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The Restoration Process for Fire Damage in Little Rock

7/12/2022 (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.

Fire Damage Restoration Inspection Goals for Little Rock Homes

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Soot tags (webs) along fire damaged ceiling Soot webs or tags are produced from carbon and tar being released as a fire burns. SERVPRO has the cleaners to remove the soot and smoke.

Identifying the Focus of Fire Damage Restoration 

Fires are among the most destructive and overwhelming disasters a home can face, especially if the blaze spreads through multiple rooms or floors of the property. Restoration services must first focus on the most pressing concerns to protect the property and its contents from unnecessary harm. We begin cleanup tasks with a thorough inspection that can document hazards like:

  • Soot
  • Smoke
  • Structural Damage
  • Water Damage
  • Odors

What Does an Inspection Achieve? 

By dispatching skilled professionals like our production management to get Little Rock fire damage restoration inspections started, we can learn much about the state of the property and the needed mitigation. Objectives of the assessment include answering questions like:

  • Where is controlled demolition required?
  • Are there safety concerns?
  • What are restoration priorities?
  • What can be salvaged?

Washable Surfaces and Salvageability 

While part of the fire damage assessment determines the condition of specific contents and building materials, it is also necessary to document if these elements are salvageable. Washability is a low-scale part of this evaluation, as only superficial damage can often be cleaned on these designated washable surfaces. With more extreme damage, the likelihood of recovery drops respectively.

Getting Emergency Services and Mitigation Started

Armed with the information collected through the inspection process and the condition of the impacted materials in the house, we can start mitigation services. Keeping a quick pace with these efforts ensures that the data gathered by the damage assessment is still relevant and conditions do not worsen while restoration gets underway.

There is a benefit to getting post-fire damage inspections started as soon as possible. The more technicians can learn about the condition of the house and needed restoration actions, the more efficient these cleanup processes can become. Give our SERVPRO of Little Rock team a call whenever disaster strikes to help 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.

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.

Can a Little Rock Home Benefit from Fire Damage Services After a Nearby Fire?

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Chairs on fire When a fire strikes home, SERVPRO fire damage restoration techs are ready to help 24/7 36 days a year.

SERVPRO Helps Tackle Secondary Fire Damage in Little Rock Homes

It is reasonable to think that fire restoration services should focus on the Little Rock home where the fire started. However, if you live in an area where houses are close together or in an apartment building, you may suffer the aftermath of the flames and smoke. Rather than attempt to clean it and achieve short-term relief, it is better to call a professional fire restoration team to help you solve the problem.

Even when the fire damage to your Little Rock home didn’t start within your property, SERVPRO and its certified team of experts are ready to help. The fine dust typical of a fire, as well as the smoke, can travel easily from unit to unit, regardless of where your property line is. When you enlist the help of an expert team like ours, you can be assured that soot, debris, and odors are no match for our advanced equipment and techniques. All you need to do is call our hotline, which is answered around the clock to serve you when you most need us.

Among the most valuable aspects of delegating fire damage restoration to SERVPRO is that our state-of-the-art equipment helps us detect threats even when they aren’t visible to the naked eye. 

Fires can deposit a fine layer of dust-like residue on your walls, furniture, and belongings which has the potential of causing damage in time. Our staff takes great care in the following to protect your home from the threat becoming real-

  • Pre-treat all surfaces before applying EPA-approved cleaning solutions
  • Assessing humidity levels and using equipment to restore normal measurements
  • Utilize airborne deodorizers to counteract the smell of smoke

SERVPRO of Little Rock is ready to help when you call us at (501) 803-9700. Whether the damage seems big or small, our team is prepared to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

How Much Is Too Much Fire Damage to Handle with DIY in Little Rock?

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke surrounding fire detector No matter the level of fire damage or the materials burned, SERVPRO will formulate an action plan to restore your home to its pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO Wants Little Rock Residents and Business Owners to Know Fire Damage Can Worsen with Failed or Improper DIY Cleanup

Fires are the type of emergency that nobody wants to have in their home or place of business. However, these events can and do happen, but it is all about the manner you address it to restore your Little Rock property that counts. Many people go wrong when handling fire emergencies by tackling different aspects of the house fire clean-up themselves. It is essential to know that soot and smoke damage can resurface even when you think it has been eradicated, which is where SERVPRO can help!

Our SERVPRO team can be there within hours to begin work whenever faced with fire damage in Little Rock. We have a team of highly-trained and experienced technicians dedicated to bringing your interior and contents back to pre-fire condition.

Handling Smoke and Soot

You may have heard the saying that wherever there is smoke, there is fire. The two go hand-in-hand, so any fire restoration project must address every element to achieve the best results. Our technicians are trained to deal with varying kinds of soot, including:

  • Protein smoke residues
  • Dry smoke residues
  • Wet smoke residues
  • Fuel oil smoke residues
  • And more

When called to assess fire damaged homes, some of the factors that dictate whether we use dry or wet cleaning methods include:

  • The kinds of materials or substances that burned
  • The amount of oxygen present
  • The overall rate of combustion

Natural materials usually produce dry smoke that calls for mild cleaning procedures because stains and particles are not embedded. Wet smoke residues often contain solvents or aerosols, becoming more challenging and calling for detailed restoration procedures.

No matter the level of fire damage or the materials burned, SERVPRO of Little Rock will formulate an action plan to restore your home to its pre-fire condition. Call (501) 803-9700 to mobilize a crew for restoration.  

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.

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.

What Causes Most Residential Fire Damage in Little Rock?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Fire damage remediation by SERVPRO technicians is a one-of-a-kind service. We will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call.

Most Fire Damage in Little Rock Results from Everyday Household Accidents. 

When many of us think about the causes of house fires in Little Rock, we generally imagine extraordinary situations. The reality, however, often contradicts these envisioned sources of fire damage. Many times, residential fires are caused by everyday household mishaps. 

SERVPRO, experts in Little Rock water & fire damage restorations, has encountered and effectively dealt with the effects of all types of house fires. In our experience, most of these fires are not caused by dramatic events like lightning strikes, wildfires, or arson. More often, they result from fairly common accidents that most of us have had or have almost had.

Some common mishaps that can lead to fire and smoke damage:

  • Forgetting to turn off cooking appliances and electric devices like clothes irons
  • Out of control grease fires that start while frying foods
  • Falling asleep on a couch or in your bed with a lit cigarette
  • Electrical shorts or exposed wiring that ignite nearby materials
  • Overheating halogen lamps and other light sources that start fires
  • Children playing with appliances, electrical devices, lighters, or matches

When remediating fire-damaged homes, our house fire clean-up and fire damage restoration technicians usually find that one or more of these situations has caused the blaze. 

With all that said, if your home is ever damaged in a fire and you need help cleaning up the resulting fire damage, call your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Little Rock. Our skilled and well-equipped professionals are ready for your call 24/7 at (501) 803-9700.

Why a Full-Service Restoration Company is the Best Choice to Remediate Fire Damage in Little Rock

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

closeup of fireman utilizing hose; water being sprayed on property Did you know that water damage is a result of extinguishing fires? SERVPRO can remediate your fire and water damaged home. Call us today.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

A fire in your Little Rock home is much more than an inconvenience. The damage done is often severe and more pervasive than you might at first fear. Cleanup and restoration require a broad skill set and specialized equipment. Our team has the training, experience, and tools to quickly and efficiently turn a fire damage scenario back to preloss condition.

One consideration few homeowners fully understand before they experience fire damage in their Little Rock home is the severity of water harm to building structure and contents following a fire. Before our crews tackle the smoke, soot, and charring, we must be sure to remove the water used to extinguish the flames and then dry out your home. Water damage leads to secondary issues such as mold growth or progressive deterioration of the wood, metal, and other materials providing the structure of your home. Our highly qualified employees are adept at resolving water damage issues.

Once SERVPRO resolves the water damage, we move swiftly on developing and implementing a plan for fire damage cleanup and restoration. The residues deposited on surfaces, fabrics, furnishings, and possession after a fire are highly acidic, corroding all they touch. Harm begins within minutes and worsens as time passes. Plastics discolor, metal and glass etch, and wood deteriorates. Evaluation of the safety of stored food in pantry areas and even refrigerators and freezers must occur.

Our crews know how to approach different types of soot, matching tools, and cleaning products to ensure a fast but professional-grade effort. Because of the advanced training, our crews master in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC) classes, we work through every space quickly and without duplicative efforts. SERVPRO can inventory and pack out personal belongings and removable household goods and furnishings for targeted attention. Our experts can coax back to a previous condition many items a homeowner might discard, believing they are ruined. Utilizing our skills and experience saves time and money.

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock is ready to prove the difference a full-spectrum restoration company can make when your home experiences fire damage. Call (501) 803-9700 to set up an inspection and develop a plan.

Is Smoke Remediation Necessary After a House Fire in Little Rock?

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged foyer Smoke and soot can damage your belongings as much as the flames. SERVPRO can make your fire damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Technicians in Little Rock Hold National Qualifications for Smoke Removal and Air Filtration after Property Fire Damage

Little Rock is an urban center in America's "Natural State," Arkansas. Separated between the enormous Arkansas River and the sublime Ouachita Mountains, the city has become a thriving center for creativity, startups, and, up and coming, culinary masters. The mini city of 197,312 residents has enjoyed a growing population in recent years. It remains the state capital for Arkansas and blends traditional southern hospitality with cutting-edge innovation, artistry, and design. Historically, Little Rock was a central part of the Civil Rights movement, with many of the city's tourist attractions centered around this history. Since its incorporation in 1831, the city has been a central tourist attraction in the South, offering scenic trails, hikes, and water sports and a unique lifestyle that has become its signature.

The city has a burgeoning reputation as one of the finest places for live music in the South. The three-day-long Riverfest takes place each year and has hosted global names in hip-hop, country, and blues. An equally famous music venue and restaurant in the area is South on Main, which is known for giving traditional southern food a modern twist while guests can move from the dining room to the live venue in the back. Arkansas has a reputation for producing Bourbon Whiskies, so visiting the many craft breweries like the Rock Town Distillery and Stone's throw brewing should be top of the list for a visit to Little Rock. Hiking on the nearby mountains or riverside trails is also a popular choice for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • The Clinton Presidential Center is a 30 acre stretch of land along the wetlands that celebrates and preserves the life of the 42nd President of the United States. The building itself is a stunning architecture with an all-glass wall overlooking the nearby conservation area. Inside interactive exhibits and a life-size replica of the Oval Office are some of the displays.
  • Big Dam Bridge is an intersecting point between over twenty miles of trails and hikes. The area is known for its excellent visages and jogging opportunities. For a faster exploration of the nature trails, bike rentals are available on Little Rock City's outskirts.
  • The South is famous for its pit barbecues and red meat. Doe's Eat Place is a traditional steakhouse that celebrates the South's culinary traditions. It has also become a stopover point for some of Arkansas' politicians, with President Clinton counted among some of its illustrious patrons.

SERVPRO of Little Rock Can Help Tackle Smoke Residue Removal in Your Home

Fires can produce all kinds of damage in a residential property. We are a local service that can help with:

By working closely together with insurance adjusters and customers, our technicians can ensure that your home returns to its preloss condition as quickly as possible. We also endeavor to produce a timely verbal estimate that can help you organize your schedule and minimize the inconvenience of a property fire and a consequent restoration project.

  • We use dry sponges and light cleaning products to pre-test your home, producing a more accurate estimate.
  • By sorting through salvageable and non-salvageable materials, we can reduce the timeframe of restoring the saveable items.
  • Immersion cleaning machines and solvent cleaning are just some of the specialist services we offer to residents.

Get your home back to its normal condition after a fire. Contact SERVPRO of Little Rock for fire restoration at (501) 803-9700.

Can You Eat Tinned Food after Fire Damage Restoration?

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire damage The situation can feel quite overwhelming when your home is affected by fire damage. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Helps Little Rock Residents with Fire Damage

After the initial shock of fire damage has passed, most people find their minds turning to what can be salvaged and what they need to throw away.

Our clients often ask us if it is safe to use tinned food after fire damage in their Little Rock homes. Our advice is to be very cautious of using canned goods after a fire because:

  • If there is even a small breach in the wall of the can, food can spoil.
  • If any firefighting chemicals enter the can, the food is not safe to eat.
  • The heat of the fire can partially cook the food in the can, causing it to spoil.

Food is only safe if you are one hundred percent certain the can is not pierced, and there is zero chance that it came into contact with firefighting chemicals. You must also be sure that the food was far enough from the heat to be unaffected. A good rule of thumb is: If in doubt, throw it out.

Although food is not usually salvageable, SERVPRO can use HEPA vacuuming, spot cleaning, scrubbing, and other techniques to restore furniture, walls, floors, and even soft furnishings.

For fire damage restoration you can trust, call SERVPRO of Little Rock at (501) 803-9700.

Seasoned Restorers Help with Fire Damage Restoration in Little Rock

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team Fire restoration is no easy task. Leave it to the professionals at SERVPRO. Their technicians are trained and certified for the job at hand.

SERVPRO Provides Qualified Personnel to Inspect Fire Losses in Little Rock and Deliver the Best Solutions

Little Rock is popular for various reasons. For starters, it is the capital of the state of Arkansas. It covers a total area of 116.8 square miles. The city also hosts the William J Clinton Presidential Library, which is renowned for a unique design that maximizes the acreage of the public park surrounding it. The main building is elevated above the ground allowing the city park lying along the Arkansas River's southern bank to flow freely underneath the structure. Its bridge-like construction is meant to emphasize the idea of connection. It is also a reference to the six bridges crossing the river.

Apart from the library, there are several other cultural centers and institutions in Little Rock, making the city a center of culture and arts in central Arkansas. It is a vibrant hub of performing arts, live music, galleries, and museums. Some of its renowned centers include:

  • Arkansas Arts Center
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
  • Arkansas Repertory Theater
  • L&L Beck Art Gallery

History of Little Rock

This city was incorporated in 1831. However, the city's roots trace back to 1722, when Frenchman Bernard De La Harper led an exploratory party up the Arkansas River. He noticed a unique outcropping of the rock that set it apart from more extensive cliffs across the river and named it 'La petite Roche,' later translated to The Little Rock. The French first governed the area, then Spain and later France. The United States finally purchased it in 1803. Settlers from the East coast started arriving in the area as early as 1806, and by 1819 it had become a renowned crossing point, thus leading to the establishment of settlements.

Little Rock also played a crucial role in the desegregation of public schools. In 1957 a group of nine African-American students joined Little Rock Central High after the historic supreme court ruling on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in 1954, which declared segregation rules unconstitutional. The nine students were restricted from entering the school by the governor of the state of Arkansas at the time, Orval Faubus. President Dwight D Eisenhower intervened, deploying the National Guard to 'preserve the peace.'

Various monuments and buildings preserve the varied history of the area and include:

  • Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail located on 201 West Markham Street commemorates the freedom rides, which were meant to pressure the federal government to enforce court-ordered bus terminus desegregation. The trail is a collection of sites starting just outside the old state house and meant to stretch to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.
  • Quapaw Line Markers indicate the original boundary between lands meant for white settlers and the Quapaw Indians. The markers stretch from the River Front Park to the MacArthur Park.
  • Quatie Ross Gravestone and Memorial which commemorates the life of Quatie Ross, the wife of John Ross, a Cherokee Chief. Mystery and myths surround her life story. She reportedly died on a forced match along the Trail of Tears in February first, 1839, after freezing to death when she gave up her covering to warm a child.
  • Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum displays a World War II navy tugboat, USS Hoga, and submarine USS Razorback. The facility is unique, considering Arkansas is a landlocked area. 

Fun Things to do in Little Rock

The city is a pleasant place to spend time considering the variety of attractions and activities people can partake. Attractions range from indoor and outdoor sites, food and drink, spas and wellness centers, concerts, and shows.

  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park

The park was established in 1977 and is a perfect location for people interested in outdoor fun activities like canoeing, hiking, Frisbee, and games such as soccer and volleyball. A moderately easy trail goes around the entire park at the bottom of the mountain and is known as the Base Trail. Some trails go up Pinnacle Mountain offering visitors amazing views.

  • Museum of Discovery

The museum is a unique science and technology center with various exhibits and activities meant to fuel the passion for technology, science, engineering, math, and art. It was founded in 1927 and converted to the Museum of Discovery in 1998. Some of the top exhibits include a Tesla coil, mini log cabin, bed of nails, among others.

  • Riverfront Park

It is arguably the country's best public park that offers a wide range of outdoor activities.  It stretches 11 blocks on the Arkansas River's southern bank, providing 33 acres of outdoor space for various activities. Several bars, shops, restaurants, and art centers lie a walking distance from the park. There are several sculptures and bridges that visitors can explore while walking along the park.

How Does SERVPRO Help Little Rock Residents Perform Fire Damage Restoration?

Fire incidences can affect properties in Little Rock at any time. Fire leads to deep soiling and deterioration of surfaces and contents in the affected properties. SERVPRO helps perform cleanup of soiled areas and remove deteriorated materials, restoring the property to its preloss state. 

The restoration process takes several steps to achieve the desired goal. The IICRC certified Fire Restoration Technicians in our SERVPRO teams first inspect the property to establish the residue spread patterns.  We use simple approaches such as wiping vast flat surfaces such as walls starting close to the fire seat to establish the level of residue buildup around the house.  We also perform physical and chemical tests to establish residue types and thus determine the best approaches to use during cleaning. 

Some of the top cleaning methods our SERVPRO technicians utilize include:

  • Vacuuming to remove particles attached loosely to surfaces
  • Dissolving oily soils using solvents eliminating substances insoluble in water
  • Emulsifying soils with detergents, thus lifting them off surfaces
  • Mechanical agitation such as wire brushing or wiping surfaces with cleaning sponges

After cleaning up affected properties, our SERVPRO technicians also dry and deodorize properties preventing secondary problems such as mold development and bad odor.

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock is a seasoned restoration company that offers a wide array of services to help homeowners recover from fire damage incidents. Call us at (501) 803-9700.

What Can Little Rock Homeowners Do to Restore their Homes After a Fire Caused by Faulty Wiring?

10/24/2020 (Permalink)

chair and furniture in room after fire It is essential to hire a reliable restoration company after a fire loss.

Property Owners can Talk to SERVPRO technicians in Little Rock to Handle the Fire Damage.

A fire of any size can cause costly secondary damage in a Little Rock home. If not restored on time, it can lead to permanent damage that can lower a property’s value. Therefore, it is essential to engage with reliable experts like SERVPRO technicians immediately after the unfortunate incident.

Can I handle the restoration myself?
To avoid more damage, you should hire professionals to clean the affected surfaces. Using home remedies to clean furniture, and carpets, among other surfaces, can increase the fire damage in your Little Rock property. Smoke and soot residues can sink further into surfaces, discoloration may occur, and odors may persist if you handle the restoration process without a professional.

However, you can help sort through valuable content by setting aside essential items until our restorers get to your property. Fragile items need to be restored fast. Therefore, separate items by priority.

How long does the restoration take?
The intensity of the fire loss determines the complexity of the restoration process and duration. Also, if the damage is ignored for an extended period, the restoration process can take longer. A small room fire can take a few days to restore compared to the entire property.

Do I have to vacate the property?
That depends on the extent of the destruction. You may need to find temporary accommodation if your property has:

• Sustained extensive damage
• Its structural stability is jeopardized
• No utilities are available

The other factors that can influence the decision to leave your home include sounds of the restoration work, and odors, among other concerns.

Can I turn on my air conditioner?
It is essential to wait until our technicians inspect and clean your HVAC system. The fire could have damaged the structure, and switching it on could cause more problems. The unit can pump smoke and soot residues back into your property. We have state-of-the-art equipment and tools that we use to clean HVAC systems. We can use a duct cleaning system that contains all the equipment and accessories necessary for cleaning HVAC units. It has brushes, air whips, and augers that help in removing soils from the HVAC unit.

Is the odor permanent?
Before we leave a property, we combat odors using our innovative techniques and equipment. Odors may persist in your property, depending on the items burned during the unfortunate incident. Our SERVPRO crew can use a ventilation box fan that generates high-velocity airflow to remove some odors. The air movement that the equipment generates removes fumes, vapor, and odors from the affected property.

It is essential to hire a reliable restoration company after a fire loss. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 for effective restoration services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

After a Fire in a Home, Why are Smoke Residues So Hard to Remove?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

A fridge in a kitchen with soot on it. Smoke residues can overrun your home after a fire, so let SERVPRO handle the damage.

SERVPRO techs bring the equipment and cleaners to handle any type of post-fire cleanup in Little Rock homes

When SERVPRO techs tackle the fire and smoke damage residues left behind in Little Rock homes, it takes both experience and knowledge to avoid doing more harm to surfaces instead of cleaning them. The reason that soot can be difficult to remove is because of the following factors:   

  • Different types of residues can exist in the same work-site  
  • Residues bond with the surfaces they contact, sometimes requiring stout methods to remove such as the use of solvents
  • Testing the smoke type shows the dry or wet cleaning that will best suit the removal type needed

Do Homeowners Need Fire Restoration After a Kitchen Fire With No Visible Smoke Residues?  

  • When a kitchen needs cleanup and fire restoration services in a Little Rock home, SERVPRO techs test the residues, and they can get divided into three distinct categories:   
  • Dry smoke gets created by high heat fires, and while it is easier to remove, the heat levels needed to incur it tend to leave behind more significant damage to the structure
  • Wet smoke gets created primarily when articles containing plastic or rubber burn, and it leaves a thick, greasy residue that is hard to remove without the use of solvents   
  • Protein residues occur when something containing protein such as a chicken, turkey, or pot roast, for example, catches aflame and burns to release the oils as airborne vapor droplets. These get deposited on nearby surfaces and, while nearly invisible, are highly pungent

Before any of the residues can get removed, whether dry, wet, or protein-based, SERVPRO technicians scope the area and make a note of the types of damage left in the room and then they:  

  • Test the residues to determine the type  
  • Note the building materials or surfaces affected to ensure the correct removal methods get chosen
  • There are three main ways to get rid of residues through pick up using dry cleaning sponges, vacuuming, and use of solvents to dissolve the grip on the surface

After the initial cleanup, SERVPRO technicians must carefully dispose of dry cleaning solvents carefully and avoid sewers or septic systems per regulations. The techs follow the rules and regulations during the cleanup to the letter to ensure they always work within the law during the restoration service.  

Some surfaces require disposal because they have too much charring or residues deeply embedded to remain on-site. The techs carefully remove these articles and dispose of them. Sheetrock generally has a poor outcome after exposure to high heat or the water used to extinguish a fire. The techs only remove the minimum amount necessary, so whenever possible, they can save homeowners the cost of replacing a whole wall. 

One unusual type of residue that occasionally occurs and requires a light hand to clean up is smoke webs. They look exactly like black cobwebs and are lightweight, and do not stick to surfaces. The techs use dry cleaning sponges to lift them away from ceilings in corners where they typically gather. When homeowners attempt to clean up smoke residues on their own, this is one of the types that sometimes they get the technique wrong and wind up grinding the soot into the walls. Worse, if they use liquid cleaning agents, it can result in the complete ruination of the wall or ceiling.

Once the cleanup efforts complete, the technicians turn their attention to the air quality in the home. Air scrubbers run through the process to capture airborne particulates. If the restoration services got limited to a smaller area inside the house, the techs routinely use containment. This action gets accomplished by using heavy gauge plastic over doorways and vents or negative air chambers.   

In particular, the techs want to avoid soot traveling into the ductwork of the home. Once the services complete, as a final step, the techs can inspect the ductwork and determine if it requires mitigation for cross-contamination. SERVPRO technicians have vacuums and other equipment for cleaning out the ducts and leaving it without a trace of fire odors.   

Because soot has the potential to be both skin and breathing irritant and bring pungent odors, the techs perform any needed odor control treatments to ensure the home is ready for any repairs that need to occur. 

Reach SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 has the training and equipment to take on any size or type of fire restoration your property needs. The certified techs arrive quickly and work until the damage is, "Like it never even happened."

My Little Rock Home Looks Devastated After the Housefire, How Can it Get Cleaned Up?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

burned furniture, kitchen cabinet, charred walls and ceiling in black soot Fire damage leaves behind not only charred contents but lingering odors as well. Contact SERVPRO for thorough remediation services.

Fire Restoration is Something we Specialize in at SERVPRO – Trust Us with Your Little Rock Home

A fire inside your Little Rock house leaves behind a trail of devastation ranging from charred belongings and debris to smelly smoke residue. Not only do unsalvageable materials in your home need to be disposed of properly, but you must also pay attention to hidden moisture left behind from the water that extinguished the fire. The best way to restore your interior is by looking to the help of trained restoration professionals, and SERVPRO is available 24/7 to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are here with all of the training, technology, and efficient methods to tackle the messy debris while ensuring we do whatever possible to save your belongings.

How Does the Cleanup Begin?

For prompt, reliable fire restoration in Little Rock, SERVPRO arrives with our Green Fleet. All of our vehicles are loaded with industrial-strength tools and products made for the job. Our crew chief assesses your interior once first responders deem the home safe for entry. This helps determine the scope of the project, including the amount of damage, areas directly impacted by flames, and zones where soot and smoke residue traveled. Once the plan gets formulated, the team sets each phase into motion, starting with the cleanup of all unsalvageable materials, belongings, and debris.

Handling the Fire Loss Zone

Soot particles and stubborn smoke residue in Little Rock can pose a challenge, but this is nothing that our skilled IICRC-certified technicians cannot handle. We take special care while moving from one room to the next so that we can limit debris tracking. Just a couple of areas we address when getting started in the fire loss zone include:

  •   Securing the space – This is the time to make sure that the structure is strong enough so that we can proceed with the debris cleanup and restoration steps.
  •   Hazard planning – If any areas call for special attention during the walk-through, the plan is designed to address all hazards safely.
  •   Safety issue check – We ensure all safety concerns get handled in the beginning phase of restoration. During this time, we handle exposed wires, broken and hanging light fixtures, burnt drywall, and other debris.

After the assessment is complete, severely burned, and unsalvageable materials and belongings get removed from the home. Any materials that have been significant damage are disposed of to be replaced later. All unsalvageable belongings are logged to keep a record for yourself as well as your insurance company. SERVPRO always does whatever we can to clean up and salvage items while using our broad range of cleaning and advanced restoration methods.

Is There Protocol in Place for Debris Removal?

We are serious about debris disposal with any restoration project we take on. We always follow guidelines set forth by the EPA, including careful discarding of waste products. This not only helps to reduce the potential for worksite injury, but it also cuts back on the impact on our environment. The disposal protocols that we follow allows us to efficiently and safely remove things like:

  •   Ash
  •   Rubble
  •   Charred wood
  •   Burned drywall
  •   Unsalvageable materials
  •   Unsalvageable personal belongings, and more

Will Fire-Damaged Building Materials Get Replaced After Removal?

We treat every project on a case-by-case basis, with removal and replacement depending on many factors.

-    If you have a quarter-inch of charring on wooden studs in the fire-loss zone, our team may be able to take away some of it rather than replacing the studs. We may use techniques such as steel brushings or agitation to take away some of the charred portions.

-    Should there be significant charring, our team may use specialized techniques. These methods include dry ice blasting, sanding, or soda blasting to take away the burnt portion.

-    When treating charred building materials does not work, we perform controlled demolition. This is when the unsalvageable materials are removed entirely, and then they get fully replaced with brand-new materials.

What About These Awful Smoke Odors?

Soot and smoke residue become challenging with any fire damage project. Wet smoke is present when the fire burns at a lower temperature and creates a sticky, web-like residue. Dry smoke begins to develop with higher-temperature fires that burn quickly. This happens when paper and wood burn, thus creating powdery soot.

Our team has a broad range of techniques and technology to handle foul fire odors, including:

  •   Dry fogging equipment
  •   Thermal fogging equipment
  •   Wet fogging equipment
  •   Air scrubbers
  •   Hydroxyl generators
  •   Injection devices

Our goal with any fire restoration project is to ensure your home gets returned to the pre-fire loss condition. Call us at (501) 803-9700 when you need us at SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock, and we can deploy a crew to your location in as little as four hours to begin restoration services.

How Do I Tell There Is Smoke Damage After a Fire Loss in My Kitchen in North Littlerock?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fire SERVPRO Helps Our Little Rock Neighbors After a Fire Strikes. We Are Here to Help with Cleanup and Restoration Services.

Advanced Training Helps SERVPRO Technicians Deal with Different Types of Smoke Damage

Various mishaps or accidents can lead to kitchen fires damaging various materials. Fires also leave smoke residues on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. Standard smoke residues such as soot are readily discernible through touch or vision. However, there are byproducts of smoke that are harder to identify, so there is a possibility of having smoke damage that you do not notice in North Little Rock.

What types of residues do fires leave?

The kind of residues left after fire damage in your North Little Rock kitchen may depend on the materials burnt, the duration it takes to contain the fire, among other things. Incidents commonly involve stove flare-ups, grease fires, and incidents sparked by electrical appliances. The materials burnt range from oil, proteins such as meat, plastics and organic materials such as wood, leaving deposits like:

  • Protein residues
  • Fuel oil residues
  • Dry smoke residues
  • Wet smoke residues

How do you tell which residues a fire left?

Most smoke residues are readily visible since they have different colors compared to the materials where they are deposited. What is harder to tell from a casual look is the volume of residues left and the distribution around the room. Our SERVPRO technicians use simple approaches such as wiping the wall surface with a cleaning sponge starting from the area closest to the seat of the fire, thus establishing residue distribution patterns. The process also helps establish whether there are wet smoke, protein, or oil residues. 

Is it possible to miss smoke residues?

The characteristics and behavior of smoke are the two main reasons why it is possible to miss residues. Some byproducts of smoke, such as protein residue, can have amber or yellowish appearance. They might also be virtually invisible, thus causing minimal discoloration of painted walls or other surfaces such as cabinets. 

Spread patterns can also hide smoke residues. Even when fire damage is contained in the kitchen of your North Littlerock residence, the smoke is likely to filter into other rooms within the house. Failure to check those areas can leave residues in place. 

Smoke moves through convection currents to colder areas within the loss site. Concealed areas such as cabinets and other hidden cavities attract more smoke due to cooler temperatures, thus leading to more deposits. Our SERVPRO restoration crews include certified FSRT, Fire, and Smoke Restoration Technicians who are well versed with smoke behavior and thus able to take the right actions, including establishing spread patterns and opening up hidden sections where residues might accumulate out of sight.

Is cleaning sufficient when dealing with smoke damage?

Cleaning is an effective solution to fight smoke damage since it removes residues restoring a surface to its preloss state. However, the effectiveness of the cleaning exercise may differ depending on factors such as:

  • The porosity of the surface
  • Age of the surface
  • Heat levels during the fire
  • Moisture

Residues deposited on porous surfaces penetrate further, making it harder to clean using methods such as wiping. The porosity level of a material can be natural or can be the result of the conditions prevalent during the incident. For example, higher temperature levels open up pores in materials allowing deeper penetration of residues. Sufficient moisture leads to the setting of residues, which can interfere with cleaning. In most loss sites, moisture comes from firefighting efforts by firefighters or suppression systems such as sprinklers. 

How does SERVPRO respond to the challenges of smoke damage?

Cleaning involves four standard actions, including:

  • Lubrication
  • Mechanical action
  • Suspension and dispersion
  • Chemical action

Although all the actions help clean the affected areas, they work uniquely, so there is a need to use just what is necessary. Our technicians evaluate the loss site to determine which actions would be most effective. We also evaluate the materials in the area to ensure that the action we choose does not create secondary damages. For example, since we know that wet cleaning can lead to the absorption of particles by materials, we use mechanical action such as wiping surfaces with sponges to remove dry, non-greasy residues from a surface. We can use specialized cleaning products such as chemical sponges to remove residues from a surface without leaving smudges.

Setting a cleaning goal also helps deal with challenges. The goal of cleaning can be to restore the affected area to its preloss state. Cleaning can also help prepare the loss area for refinishing. If the area requires refinishing, cleaning needs to remove physical deposits and odor only since refinishing takes care of minor issues such as blemishes.

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock can help you address any challenges posed by smoke damage, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (501) 803-9700 any time.

Get Results with Professional Fire Damage Cleanup in Little Rock

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO has the tools for fire clean up in your home

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

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

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

Lingering Moisture

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

Foul Odors

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

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

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

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged home We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage and Odor Cleanup in Little Rock Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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We Are Available 24/7 To Handle Your Little Rock Fire Damage Restoration Services

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

We are ready to respond to your call 24/7, and we’re faster to any size disaster. We have the training, equipment, expertise needed.

SERVPRO Helped Little Rock Homeowner Remove Fire Damage Odors After DIY Cleanup

Even a small scale fire in your home can leave behind an astounding level of fire damage to clean up. Of all the types of fires that get an improper cleanup, one of the most common is the protein fire, or more commonly known as, "Oops, dinner burned."

SERVPRO answered a call to mitigate a protein fire damage in a Little Rock kitchen, and there was very little evidence of the fire left, except for the pungent odor because the homeowner cleaned away the visible evidence of the fire, but his attempts at getting rid of the smell of a burned roast remained. This happens because during a fire as hot air expands, it forces odor-causing particles into porous objects and removal requires professional restoration services and odor control methods. 

Our team members hold certifications as Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians. We know how to turn around fire loss of any size in a home with our techniques and equipment. Even though a short time had passed since the fire damage, we contained the kitchen and covered the vents to stop any further spread of odor in the home. Protein fires do not appear to have a lot of smoke damage, because the residue is nearly invisible. Using wet sponges, we hand-cleaned all exterior surfaces in the kitchen to get every trace of the hard-to-see film left behind. 

Air scrubbers with HEPA filtration are highly useful pieces of equipment for removing airborne soot particles. Each fire odor removal site is different; however, the science of odor control is finite. When deep cleaning surfaces and raising the air quality in the fire loss area do not remove the odor, stronger methods such as thermal fogging tend to bring positive results as it mimics the fire and sends a heated, deodorizing solvent to eradicate embedded soot. Hydroxyl generators are another go-to machine that safely neutralizes smoke odors at the molecular level. 

When the odor from fire damage does not go away, call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700. Our certified technicians are ready 24/7 to mitigate fire loss in your home and make it "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO is Your Best Choice When It Comes to Fire Damage Restoration!

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

No matter how severe the damage may be, our team is here for you and will restore your precious home.

Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Options When In Little Rock

Fire damage can negatively impact your property in several ways irrespective of whether the fire was small or big. Putting off the fire is not enough when it comes to protecting your property from additional damage. Remember, fine soot, and smoke particles may still spread within the building and settle on surfaces that are far away from where the fire originated. The smoke has corrosive properties and when it settles in porous areas such as ceilings, walls, flooring, and furniture. If such happens, stains are likely to develop and cause further damage to your Little Rock Home.

Fire damage incidents in Little Rock require immediate response to prevent prolonged exposure. Our SERVPRO technicians can inspect your property and determine what needs restoration and what you should replace. By looking at the severity of the damage, we can determine whether it is necessary to repaint your ceilings, refinish wooden items, as well as clean your items. Whenever there is a delay, then it means the cost of restoration and replacement goes up.

Let us cover some of the methods that our SERVPRO technicians use when cleaning walls and ceilings. When there are light-to-medium smoke particles in your ceilings, we may decide to use a dry cleaning sponge. This method is useful when we are addressing non-grease residues. In case there are heavy soot residues on wooden, metallic or painted ceilings, then we may use wet cleaning as an option.

Some fires may leave behind heavy nicotine and tar soiling on acoustical ceilings. In such a case, our SERVPRO technicians use active peroxide cleaning. The method is efficient since it cannot dissolve coatings on blown or textured ceilings. It can also work on both porous and nonporous surfaces. Usually, the type of surface and the kind of smoke residues at the site determine the cleaning method we decide to use.


At SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster irrespective of the time when you need our help. Get reliable service by calling (501) 803-9700 and have your problem fixed.

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How to Remove Fire Damage Odor From Your Little Rock Home

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can remove the smoke and soot from your home. Call us today!

Fire Damage Odor Removal Techniques in Little Rock Homes

After initial removal of the visible signs of fire damage, odor from the smoke and soot remain in the home. Humidity can compound the scent, and if not contained, it can spread to areas of the home unaffected by fire. Last but not least, the clock is ticking. The longer the odors remain in the house, the more embedded they become.  

SERVPRO has many resources available to eliminate the lingering odor from a fire in Little Rock homes. The methods we use to treat the smells in the house depends on the type of residue left by the blaze. Plastics and synthetic materials leave oily, heavy residues. Wood and building materials tend to deposit lighter layers of soot and smoke odor that are less messy to clean up. We utilize both wet and dry cleaning methods to effectively remove all visible traces of fire damage to restorable items and surfaces. However, the unpleasant odor remains and has the potential to spread.  

To stop cross-contamination, we contain the area where the fire occurred and examine items in the room to see if they are restorable through cleaning efforts or if disposal is the only option. Many homeowners are pleasantly surprised at how we save items through intense cleaning efforts. Just because books or papers were in the vicinity, it does not mean they are automatically a loss due to smoke damage. Our highly skilled technicians use the same methods as the Library of Congress for the forensic restoration of fragile, valuable books and documents and apply those methods whenever feasible to mitigate property loss from fire.  

Upholstery and carpeting can retain unpleasant odors after the fact, and we often utilize thermal fogging as a very effective method for eliminating foul scents in porous items. Our certified OCT (Odor Control Technician) uses a heated fog of deodorizing spray throughout the area, and it penetrates wherever the smoke went, overtaking and neutralizing lingering odors.

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock has the experience and resources to eliminate fire damage odors from your home. Our highly trained technicians are ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call (501) 803-9700 and one of our certified technicians can help you get your home back to normal, "Like it never even happened."

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What Few People Know About Little Rock Fire Damage Remediation Steps

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

When you contact our SERVPRO team, we help remediate both the content and structure of your home. Sometime packouts are very useful to that end.

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 both your property and the contents of your home. It is important for homeowners to react quickly to get trained personnel into their home 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 that they require to approve a damage claim and afford restoration work for your property.

Mitigation work initially often involves the assessment of 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 badly damaged to preserve.

Additionally, our contents department works throughout the initial mitigation phase to tag items that require removal and relocation until the restoration work ultimately completes. We can move them to our facility for safekeeping, but also for focused cleaning and deodorization as needed. Once the restoration work in your home completes, 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 to be an overwhelming experience, but you can count on our SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock to respond quickly with the experience and tools to help begin recovering your home. Give us a call anytime that disaster strikes at (501) 803-9700.

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When A Fire Has Destroyed Your Home In Little Rock, You Need Help From A Professional Restoration Company!

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your home can cause drastic changes that make your Little Rock residence unlivable and extremely messy.

You Need Complete Fire Damage Cleanup Services After A Blaze In Your Little Rock Home

A fire in your home can cause drastic changes that make your Little Rock residence unlivable and extremely messy. Now-charred things which you held in your hands just the day before can make everything seem hopeless after a major disaster.

After a fire, our experts know fire damage cleanup services in Little Rock are needed to make your home safe again. Even small fires can produce so much smoke and soot that the home quickly holds so much contamination that entering can become risky. Soot, fumes from chemical reactions taking place in different plastics and other synthetics, and jaggedly broken materials make a potentially dangerous situation.

SERVPRO technicians work in teams to rapidly cleanup fire damage from your home. Removing such things like debris from firefighters cutting portions of your roof also gets rid of nails, insulation, sections of charred wood, and much more. These larger pieces may require a large dumpster, which we can arrange to make the process smoother for you.

Smaller pieces, including shards of glass, metal fittings, and fasteners that fell away from furniture and other wooden items as they burned, and harder plastics that melted and re-hardened as they cooled or when the water hit them also end up in the dumpster. We use a HEPA-filtered vacuum to clean floors of anything smaller before restoration work begins on your home. This vacuum can also remove dry soot from many surfaces. For other surfaces, we use other techniques and tools, so soot no longer clings and tarnishes the belongings in your home.

During our work, we often use air scrubbers and hydroxyl machines to clean the air and bond any evasive or hidden soot particles. Because soot can re-enter the air, we also rely on equipment and methods that capture the soot as we clean it away from things, before it can escape and settle elsewhere. Hydroxyl bonds to these soot particles and other odor-causing substances, reducing odors and making the air cleaner for our specialists.

To complete fire damage cleanup before restoration starts, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) uses thermal fogging throughout your home. We also ensure that water and foam from firefighters no longer exist within your home. These can increase the risk of water or microbial damage, and ruin the new materials used to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock Can help you undo the effects of fire with our fire damage cleanup services. Serving Ferndale, Roland, and Gibson, our technicians and specialists put their skills and experience to work for you. Call us at (501) 803-9700, so we can help you.

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SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock Seeking Qualified Production Manager

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Now Hiring

Do you have production management experience? SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock is currently seeking qualified candidates with job site management, communication, and insurance experience to help keep our restoration company the best for clients in Little Rock and Maumelle, and the surrounding areas.

This position requires excellent communication and motivational skills, as you will be working closely will homeowners, insurance adjusters and overseeing the timelines of crews working to complete restoration projects all over the area.

You can expect competitive salary, advancement opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package upon hire.

Qualified candidates:

* Must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in management in the service industry.
* Must have excellent communication skills.
* Must be flexible and organized, as many jobs with short deadlines can occur simultaneously.
* Must be a problem solver with patience and assertiveness.
* Must be in good physical health.
* Must be able to create and execute production schedules, timelines, and subsequent reports.
* Must be willing to travel at times.
* Must have a basic understanding of mathematics, have rudimentary handyman skills, and the ability to make decisions in the moment.
* Are desired to have some college education and an understanding of restoration work, but this is not a requirement for employment decisions.

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will never discriminate personnel practices on account of race, disability, sex, veteran status, nation of origin, or any characteristic protected by law.

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Northwest Little Rock Home.

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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