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We Can Save Your Furniture After A Fire In Little Rock

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

chair and furniture in room after burned Contact us any time any day at (501) 803-9700 for quick restoration services.

How You Can Restore Furniture After Fire Damage in Your Little Rock Residence

After a fire disaster, you need a quick and efficient response that can restore your home to its pre-damaged state. Even if the fire was small, soot and smoke could have spread throughout the house, affecting furniture, walls, and carpets. Furniture is particularly vulnerable to fire damage because it is made of wood and other flammable materials. Therefore, you need to clean it effectively to prevent further damage.

Depending on the extent of fire damage in your Little Rock home, you may or may not salvage the furniture. The furniture that is not severely damaged could be covered in soot. In that case, you can hire professionals from SERVPRO to clean and restore it. Some things you can do prior to our arrival include:


    •    Wipe the wood surfaces gently with a dry sponge to remove the soot.
    •    Pull off any removable fabric coverings from the furniture and wash them in cold water.
    •    Vacuum furniture surfaces with a hard nozzle crevice tool to remove dust and lose soot particles.
    •    Wipe the furniture with a damp cloth.

Our Fire & Smoke Damage Technicians can help you restore smoke-damaged hard furniture. The success of the restoration depends on the extent of the destruction and the type of finish on furniture. Various surfaces are used to finish wood furniture like paint, lacquer, shellac, waxes, and varnish. We consider the finish on furniture items to determine the cleaning method to use. For instance, unfinished wood readily absorbs scents, moisture, and residues because it is porous. We, therefore, use dry cleaning methods to clean unfinished furniture since water-based products can allow smoke particles to get absorbed deeper in the pores of the wood, causing stains.

Our SERVPRO crew can also use furniture polishes to restore wood furniture. These are all-purpose wax polishes that combine oil and hard finish waxes to offer polishing, cleaning, and wax protection. Apart from silicone and lemon oil, some furniture polishes also contain beeswax and mink oil, which provide more shine, luster, and protection.

If you experience a fire and it ruins your furniture, SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock is ready to help you restore it. Contact us any time any day at (501) 803-9700 for quick restoration services.

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Team SERVPRO Offers Many Effective Services for Damage in Little Rock

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

damaged kitchen with insulation hanging Whether your home was damaged in a fire or water related event, our technicians are standing by, ready to take your emergency call.

Have Damage? Contact Out Team for a Quick Response and Efficient Services

As a team of restoration specialists, we have spent nearly two decades working to develop a reputation and positive feedback throughout Little Rock and other communities we serve. As we have been in business with the franchise since 2002, we have seen many loss incidents encompassing every type of restoration niche, including water, fire, mold, storm, and even biohazardous threats. While our ability to perform recovery tasks in house and under one roof- has helped us to save our customers money, we can also complete jobs more quickly with the application of our general contracting technicians. No matter what disaster your property faces, you can count on the swift response and experienced restoration services that our SERVPRO team can provide. 

Water

Many homeowners do not appreciate how readily disasters like water loss incidents can strike, but our professionals do. We stay prepared every day of the year for water emergencies that can occur at any time and damage Little Rock homes. It has gotten estimated that within these communities we serve, one in every 15 houses will file a damage claim this year. Among that high volume of incidents, around 33% of them are water losses. With such a substantial portion of our business devoted to the recovery of these incidents, it makes sense that our team trains so heavily and our inventory reflects our drive to provide efficient and thorough service.

While structural drying is one of the strong suits of our response team mitigating loss in your Little Rock home, we also can offer services and approaches you might not see with other teams. Our education and training in water recovery help us to provide homes and businesses throughout our region with minimally invasive approaches, including both extraction and drying as needed.

As a full-service contractor, we can offer even more during the restoration of these loss incidents than merely addressing water damage in Little Rock homes. With the degradation that water loss can have on drywall and paneling throughout your house, our residential contractors can remove overly saturated portions and later fully replace the missing sections of sheetrock when the time comes. We can also perform specialty tasks that protect your belongings and valuable information, such as document drying. 

Mold

Microbial threats can follow water loss incidents or occur when persistent moisture threatens your Little Rock home. Areas like crawlspaces and other damp areas of the property are particularly susceptible to perpetual moisture, leaving the door open for mold growth and colonization without the appropriate precautions and preventative steps. With how quickly mold growth can spread, seating into materials within a viable area of the property in as little as 48 hours, there is little time to waste to secure quality remediation.

Remediation is a tedious process for those that are unskilled and untrained in mold identification and how to use the advanced tools and equipment that we have at our disposal. Our technicians undergo extensive education and classwork to obtain accreditations as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians through the Insitute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) We also have many of these same technicians that pursue secondary related endorsements like structural drying to help prevent repeating mold damages in Little Rock houses.

Many of our remediation tactics get designed to preserve installed materials and to limit exposure to your belongings within your Little Rock property, but this is not always feasible. Many times, our professionals arrive at a situation that is out of control, where colonies have degraded and deteriorated many surfaces and materials beyond repair. We have a full-service contracting division that can help with controlled demolition and eventual build back to make mold growth “Like it never even happened.”

Storm

One of the foundations of the work that we do across the state of Arkansas is disaster relief from significant storm systems that can affect the homes and businesses throughout our region. Our fast response to these emergencies, many times when the storm is still moving through the area, helps to reduce secondary storm damage in Little Rock properties. We can reduce the threats like mold growth and flooding by sealing up breaches in your home’s exterior when we initially arrive at the damaged address.

As a disaster relief team that has been proudly serving the region since 2002, we have seen nearly all types of severe weather events expected to impact our area. We have seen tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and even polar vortexes in our time restoring properties across Little Rock. Preparing for these emergencies means keeping our professionals and the necessary equipment ready to mobilize at all times. The faster we can reach your address, the faster mitigation practices and emergency reconstruction efforts can begin.

We have a full team of licensed contractors that can help to provide both emergency repairs to Little Rock homes and businesses as well as full-scale build back when mitigation completes. We are even equipped to handle large loss situations, including our agreement with local government structures to provide an emergency response with our Contract No. GS-10F-0017X, Schedule 899-8.

Fire

Fire recovery is rarely as straightforward as our experienced professionals or the affected homeowners might hope. Most of these situations include multiple layers of effects to overcome in the fire recovery niche, but also secondary effects that employ other experienced technicians on our staff like drying and extraction of water damage from extinguishment. No matter what fire damage exists in Little Rock homes, our SERVPRO team can help you overcome it.

Our professionals receive training through the IICRC to obtain certifications as Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians, Odor Control Technicians, and other related niches of the industry. Our hands-on experience in fire loss recovery has helped our division of field technicians to become an informed and well-prepared portion of our roster. In addition to this required training and experience, we encourage our professionals to approach fire losses with sensitivity and empathy. We know the trauma of these incidents, and we want our Little Rock customers to know that we are working to make the situation better beginning as soon as we arrive.

We have a growing inventory of powerful and useful recovery equipment that can help our team to address fire effects in Little Rock homes swiftly. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and when you combine that with this palpable assortment of recovery tools and products, we are a wise choice for fire loss incidents that can affect your home or business.

No matter when disasters strike, trust our SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock professionals to help you get your property back to preloss condition. Give us a call anytime at (501) 803-9700.

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Protecting Your Little Rock Home From Water Damage

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Grid paper with three boxes, two have green check marks, there is also a green pen on the paper. SERVPRO can help you with your Little Rock water damage check list.

We know the ends and outs for your Little Rock home, no matter how the water damage got there.

You can protect your home from water damage in order to avoid costly insurance claims and ruined belongings. Follow these five steps to keep your house well-maintained in preparation for any event.

Locate Your Water Main

The best way to avoid water damage in your Little Rock home is to locate your water main. If you can't locate the source of the water damage, turning off the water supply to your house will at least prevent more water from leaking in the meantime. 

Check Your Water Pressure

If the water going through your pipes is too highly pressured, it may cause the pipes or hoses to buckle under all of that weight. Contact SERVPRO for a checkup of your residential water system to ensure it is holding the pressure it was designed for. You can also get a damage assessment if the water leak has already begun and you need additional assistance locating the source or repairing the damage. 

Maintain All Appliances

Broken appliances and poorly-maintained HVAC machines are common reasons why there is water damage in your home. Invest in regular maintenance schedules so you can stay on top of your appliances. Make sure they still function properly. If you see the signs of disrepair, you can get in touch with a SERVPRO representative and schedule a water damage assessment.

Clean Your Gutters

Gutters should be cleaned 1-2 times per year to avoid too much blockage. Leaves, dirt, and other debris gathers in the gutters over time and can create cavities for water buildup after a downpour. It’s also important to double-check that your downspouts are facing away from the home so the water can freely escape outside of your house.

Watch Your Water Bill

Some water damage is subtle, and you may not realize that you have damage at all. This can happen when the location of the damage is somewhere such as a crawlspace or your backyard. Keep an eye on your water bill to see if your usage charges skyrocket from one month to the next for no reason. This can be a good indicator that water is leaking somewhere in your home. 

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 at the first sign of water damage in your home. Our technicians offer full damage assessment and restorative solutions for issues big and small.

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Did Flooding From Recent Storms Leave a Foul Odor in Your Little Rock Home?

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged bedroom. SERVPRO drying equipment on floor Water damaged this bedroom. We raised the furniture, extracted the water, dried the home, and ensured no odors remained.

How Does SERVPRO Get Flood Damage Water Odors Out of Little Rock Homes? 

A reminder no one wants is of that time their home received water damage from flash floods. Arkansas has intense storms, and although this type of damage has the potential to occur all year round, properties are most at risk in the spring and fall for this type of loss. 

When groundwater enters Little Rock homes, flood damage brings not only water but often the presence of debris, contaminants and sometimes sewage. Once it winds up in the house, professional restoration services are the best option for a positive outcome.  

Why SERVPRO?

When the certified technicians work on any water loss event in a home, they bring a diverse array of equipment and experience. Their knowledge enables them to limit the loss and return properties to their preloss condition using the latest advances in the restoration sciences industry. 

Effective Drying Takes Care of Several Issues

After water loss in the home, SERVPRO technicians work to extract water and move quickly to dry the property. Mold spores germinate rapidly in highly humid conditions and eradicating the moist air assists in eliminating the potential mold infestations. In many cases, the reduction of strong water odors occurs through complete drying.  

How Does SERVPRO Determine When a Room is Dry?

Technicians monitor properties and take readings to determine humidity levels and set drying goals. They scope the area during and after the drying phase to ensure the attainment of the air quality goals.  

Can the Water in the Home Be Too Deep?

Technicians have an assorted array of equipment to use for groundwater removal. If the water is over a couple of inches, they have submersible pumps that allow for continuous pumping of water, so there are no delays in cleanup efforts.  

Stout Odor Control Applications

When thorough drying of the property is not enough to eliminate odors, the technicians often utilize a multi-layered approach combining both odor coverage methods with molecular odor-neutralizing processes to ensure residual scents are not an issue for homeowners. 

When your home needs fast action against flood damage, SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock is available 24/7 by calling (501) 803-9700. No matter if it is a single room or the entire property, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Restores Little Rock Properties Following a Damaging Water Event--FAST!

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Green Van Parked at a Customer's Home Little Rock Residents Like a SERVPRO Van Parked Closeby, Taking Care of Water Damage Business

Damage from a Water Loss at Your Little Rock Home? Yikes!

Many Little Rock residents had few recreational options to choose from this summer. The Historic Arkansas River Flood shut down golf courses, parks, ball fields, and cycling trails throughout the city for weeks. However, many water-front residents continue to fill their spare time dealing with water damage in their homes. Broken pipes split hoses in a washing machine can lead to a damaging water event.

The SERVPRO team handles Little Rock water damage for residential structures every day. We have the experience, the know-how, equipment, and certifications to take care of any of the myriads of water losses facing you.

Damaged books, papers, documents - Paper makes up some of our most valuable belongings. Fine artworks, photographs, marriage certificates, legal documents, and even money, are just some of the examples. Paper is a product made from wood, an organic substance that deteriorates quickly when wet. There is a good chance that we have the equipment and know the techniques to dry and restore your pieces of sentimental items, making you feel, "Like it never even happened." The quicker you make the call to SERVPRO, the higher the chance for you to pass those mementos down to your family's next generation of loved ones.

Document drying is as much an art as a science. Generally, pages in a book or that valuable document may still show signs of water stains or structural irregularities. We can at our facility use a freeze-drying method in an almost vacuum to stabilize and prevent further deterioration of the paper content. This process, call lyophilization, sublimates carbon dioxide--dry ice-- taking away residual moisture directly to a gaseous state. It can be complicated and may be useful for special documents.

Damaged furniture, wood - Also made from trees, wooden materials, and furniture are organic and can easily deteriorate if not dried and treated quickly, but at the correct rate to avoid splitting. Industries today find many uses for wood in different environments. Wood is pre-treated with chemicals that increase its longevity and strength or make it fire-retardant, easy to paint, or strong enough to withstand maximum weight limits and pressures. Each calls for unique drying techniques to prevent damage like warping, breaking, rotting, and molding. SERVPRO's team uses air movers, dehumidifiers, drying mats, and pumps to salvage your wooden floors and furniture.

When water damage threatens to destroy your valuables, remember to call the experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock. Ready to respond at any time of day or night, we are always here for you at (501) 803-9700.

Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Little Rock

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Room destroyed by flood water A total demolition of the interior was needed after flood waters entered this home. We began the cleanup of the remaining mess right away,

How Flood Cuts Help Lessen Flood Damage Little Rock Homes

This part of Arkansas is no stranger to intense storms, tornadoes and other wild weather. Any of these weather events can result in storm damage to your home from wind, rain, or flash floods. 

One of the main factors that affect restorability from flood damage in a Little Rock home is the amount of water that enters the property. Other factors include: 

  • The exposure time to excessive moisture makes a difference in the amount of damage. 
  • The degree of moisture penetration makes a difference. One of the main culprits of sheetrock destruction is water wicking into it. Once the inner core takes on moisture, it begins to buckle and weaken, and removal must occur.
  • How long between the event and water cleanup makes a difference as after 48 hours even clean water carries a rating as a category three biohazard

Why SERVPRO? Our employees undergo extensive training to handle all types of home disasters and how to discern the best choices for equipment and techniques based on the unique challenges at each job site. Our certified technicians have training in controlled demolition techniques to lessen flood damage. We try to save as much of the original structure as possible and in some cases, a method called "flood cuts" is used to limit damage to sheetrock. 

SERVPRO technicians use detection equipment to determine and mark the water line levels. The water line is the furthermost place in the sheetrock the absorption of water occurred. Then, we measure about 12-inches above the waterline and mark again. This mark is the flood cut line. 

We slice away the sheetrock along the flood cut line which halts any additional wicking of water and opens up the wall cavity for water removal and drying. This application also makes it easier for technicians to remove any water loss materials, such as insulation and also treat within the wall cavity to inhibit the growth of mold. 

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 when you need help cleaning up flood damage. Our technicians arrive quickly and work hard to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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We Get You Back In Business In Little Rock After A Flood

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage in this house left rainwater pooled on the hardwood floor. We had the equipment and expertise to remove the flood water right away.

Commercial Flood Damage Remedied Fast for Retail Store

When flood damage hits a residence, it is a bad situation. When a commercial property such as a retail store has a water intrusion, it is even worse. When the business requires closing during mitigation, the store is not selling and making a profit, employees are not earning wages, and while the shop remains closed, the competitors are gaining ground. There have even been instances of unhappy customers leaving water damaged businesses poor reviews on outlets such as Yelp because the company closed for repairs and was not available when the customer needed them.

SERVPRO technicians work quickly to assist Little Rock businesses with commercial flood damage. When we arrive onsite, we scope the company to determine all areas of water migration. Sheetrock is notorious for wicking moisture and then buckling and warping. In cases where this occurs, we measure roughly a foot above the water line and cut away the damp sheetrock. This action serves the dual purpose of allowing more airflow as well as stopping any further absorption of water.

We look for and remove undamaged stock and items that have the potential for sanitization. Due to the probability of groundwater containing contaminants, we test the water to determine the presence of toxins, chemicals, or sewage and clean accordingly. Porous items in the store that absorb the water generally require discarding as sanitization for reuse is not an option. 

During mitigation, we attempt to disrupt the business as little as possible. However, in some cases, it is easier to clean up the flood damage and dry the property after packing out the contents. This is especially crucial in cases where raised humidity from the excessive moisture has the potential to cause harm to stock items or furnishings such as wooden desks which can warp or swell. 

Once dry, we treat the business with any necessary odor control applications and move the packed out contents back in. Because we carefully note where items come from including photos, SERVPRO technicians have no problem putting each piece back precisely where it came from. 

Sanitization and establishing a healthy work environment is crucial. Before the business reopens SERVPRO technicians:

  • Wipe down all water-affected surfaces with our professional antimicrobial cleaners
  • Apply antimicrobial sealers as needed
  • Use steam cleaners to leave floors hygienic

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock stands ready to assist business owners with commercial flood damage 24/7. Call us at (501) 803-9700, and we can be on-site within an hour and turn around the loss so your business can reopen as quickly as possible "Like it never even happened."

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Fire Damage Remediation in Little Rock Can Be Easy

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure that electric items such as a heated blanket are well attended in your home. Contact SERVPRO for more information or remediation after fire.

Get Quick Fire Damage Repair in Little Rock after a Bedroom Fire

Few homeowners suspect that a fire could start from their bedroom, but it can happen because of poor maintenance or misuse of electrical devices. Electrical fires can start if heat builds up in worn electrical cords and using electric blankets or warmers without lab approval.

Heaters can also cause fires if someone places them close to combustible items. If there’s fire damage in your Little Rock home, there could be many problems that can ruin your property and its contents further if not attended. It takes just a few days for soot and other residues to ruin surfaces and possessions, making them unsalvageable. At SERVPRO, we know the urgency required to restore buildings successfully after a fire. Our technicians have experience in restoring walls, floors, and ceilings and salvaging possessions safely.

We use state-of-the-art equipment and technology in our fire damage restoration process. When we arrive at a fire-damaged house, we walk through the affected areas with the homeowner to pretest the cleanability of surfaces. Our technicians determine which items they can restore, take an inventory and scope of the affected areas, and explain the best steps for restoration. To make filing insurance claims easier, we offer a contents claim inventory service that involves generating comprehensive room-by-room inventories. We categorize the contents as non-salvageable, questionable, or salvageable.

Our SERVPRO crews use advanced content cleaning strategies and tools to clean contents ruined by smoke and water. We can use ultrasonic cleaning to eradicate soils from small spaces and cracks. This cleaning method is suitable for removing substances like oil, dirt, stains, grease, abrasive residues and heat treatment scales from surfaces that need to be clean before being assembled or processed any further. 

A fire may also leave soot and carbon residues on different surfaces in your home. We can use soda blasting to remove such residues. This method involves using a soda blasting machine to deliver baking soda on the surfaces being cleaned. Soda blasting does not ruin the underlying surface or surrounding environment. Soda blast media is non-toxic, non-flammable, non-sparking and non-hazardous.

When in need of fire damage repair services, call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 for help. We have the tools and expertise to deal with the destruction, making it seem “Like it never even happened.”

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Don’t Let Fire Damage to Your Little Rock Business Get You Upset

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your store or office setting needs to be contained and remediated. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Containment After a Fire to Keep Little Rock Stores Open

Fire loss incidents present a substantial hazard to both your Little Rock store and anyone that wants to enter it before mitigation and restoration complete. Our professionals can appreciate how devastating closing your doors can be in spite of a disaster like this, and can be costlier than the actual repairs and restoration that your facility needs. With this in mind, our professionals work to ensure that we can do everything in our power to keep your business open during mitigation and restoration through multiple approaches.

With multiple layers of fire damage in Little Rock stores after the fire gets extinguished, it is important to get cleanup and recovery efforts started immediately to prevent even costlier repairs and reconstruction efforts later. Our SERVPRO team can work to quickly assess the full scope of the damage that your store has and works to mark the boundaries of these effects with physical barriers and air quality purification machines like our hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers.

With a prompt response to the situation by our team, we can prevent effects like soot, smoke, odors, and other damaging symptoms from spreading throughout the entire property. As such, by sectioning off the area that needs work, we can often allow the business to continue to function as it normally would, even at a reduced capacity, to ensure that you are available to your customers.

This approach is not always possible, especially in severe situations with substantial structural concerns. In these situations, our team works around the clock to mitigate, remediate, and restore each effect to get your doors back open as quickly as possible. It is our business to get you back in business.

We know that fire loss incidents can damage your property in multiple ways, and our SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock specialists can help to overcome them all. We have a 24/7 response with advanced equipment designed to make every fire loss incident “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (501) 803-9700.

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What You Should do After Flood Damage to Your North Little Rock Home

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Floods can be overwhelming for homeowners. SERVPRO technicians are trained for fast and effective remediation.

The First Steps for North Little Rock Homeowners After a Flood

Our website and our professionals take the time to instruct North Little Rock residents with the appropriate response to flooding. However, many homeowners might have difficulty recalling them in a crisis.  We encourage property owners to reach out to our SERVPRO team quickly at the onset of flood damage, but many residents believe that they can mitigate the damage themselves. There are steps that you can take initially to help reduce the overall damage your home endures and the out-of-pocket expense in returning the property to preloss condition.

Flood damage in North Little Rock homes and businesses can quickly get out of control. It is critical to understand the strategies you can employ to reduce damage. By employing some of these techniques, equipment, and products, you can reduce the severity of the flooding in your structure and better protect it against widespread demolition and reconstruction. 

  • Think Safety – This is the most critical concern during flooding. Focus most on getting your family and pets someplace safe where they are not affected by this rising threat. As much as you want to get mitigation started immediately, it is not worth risking their well-being. 
  • Content Management – Our SERVPRO team has a dedicated content management team to protect the belongings in your house from the pressing threats. You too can reduce the damage to these items by moving them someplace untouched by the flood effects. 
  • Water Removal – Getting extraction started right away can help to limit structural deterioration and other pressing concerns. Utilize multiple available and rentable machines for this approach, from wet-vacs to gas-powered trash pumps. 
  • Proper Drying Equipment – There are many machines and equipment that our professionals use to dry out damaged properties. However, often with a fast response to the situation, homeowners can effectively complete these tasks with an air mover and dehumidifier combination. 

Although homeowners might wish to overcome flooding on their own, it is often more prudent and cost-effective to choose our SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock team. No matter how we can help, give us a call anytime at (501) 803-9700. 

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