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The Restoration Process for Fire Damage in Little Rock

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

two employees documenting damaged items in a home Fire damage leaves behind charred contents and lingering odors. Contact SERVPRO for thorough remediation services in your Little Rock home.

SERVPRO Offers Fire Cleanup and Odor Control to Little Rock Residents

The home is full of fuel sources for a potential fire. Common textiles like mattresses, draperies, and sheets can combust with exposure to high temperatures or direct flames. One of the leading causes of damage from combusting materials is smoke deposits that rapidly expand outward from the source. SERVPRO can help organize and manage your home restoration after a disaster.

The underlying causes of fire damage in Little Rock homes can often be traced back to open ignition points, with the number one cause being unattended stoves. Usually, these types of fire involve the burning of animal protein which can leave behind greasy smoke deposits. Unlike organic materials, which generally leave behind a powdery smoke residue, items that involve animal fats or synthetic material often require special care and attention to remove. The immediate aftermath of a housefire often requires the most organization. Belongings must be inspected individually to ascertain their level of repairability while simultaneously making plans for safe storage either on-site or in an external warehouse. There is also a careful examination of the structure, surfaces, and fittings where technicians test for cleanability and smoke type. Finally, water used during the firefighting procedure can be an additional source of damage that needs immediate mitigation.

The Early Stages of Homefire Restoration

  • Sorting through belongings, including storage options and arranging for services such as dumpster trucks for debris and potential subcontractor requirements.
  • Setting up a staging area for equipment and containment controls to avoid spreading soot from one location to another.
  • Water mitigation is often necessary to help reduce the impact of smoke odors and prevent secondary damages.

The planning phase of homes fire damage restoration is among the most crucial. Our technicians can perform mitigation tasks to reduce losses, arrange for the correct equipment, and speak with your insurance adjuster during this time. From a homeowner's perspective, the main task is to provide authorization for technicians to carry out restoration work. This task is completed by providing your signature on an authorization to complete the services form. We understand how impactful fires can be to a homeowner and the level of disruption they can cause to your everyday life. Our crew chiefs can answer any questions you may have during this period to stay in the loop and make sure you have a realistic time frame for the services carried out.

The Core Tasks for Your Home Restoration

  • Mitigation is the process of reducing losses, including covering surfaces to protect them from falling ash, drying the property, and securing it against theft.
  • A cleaning phase allows technicians to salvage as much of the structure, fittings, and belongings as possible. Cleaning can also help to reduce odors significantly.
  • Restoration usually involves the replacement of non-salvageable materials. Special services like wood refinishing, carpet cleaning, deodorization, and repainting are common tasks in the restoration phase.

Cleaning smoke residues can be challenging without the correct training, equipment, and experience. In property fires, chemical cleaning is usually necessary to remove stubborn soot deposits. In broad terms, chemical cleaners are split between water-based cleaning agents like detergents and oil-based solvents. Detergents can help rinse light to moderate smoke residues but can have the opposite effect on the greasy smoke residues usually found in a kitchen. We use solvents that suspend soot particles in the chemical solution for wet smoke. Our team can then wash away the solvent and the soot in a rinsing agent.

If a fire breaks out at your property, contact SERVPRO of Little Rock for fire damage restoration at (501) 803-9700.

Effective Mold Removal for Little Rock Residents

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck with equipment in the truck and on the sidewalk Our SERVPRO professionals are equipped with the tools and expertise to assist you with mold damage remediation in your Little Rock home.

SERVPRO in Little Rock Offers Expert Mold Remediation Services

Microbial growth usually occurs when moisture gets into the home. Mold spores grow rapidly in the right conditions. The typical life cycle for micro-organisms is from spore to colony within 72 hours. These short cycles mean that an infestation can creep up unnoticed by a homeowner. SERVPRO offers qualified remediators to help return your home to a normal condition.

Properties with mold damage in Little Rock tend to worsen before they get better. The affected area may have to be stripped down to the structural framework to resolve the underlying infestation under challenging situations. The good news is that the most affected materials are usually the cheapest and easiest to replace. Expensive organic materials such as floorboards or structural frames are generally less porous than Gypsum board or drywall. Since fungi penetrate surfaces through hyphae, less porous materials tend only to suffer light surface damages from an infestation, whereas more porous materials can often be completely penetrated. Even when there are signs of a deeply embedded mold problem, our technicians can often use abrasive equipment such as sandblasters to remove surface layers and save most material.

Abrasive Cleaning Methods Used in Microbial Remediation

  • Steel wool and dry brushes can be effective on solid, dense materials that are unlikely to scratch.
  • Sand, soda, and ice blasting equipment is the most efficient method for removing fungi but can end up stripping varnishes or paint along with microbes.
  • Chemical strippers are useful when there is a microbial presence, but the underlying material is dry.

Deciding on the best method for ridding a property of microbial growth requires training and expertise. Our technicians attain nationally recognized qualifications in applied microbial remediation (AMRT) before working on your home and usually have extensive experience in more general areas of water damage restoration, mitigation, and repair. Understanding different methodologies for removal and when to apply them is critical to ensuring that our remediation is as efficient as possible. We can also help address the underlying cause, which gives homeowners peace of mind knowing that an infestation is unlikely to return. At SERVPRO, we provide our technicians with state-of-the-art equipment to ensure they can put their training to use in the most effective way possible.

Preventing Microbial Growth in Residential Properties

  • Installing vapor barriers in crawlspaces can help prevent water vapor from condensing onto a subfloor and causing an infestation.
  • Checking roofing after adverse weather conditions can help to guard against microbial infestation in attic spaces.
  • Ensuring proper insulation in all rooms of the home, including external spaces like garages, can reduce the likelihood of moisture buildup.

It is impossible to sanitize a home environment from potential microbial growth thoroughly. However, SERVPRO professional remediation technicians can help to ensure that spores do not grow into full-size colonies and cause a problem in your home. We are experts at dealing with secondary damages associated with molds, including odor problems, water mitigation, and drywall replacement.

If you suspect a microbial growth issue in your home, contact SERVPRO of Little Rock for mold damage remediation at (501) 803-9700.

How Little Rock Residents Can Spot Hidden Signs of Water Damage

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van parked on the street We have the equipment and training to restore your Little Rock home to pre-damage condition after water damage strikes.

SERVPRO Water Mitigation Experts are On-hand to Help in Little Rock

Water migration is a process that occurs when liquids move from one area to another, from wet to dry. Migration can happen in the wet rooms of your home from washrooms, kitchens, or showers. Usually, these rooms are specially sealed and incorporate dense materials like porcelain or tiles to protect against moisture migration. In some situations, the sealant can wear, leading to ceiling leaks and wall and decor damage.

Timely intervention with professional restoration services can prevent water damage in your Little Rock home. A leak does not always result in liquid dripping from ceilings or walls. Sometimes, discoloration of paintwork can indicate a problem in the washroom above. These types of damage are usually the direct result of deterioration in the building's assembly or plumbing system and do not go away by themselves. It is common for local homeowners to use SERVPRO technicians to help diagnose and remedy the issue. Our technicians have qualifications for water damage restoration (WRT) and applied structural drying (ASD). We understand how moisture can move through a building and the type of damage it causes. We are also well versed in the structure of a home, with the ability to investigate the likely source of an issue and fix potential damage.

The Causes of Persistent Leaks in your Home

  • Deterioration in tiles can allow liquid to seep through cracks in the grout or the tiles themselves. Resealing tiles is home maintenance that should be carried out every two years.
  • Jointing between showers and the floor can also deteriorate, which leads to moisture migration every time you run the shower causing water damage.
  • Slow leaks in sink and drainage architecture usually occur at joints of pipes and can cause a permanent problem in your home.

If wetrooms in your home are not maintained or resealed every two years, there is a chance of moisture seeping through the grout and residing behind tiles. Most tiles are fixed to drywall or gypsum board which can rot away with persistent exposure to moisture. Worse yet, excessive quantities can leak into cavities between walls and floors, leading to dripping from ceilings and increasing the possibility of weakening the property's structural integrity. One method we use to find the source of a moisture problem is through advanced measuring equipment. Most materials used in a building assembly have an equilibrium state of moisture content measured in a percentage. Lumber, for example, has an equilibrium balance of 12%. Drywall can vary from 5% to 12% while still being in the equilibrium range.

We use sensors and meters to detect the exact moisture content of building materials accurately. Some measuring equipment uses penetrative probes. Other equipment measures the temperature of the surface to calculate the likelihood of unbalanced moisture content. Since tiles can be time-consuming to remove, SERVPRO can use thermal imaging cameras to ascertain whether there is a leak or other cause for concern residing behind the tiles before taking action. If there is a cause for concern, our team can use drying systems specifically designed for home use. These drying systems mainly involve pumping heated, dry air into cavities of the home to evaporate water quickly, which is the most effective mitigation against mold growth, rot, or permanent damage.

Common Drying Systems Used in Residential Properties

  • Air movers blast a direct and concentrated passage of hot air directly against surfaces or cavities and are much more effective than traditional fan ventilation systems.
  • Injectidry systems enter wall cavities through small holes drilled beneath the baseboards of walls and circulate warm air to remove traces of moisture.
  • Technicians can safely demolish non-salvageable drywall before deploying powerful venting fans to dry out cavities and building framework.

If you notice any typical symptoms of a leak in your home, contact SERVPRO of Little Rock for water damage restoration at (501) 803-9700.

Water Damage Restoration for Little Rock Businesses

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Closeup view of office from floor level. Carpeting is often damaged during a commercial water loss event. Our SERVPRO team is always ready-to-go to restore your business.

SERVPRO Restores Wet Business Premises and Contents

Office blocks help support multiple businesses that lease floors or sections of each level. Sometimes an unforeseen emergency occurs, such as water intrusion, that can hamper businesses' ability to function correctly. One of the most common areas of damage in water intrusion is office carpets which can be porous and quickly absorb excessive moisture. 

Our team provides emergency commercial water damage restoration to Little Rock Businesses. We can dry, clean, and restore the premises following a water intrusion event with minimal business disruption. Our processes encompass all areas of water impact, but we often find our main focus is on flooring and carpeting. Office carpets are most commonly constructed from synthetic materials like polypropylene, with the most durable being made from nylon. These materials are up to fifty percent weaker when wet, so they can easily suffer permanent damage in high foot traffic areas. SERVPRO is a licensed commercial restoration service that can help with:

  • Carpet drying
  • Water restoration 
  • Water mitigation

Our technicians always bring a carpet tool kit when dealing with water intrusion. Standard tools include adhesives, glue guns, knee kickers, razor knives, and seaming irons. Wet carpets often require drying on both sides, which means it is normal for us to detach the carpet to assess the laminate condition. Drying only one side of the carpet can often result in secondary damages further down the line. These damages can include mold growth, malodor, or microbial infestation. We also pack adhesives to ensure that salvageable carpets can be reattached once complete drying process. One example of drying the undersides of the carpeting is by floating the carpet using air movers to circulate warm, dry air onto the laminates and flooring beneath.

  • Wet carpets often require the replacement of the carpet pad, which can absorb moisture and break apart.
  • PVC pipes are often used to support floated carpets and allow us to direct warm air beneath. 
  • Carpet pads are cut into smaller pieces using a duckbill knife and disposed of with new replacements.

Avoid carpet damage at your premises. Contact SERVPRO of Little Rock for commercial water damage restoration at (501) 803-9700.

What Few People Know About Little Rock Fire Damage Remediation Steps

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Interior of fire damaged home; heavy smoke, soot, and charred belongings A fire in your home can cause drastic changes that make your Little Rock residence unlivable and extremely messy.

Fire Mitigation and Packout for Your Damaged Little Rock Home

Mitigation is a vital component of disaster recovery for your Little Rock home. Our technicians respond to emergencies like fires quickly to ensure that we can limit the loss to your property and your home's contents. Homeowners need to react swiftly to get trained personnel into their homes following the extinguishment of the fire so that strategies like pack-outs can be most effective.

While you might have many concerns for your property after the incident, fire removal efforts in Little Rock and content protection are the first steps that professional restoration technicians like ours take when we arrive at your damaged house. Much of this initial work that we do also goes to help provide your insurance company with the necessary information and documentation required to approve a damage claim and afford restoration work for your property.

Mitigation work often involves assessing the damage and beginning to remove debris and overly damaged structural elements to get down to the skeleton of your home in the damaged areas and ultimately rebuild it. We can test materials for structural integrity to exercise our controlled demolition techniques that only remove the portions of your home's construction that are too severely damaged to preserve.

Additionally, our contents department works throughout the initial mitigation phase to tag items requiring removal and relocation until the restoration work is completed. We can move them to our facility for safekeeping and focused cleaning and deodorization as needed. Once the restoration work in your home ends, we can return these items to their original positions on the property to make it "Like it never even happened."

You might find a fire in your home an overwhelming experience, but you can count on our SERVPRO of Little Rock to respond quickly with the expertise and tools to help recover your home. Call us anytime that disaster strikes at (501) 803-9700.

Mold Damage Specialists in Little Rock

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO car parked in front of home 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, the 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 added to a crawl space increases the chances of a fungus developing. For mold damage in Little Rock to occur, it needs an organic food source, the right temperature, and moisture.

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 and up above it and across the surface. The hyphae then release spores into the airflow of the building that floats 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 IICRC trained technicians remediate fungal issues, we take extreme measures 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 Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Can I Trust SERVPRO To Take Care Of My Belongings During Mold Removal?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Count on the professionals at SERVPRO if you find mold damage in your home.

Little Rock Homeowners Need Mold Remediation They Can Rely On

As any resident of Little Rock knows, it can be quite stressful to call contractors to your home. You want to know they can take care of your belongings.

When it comes to mold removal in Little Rock, homeowners need remediation specialists who care for their belongings as if they were their own. That is why it is a good idea to call SERVPRO.

How Does SERVPRO Take Care of My Belongings?

We understand that mold can grow anywhere with a food source, including your:

  • Carpets and drapes
  • Drywall, wallpaper, and painted walls
  • On wood or metal surfaces
  • Around sinks, tubs, and faucets
  • In attics, basements, laundry rooms, and crawl spaces

Mold gets everywhere – but your belongings are in safe hands with us. Our technicians use professional cleaning techniques and antimicrobial cleansing agents to care for your belongings. It is always our aim to salvage items if we can – disposal is a last resort.

If we need to pack out your belongings while we remedy the mold, we can store them safely in our warehouse and return them to you clean. We also log every item and ensure that what we return matches our inventory list. We provide a special software program called the CCIS Contents Claim Inventory System that can scan and document the steps of the service.

How Does SERVPRO Take Care of My Home?

Our technicians know that mold can wreak havoc in your home. We take care of your home by:

  • Choosing the most appropriate cleaning methods that are least likely to damage the structure of your home
  • Thoroughly dry your home to prevent further warping of wood or plaster.
  • Taking care of restoration jobs such as removing drywall or hanging fresh wallpaper
  • Using powerful filtration to remove mold spores from the air
  • Deodorizing your home so it smells fresh once more.

We aim to leave your home "Like it never even happened."

What About Aftercare?

Our team is available 24 hours a day if you have any concerns. Your project manager can also call you a week after our visit to check that you are satisfied with the service and answer any further questions. And of course, before we leave your home, we do a walk-through with you to ensure you are satisfied with our service.

For a mold remediation and removal company, you can trust, call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700.

What Do I Need to Do If I Have Water Damage in My Kitchen?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

people looking at water on floor No matter how your property is affected by water damage, SERVPRO is ready and available to help 24/7.

SERVPRO Performs Complete Restoration Services to Your Little Rock Home.

Attempting to clean up and perform repairs after a water leak in your Little Rock home can be daunting and quite frankly ineffective because moisture tends to hide out of sight, requiring additional equipment. Most homeowners simply do not have the right equipment to repair water damage effectively. Depending on the quantity of moisture and the leak's size, the job may be too much for you to handle on your own. 

Why Should I Use a Professional Service to Restore My Home?

SERVPRO Has the Knowledge, Experience, and Expertise to Repair Damages

If you need water restoration services in Little Rock, our team can help get your home back to pre-damage condition. Our technicians scope the damage and use their knowledge to create restoration goals to suit your home and personal needs. We pride ourselves on our premium individualized services.

What Makes Professional Equipment Ideal for Water Restoration?

  • Extraction equipment is essential for restoration. 
  • Air movers blow high-velocity air toward the targeted area. 
  • Dehumidifiers come equipped with HEPA filters, ensuring proper air conditions.
  • Multiple air movers and dehumidifiers function at one time for optimal results.

What Are Some Disadvantages of Using My Own Equipment?

  • Homeowners may not understand drying principles that facilitate the best drying conditions. 
  • Most people do not have the proper equipment; for example, very few homeowners have moisture sensors to determine moisture levels. 
  • Using insufficient equipment substantially lengthens the drying time, thus impacting the quality of the restoration job.

Consider using our professional services to mitigate the water damage to your property. Our highly trained technicians provide 24/7 rapid response with advanced equipment. We are here for you.

For 24/7 assistance after a water leak, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Tips for Effective Restoration of Water Damage in Little Rock Properties

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

a broken pipe with water leaking from it When a burst pipe situation causes water damage in your home, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 to quickly assess and remediate the damage.

Mitigating Water Loss in Little Rock Means Calling SERVPRO Quickly

It is hard to predict leaks or burst pipes in your property, so the only way to combat them is to react accordingly when one does happen. Fast action is one effective weapon to help you prevent extensive damages. So, immediately you notice the water pooling in your Little Rock property, you should embark on removing it. We offer professional remedial services that can help you deal with the problem without too much stress.

Part of the reason why water damage in Little Rock overwhelms many property owners is because they fail to see below the surface. Efforts that only clear the water standing on surfaces lead to further problems because in most cases, the water seeps through the floor to the baseboards. It only takes as little as 48 hours for such water to cause other problems such as mold or even rotting in wood. Working with SERVPRO helps forestall such situations because our technicians take a comprehensive approach when extracting water from your property. For example, we remove baseboards and drill holes to reach water that seeps into wall cavities. We also use powerful truck mounted water extractors for faster removal of any significant volumes of standing water.

In most cases, the goal to restore the affected areas to preloss conditions is achieved. The only problem is the cost incurred during the restoration process. One way our SERVPRO team helps you save money is by reducing the amount of teardown involved. By cutting down the time water pools in the affected property, we limit seepage into wall cavities and below wooden floors. This process helps ensure restoration without tearing these areas down. It is possible to do this because we use specialized equipment like the Injectidry system and drying mats, which extract moisture trapped in cavities or below surfaces effectively.

Drying a water-damaged property is vital to forestall problems caused by excessive moisture. The amount of water targeted for evaporation, humidity levels, the level of air movement, and temperature are the four main factors that determine the drying rate. Our SERVPRO team has the necessary tools to ensure optimum conditions. For example, our technicians can maintain the optimum 70°F to 90°F for fast drying using portable heaters. We also have the necessary air movers and dehumidifiers.

You should call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 when water damages your property.

Removing Soot, Smoke and Staining From Your Ferndale Home After Fire Damage

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged wall that is covered with soot When a fire has caused damage to your home, you need the expertise of a remediation company to work for you. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO Understands That Remediation Response Speed Can Help Prevent Secondary Damages

Fire is not always a disaster, but it is debilitating. Soot and smoke residue can stain your walls, furniture, and fittings. Synthetics can react with heat to produce harmful toxins. After firefighters leave, there is also secondary water damage to consider which, if left alone, can lead to mold, mildew or other permanent damages.

The impact of fire damage to Ferndale homes is significantly reduced by reacting quickly and efficiently. The extent of damage is complicated and is caused by a myriad of different factors. That could include the type of material burnt, the amount of heat, oxygen or moisture in the air, the type and temperature of surfaces as well as your building's airflow.

Given that there are many factors to consider, effective cleaning solutions can be hard to come by. For that reason, SERVPRO always conducts a pre-test of your furnishings, smoke residue, and wet/ dry soot. A pre-test ensures that we are not going to waste time applying standardized cleaning techniques to areas that would benefit from a tailored approach.

One of the main factors during a SERVPRO pretest is to assess the materials in your home. Porous materials tend to be harder to clean because they absorb damage beneath the surface, leading to stains. Heat causes materials to expand making materials that may not be porous, like synthetics, absorb burnt materials. Moisture, which could come from firefighters or even something as simple as wet weather, also sets residue causing staining.

For these reasons, SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians are trained to act quickly to mitigate loss. Settled soot that is absorbed by surfaces becomes very difficult to restore and may need replacement. However, if you act fast enough, we can work towards a restore over replace method and save that which can be saved.

Dealing with fire damage is stressful. As part of our service, we can create an itinerary with you to be handed over to your insurer. We can also give you a detailed explanation of the work to be done, the tools needed to complete the job as well as predicted outcomes. Once work has started, we can use all of our 40 years experience in fire and water damage to bring you the best possible results.

So if your home has been damaged by a recent fire, SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock is on hand to help bring your home back to its best. Call us 24/7 at (501) 803-9700 to arrange a service.