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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."

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

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

PPE blue sing SERVPRO Technicians Don PPE to Cleanup and Restore Fire Damaged Properties in North Little Rock

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. Negative air pressure, using air movers and air scrubbers, 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.

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.

What Few People Know About Fire Damage Remediation in Little Rock

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Our technicians understand what needs to be done to effectively remediate fire damage. Call right away for an assessment and mitigation services.

On-Site Content Cleaning Techniques for Little Rock Homes

It is always the priority of our SERVPRO professionals to offer full restoration and recovery of Little Rock homes after a fire loss for the cheapest possible cost for the customer. With this in mind, practices like on-site cleaning of contents and surfaces were more cost-effective and efficient than removing entire households of items to our nearby facility for focused attention, cleaning, and inspection.

Content management is a considerable element to the recovery of fire damage in Little Rock homes. We have a full division of qualified employees trained in various cleaning techniques and the use of advanced tools and techniques. While it is ideal to clean and protect items in the house, removing them is often inevitable. At our warehouse, it is possible to efficiently clean materials damaged by soot, smoke, odors, and other concerns. There are several strategies for removing soils and odors from contents in the house without relocation, however.

  • Deodorization – One of the most considerable concerns for belongings after a fire loss, especially items not in the direct path of migrating fire effects, is a harsh odor. With sound equipment and potent products, we can neutralize odors through the application of foggers, hydroxyl machines, and ozone generators.
  • Agitation Cleaning – Reducing soil buildup on a surface can help our SERVPRO team to clean it more easily on-site. We have light, medium, and heavy agitation practices ranging from feather dusting to scrubbing with steel wool.
  • Potent Chemical Agents – While immersion cleaning is often the best approach for many hard items damaged by soot residues, specific products can help to more easily clean off these residues through the emulsion. These practices can help to protect the underlying surface after rinsing away the residues with pressurized water.

On-site content cleaning can save added expenses of packing out these belongings to our nearby warehouse for cleaning, restoration, and storage. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock team has many practices, tools, and products to help achieve this. Give us a call for all of our efficient fire restoration practices at (501) 803-9700.

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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)

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

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Observing your home contents after a fire can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts.

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 buildings 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 pre-test 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 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.

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

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire ever starts on a property in Little Rock, there are several different occurrences that can negatively affect your home.

Water Can Be A Factor During A Fire Damage Incident

If a fire ever starts on a property in Little Rock, there are several different occurrences that 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 as well as 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 it gets 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 put out 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.

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

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What To Expect During Fire Damage Restoration In Maumelle

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Items like this monitor damaged by fire can be cleaned and restored off-site by our certified technicians.

How the SERVPRO team can help you after fire damage

A fire in your Maumelle residence can be an overwhelming experience. Often ignited by an accident or failure to monitor a common household task like cooking or a decorating decision like lighted candles, the blaze is unexpected, and the homeowner or family members can feel incapacitated in the aftermath with fear or even guilt. Our professional fire restoration crews manage the damage and set your mind at ease.

The extent of and variations in the fire damage done to your Maumelle dwelling can be daunting. Your instincts and reliance on other cleanup experiences do not provide the foundation needed to mitigate the damage appropriately. Charring, smoke, and soot damage all require specialized techniques, tools, and products for the best outcomes. Fire extinguishing also leaves most homes soaked in water and chemicals. This complex mix of challenges requires our broad spectrum of disaster restoration training and skills.

Our production team leads arrive ready to assess and plan for all aspects of the damage. Water removal and structural drying precedes other tasks for safety and to prevent secondary issues such as microbial growth. Then the SERVPRO team focuses on cleaning the residues left by the fire.

If the fire burned fast and hot, loose and ashy debris is typical, frequent when the fire ignites paper or other quickly burning items. Fires in the kitchen are often protein-based, leaving a sticky, almost lacquer-like substance on surfaces. Electrical shorts and oily rags or other slower burning fires combust incompletely, spreading a dark, thick, and sticky soot. SERVPRO crews evaluate the characteristics of the residues and match tools and products to the particular circumstances of your home fire.

Ash and light soot respond well to brushing with dry sponges and vacuuming with HEPA fitted equipment. The hardened leavings of a kitchen fire can require solvents or other bond-dissolving cleaners. Heavy coatings after electrical and other slower burns benefit from cleaning products containing wetting agents and surfactants that loosen and lift the heavy soot. SERVPRO technicians train extensively in methods that allow for effective abrasive actions without permanent damage to the surfaces treated when the soot adheres firmly.

We work fast but professionally, the speed necessary because the acidic residues from a fire progressively damage all building materials and your prized possessions. SERVPRO also packs out fire-damaged movable items to clean and restore off-site. We also offer deodorization services that eliminate, not cover up, fire-related smells. All the tasks take time, most efficiently done by our team of fire damage specialists. 

Take the first steps to restore your home back to “Like it never even happened” by engaging the services of SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock. Call (501) 803-9700 immediately after the firefighters leave to get the process moving.

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

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO begins fire restoration with extracting any water and drying out your home to prevent issues such as mold.

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 turn a fire damage scenario back to preloss condition fast and efficiently.

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 certain 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 to develop and implement a plan for fire damage cleanup and restoration. The residues deposited on surfaces, fabrics, furnishings, and possession after a fire are extremely 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 times 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.  

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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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