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What Types of Little Rock Home Disasters Need Professional Water Cleanup?

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring being removed SERVPRO is proud to be EPA-registered, we make sure any water damage restoration we provide is within the guidelines.

SERVPRO techs have the resources and experience to handle any size water cleanup in Little Rock properties

When you think of a Little Rock home that needs restoration services after water damage, you might envision standing water in every room or a waterfall coming out of a ceiling. However, many of the assistance calls from property owners bring in SERVPRO to have an inch or less of water. The issue is that the water migrates under floors, within walls, and between levels in the floor joists. All of these areas need a proper extract, and drying or costly secondary issues to deal with, such as mold infestation and foul odors, can move in and become a bigger problem than the water.

What Can Happen If I Postpone Water Cleanup in My Home?

When your Little Rock property needs water cleanup, bringing in a professional restoration services company increases the chances for a favorable outcome. Many homeowners make the mistake of

  • Blotting up water
  • Running fans for days  
  • Spraying bleach and water on surfaces after they feel dry

And they assume the water spill situation got handled. That is where the problems can begin, and these secondary issues can be far more costly for a homeowner as they arrive in the form of mold, foul odors, and structural damage.

The major problem with DIY cleanup up water in a home is that it is nearly impossible to successfully extract it all without the use of detection equipment to locate it and extraction equipment. Water migrates rapidly within a structure, and gravity pulls it down through the path of least resistance. Water can:

  • Run into the subfloor
  • Seep under tiles and delaminate them
  • Get absorbed into carpet and padding
  • Wick into sheetrock and ruin it
  • Wind up between stories in a home within the floor joists

What is the Difference in a Water Damage that Just Happened and One that Waits for Removal?

Holding off on calling SERVPRO for professional restoration services is a mistake. Water ages and degrades rapidly, and after 48 hours, the water requires handling as a biohazard. This is immediately true in cases where the water may contain chemicals or sewage. It is vital always to begin the cleanup efforts as rapidly as possible to avoid this scenario.

What are the Signs I Still Have Water in My Home?

A noticeable musty odor can be a giveaway; some part of the damaged area retained moisture. Mold can develop and spread under floors and behind walls for a long time before it gets seen. The colonies often give themselves away with the stains or discoloration on walls or ceilings.

SERVPRO techs use their advanced equipment to locate and trace the migration paths within the home. It is also useful for pinpointing areas that may support mold colonies so actions can get taken to eradicate them or prevent them from being a problem through the use of proactive applications such as antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants used on areas where the techs performed abatement.

Can Carpets or Upholstered Furnishings Survive Water Damage?

SERVPRO techs inspect each item in all areas for restoration potential through their cleaning methods. If the cleanup begins rapidly enough and the carpet fibers do not show signs of bleeding or shrinkage, there is potential for restoring it. The same goes for area rugs, although sometimes they need to get sent for in-plant cleaning and drying. Washable slipcovers on furniture and pillowcases can get renewed through the use of the Esporta Washing System and come out with zero signs of the former water stains or spots.

The extraction equipment the techs use is the key to lessening drying times. It is not uncommon for techs to do several dry passes over the damaged area to ensure that the maximum amount of moisture gets removed.

Staying Within the Scope of Coverage

When SERVPRO techs take on the task of cleaning up a home with water damage, they also communicate with both the homeowner and insurance adjuster. Nothing gets disposed of without approval, and before restoration actions get taken, the techs verify that the work is under the scope of coverage. The early attention to establishing measures that are covered eliminates the possibility of property owners getting hit with unexpected out-of-pocket expenses related to the restoration.

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 is ready 24/7 to assist local properties with any size or type of water cleanup. The certified technicians arrive quickly and return your home to its preloss condition.

Need Flood Damage Restoration Done Quickly in Little Rock? Call SERVPRO

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle and dumpster outside job site. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have all the training needed for any size storm damage restoration. We are here to help, 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Offers a Premier Flood Damage Restoration to Little Rock Homes

Flood damage to your Little Rock home after a storm can be a complex mess to clean up. Professionals like SERVPRO have the necessary equipment, training, and experience to restore your home after a flood safely. Apart from the structural damage, floodwater can bring microbial contamination that needs to be addressed promptly.   

SERVPRO follows the IICRC S500 guidelines to restore flood damage to your Little Rock homes. After ensuring the safety of the occupants, the first job is to remove any standing water from the property. The next step is to dry the structure as quickly as possible and decontaminate the building if contaminants are present. SERVPRO techs use several chemical agents and biocides to disinfect your home after flood damage.     

When do SERVPRO Techs use Biocides During Water Cleanup After Flood Damage to your Little Rock Home? 

According to the IICRC S500 guidelines, biocides should only be used in combination with cleaning and drying. SERVPRO techs use approved biocides to control the growth of microbial contamination along with drying equipment. Although many chemical agents are antimicrobial, most do not kill the wide variety of fungi and bacteria encountered in the average flood situation. Hence, it is important to choose the suitable biocide for the right case. 

The IICRC states that the biocides should be used if-

  • Drying is too slow and can’t prevent the growth of the microbial contaminants, and
  • If any pathogenic organisms are present

SERVPRO techs use several biocides, including chlorine-based formulations, peroxide-based formulations, or formulations containing quaternary ammonium compounds. 

In case of any flood restoration-related inquiries, call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700; our technicians are available 24/7. 

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

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing by a window When a mold infestation affects your home, panic can set in. Call SERVPRO to investigate the cause and the extent of the damage.

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.

Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal

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 allow 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 mold remediation tactics are 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.

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

9/25/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded basement with water everywhere Flooding can damage many things in your family home. Call our certified flood damage remediation technicians for effective water removal.

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 waterfront 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.

Water Damage Restoration

The SERVPRO team handles Little Rock water damage for residential structures every day. We have the experience, 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, called 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.

How Can Professional Fire Restoration Lessen the Cost of a Fire in a Little Rock Business?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

sprinklers trying to douse a raging fire Many times fire damage can affect your business location. Make sure to have a plan to remediate the fire damage by contacting our certified techs!

SERVPRO Technicians Have Extensive Training in Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

After a Little Rock commercial property has fire damage, some property owners make the mistake of either self-cleaning or handing off the task to their regular janitorial staff. This can result in greater costs to the property owner in terms of needing to replace articles and structural elements.

Professional fire restoration in Little Rock business properties needs to begin as rapidly as possible. SERVPRO technicians arrive quickly and have a dedicated crew chief that works one-on-one with the property owner or the designated person representing the business. This ensures that the business owner never wonders what is going on with the cleanup and when the company can reopen.

One of the biggest requests business owners have is staying open during the fire damage mitigation service. Often that is not feasible because:

  • The property may be unsafe due to charred building materials
  • Soot can be an irritant to the skin and lungs
  • Wherever soot spreads, it can create an unpleasant odor

The technicians are available 24/7 to work around the clock to restore a property. This enables any needed controlled demolition to happen and the cleanup of all affected surfaces to occur. The SERVPRO crew chief can give the property owner an estimate of the time frame for the fire cleanup and interior cleaning. This allows employees to work at home and make alternative work schedules until the building is safe to work in again. If there is any change due to additional damage not seen during the service, the crew chief will notify the contact for the client immediately. This communication keeps customers informed about what is going on and helps reduce stress over the situation.

SERVPRO of Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 has the training and resources to handle any size fire restoration and get Little Rock commercial properties reopened as rapidly as possible. 

Did You Know Biohazards are Present in Floodwater in Little Rock?

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with items floating everywhere Even if the flood waters look clean, contaminants and debris can be present. Take precautions and contact SERVPRO for flood damage remediation.

Flood Water Removal Little Rock – How Dirty Is Flood Water

Flash flooding often occurs after a massive rainstorm and can overwhelm streets and homes in minutes and disappears in a short time. Floodwaters can pick up many contaminants as the water rushes through streets and homes. These contaminants are carried into homes, leaving a combination of debris, mud, chemicals, various animal, and human waste products. There is a yuck factor. However, these contaminants can also be dangerous.

SERVPRO knows what to look for when called for flood water removal services in Little Rock. We have been providing services to residents since 2002. Once we arrive on-site, usually in less than four hours, we immediately assess the site. Our technicians look for debris and the level of contamination, i.e., gray vs. black water.

Based on this assessment and local, state, and federal regulations, appropriate precautions are taken to protect the client and our technicians from infectious diseases.

Restore, Or Remove and Replace

The decision to restore vs. remove and replace depends on several factors. If the water is considered gray water, it is typically easier to clean and disinfect than black water. When cleaning carpets, however, under padding should be removed. Flooding composed of blackwater typically includes infectious material and sewage. Carpets and underpads need replacing, the drywall needs removing, and all structural elements must be pressure washed and disinfected.

Porous items, such as carpets and underpads, usually must be replaced. In most cases, it is too difficult to recover these items and too expensive. Non-porous items can usually be power washed and disinfected. SERVPRO can review decisions to restore or replace it with the homeowner and the adjuster.

We store clean items in a staging area that was not impacted by the floodwaters. We remove sewage waste following local state and city guidelines. Clients are encouraged to be very careful entering a flooded area due to potential exposure to electrical hazards and infectious waste until SERVPRO has completed an assessment.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Ferndale, Gibson, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Quickly Should Extraction Begin After Water Damage in Little Rock?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water everywhere Water extraction is critical after an event occurs as it prevents further damage and deterioration. Contact SERVPRO to handle this process.

Importance of Fast Extraction in Water Damaged Little Rock Homes

There are many reasons that water damage incidents should not get left to resolve themselves in your Little Rock residence. With even moderate situations, damaging effects can still spread far beyond the source to affect multiple areas, materials, and contents. Additionally, affected areas include remote locations and spaces where homeowners cannot accurately determine the presence of saturation and moisture so that these effects can go unchecked and uncorrected without the expertise and equipment of skilled professionals like ours.

We know how vital it is to address damage in your Little Rock home, beginning with water removal, as promptly as possible. While there are multiple tools at the disposal of our experienced SERVPRO team, for standing water scenarios it is often wise for our team to assess the severity of the situation before determining the best equipment to use. Our technicians arrive with the full measure of these options to immediately deploy the best tool for the job.

Why Extraction and Mitigation Should Begin as Quickly as Possible

There are multiple reasons why water extraction and mitigation as a whole must get started as promptly as possible following a water damage incident. Without full knowledge of the severity and spread of the situation, homeowners can allow moisture and saturation to persist out of sight. This lingering dampness can facilitate microbial growth and can also directly damage structural elements and degrade construction materials.

Another reason why mitigation must begin as quickly as possible is the containment strategies that our SERVPRO professionals utilize. With these practices, physical barriers, and advanced equipment, we can stop the spread of water damage throughout your property. At the same time, we get to work on removing pooling water and drying out the affected regions with air movers and dehumidifiers

It is imperative for professionals like our SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock team to get to work quickly on water damage that occurs in your house. We understand what equipment and tactics are necessary to make these damages “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (501) 803-9700.

Do You Need Professional Mold Remediation in Your Little Rock Office?

8/15/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room on the walls Finding mold in your office is certainly an issue. Contact Team SERVPRO right away to come out and investigate and then remediate the mold damage.

SERVPRO Offers Reliable and Safe Mold Remediation to Little Rock Businesses

Having mold damage does not necessarily mean visible mold growth. Other indicators such as a moldy odor or an unmitigated water issue might also indicate mold. Professional mold remediation of your Little Rock office by SERVPRO can prevent mold from spreading throughout the structure and affecting the air quality. 

SERVPRO restorers use a variety of methods during mold remediation of your Little Rock office. The procedures used depend on the size of the contaminated area and the type of affected material. SERVPRO professionals can schedule mold inspections, remediations, and removal activities during off-hours when the occupants are less likely to be affected.  

Remediation Methods That SERVPRO Mold Specialists Use in Little Rock Commercial Spaces

The three most common methods of mold removal that SERVPRO techs use are-

  • Wet-vacuuming- Used if a moldy area contains standing water or if the materials in the area, such as carpets, are still wet. SERVPRO techs pull up wet carpets to speed up the drying process. 
  • Damp wiping- Mold growth on hard, non-porous surfaces is removed by wet wiping with a detergent. Mold growing on porous surfaces might be difficult, if not impossible, to remove. If the damage is severe, SERVPRO mold experts might have to discard the material altogether. 
  • High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuuming- It is used as a final cleanup method of the contaminated area once the materials are fully dry. SERVPRO techs use this method to clean the dust that has settled outside the containment. 

Materials that are heavily contaminated and can’t be salvaged are double-bagged in 6-mil plastic bags and discarded according to EPA regulations.  

Call SERVPRO of Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 to talk to our mold specialists. 

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

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none when it comes to home restoration.

Water Can Be A Factor During A Fire Damage Incident

If a fire ever starts on a property in Little Rock, several different occurrences 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 and 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 being 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 extinguish 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.

Water & Fire Damage Restorations

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 challenging to clean if they got wet. 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 damage, call SERVPRO of Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 any day of the week.

The Dangers of Water Damage In Your Little Rock Restaurant

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

burst pipe in home Restaurants may have water damage from pipes issues. SERVPRO can handle any sized water damage job needed.

Little Rock Business Closures Get Reopened Quicker with SERVPRO's Water Cleanup and Restoration Services

Water damage can affect your restaurant in several different ways. While you are always insistent on keeping up with the needs of the building so that you always have customers satisfied with the experience that they get when they come to your eatery, some things are just out of your control. When you face a water emergency in your restaurant, though, seeking professional restoration services is a wise decision.  

You might not instantly think of water damage to your Little Rock restaurant as that big of a deal, but various considerations must get made when you face a scenario like this. For starters, you have to consider the most efficient way of cleaning up the mess and restoring the damage so that you are not fighting this problem over an extended period or allowing the situation to get worse than it already is. SERVPRO IICRC technicians get trained to handle all manner of water damage, so we know how to handle any situation and can work quickly to bring your establishment back to its preloss condition. 

Water Damage Can Lead to Mold Damage

The longer that you wait to resolve an issue like this, the more likely compounding damages result. An excellent example of this would be mold growth throughout the affected area due to the heightened moisture and dampness. Every facet of restoration is intricate and involved, but adding mold remediation on top of what you already face could close your doors for a much longer time.  

You, of course, have your profits to consider in a situation like this, as the longer, you wait to resolve the issue, the longer you go without the flow of customer traffic your eatery typically draws. This also poses a damaging situation for employees of your business who rely on the income provided to them. Without the restaurant being open and serving patrons, these employees would be asked not to come into work until the situation has gotten resolved, leaving them short of their average income expectancy. 

These are a few reasons that SERVPRO of Little Rock is a wise choice for your water damage restoration needs. Our experienced technicians are available 24/7 by calling (501) 803-9700.