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What Precautions Are Essential During Flooding Removal From North Little Rock Properties?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Three white houses sitting in water in the grass. SERVPRO of Little Rock will always be ready to jump in when a storm strikes.

SERVPRO Ensures You Observe All Safety Protocols When Removing and Disposing of Floodwater

Managing flooding removal is a complex process. Although the main focus is to remove the intruding water from your house, you should also spare some thought to where the removed water ends up. Proper disposal is essential for safety and conformity with local or state guidelines.

For safe flooding removal from your North Little Rock property, efficiency during water collection is essential. Having the right extraction equipment promotes faster removal. Such equipment also simplifies arduous tasks such as removing water laced with solids such as silt, mud, or even raw sewage. In case solids are involved, our SERVPRO teams use trash pumps that eliminate the need to shovel out slurry or large solids by hand.

Other essential actions when handling flood water include:

  • Involving a biohazard firm to handle heavily contaminated water
  • Filtering water collected from certain areas such as carpeted floors
  • Disposing of water in a sanitary line

Although floodwater is usually heavily soiled, sometimes it can be clear if only rainwater breaches your property. Therefore, you might not be that cautious with its disposal. However, filtering such water before dumping it is essential to prevent releasing carpet fibers or other harmful materials. SERVPRO technicians do not need special equipment for such tasks. Emptying the water through a spare waste tank filter or even a window screen does the job. Our crews also have appropriate PPE and sufficient training to handle sewage-filled water or other biohazards from flooding. 

For SERVPRO of Little Rock, managing flooding removal means restoring every section of your property to its preloss state while conforming to safety and government regulations. Call us at (501) 803-9700. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Is It Essential to Resolve Water Damage in Little Rock Retail Stores Properly?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

A clothing storm with dresses hanging Any business is a priority. SERVPRO of Little Rock understands this completely.

SERVPRO Can Help You Avoid the Risks That Come With Water Intrusion Into Business Premises

Water intrusion may not be one of the things that you lose sleep over if you operate a retail store in Little Rock. However, when an incident happens, it can quickly turn from an inconvenience to a nightmarish situation with many issues to resolve. For instance, the presence of water can lead to unexpected damage to stock. Slick floors also create slip hazards, and if someone is injured, you might compensate them.

Resolving water damage in your Little Rock retail store is essential to address issues that might interfere with your business directly or indirectly. Seeking professional assistance may be necessary for a faster or thorough resolution of the problem. SERVPRO technicians can help you identify all problems and resolve them easily. This is possible by taking preventive steps in the early stages then following up with a thorough restoration.

Some essential preventive steps include:

  • Containing electrical hazards
  • Minimizing slip and trip hazards
  • Halting moisture migration

Some water leaks, especially from the ceiling or walls, are likely to reach the wiring systems. Turning off electricity eliminates the chances of shorts or shock. It is possible to cut off electricity to the entire building or just the affected areas at the power distribution box. Our SERVPRO teams are equipped with portable generators to run electric equipment for restoration tasks without exposing anyone to electrical hazards.

Although water makes many hard floor materials such as tiles slippery, the danger might not be readily apparent. Apart from helping extract standing water faster and dry wet areas, our SERVPRO crews also have warning signs that we can deploy all over your property, helping warn customers and staff of the imminent danger. That way, we can focus on moisture control to halt the deterioration of contents and structural materials.

SERVPRO of Little Rock offers comprehensive solutions that address water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (501) 803-9700 to help you resume regular business operations.

How Can One Address Hidden Damages After Flood Damage in Little Rock Homes?

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Roof damage and a sign that says storm damage. SERVPRO of Little Rock knows the deep severity of storm damage, give us a call today.

SERVPRO Focuses on Early Identification to Increase Chances of Prevention

Flooding and storm damage is readily identifiable. It is rarely difficult to tell which part of your home needs attention after a flooding incident, from torn roofs, shattered windows to inundated floors. However, some hidden issues might also develop, and unless the restoration team is thorough, they might remain unresolved after dealing with the main aspects of flood damage.

Hidden issues following flood damage in your Little Rock home can be tied to factors such as the intensity of the flooding, the layout of the property, or the time taken to start the restoration. A hidden problem may start as something minor then grow into a serious concern over time. For instance, you might pay little attention to beads of moisture collecting on the ceiling or wall surfaces because of condensation if the floor is still submerged. SERVPRO crews are trained to take a general approach rather than focusing on one aspect of flooding at a time, so it is harder to miss such issues.

The most likely forms of hidden damage might include:

  • Rotting structural elements
  • Corrosion of metals
  • Mold development
  • Foundation shifts

After water inundates your property, it can find a way into wall and floor cavities, thus exposing crucial structural supports. Even small amounts of moisture left unaddressed can lead to severe rotting in the long term or mold in the short term. Our SERVPRO crews use thermal cameras to locate moisture trapped in concealed areas after extracting flood water from your home. The inspection is fast and non-invasive since there is no need to tear down the areas of concern. We also check for physical changes such as cracks or stuck windows that would indicate foundation problems.

SERVPRO of Little Rock takes all necessary actions to ensure no hidden issues remain after flood damage affects your property. Call us at (501) 803-9700. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Do Fire Restoration Professionals Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Home on fire Fire and smoke damage restoration is no DIY project. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for every size of disaster.

Safeguarding Residents from Toxic Residues and Airborne Contaminants Starts with Deep Cleaning, Possible Only When North Little Rock Fire Restoration Technicians Wear PPE

Burning structural components and contents in your North Little Rock residence can release toxic gases. Organic materials produce nitrogen, and inorganic materials produce sulfur during burning. Both nitrogen and sulfur are hydrocarbons, potential carcinogens. Carbon monoxide, hydrogen, cyanide, and hydrogen chloride can be present inside your home after a fire, and all can be toxic. Inhaling these substances or contacting them through the skin is hazardous to you, your family, and restoration workers.

How Can Fire Damage Restoration Happen Amid Toxic Residues?

When planning for your residential fire damage restoration in North Little Rock, we make sure our crews wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Some articles of PPE, such as respirators, must fit precisely the dimensions of each worker. The sharing of PPE is contraindicated unless it is cleaned per OSHA and other regulations between users.

What Kinds of PPE Should I Expect to See On Restorers?

SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians wear comprehensive PPE when responding to your fire loss. You might see all or most of the following:

What PPE Protects the Head and Face?

  • Hard hats
  • Face shields
  • Goggles
  • Earplugs if noisy machinery causes concerns

What PPE Protects Respiratory Function?

Respirators -- professional-grade, subject to proper:

  • Fit
  • Use training
  • Maintenance
  • Periodic inspection

What PPE Protects Skin, Hands, and Feet?

"Head to toe" covering including:

  • Gowns (Tyvek suits)
  • Gloves
  • Shoe coverings
  • Boots (preferable in fire settings because of water damage)

I Can See How PPE Protects Technicians -- How Does It Protect My Family and Me?

An adjunct to PPE's use by SERVPRO crews is the construction of containment areas within which our employees work while wearing the PPE. The contained space plus the PPE pair up to prevent tracking of soot drift of contaminated air into the rest of your home. These containment areas can be erected with tension pipes and 6-mil polyethylene sheets. Using air movers and air scrubbers, negative air pressure may be deployed to channel foul odors and airborne particulates to the exterior.

Count on SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock to complete fire restoration comprehensively and safely. Call (501) 803-9700 day or night to schedule an assessment.

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.