and painting are complete.

Hotels need to deal with soots and soiling as quickly as possible to avoid disruption to their guests. Contact our commercial team, SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700.

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Did You Know That Flood Damage in Little Rock Homes is a Year-Round Threat?

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage is Not Limited by Season in Little Rock 

Extreme weather conditions can cause flooding at your Little Rock home year-round. Although we do not struggle as much with the ice and snow as other areas of the country, storm systems still bear down on the region, full of moisture and the damage rain, sleet, ice, and snow can do. Arkansas suffers from below-freezing temperatures this year, beginning in early November. Dipping temperatures complicate recovery from the effects of heavy rains or mixed precipitation.  

Ground Remains Saturated Regardless of Temperature 

Overland flooding and seepage from the ground surrounding your Little Rock home cause flood damage. If the top inches of ground freeze, any liquid precipitation slides over that icy coating, often into your lower levels. Reaching out to our experienced crews of flood mitigation and remediation specialists is an excellent response twelve months of the year. We have training and experience to assess and develop a practical and effective flooding recovery plan even under extreme weather circumstances. 

Cold Weather Risks Flooding from Poorly Protected Plumbing 

Supply lines that run on exterior walls or through unheated slab foundations, crawl spaces, or out-buildings expose your home to the risk of flooding from an internal source. SERVPRO frequently responds to scenarios where water freezes in plumbing lines, causing expansion that ruptures both pipes and connections. A steady drip from the initial crack in a pipe can develop into a full-fledged flood. If not caught early, the damage done rivals that of overland flooding. 

Contamination Considerations 

Just because the water filling your basement is cold does not negate the probability of microbial contamination. SERVPRO evaluates the source of the floodwater and the amount of time it remained pooled inside your home before deciding on its Category. Even freshwater seeping through a pipe cracked because of low temperatures eventually becomes contaminated. If quantities of water hide in building cavities for more than a day or two, mold growth and damage is possible regardless of the temperature. Our managers and technicians are experts at classifying water contamination. We use industry best practices to remove, contain, and dispose of flooding and the biohazards contained within, adhering to local rules and regulations. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock is prepared to respond to flood damage 365 days of the year. Call for a prompt assessment and development of a flood mitigation and remediation plan at (501) 803-9700. 

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SERVPRO Has the Solutions for Little Rock Property Owners for Salvaging Clean Water Doused Contents

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Carpet in Home Pooling Water SERVPRO Provides Premier Trade Craft for Restoring and Not Replacing Water Logged Carpeting in Little Rock Homes

Using Powdered Emulsifier to Prevent Fabric Fade after Storm Damage to Your Little Rock Home

Clean water emergencies in Little Rock can often leave behind discoloration and staining. These may be the result of dyes in fabrics bleeding onto floors and carpets. Alternatively, exposure to some, but not all of the furnishings can leave behind watermarks- where one area of the furniture becomes lighter than unaffected areas. These issues can also appear in fabrics like carpets as a result of prolonged exposure to moisture, acidity levels in the water, or high levels of alkaline found in some carpet cleaners. Our restoration service not only removes water from your property but can also take crucial steps to ensure damages are kept to a minimum.

Prioritize professional services when dealing with flood damage in Little Rock. Stormwater can also be the result of broken pipes after winds breach the envelope of a structure. Often, an inability to take action at the right time can result in irreversible harm. This situation is particularly true when dealing with fabrics that have long-term exposure to moisture. At SERVPRO, we are sensitive to the fabrics, upholstery, and carpets in your home and can ensure that staining is removed without the risk of permanent harm as a result of the drying or cleaning process.

Our carpet cleaning methods are consistently updated as we encounter new science and gain vital experience working with different materials. We know that some cleaning agents may be useful on certain fabrics, but cause damage to others. High alkaline cleaners, for example, can often cause color fade when interacting with some carpet fibers. SERVPRO technicians can prevent this by applying a powdered emulsifier to your carpets; this buffering system prevents alkaline levels going above 9.8 on a PH scale. Just another reason why SERVPRO is a premier storm and water damage restoration company. Professional cutting-edge training complements our arsenal of advanced equipment.

We can apply dry emulsifying powder to your carpets using truck-mounted extractors. These versatile tools can be used for extraction of moisture, drying of the property as well as adding specific, metered cleaning agents that can then be redistributed through the cleaning wand. By bringing in rotary machines, we can buffer and polish floors in addition to carpets to achieve a preloss condition in the affected area of your home. Once the affected area is cleaned to a satisfactory level, our technicians can pack up tools, replace any removed items to their original position, and run through a breakdown of services that can be passed on to your insurer with your claim.

To take the hassle out of flood water removal and restoration, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700.

Some Mistakes in Dealing With a Mold Infestation in Little Rock That You Should Avoid

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

black mold on the wall of a home When your home faces water damage, a mold infestation can quickly follow. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the mold.

Preventing Cross-Contamination of Your Little Rock Home After Mold

Containing microbes and spores circulating throughout a mold-damaged Little Rock home is vital to reducing the spread and severity of this condition. As challenging as addressing these threats might initially appear, we have a team of trained specialists accredited as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT.) Additionally, we have a division of general contractors capable of offering focused, controlled demolition to aid the remediation process. 

Cross-contamination is a constant threat during active mold damage within Little Rock homes. The introduction of spores to new areas of your home can allow for the spread of colonization far beyond the source. Microbes and spores can travel through the HVAC system and air ducts as well, using these channels to reach new areas of the household. When remediation begins in your residence, one of the practical initial steps our AMRTs take is to turn off circulating air appliances like your air conditioner. 

Preventing the introduction of these spores to new environments also hinges on the installation of containment barriers. During controlled demolition, soda blasting, sanding, and other removal practices, spores and microorganisms can become aerosolized. These approaches occurring within a sealed environment allows our SERVPRO technicians to effectively trap these threats and particulates with the use of sophisticated filtering systems like our HEPA air scrubbers. 

We often establish a small area alongside our work zone to allow for the removal of contaminated coveralls and personal protective equipment to reduce the transfer of active spores into the clean air of undamaged regions of your house. Once remediation tactics complete, including the reconstruction of removed materials by our licensed general contractors, our SERVPRO team can do a final thorough cleaning to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

No matter how severe mold damage threats can be in your household, it can get worse without the diligent containment strategies of our SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock team. With our training and advanced technology, we can help you to overcome most mold threats that exist in your home. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (501) 803-9700.

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Mold, Mold, Mold in Little Rock--SERVPRO Helps Homeowners with Cleanup and Remediation

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Putting a Stop to Microbial Growth and Remediating Mold Damage in Your Little Rock Dwelling

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The sight of mold in your home is usually enough to consider bringing in professional assistance. Fungi can grow and spread quickly in a home environment causing unpleasant odors as well as damaging possessions and fabrics. Some materials can become non-salvageable once infested with mold growth, which is why acting quickly to solve the issue is imperative. You can solve microbial growth issues using disinfectants or discarding infested items. However, in some cases, an infestation may get out of control, which is when you should look to bring in professional remediation.

 
Restoration services that deal with mold damage in Little Rock can help you to deal with the issue for the first time of asking. It is not always clear or easy to find where microbial growth starts. SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment to locate potential damp spots that may be residing behind walls or underneath fittings. Using a combination of restoration expertise as well as specific mold remediation training, our technicians can find and neutralize microbial growth issues in the home.

Porous materials that show signs of infestation frequently have to be removed and disposed of to control microbial growth. These materials may include sections of drywall or insulation found inside walls. Failure to altogether remove these items could result in recurring microbial growth issues as well as permanent rot in the structure itself. SERVPRO can seal any contaminated items during service and adequately dispose of them.


While mold remediation is in progress, it may be necessary to set up containment zones to limit the spread of mold spores. Mold spores are invisible to the naked eye but can travel on natural air currents in the home. Without due care and attention, the spread of mold spores can lead to mold colonies in previously unaffected areas of the home. When performing aggressive cleaning or controlled demolitions, SERVPRO uses negative air-pressure as well as plastic sheeting to prevent mold spreading.


Once contaminated items are disposed of, and colonies removed, we can begin to put in place guards against future mold growth. Disinfecting salvageable materials and treating surfaces with biocides or other anti-microbial chemicals can help to discourage microbial growth. We may also place air-scrubbers fitted with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove microscopic spores from the affected room and prevent mold from returning.


To put a stop to microbial growth issues in the home, Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700.  
 

The Best Way For You and Your Family to Mitigate Flood Damage in Your Little Rock Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

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Preparing your Little Rock Home for Flood Damage Ahead of Time

Severe storms can put added pressure on the infrastructure of a city or town. Dams can burst, rivers and sewers can overflow. These issues are pertinent to a homeowner because they can cause flash flooding. Flash flooding occurs when human-made barriers succumb to the increase in pressure caused by heavy and sustained rainfall, or from powerful gale-force winds. During the times of the year, when these events are most likely, a homeowner needs to practice due-diligence by checking state warnings regularly and being prepared should a crisis occur. 

One essential preparation for an oncoming storm is to keep in mind a restoration service for flood damage in Little Rock. Check with your insurance provider about the type of coverage you get and keep in mind that you may need to enact a claim in the coming months. After evacuating your property, contact SERVPRO immediately to begin the process of restoration to give your home the best chance of returning to a preloss condition. 

Flood-related incidents are usually considered black water emergencies. That means water may contain the contamination and should be avoided without the correct personal protective equipment (PPE.) Blackwater emergencies are likely to bring human pathogens into your home as well as potentially harmful gases. SERVPRO is fully licensed in dealing with infectious waste scenarios so we can dispose of harmful waste in line with state and. Federal guidelines. 

It may be necessary to perform controlled demolitions in your property to ensure the proper removal of all contaminated waste. Porous materials like drywall are a common feature of private residencies. Unfortunately, these materials can absorb water with prolonged exposure and become contaminated. SERVPRO can remove these materials, clean, dry, and disinfect the affected area before replacing them with new drywall. These tasks are essential to reduce the lasting impact of cross-contamination. 

Properties that have been in contacted with a contaminated water supply can benefit from thorough deodorization, even after all dangerous substances are taken for disposal. We use a combination of spray-on deodorants, ultra-low volume fogging equipment, and pellets to ensure a unilateral method of removing malodor from your home. 

Storm-related incidents are often unavoidable. But dealing with them correctly can be prepared ahead of time. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 for emergency assistance.

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Special Techniques Needed for Second Story Water Damage in Little Rock.

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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A lot of things can go wrong with even a small amount of water damage in a home. One of the most crucial parts of water cleanup is making sure all removal of all the excess moisture occurs in the property either through both extraction or drying. 

When inadequate cleanup happens for water damage in Little Rock homes, it sets the house up for all types of losses in terms of weakening of building materials, the potential for mold, and foul odors, to name just three.

Not All Water Removal is Equal

The methods for removing water from a kitchen floor varies from techniques required for the extraction of moisture within wall cavities or under flooring. A common problem when a water loss occurs on the upper levels of a home and the water settles between stories in the floor joists. SERVPRO technicians use combinations of equipment dependent upon the surface or area of the house, requiring water extraction. Portable pumps, squeegees, and weighted extractors for pulling the moisture out of carpet and padding. In this way, homeowners realize significant savings and less loss as fewer items become casualties to the water loss. 

Drainage Methods

Water in floor joists needs removal. It is a standard practice for SERVPRO technicians to drill holes in the ceiling, known as "weep holes." This method allows for the drainage of any water and invites greater airflow for more efficient drying. When sheetrock wicks moisture, it generally begins to buckle and warp fairly rapidly. The technicians cut away damaged sheetrock and remove delaminated tiles as needed. 

Drying to Lessen Loss

When setting up the centrifugal air movers, sometimes the technicians use fittings to force the warm, dry air into hard-to-reach places, wall cavities and floor joists. When drying between levels, it is common to use floor mats above, and technicians create custom methods to deliver airflow directly into weep holes as needed. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 handles any water damage in homes with their vast array of specialized extraction equipment and training in making water loss to your property, "Like it never even happened."

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