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Preventing Attic Mold in your Springdale Home

1/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Anywhere in your home with moist, warm air is an ideal environment for mold to grow.  For some of us, moist, warm air can be found in our attics.  And unfortunately, many of us rarely go up in our attics. Problems can go unchecked for long periods of time.  It’s important to check your attic periodically for common causes of attic mold.

Anything that introduces water or moisture to your attic can be a problem. Mold grows where there is stagnant, hot air. Places like:

1) A Leaking Roof - Sometimes a roof leak is bad enough that water leaks into the floors below and becomes immediately apparent.  However even a small leak can be enough to cause attic mold, without it being apparent in the living spaces of the home. 

2) Dryer Vents, Plumbing Vents, and Kitchen or Bathroom Fans vented in to the attic -  This practice can pump warm, moist air into the attic where it can be trapped and begin the cycle of mold growth.  It is always best to vent these items outside of the home.

3) Missing or Improperly Installed Insulation -   Missing or improper installation of the wrong kind of insulation can cause problems in multiple ways.  Moisture from the lower levels of the home can rise and get trapped in the attic.  Additionally, it can create moisture or condensation in your attic.  Think of your attic like a cold glass of ice water outside on a hot summer day.  The water is a much lower temperature than the air around it and condensation develops on the glass.  If there is missing or improperly installed insulation, this same principle can apply when your home is air conditioned to 70 degrees, but your attic temperature is 99 degrees. 

4) Ice Damming – An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into your home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and create a perfect environment for mold growth. It’s important before winter to clean your gutters so that winter’s melting snow and rain can properly drain off your roof.  Additionally, improper insulation can contribute to ice damming by allowing warm air from inside your home to escape into the attic.

5) Inadequate Ventilation - It seems counter-intuitive, but the basic ventilation principal for your attic is to keep it as cool as possible during the cold season.  Pay attention to your roof after snow storms.  If you look at your roof several days after a snow and you see an even distribution covering your roof, that’s a good sign that your attic is properly ventilated.  If on the other hand, you see sections where snow has melted, that suggests an area in the attic where warm air has been trapped instead of being properly vented to the exterior.  Make sure your soffit vents are clear and free of things like debris, bird’s nests and insulation.

6) Water Heaters or Furnaces installed in the attic -  Sometimes homes without a basement will have water heaters or furnaces in the attic. You may also see this practice in larger homes with several heating and cooling zones, as well as spa style bathrooms with a huge soaking tub, where it is common practice to have designated systems to support these luxuries.  Unfortunately, this practice can contribute to adding moisture to your attic and contribute to mold growth if there are any leaks from these items.  

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

To learn more about our IICRC certifications, click here.

For more about SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale, click here.

Plumbing Problems Can Cause Water Damage to your Fayetteville Home

1/1/2021 (Permalink)

If your dishwasher or garbage disposal springs a leak, you can be looking at water damage within cabinets and across your flooring in addition to compromised plumbing. Areas below your kitchen or wet bar can also sustain soaked walls and ceilings. SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale begins the recovery effort within hours of contacting us – any time of the day or night. When you place your water damage problem in our hands, we act fast, assessing the situation and making a plan that will have you back in the kitchen enjoying good times with friends and family, rather than mopping and dealing with unpleasant odors.

Dirty dishwater or food debris can swiftly change clean water to a contaminated condition. Our fast response often involves water damage due to a moisture problem. If the affected areas are saturated with gray water, or full of decaying food, microbial growth will begin in a very short timeframe. Our technicians are trained to follow the water trail, evaluating where the water may have migrated so that you are not surprised by additional damage after the obvious problem has been solved. Once we have completed our detective work, we will devise a plan that cleans and dries out all affected areas, ready for the final touches that will bring your house back to its preloss condition.

We will extract any standing water and then use proper techniques to clean and dry out cabinetry, which is essential to catch and resolve any mold or mildew growth. SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale’s professional staff is trained to remove moisture without harming hardwood or laminated flooring under sink cupboards. The tile, wood or laminate flooring in your kitchen will also need to be carefully inspected for leakage into the subflooring or ceiling below.

Airflow and gentle application of heat will be used to dry out flooring and the structures. Effectively completing these steps is dependent upon the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) training that our technicians complete before entering your home. Reversing the effects of water damage is not a do-it-yourself proposition, and we are Here to Help and lend our expertise to make sure it is done correctly.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

To learn more about our IICRC certifications, click here.

For more about SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale, click here.

When your kitchen appliances fail, SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is the first call you should make. Our locally based water damage restoration team is available for appointments 24/7 at 479-419-5544.

4 Ways to Prevent Mold in Your Vacant Fayetteville Rental Property

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo showing moldy bread During warmer months, mold prevention becomes more difficult because hot air is perfect conditions for mold.

During warmer months, mold prevention becomes more difficult because hot air is perfect conditions for mold.

Your rental property is likely going to be vacant for a period of time at some point. Sometimes a property will remain vacant for weeks or even months, and an empty property is at risk for developing mold growth. In general, this fungus is relatively harmless unless it grows indoors, where it creates an unpleasant environment and in the worst case, can cause health effects. Follow these mold prevention tips now so you don’t end up paying more for a mitigation specialist in Fayetteville, AR to perform a cleanup later.

1. Turn off the water and drain the lines.

If you expect a property to be vacant for any length of time, turn off your water using the main shut-off valve and open all the faucets to allow water to drain out of the plumbing lines. Especially in the winter months when pipes can freeze and burst, turning off the water eliminates the possibility of plumbing leaks that can cause water damage. Preventing moisture from collecting anywhere is the number one key to mold prevention.

2. Do repairs first.

Before you close the property, have your contractor check for roof and outer wall leaks, clean the gutters and make sure your sump pump is in good condition. Minor repairs can turn into expensive problems later if rainwater is leaking into your building, creating the moist conditions that mold loves.

3. Leave the heat on low.

You may want to save money by shutting off utilities while the building is vacant. However, the money you may save is minimal in comparison to the cost of paying a mold mitigation specialist in Fayetteville, AR to restore your property. During cool weather, keeping the heat on low keeps the house from becoming too damp and encouraging mold spores to settle and grow.

4. Or leave the A/C running.

During summer months, mold prevention becomes more difficult because hot, humid weather creates the perfect conditions for mold. However, keeping the air conditioner running pulls moisture from the air, keeping your property’s environment cool and dry. When new tenants arrive, there won’t be any musty odors or mold problems to contend with.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

To learn more about our IICRC certifications, click here.

For more about SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale, click here.

Fire Prevention for your Garage in Springdale

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has the skills to mitigate and restore your fire damage, but let’s mitigate the risk first!

The kitchen and the garage are the two most common sources of fire damage. You store cars in the garage, meaning there are commonly things like gas or oil in your garage. Be careful keeping items like this stored in an enclosed space in your home. Then with the addition of the other miscellaneous items that people store in their garage, we have a recipe for a fire disaster if something were to go wrong.

As with anything else when it comes to fire damage in your garage, being proactive is the best defense to keep your home as safe as possible from fire. Fuels, fluids, and cleaners should be sealed properly, and flammable materials stored away from elements.

If the worst has already happened and a fire broke out, you need to call SERVPRO. We are a professionally trained fire damage remediation company, and we have the tools and knowledge to help you restore your home back to its original condition.
 
Electrical devices in a garage need to be used carefully. Do not overload the circuit box, and unplug any units when not in use. You should also have a fire extinguisher in your garage. Clear any clutter out of your garage, as it makes it safer when you are walking around, but also cuts down on the probability of a fire spreading in the event of an emergency.
 
Flammable liquids need to be stored in small amounts and away from heat sources of any kind such as space heaters, vents, and pilot lights. Also, keep propane tanks outdoors. They are equipped and made sturdy for outdoor storage.
 
After a fire, there are several forms of damage including smoke and soot, plus water damage from putting the fire out. SERVPRO technicians take care of all of it for you, restoring anything salvageable, cleaning up the smoke and soot, and drying out the area and your possessions.
Fires in garages can spread just as quickly, if not faster, than other areas of your home due to the nature of the items stored there. Give SERVPRO a call as soon as the fire is safely out so we can salvage as much as possible.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

To learn more about our IICRC certifications, click here.

For more about SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale, click here.

SERVPRO's Proven Water Mitigation Process for your Springdale Home

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

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When you call SERVPRO for help after water damage to your home or business, our professional restoration specialists will be on site quickly to begin the drying process. Our technicians are trained to restore your property using a proven six step process.

  1. 24 Hour Emergency Contact:

Our phones are answered around the clock because we know the first few hours after water damage occurs are crucial. Our customer specialists will lead you through a series of questions to better understand your needs so we can dispatch help to you immediately. We understand that damage to your home or business is stressful and we will walk you through the process with care.

  1. Inspection and Water Damage Assessment:

Our trained technicians will immediately determine the source of the unwanted water and its type (white, gray, black).  The category of water that you are dealing with will determine the course of action that the technicians will take to restore your property. The technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of your home or business to determine the extent of the damage and identify any safety concerns that need to be addressed immediately. They will also move or block furniture and other items to prevent further damage to carpet or belongings. 

  1. Water Removal/Water Extraction:

This process may include emergency pack/out services if it is determined that is necessary to protect your belongings. We utilize the latest technology to remove and extract all excess water from your structure. Carpet and pad will be inspected and removed if necessary. Our technicians will utilize moisture meters, hygrometers and other devices to measure moisture saturation and find hidden water behind walls and ceilings. 

  1. Drying and Dehumidification:

Using industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, our technicians will manipulate the air temperature and relative humidity in your structure to remove remaining moisture. Moisture levels will be regularly monitored to ensure a complete drying process. 

  1. Cleaning and Sanitizing:

After your home or business has been completely dried out we will thoroughly clean and sanitize affected surfaces and contents to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Utilizing techniques such as foam cleaning, immersion cleaning and dry and wet cleaning, our restoration specialists will carefully return your belongings to their preloss condition. Using fogging equipment and air scrubbers, we can safely eliminate offensive odors that typical air fresheners cannot. Depending on the situation, we may also utilize antimicrobial, antibacterial or disinfectant treatments.

  1. The final step is restoration:

Returning your home or business to its preloss condition. This can include minor repairs such as replacing drywall or installing new carpet or other flooring. Or it can be a more extensive project to reconstruct larger areas or rooms. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

To learn more about our IICRC certifications, click here.

For more about SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale, click here.

Commercial Graffiti Removal in Fayetteville

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Our SERVPRO team is capable of removing graffiti in several different ways.

Have you noticed graffiti on the exterior walls of your business? Are you struggling with stubborn graffiti removal because of the surfaces the graffiti is on? Concrete and other porous materials can be more difficult to clean. Thankfully, SERVPRO is the answer! We can get the graffiti off of the building for you! Our team works to remove stubborn paints and sprays without damaging the building itself. We have a media blast system that will etch away the top layer of concrete where the graffiti soaked into the pores of the concrete and makes it look new again. Media blasting expels an abrasive material at the surface to remove the graffiti. This can also remove soot damage after a fire. SERVPRO can also build a containment area to limit the mess of media blasting. SERVPRO prides itself on bringing your property back to pre-graffiti condition!

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

To learn more about our IICRC certifications, click here.

For more about SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale, click here.

Our Professionals Are Ready 24/7 to Assist After A Fire In Your Residence

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Get Expert Fire Damage Cleanup For Your Residence

A fire disaster in your home is a traumatic experience, and it can also cause devastating losses. Smoke and soot can affect different surfaces, including walls, ceilings, floors, appliances, and upholstery. You need to act quickly after fire loss to restore your home to its pre-damaged state.

In an unfortunate event of fire damage in your residence, call fire restoration professionals immediately to prevent further damage. Lingering smoke and soot from the fire can circulate throughout your home and harm the indoor air quality. A professional restoration company such as SERVPRO can help you take care of the damage. We have the experience, workforce, and equipment required to deal with fire loss incidents.

If the flames caused an opening in your home, we could board up the area to secure your property and prevent damage that precipitation may cause. If there is no power in your home after the incident, our crew can use flashlights and power generators to establish emergency lighting.

A fire may also leave debris in your home like broken items and nails, and they can cause injuries to the people living in it. The exterior of your house may also have items that may need to be disposed of, such as torn gutters, ash, and damaged shingles. Our crew can remove such items to simplify the restoration process.

Our technicians can also perform initial cleaning to prevent secondary destruction from soot residues. We can pre-clean furniture and soot to remove the heaviest soot. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians may also wipe acidic soot residues from metals and porcelain. We perform a thorough cleaning of the affected structures and contents with environmentally friendly products.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also wet clean some of your possessions to remove moderate to heavy residues. Wet cleaning is suitable for items that do not sustain damage when soaked in water. After cleanup, we can deodorize your home and its contents using air scrubbers or thermal fogging.

After a fire ruins your residence, is the right restoration company to call. You can reach our professionals anytime at for quick remediation in We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

To learn more about our IICRC certifications, click here.

For more about SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale, click here.

What You Need to Know About a Multi-level Commercial Water Loss in your Fayetteville Office

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

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In a multi-level loss, there are several things you need to keep in mind. When multiple levels are affected, you can assume that the walls are going to be wet and water will travel to the floors below it. Once water has traveled down walls and penetrates subflooring, there needs to be mitigation done to stop the spread of the migrating water.

Once we get an idea of how many rooms and floors are affected, and know where the source of the damage is, we know where to start. A couple of years ago, SERVPRO was called on a job at Frisco – a dorm on the University of Arkansas campus. They had a water event from a frozen pipe that burst over winter break. The damage continued to spread down the levels of the building, but it also spread outwards, covering more of the walls below it. In this case, we began mitigation on the bottom floor and worked our way up.

When we go into a commercial property that has water damage, it’s important to identify the source. First, determine whether or not the water has been stopped. If not, then you will want to turn your water off using the emergency shut off valve.

Once our team goes in, we will determine how much equipment is needed for drying and extraction. At this point we will decide if there is any demolition that needs to be done from materials that will need to be replaced. After demo, we will then take moisture readings all over the home to tell where the moisture levels increase and what is baseline. By monitoring the moisture levels consistently, we will know as we go how the drying process is going, and if more drying time is needed.  

Next, we will extract as much of the water as possible using a truck mounted water extracting vacuum. Once we get as much of the moisture out as we can, SERVPRO will monitor the drying process and determine how long it will take the structure to dry. This is done using a math formula to gauge the amount of moisture, the amount of equipment and the materials of the structure. Once the SERVPRO team has dried out the structure, we will take another round of moisture readings to make sure everything that was wet, is now dry.

Even though it may sound like a straightforward process, there are many things that make each and every job very different. From the source of the water, to the part of your home it's in and the type of flooring, all play a part in your water loss. By calling SERVPRO, you get a timely response, a great crew and the satisfaction that once it’s over, it’s over. SERVPRO guarantees that we will stand behind our work and make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

To learn more about our IICRC certifications, click here.

For more about SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale, click here.

SERVPRO has the Solution to Help You in Your Disaster in Your Fayetteville Home

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Property owners love using SERVPRO as a one-stop shop for any Mitigation or Restoration Needs.

SERVPRO has the unique ability to help property owners and homeowners in a variety of different situations. Whether it is a Residential or Commercial job, we already have trucks loaded down with equipment ready to go whenever you call and need our assistance.  Disasters come in all shapes and sizes. At SERVPRO, we’ve seen just about everything ranging from homes flooded so bad that furniture is carried away, to explosion disaster cleanup. SERVPRO is Here To Help when you have an emergency event. By calling SERVPRO quickly, you can minimize the damage done to your property.

Water Damage: We see water damage from all kinds of sources. It could be a busted pipe, a malfunctioning appliance, or improperly installed plumbing system. All of these things cause a great deal of stress to you. To get water damage under control quickly; call SERVPRO!

Fire and Smoke Restoration: A fire can be a huge inconvenience but it is not the end of the world. You may see everything covered in soot and are worried about your items not being salvageable. You would be surprised at how much of your personal property can be restored. We make it “Like it never even happened.” We specialize in cleaning and deodorizing anything from family heirlooms, documents, to the very walls in your home or business.

Mold Remediation: With naturally high levels of humidity in Northwest Arkansas, mold can be an issue if a water intrusion is not properly taken care of. We offer mold remediation so that you can get the mold under control and stop the spread of microbial growth in your home.

If there is anything else that may warrant a restoration or mitigation job in your home, give us a call and see if our 5-star service team can help you!

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

To learn more about our IICRC certifications, click here.

For more about SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale, click here.

How to Manage a Water Heater Leak in Springdale

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

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One of the most problematic sources of water damage in Springdale is a leaking water heater. Often, a failed water heater may show significant damage due to its age or environmental factors, which could present a few safety hazards to consider when checking it for leaks. After you've stopped the water, it's time to clean up.

Checking Your Water Heater

Before inspecting your water heater for damage or leaks, be sure that you protect yourself by taking the following safety precautions:

  • When approaching a gas water heater that you suspect has failed, make sure you do not smell any gas. Since water heaters are frequently located in unventilated and confined spaces, an accumulation of gas from a small leak could build up rapidly.
  • Turn off the water heater and its water supply.
  • Do not touch the tank itself and be mindful of the pilot light. Even a leaking water heater tank can be very hot.
  • Inspect the tank’s drain valve, which is usually located near the bottom of the tank. The drain valve should be closed and screwed on securely. If there is a leak coming from the drain valve, it might need to be replaced; this is one of the most common causes of leaks in water heaters.

Cleaning Up

Once you've stopped the flow of water, you can begin to clean up:

  • Make sure electronics and appliances in the wet area are unplugged.
  • Transfer rugs and any other movable furniture and items to a dry area.
  • Dry the floor with towels, a mop, or a shop-vac.
  • Set up fans and dehumidifiers to being circulating air and removing excess moisture.

Be sure that you consider all of the safety factors and protect yourself when beginning any cleanup procedure involving a broken water heater. Investigating, repairing and mitigating the damage caused by a leaking water heater should include basic safety precautions and thorough cleaning and drying that SERVPRO would be well-equipped to manage.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

To learn more about our IICRC certifications, click here.

For more about SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale, click here.