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Preventing Thanksgiving Day Fires in Your Springdale Home

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Tips for cooking safely on Thanksgiving Day Safety Tips for Cooking Safely on Thanksgiving Day

The National Fire Protection Association reported an annual average of 346,000 home structure fires from 2015 – 2019.  These fires caused an annual average of $7.3 billion in direct property damage.  Cooking was the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.  SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale wants you to safely enjoy cooking with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day.  Knowing the most common causes of home fires will help prevent disaster this Thanksgiving.

Kitchens contain several potential fire hazards, unattended pots and pans, cooking oil that is too hot, and appliances with faulty or frayed wiring.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking equipment was the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries between 2010 and 2014.  Paying special attention to this high-risk space will decrease the chances of a fire.  Check all the appliances for damaged or frayed electrical cords.  When baking, frying, or broiling food stay in the kitchen.  If you leave the kitchen for any reason, try setting a timer as a reminder to return to the kitchen.  Wear close-fitting clothes and rolling up sleeves will help prevent a kitchen fire.  If you are taking medication that makes you drowsy or sleepy from all the work involved in preparing the Thanksgiving Day meal, avoid cooking.  Lastly, have a “kid-free zone”.  Create a space of at least 3 feet away from the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.

If your Springdale home or business is affected by fire, SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale 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 restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Fayeteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Is Your Business Disaster-Proof?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Building fire with smoke and fireman extinguishing the flames Fire damages commercial building

From forest fires to hurricanes in the United States, natural disasters causes sever property damage and huge revenue losses for businesses.  After disaster strikes your Springdale business, SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is here to help.  Our team of IICRC trained technicians has the experience in restoring hotels, restaurants, hospitals, schools, government buildings, and banks.  

The ideal time to focus on protection from disasters is prior to the event. SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale provides Emergency Ready Plans (ERP) for commercial businesses, both large and small.  An ERP provides information on where utility shutoffs are located, who are the important contacts and how to reach them.  The purpose of an ERP is to minimize business interruption by having an action plan.  Knowing who to contact, what to do in an emergency, and what to expect ahead of time can help minimize water and fire damage to your business.

Having a close relationship with your insurance agent and knowing your insurance coverage will help minimize disruptions to your business.  Topics to discuss with your agent include:

  • Coverage for damage to real or personal property
  • Business interruption coverage
  • Contingent business interruption coverage

After the disaster strikes, give your agent notice of the loss as soon practicable.  Documentation is essential to maximize insurance recovery.  Collect proof of what was lost with pictures and documentation.  Not every loss needs to be a claim.  Before filing a claim, discuss with your agent the positives and negatives of filing a claim. 

When your Springdale business experiences disaster, SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale 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 Fayeteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Water Damage Hidden in Your Fayetteville Home

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Water damaged wood floor being inspected by SERVPRO technician Wood floor damaged by hidden water

Flooding and burst pipes are not the only type of water damage that can exist in your Fayetteville home.  Water damage that is undetected can cause just as much, if not more, destruction.  When you discover hidden water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale.  Our technicians have years of experience identifying the source of the water damage.  Our technicians are experts at restoring water damage in homes and businesses.  Look for these signs of water damage in your Fayetteville home.

Stains on walls and ceilings seem to appear out of nowhere.  One day you notice a discolored area on your walls or ceiling.  Some of the most common causes are roof leaks, HVAC lines or ducts, and plumbing fixtures or lines. 

Do you smell that musty odor?  Water hidden in walls or ceilings can cause mold.  That unpleasant odor is a good sign that water is present.  The source needs to identified and repaired before it becomes a huge problem

Have you noticed paint peeling in your home?  Drywall and wood trim can absorb water causing them to expand.  As the water evaporates from the materials, they contract.  The paint may blister or peel, indicating water is where it does not belong.

Mold growing in cabinets or hidden in hard to see places is evidence water is present. 

Water can travel under flooring causing wood to warp or buckle. One of the most common causes is a small leak in a kitchen appliance.  The leak slowly reveals itself over time.  When you notice damage to your wood floor, contact SERVPRO quickly.   

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale 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 Fayeteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Preventing Water Damage in your Springdale Business

10/17/2021 (Permalink)

Burst water pipe spraying water This burst pipe was not insulted causing water damage to this commercial business

A burst pipe can cause your business to close.  The lost revenue and the cost of repairs could be devastating.  A water-related event can be financially devastating to your Springdale business.  When you experience freezing or flooding the incident may force your business to close for mitigation and repairs.

If your commercial business or non-profit experiences water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale to quickly mitigate the damage.  While insurance plays a crucial role in lessening the financial impact, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The following tips will help protect your business from water disasters.

  1. Insulate exposed pipes

Properly insulating pipes is the best way to prevent frozen pipes.  Dropping temperatures and wind can freeze water inside pipes causing the pipe to burst.  Poorly insulated pipes are vulnerable to freezing temperatures, especially at night. 

  1. Seal cracks and gaps

Keeping cold air out and warm air in helps to make your home or commercial building more energy efficient and reduces the risk of frozen pipes.  Use caulk, sealants, and weather stripping to seal cracks, gaps and holes in your buildings exterior and foundation.

  1. Keep heat at sufficient levels

Keep the thermostat above 50 degrees, even if the building is vacant.  Nighttime temperatures can be significantly colder than daytime temperatures.  These differences in temperature increase the risk of freezing pipes.  Keeping an eye on your thermostat and replacing the batteries in the thermostat will help keep your pipes from freezing and bursting.

  1. Inspect gutters and drainage

Leaves and debris can cause water damage to the exterior and interior walls of your home or business.  Inspecting your home or business’s gutters and drainage systems for debris will help prevent water damage.  Having a professional clean the gutters will help ensure water drains properly and away from your home or business.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale 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 Fayeteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

What to do if a fire starts in your Fayetteville home

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage to Fayetteville Home Fayetteville home damaged by fire

A fire in your home or business is a serious, possibly life threaten event.  What should you do if you experience a fire?  SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale is here to help you prepare.  Here are several things to do should a fire start in your home.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your home. Knowing how to properly use a fire extinguisher may keep a small kitchen fire from becoming an entire house fire.  When its time to use a fire extinguisher remember the acronym PASS.
    • Pull the pin at the top, near the nozzle
    • Aim, keep a safe distance and point the nozzle at the base of the fire
    • Squeeze the two handles together, releasing the extinguishing agent
    • Sweep from side to side until all the flames die down or the extinguisher is empty
  • Yell “Fire” multiple times and go outside immediately. It is important to Get Out and Stay Out.  Focus on you, your family, and people around you.  Leave your things behind.
  • If smoke affects your exit, get low and crawl under the smoke. Close doors as you leave rooms.
  • Never open doors that are warm when touched. If the door handle is warm, do not open the door.  Find another way out.
  • If all your exits are blocked by smoke, heat, or flames stay in the room with the door closed. If possible, place a wet towel or clothing under the door.  Find a way to let people know where you are,
    • Call 911 or the fire department
    • open a window and let people know you are there
  • When you get outside, go to your pre-established meeting place. Call 911 or the local fire department. 

If your northwest Arkansas home or business is affected by fire, SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale 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 restore your property to preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Fayeteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Prepare Your Commercial Business for Severe Weather

9/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Can Prepare Your Commercial Business for Disaster SERVPRO Can Prepare Your Commercial Business for Disaster

Severe weather, smoke, fire, water damage and flooding can happen at any time.  Disasters like these can damage your commercial property and interrupt business.  SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale is the restoration company to help you prepare for such a disaster.  We can create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your commercial business or non-profit organization.  Without an ERP you can lose time and money.  An ERP includes all of the information to quickly restore your property.  The quicker your commercial building is restored, the faster you can begin serving your customers.  If you do not have an Emergency Ready Plan, it is time to get one.

Here are several reasons why your commercial business or non-profit needs an Emergency Ready Profile.

  • Priority response from SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale
  • Reduced Costs through planning and quick response
  • Faster Restoration to reduce down time
  • Clean and restore equipment, furnishings, and structure
  • Reduce Stress by making decisions ahead of time

Disasters are always unexpected.  An Emergency Ready Profile contains necessary information to quickly and effectively address disasters that affect your commercial property.  Decisions must be made immediately when addressing commercial disasters.  Having an ERP prepared beforehand assists in making safe and effective decisions. 

With your Emergency Ready Profile, from SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale, you will have important information easily available for getting your commercial business or non-profit quickly cleaned up.  The ERP includes location of water, gas, and electrical shut offs.  Primary contact information is easily available.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale 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 Fayeteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Water Main Break in Fayetteville

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Millions of gallons of water rushing through yards This water main break caused major damage

Every residential and commercial structure that is connected to a city water supply has a water main leading from the street to the structure. This pipe carries sanitary drinking water.  When the City of Fayetteville experienced a break in a 36-inch water main, millions of gallons of water were lost and several homes were damaged.  If your home or business is damaged by a water main break, contact SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale to help.

If the water main breaks during the night, on a holiday or over the weekend, call SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale. Our trained technicians offer day and night service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies like this. A broken water main or burst pipe is considered an emergency because it is a health and safety hazard.

On occasion, a water line break causes a flood inside your home or business.  If the water line can be reached safely, the first step is to shut off the water supply valve.  The valve may be inside your home or outside.  If the valve will not turn by hand, a wrench or specialty tool may be needed.  The quicker the water supply is shut off, the less damage will occur to your home or business.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale 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 Fayeteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Tropical Storm Henri Causes Flooding in Several States

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Warning to residents cautioning high winds and flooding can be expected SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale provides 24 hour storm damage restoration services in Springdale

Tropical Storm Henri made landfall on Sunday afternoon and moved slowly across several states.  Strong winds and heavy rain were devastating to the area.  The storm left more than 140,000 customers without power across the region.  Air flights and rail service cancellations further crippled the area.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency was positioned in the region to help with recovery efforts.  Firefighters were called on to rescue nearly a hundred people after significant flooding in the region. As storms cause flooding and damage to our homes, it’s important to be prepared for power outages with flashlights and portable generators.  Equally important is being prepared with drinking water.  Local authorities may suggest to avoid drinking tap water for a period of time.  The Red Cross recommends an emergency kit that includes one gallon of water per person per day.  The emergency kit should also include nonperishable food, first aid supplies, medications, and a fully charged cell phone.  After the storm passes and it is safe, then is the time to assess damages to your home.  When storms and flooding affect northwest Arkansas, SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale 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 Fayetteville/Springdale is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

SERVPRO in NWA is “Just A Call Away”

8/1/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo We have the resources to help you in your residential or commercial damage situation. Call us today at 479-419-5544.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale with the resources and experience to be a regional leader in mitigation and restoration.

Some of our services include -

Restoration:

*Services may vary by location

When you call SERVPRO, you can expect:

  • Fast Response
  • Convenient Service
  • Damage Containment
  • Extensive Experience
  • Vast Resources

SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale PROUDLY serves:

  • Fayetteville
  • Springdale
  • Johnson
  • Tontitown
  • Surrounding areas where applicable

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, please visit their website.

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

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How Long Does it Take for Wood to Rot from Water in Fayetteville?

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo If you've experienced flooding in your home, contact the water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Fayetteville.

Has your home been flooded from a plumbing mishap or storm? Storms and floods, water leaks, and plumbing defects in Fayetteville can cause the wood in your house to rot. So, how long does it take for wood to rot from water? It depends on several factors. If the decay goes unnoticed or isn’t addressed quickly, wood can rot and be destroyed in just a few short years. 

What Causes Wood to Rot from Water?

Water damage causes interior wood rot. Leaking roofs, burst pipes, or plumbing defects allow for water ingress into the building’s structure. Wood frames, studs, subfloors, and other wooden parts of the house are at risk of rotting away. When wood is exposed to water over a long period, wet rot takes hold. 

Does Wood Rot Spread?

For wet rot to occur in wood, the wood must contain a 30% moisture content over a long period. Fortunately, wood rot won’t spread. But if the moisture problem isn’t remediated wood rot will continue to eat away at the wood until it’s completely decayed. Taking care of the moisture content with a dehumidifier, and halting the water will stop wet wood rot. But dry rot is another story. 

What is Dry Rot?

Dry rot is a form of wood decay like wet rot. But while water is the direct cause of wet rot, fungi causes dry rot. Dry rot weakens the wood, makes it brittle, and gives the wood a blocky appearance. Dry rotted wood will crumble and splinter when you touch it. 

While moisture doesn't directly cause dry rot, it does indirectly. High humidity feeds the fungus that causes dry rot, so remediating water damage is the key to preventing this type of wood decay. Unfortunately, dry rot will spread if left unaddressed. 

Dry Rot Treatment

How can you fix dry rot? Dry rot treatment includes using epoxy, commercial antifreeze, and copper components to strengthen the wood and destroy the fungus that’s causing the dry rot. Addressing moisture issues will also prevent dry rot from taking hold. 

If your home has experienced water damage, wet and dry rot can occur and severely compromise your house's structural integrity. At SERVPRO our water damage restoration experts are here to help you. Contact us today to get help for your water damaged property as soon 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, visit the IICRC website.

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

For more about the city of Fayetteville, Click here.