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Hidden Water Damage in your Fayetteville Home

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

Fayetteville home with water damage behind kitchen cabinets and underneath flooring This Fayetteville home had hidden water damage behind cabinets and affected the subfloor

Water heater bursts or sewage backups are found quickly.  But what about water leaks that are not easily seen?  Many small, unnoticed, water leaks can cause major damage.  Appliances with slow water leaks and water lines behind walls are two of the most common sources of hidden water damage.  Call SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County if you believe or discover water damage in your Fayetteville home.  Our IICRC trained technicians will respond quickly and professionally to your home’s water damage.

When was the last time you checked behind or underneath your dishwasher or refrigerator?  If you are like me, maybe last year maybe longer.  Leaks can develop in water supply lines and drainpipes.  But because we can not see under these appliances, slow or small leaks can cause damage to cabinets, floor coverings, subfloors, and even cause mold growth.  This damage can go undiscovered for years.  In some cases, the damage is not discovered till the home is sold and a home inspector finds the damage.

There is a possibility for water leaks to develop wherever water supply lines and drainpipes are inside walls.  A common culprit is plumbing connections, the place where pipes attach to each other.  Because these pipes are hidden, you may not know there is water damage until water pools on the floor or the floor covering near it becomes soft or smushy.  There have been pin hole leaks in water supply lines that go unnoticed inside walls for long periods of time.  These pin hole leaks cause damage behind walls that lead to costly repairs.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County should be your first choice for any residential or commercial water damage.  Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage, identify potential threats, respond quickly to restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

City of Rogers Ready for Flooding

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Rogers homes flooded by storms Storms caused flooding in Rogers neighborhood affecting homes and businesses

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates one inch of floodwater can cause $26,807 in damages.  Rogers home and business owners can take steps to protect their family and property from the effects of flood water.  SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties wants to increase your awareness and preparedness.

Flooding can cause damages to your Rogers property that may affect your health and safety.  Have SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties assess the flood damaged materials in your home.  Carpet and carpet pad affected by flood water should be removed and disposed of properly.  Flood water that affects base and door molding should be removed.  Drywall that is bulging or swelling indicates damage and should be removed.  Wet drywall and insulation should be removed well above the high-water mark.  Wooden doors should be removed, laid flat, and completely dried.  All knobs and door hardware should be removed, cleaned, and disinfected.

Packing basic supplies for each person and pet is the first step in preparing for a flood.  These supplies can include 3-day supply of food, 1 gallon of water per day for each person and pet, and a manual can opener.  First-aid and hygiene supplies to pack include medications, sanitizer wipes, bleach (to purify water), toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrush, and face masks.  Packing a battery-powered radio with extra batteries, cell phone with car charger, and a whistle will help with communication.

SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial water restoration.  Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage, identify potential threats, respond quickly to extract the water and restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Is Your Van Buren Home or Business Prepared?

8/26/2022 (Permalink)

Road flooded, power poles, trees, and fences covered with water Van Buren street flooded by severe storms

The Hurricane Season of 2022 never got going.  Since 1950, there have only been 6 hurricane seasons with less Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) in the Atlantic.  The 2.8 units of ACE, through August 25th, make 2022 the slowest start to a hurricane season since 1988.  Looking ahead to September and October, should we expect things to change?  Not likely.  Slow August activity is typically followed by less activity in September and October.  What does this mean for Northwest Arkansas?  Possibly less chance for heavy rains.  SERVPRO of South Washington & Crawford Counties believes this is the right time to prepare.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests planning for hurricanes.  These four topics will help guide your preparation.

  • Write down emergency phone numbers. Program these numbers in your cell phone and keep a hard copy on the refrigerator.
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit. The kit should include medicines, food and water, flashlights, extra batteries, safety and personal items and important documents such as identification, passports, wills, medical documents
  • Locate the shelter nearest your home. Planning different routes to the shelter will save you time if roads are closed.
  • Remember your pets. Identify shelters and hotels that are pet friendly.  You may have to rely on an out of town friend or relative

If severe storms effect Van Buren causing flooding or severe damage, remember to call SERVPRO of South Washington & Crawford Counties.  Our trained professionals will get your home or business "Like it Never Even Happened"

SERVPRO of South Washington & Crawford Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration.  Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage, identify potential threats, respond quickly to extract the water and restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of South Washington & Crawford Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-787-7377.

Choose SERVPRO to Restore Your Lowell Home

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles properly equipped and technicians trained to IICRC standards Feel confident SERVPRO Team Members are properly equipped and trained to perform water restoration in your Lowell home

One in fifty homeowners files a water damage claim each year.  Water damage to your Lowell home is frustrating.  If you are dealing with water damage, hiring a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties is your best choice.  Professional restoration companies have certified experts to inspect your home, guide you thru the process, use advanced techniques and equipment, and are properly licensed and insured.

SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties trains our technicians to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.  The IICRC Standards serve as industry-accepted terminology, processes, and procedures regarding cleaning, inspection, and restoration.  It is crucial to choose a company with cleaning and restoration certifications to show that they are professionals. The certificates are proof that they have the right training, up-to-date tools, and knowledge to correctly complete your project.

SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties is licensed to perform water, smoke, fire, mold, and bio-hazard work in the State of Arkansas and the surrounding states.  Prioritize an organization that is properly insured.  SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties is insured to perform restoration work in all the major corporations in Northwest Arkansas, as well as your home or business.  Choosing a properly insured restoration company will help protect you from potential liability cases.

SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration in Lowell.  Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage, identify potential threats, respond quickly to extract the water and restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Electrical Failure Cause Fire in Siloam Springs Home

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Electrical breaker box fire caused by overloaded electrical system This electrical fire was caused by overloaded electrical circuits

Electrical failures were responsible for 46,700 home fires each year in 2015-2019 according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  These fires were responsible for an estimated $1.5 billion in direct property damage per year.  If your Siloam Springs home is affected by an electrical fire, call SERVPRO of Springdale North, Southwest Benton County to restore your home.

Home fires caused by electrical failure involve some sort of arcing, which is caused by an unintentional discharge of electricity between conductors.  These arc faults can produce enough heat to cause a fire.  The most common sources of arc faults are worn out receptacles, damaged connectors, frayed appliance cords, loose connections in junction boxes, as well as faulty switches and receptacles. 

Older homes with aging electrical systems are another source of arc faults.  Normal wear and tear or systems that cannot handle the greater demand of electricity from modern appliances are a couple of the reasons.

The three most common areas for home electrical fires to originate is the kitchen, the bedroom, and followed by the ceiling/attic space.  These three areas account for 41% of the home fires involving electrical failure.  It is thought that electrical fires are more prominent in these rooms because of the increased use of electricity by the oven or cooking range, space heaters and electric blankets.

If you experience a fire, SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and North Washington County 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, contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and North Washington County is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Water Damage in your Bella Vista Home

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage carpet in Bella Vista Home Carpet was damage by water leaking from the roof

SERVPRO of Northwest Benton County is here to take charge of the cleanup and restoration after water damages your Bella Vista home or business. What are the causes of water damage?  Lets look from the bottom to the top of your home, starting with the foundation.

Typically, foundations are constructed to be watertight, but in inclement weather, problems can always occur.  Water expands when freezing, and in cold temperatures, it can find its way into cracks in the foundation. From there, water can freeze, further expanding cracks. This can be a huge risk to a foundation, especially over a long period of time, and can lead to serious structural integrity problems.  Leaky foundations can be caused by water leaks and cause more water to leak into the structure

At the top of your home is the roof.  Roof leaks are typically caused by heavy rainfall coupled with improper or faulty roof drainage. Extensive rainfall, like in cases of natural disasters, can often cause large scale damage when leaking indoors.  This type of damage has the potential to worsen if it happens overnight or over a weekend, when it won’t be noticed by people passing through. Roof damage also has the potential to cause secondary damage, like mold growth in the ceilings, if progressing for too long.

SERVPRO of Northwest Benton County should be your first choice for any residential or commercial water damage restoration.  Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage, identify potential threats, respond quickly to extract the water and restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Northwest Benton County is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

What Happens When Lightning Strikes Your Farmington Home?

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning Storm Strikes Home at Night Lightning storm damages Farmington home

What are three signs your home has been struck by lightning?  The obvious sign is smoke and fire.  Did you feel a shockwave?  Or did you experience a  power surge inside your home?  These are all signs your home was struck by lightning.  If you experience a lightning strike causes smoke and fire in your Farmington home, contact SERVPRO of South Washington & Crawford Counties.

The most dangerous is smoke and fire caused from lightning.  Lightning bolts can reach temperatures up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.  These extreme temperatures can cause a fire on your home’s roof or in the attic.  There are cases where lightning has punched a hole through the shingles and into the attic.  In extreme cases like this, insulation, electrical systems, and appliances can be damaged.

The power of a direct hit from a lightning bolt can produce a shockwave strong enough to split concrete.  This much force can cause significant damage to your home, damaging brick, stone, chimneys, and more. 

The most common damage caused by lightning bolts is electrical.  Often times lightning uses your home’s electrical system as a path to the ground.  This power surge can damage all the appliances in your home, receptacles, and even the wiring.  Thus making your home’s electrical system unsafe to use.  In extreme cases like this, utilize a licensed electrician to inspect your home.

SERVPRO of South Washington & Crawford Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial fire damage.  Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage, identify potential threats, respond quickly to restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of South Washington & Crawford Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Prevent Grill Fires in you Bentonville Home

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Gas grill grates being cleaned with a long handle wire brush Help prevent grill fires in your Bentonville home by keeping your grill clean

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the most common causes of gas-fueled grill fires are failure to clean, having the grill too close to flammable objects, leaving the grill unattended, and leaks or breaks in the gas line.  To help prevent grill fires, use the cleaning procedures below.  If your Bentonville home experiences a fire, the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Benton County are there to restore your home. 

All you need to clean your grill is a long-handled wire brush, a wire bottle brush, a five-gallon bucket, grease cutting dish soap, cleaning vinegar, baking soda and some elbow grease.  Start by firing up the grill, close the lid, and let it come to full temperature.  Let the extreme heat burn off any stuck-on food or grease.  This should take approximately 30 minutes.  Use the wire brush and bucket of warm soapy water to scrub off all the carbon from the grates.  Then turn off the gas, disconnect the gas source, and let the grill cool.  After the grill cools, remove all the grates, flavorizer bars, and anything else from the grill you can easily take off.  Submerge these items in warm soapy water, soaking for at least 30 minutes.  The firebox is exposed and ready to be cleaned.  Place an empty bucket underneath the grease tray opening to catch the debris and soapy water.  Scrape off all the caked-on gunk from inside the firebox.  Use water to rinse any loose debris from the firebox.  After the grates and pieces have soaked, scrub them with a wire brush.  Mix the vinegar and baking soda to make a thick paste.  Use this paste on really stubborn gunk.  Rinse all surfaces clean, making sure to thoroughly dry cast-iron grates to avoid rust.  Use clean warm water with soap to clean the entire outside of the grill.  A large kitchen sponge works best, as this will help avoid scratching the finished surfaces of your grill.  Once all the parts are thoroughly clean and dry, reassemble, and connect the gas line.  Fire up the grill, close the lid, and let everything heat up for 15 minutes.  You are done!  Celebrate by barbecuing some burgers and hot dogs.

SERVPRO of Northwest Benton County should be your first choice for any residential or commercial fire damage.  Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage, identify potential threats, respond quickly to restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Air Conditioning Unit Causes Water Damage in Rogers Home

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Water dripping from hole in ceiling caused by leaking A/C unit Water damage to Rogers home caused by leaking A/C unit

SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties is here to take charge of the cleanup and restoration after your air conditioner causes water damage to your Rogers home or business.  In Northwest Arkansas air conditioning is a must have.  But without regular maintenance, the A/C unit can cause significant damage to your Rogers home.  The common cause of air conditioner water damage is a clogged drain line or disconnected drain line.

The condensation drain line is a crucial part of your air conditioning system.  The A/C unit creates humidity, and the condensation line gives all the moisture a path to travel, hopefully outside of your home.  A clogged condensation line will not let the water leave your home.  When this happens, water backs up into the drain pan, eventually overflowing into your home.  This water can damage your home, causing thousands of dollars in damage. 

A disconnected drain line will cause similar water damage.  If your A/C system drain line was not installed with solid connections, you can have water leaks.  These leaks may lead to mold or a large amount of water damage.  Even if your system was installed properly, the line may come loose over time.  This is where proper maintenance is crucial. 

SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial water restoration.  Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage, identify potential threats, respond quickly to extract the water and restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of East Benton & Carroll Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Grill Fire in your Springdale Home

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Home exterior burnt by grill fire, the fire traveled up the exterior and into the attic Springdale home damage caused by grill fire

July is the peak month for grill fires.  Based on data from 2014-2018, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports an average of 10,600 home fires caused by barbecue grills.  Eighteen percent of these grill fires occur in July, making July the peak month for grill fires.  These fires sent over 19,000 people to the emergency room.  The most common injury included thermal burns.  If your Springdale home experiences a fire, the professionals at SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County are there to restore your home. 

The most common area of origin for structure fires involving grills is an open porch or balcony.  Forty-Four percent of the property damage from grill structure fires began on a porch or balcony.  These grill fires quickly spread to an exterior wall and into hidden structural spaces.  Home grill fires resulted in $135 million in direct structural property damage in each of the year of the study.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County uses the latest technology to clean the structure when fire damage your home or commercial property.  Using dry ice blasting is a significantly quicker process helping to get you back in your home fast.  There is no secondary waste with dry ice blasting.  Compared to abrasive media blasting, that leaves secondary waste.  Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive, not harming the substrate, saving you time and money on repairs.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County should be your first choice for any residential or commercial fire damage.  Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage, identify potential threats, respond quickly to restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.