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Spring in Springdale: Twelve Things You Can Do to Prepare for Spring

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic w/flowers reading "12 Things to do to prepare for Spring" There are 12 simple things you can do to prepare your home for the upcoming season!
  1. Clean your rain gutters. 
    Wind, animals, and gravity bring sticks, leaves, and other items into your rain gutters, and chances are yours have accumulated their share of debris over the winter. That's bad news for your Springdale home: When downspouts are clogged, rainwater can spill out of your gutters and around the perimeter of your house, putting it at risk for leaks and flooding. Get ready for spring showers by removing the mess from your gutters to ensure that the water will flow freely.
  2. Change filters.
    To maintain optimal air quality in your home, it’s a good idea to replace your HVAC system's air filter seasonally as well as the filter in your kitchen range hood. Consider changing the filters in your water purification system, too. Depending on your water, you might not need to change these as often as your HVAC filters, but it's not a bad idea to check them now. Welcome spring in Springdale with new filters all around to keep your home clean and fresh, and your appliances in good working order.
  3. Check vents.
    As snow melts away from your home’s foundation, it’s a good time to check any vents along the foundation or in the attic. Look for missing or damaged screens, debris, signs of insect or rodent infestation, or other issues, and correct them before they have a chance to become bigger problems later in the season.
  4. Service the Lawn Mower.
    Get your lawn mower ready for the season with a tune-up. If you didn’t do it in the fall, now’s the time to drain and replace oil, sharpen the blades, remove caked-on grass and mud, and lubricate moving parts.
  5. Prep the gas grill.
    After a long winter spent cooped up indoors, you're probably eager for a sunny day. Get your outdoor cooking station ready for spring by scraping away any rust spots that developed over the winter, cleaning the grill inside and out, and checking the fuel tank hose for damage.
  6. Clean Backyard Furniture
    As the weather warms up, outdoor entertaining may be just around the corner. Prepare for warmer days ahead by thoroughly hosing down all backyard furniture—chairs, tables, and lounge chairs—wiping away cobwebs, and bringing outdoor chair cushions out of winter storage.
  7. Pamper the Lawn
    Once the danger of frost has passed and your grass starts to come out of winter dormancy, it’s time to jump-start your spring lawn-care routine. Address winter damage to your turf by seeding bare patches. Then get a head start on weed prevention by manually removing weeds before they have a chance to multiply. 
  8. Groom Shrubs and Trees
    Winter storms can be hard on your landscaping, resulting in broken tree limbs, ragged shrubs, and a garden full of organic debris. Get your yard ready for spring by removing broken or damaged branches, pruning summer-blooming trees and shrubs like butterfly bush and crepe myrtle, and raking up fallen leaves.
  9. Check the Roof
    Take advantage of the sun’s return to check your roof for cracked or missing shingles or tiles, and examine flashing around vents and the chimney for damage. While you’re at it, have the chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
  10. Plant Bulbs
    Spring is the ideal time to plant summer-blooming flowers. Go ahead and get them into the ground as soon as the danger of frost has passed.
  11. Clean Windows
    Winter storms and rain can leave your windows streaked and dirty. Let more sun into the house by cleaning windows, both inside and out. 
  12.  Test Alarms
    Let the change of season be your reminder to test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for proper functioning. Change batteries if necessary. Alarms can malfunction as they age, so if yours are older than seven years, consider replacing them.

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 Water Leak Damage in Fayetteville Restored by SERVPRO

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic Reading "Commercial Water Leak Damage Restored by SERVPRO" Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. 


1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems


Some older office and retail buildings have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment


This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing


Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines


This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated black water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 

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 can Restore All Levels of Commercial Damage in Fayetteville

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic showing Levels of commercial loss based on square footage. The Three Levels of Commercial Damage

There are 3 levels of commercial damage that are considered:

Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 10,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include, but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 10,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include, but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”

Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and an appropriate number of team members is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “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.

Spring Is Coming - Which Means - Floods Are Coming to Fayetteville

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with flowers and blog title As flowers start to bloom, it’s also the start of the rainy season. Rain and storms often lead to flooding in Fayetteville.

Spring is in the air. It’s a great sign of warmer weather on the horizon, plus a beautiful sight to see all the flowers blooming. While the spring provides warm weather as relief after the long winter months, it does come with rain. April showers bring May flowers! While that helps wash away the pollen, water tends to pool up and flooding is a real concern for homeowners and business owners.

You don’t need to live in a flood zone to fall victim to flooding, so it’s best to always be prepared!

Changes in your neighborhood can create flood areas in places that were safe in the past. Major weather storms can also cause severe flooding that extends into areas that aren’t used to experiencing flooding. 

Know Your Area and Stay on Top of Changes

Flood zones can change. The arrangement and new construction of homes and businesses can lead to a change in the areas that might be considered flood zones. This may also lead to more flood zones being created. Be sure to monitor flood areas as they change to know if you may be affected. If a street nearby you usually floods with water in a rainstorm there is a greater chance that in a bigger storm, the street may actually flood over. If this happens it can affect properties nearby, including yours. Knowing the changes to flood zones can help you to better be prepared and to better protect your home. If you learn you are in a flood zone, it is best to move your furnace, water heater and other equipment to a higher level in your home.

Prepare Your Property and Grounds

As the ground around your home and property gets soaked, it can also cause trees or power lines to fall on your home. Make sure to remove or cut dead branches on trees that can pose a problem to your home in a heavy storm.

Prepare For Storms with Building Supplies and Sandbags

Sandbags can often be obtained nearby when there is the potential for a flood. If you cannot find them near you, you can create your own or gather them in advance to prepare for another area nearby. Place sandbags where needed to help keep flood waters from getting into your home or business when there is a chance of flooding.

It is also a good idea to keep building supplies on hand and to secure these supplies up and out of the way in case flooding does occur. Having a few stud boards, plywood boards, tarps, nails and more on hand can help with emergency repairs if there is the potential for flooding. They also come in handy to help create a way to protect some of the items in your property from damage. Having these supplies on hand could lead to faster repairs if anything is damaged. Once a storm hits it is often impossible to find these supplies. Preparedness is key!

Important Documents Should Always Be Stored Properly

Irreplaceable belongings and documents should be kept up high and in boxes that can protect them should flooding occur. Doing so will help ensure identifications, passports, documents, deeds, birth certificates and more are both safe from floodwaters and easily accessible if a flood does impact your property or if an evacuation from your area is necessary. 

Emergency Plans Should Always Be In Place

Always have a plan in place to deal with potential natural disasters, flooding is no exception. Speak with family on what steps you will all take in case of flooding or if an evacuation is necessary. It’s best to include how to prevent injuries or illnesses from contaminated flood water as well as what to do if an evacuation is needed. Be sure to also assign everyone with what they should be responsible for protecting and taking from the property.

If You Experience Water Damage Contact Us at SERVPRO Right Away!

If your property is impacted by a flood, the damage needs to be assessed immediately. All water needs to be properly removed from the home as soon as it can be. Flood water can cause mold growth in a very short amount of time. Moldy building materials will need to be removed.

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.

Cooking Safety is one of the top causes for Fires in Northwest Arkansas

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic of a chef with tools showing importance of safety while cooking. Be Safe in the Kitchen

One of the most frequent causes of household fire and smoke damage is cooking. Because of this, it is important to practice safe cooking behaviors whenever you are in the kitchen no matter how large or for what purpose the meal you are preparing.

  • Protect Children from Scalds and Burns. Young children are at high risk of being burned by hot food and liquids. Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.
  • Watch What You’re Cooking. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or cooking food on the stove top or broiling food.
  • Choose the Right Equipment and Use It Properly. Follow manufacturers' instructions when using cooking equipment. Remember to plug microwave ovens and other cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance, as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire. Cook only with equipment designed and intended for cooking, and heat your home only with equipment designed and intended for heating.
  • Avoid Using Deep Fat Turkey Fryers. The use of a deep fat turkey fryer can be very dangerous. If you do decide to use one, use it at a safe distance from buildings and other items that can catch fire. Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a wooden deck. Watch the fryer carefully, as the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire. To avoid oil spillover, don’t overfill the fryer. Oil-less turkey fryers are available. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.
  • Keep Things That Can Catch Fire and Heat Sources Apart. Keep anything that can catch fire - potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop. Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean. Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Prevent Scalds and Burns. To prevent spills due to overturned appliances containing hot food or liquids, use the back burner when possible, and/or turn pot handles away from the stove's edge. Use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food from ovens, microwave ovens, or stovetops.                                                              

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.

Is Your Fayetteville Business Presentation Ready?

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic showing Business Performance cartoon on graph with title. 5 things to help you determine if your business is presentation-ready.

One of the most important things about your business is the way that you present it to your community of potential customers. Whatever style or business culture you have, you can present it your way. Plan to be presentation ready! A professional looking business is a clean one! It’s important that you have clean facilities for your employees and customers to use. Using the professional services from SERVPRO you can count on CLEAN!

Here are five things to help you determine if your business is presentation-ready:

  1. Moldy signage

Your outdoor signage is a direct representation of your brand. You want to represent it in the best way. Over the course of time, that once-shiny sign outside of your commercial space can get dirty and turn into moldy signage. You may even see it and not really notice how dirty it has become over time. But, you know who does? Your customers. The experienced team at SERVPRO are professionals at mold damage and mold remediation. That moldy signage is a “sign” it needs to be cleaned.

  1. Dirty carpets

Foot traffic is great. That means customers are coming in and shopping. However, foot traffic can result in dirty carpets. Depending on where carpeting is in your business, your carpets may be the first thing your customers see, which can form an impression. First impressions are everything. Do you want them to form a positive impression of your business or a negative one? Do you want them to see clean carpets of dirty carpets? As a business owner, these are important questions so think about how you want your facility to look and take action. How your business looks on the inside can be a reflection of your business.

  1. Filthy upholstery

Upholstery can become highly soiled after a period of time. If you have filthy upholstery at your establishment, and if you’re considering throwing it away because it’s dirty, don’t! SERVPRO professionals do professional upholstery cleaning. Instead of pitching it, we can save you money by cleaning it. We can make stains “Like it never even happened.”

  1. Stained tile and grout

Remember when you moved into that commercial building and that tile was nice and white? Now does that grout look like an off-white, brown, or perhaps black? Maybe it looks something like this before photo. Rest assured, we can get it looking like that after photo. SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale can steam clean that stained tile to restore it back to its original color. And if you think your tile is fine, check your grout. Even if you clean and mop your floors on a weekly basis, it’s no match for the dirt and grime that builds up in your grout.

  1. Odor

Your business could have an odor. You may have just become immune to the smell, but what are your customer’s smelling? When your customers walk through the door, they may be getting a whiff of it. SERVPRO specializes in odor removal and deodorization. As experts in deodorization, our heroes are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure. Allow us to focus on removing the odor so you can focus on increasing your bottom line.

You may think your business is presentation-ready, but your signage, carpets, upholstery, tile and grout and odor are saying otherwise. SERVPRO can help get your business presentation-ready. Give us a call!

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.

Office Flooded? We're on the way!

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Damage SERVPRO Graphic If you find your office in a water damage situation, Call SERVPRO for FAST and Friendly service! Call today at 479-419-5544

SERVPRO knows how to take care of your flooded office in a timely and efficient manner. Our crews are trained to come to the rescue and make it "Like it never even happened."

There's no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens to shut down your business. A closed business mean a loss in revenue, and nobody in business wants that. 

When the need arises, we are specialized in the following:

  • Retail Facilities
  • Education Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospitality Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities

Timing is everything when it comes to your home and business. Let SERVPRO save the day. We are ready to serve you and your business, call us today. You will be glad you did. 

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.

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

What to do when Storms cause Flooding in your Fayetteville home.

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Home Home flooded by water from storms.

Sometimes a storm can bring some serious water damage, even a flood. Are you prepared for a flood? Most people aren’t, so here are a few tips to be storm and flood ready!

  • Water (a 3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day.)
  • Food (3+ day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food.)
  • Flashlights
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7 – day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation/personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact info
  • Extra Cash
  • Emergency blankets
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of any damage

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.

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

SERVPRO can eliminate your Mold Problems, FAST!

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that there are over 100,000 different types of Mold in the World Mold Damage is a serious problem that can lead to health concerns. If you think you might have a mold problem in your home, it is important to have it

Mold damage in Bentonville can cause frustration and concern. Many homeowners feel unprepared to manage a mold infestation. SERVPRO can remove active colonies and recommend practices that can help you avoid significant mold problems in the future. Mold spores natural exist in our environment, making it impossible to eliminate them completely. It is critical to let SERVPRO minimize the risk of mold infestation.

Once we determine the extent of the fungal damage, we contain the work area. Heavy-duty plastic sheeting defines the space, and we create negative air pressure to seal the perimeter. The air scrubbers filter contaminants and keep unaffected spaces in your home free of moldy debris.

After treating the affected areas with an EPA-registered antimicrobial, we bag the moldy materials and disposed of them according to local rules. We work with you to determine the location of the leak or other sources of water that fueled the mold growth initially.

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.

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

Where to Look For Water Damage

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Hidden Moisture Restoration Professionals are Here to Help Water damage can come from many different places. Use this list to check your home for unforeseen moisture.

Water damage can come from many different places and is not just a problem for people living near bodies of water. While flood damage is pretty apparent, there are many ways water damage can happen to your home when you don’t even realize it.

Here are some common causes of water damage and how you can spot the warning signs.

Weather

Weather is a common cause of water damage. Rain, snow and ice cause flooding that can get into your home. Ice is an especially insidious cause of water damage because it expands as it freezes, causing cracks that allow more water to enter your home. Even if it isn’t raining or snowing there is still moisture in the air. Damp air can lead to condensation and water damage to your walls. This is especially true of basements, bathrooms, and other damp areas of your home that have stagnant airflow.

Appliances and Plumbing

Appliances like your washing machine, garbage disposal, water heater, toilet, and air conditioner can all contribute to water damage if they leak or stop draining properly.

Water from our pipes and plumbing systems can also cause water damage. Leaks and drips can go on for months, or even years, raising your water bill and leaving hidden damage in your home.

If these are all the ways water can sneak into your home, what are the signs of water damage?

Here are a few warning signs that you have a water damage problem in your home.

Standing water – Obviously, standing water is alarming and will most likely get your attention quickly, unless it’s in a low-traffic part of your home (like a basement or attic). If you notice standing water, it is very important to take immediate action to limit the damage.

Bad smells – While water doesn’t normally have much of a smell, the mold and bacteria that grow in damp environments can give off a distinct musty, wet odor. If you smell mold or mildew you might have a water issue.

Stains and spots – Stains on the ceilings or walls can be a sign of water damage. You might have a leaky pipe or roof. Call a professional to determine the cause of the problem and to clean up the damage before it becomes a serious mold problem.

Peeling paint – Paint damaged by water will start to peel, bubble, or flake off.

Uneven surfaces – Water damage can cause floors, ceilings, walls, and other surfaces to warp and feel uneven.

Cracks – Water can enter through cracks in your home. Once water finds its way in, the crack will expand allowing even more to get into your home. Make sure you seal all visible cracks on your property to prevent this issue.

If you find that you have hidden moisture in your home, call SERVPRO at 479-419-5544. SERVPRO is a 24/7 Emergency Service for Water, Fire, Mold and Smoke mitigation and remediation.

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.

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