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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.

SERVPRO Has the Mold Remediation EXPERTS!

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation performed in home by SERVPRO SERVPRO, the leader in the restoration industry, can remediate your mold situation FAST!

SERVPRO is a leader in the restoration industry. We are one of the largest providers of mold remediation and restoration services for residential, as well as commercial properties. SERVPRO offers 24/7 assistance with any issues you may be having with your property.

Often times, we will get calls into our office about mold. While the average person may know that we remediate and restore mold, the process is very detail-oriented to ensure that there will be no remaining mold in your home.  Mold remediation is a hard job and can be harmful. It is suggested that you do not try to remediate mold on your own. If unsuccessful, the mold will come back and cost you even more money to remediate once it gets worse and worse. Mold can cause health effects so be cautious of the areas and wear masks and gloves if possible, when in the area.

How does mold remediation work?

  • Step 1 - Contact SERVPRO at 1-800-SERVPRO
  • Step 2 – Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment (Done by a third party)
  • Step 3 – Mold containment
  • Step 4 – Air Filtration
  • Step 5 – Removing Mold and Mold-infested Materials
  • Step 6 – Cleaning contents and belongings
  • Step 7 – Restoration

The first step is for the customer to provide an inspection report from a local mold inspector. This is what explains to SERVPRO your exact issues, the extent of the mold, the category of the mold and how to remediate it.  SERVPRO will then take that report and we will use our top of the line equipment to make sure to remediate all of the mold in the affected area/s. Using containment procedures, we can prevent the spread of mold. Fans as well as heating/cooling systems are turned off so that mold will be prevented from spreading.

Removing of materials such as drywall and carpeting may be necessary to sufficiently remove mold from heavily affected areas. SERVPRO also will clean and deodorize furniture, curtains, clothing and other textiles. The final step will involve repairing any walls where drywall had to be replaced, or painting areas that had been affected. 

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.

Do you have a Mold Infestation in your Fayetteville home?

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Infestation Graphic Let the Professionals make it "Like it Never Even Happened"

Mold Damage can be devastating. Once any sign of mold in home or office spaces becomes apparent, people should always reach out to SERVPRO.

After all, unchecked mold growth can ruin a structure.

Your property can experience substantial dry rot, mold growth behind walls and other damage.
Office spaces may need to be vacated for significant repairs due to commercial mold damage.
Resale values can decline from commercial mold damage and mold in home spaces.

Mold growth behind wall studs can warp walls. Lingering, foul smells can make extensive deodorization necessary.

How to Know When a Home or Business Is at Risk of Mold Damage?


Due to mold's makeup, it can exist insignificantly in many places. As a result, most indoor spaces contain some mold. For structural integrity, owners and lessees must not allow mold growth to proliferate.

People sometimes confuse mildew with mold. Mildew is a fungus that likes flat surfaces. Often, folks can simply wipe away mildew. Though it is also a fungus, mold growth is very different from mildew.

Here are a few things to look out for if you are suspecting mold growth:

- Smelly odors
- Discoloration on walls, floors or ceilings
- Water damage
- Damp areas
- Cracks in any surface in your structure
- Dry rot

SERVPRO Professionals can provide:
- Mold removal
- Mold fungus mitigation
- Mold remediation
- Deodorization of smelly odors
- Removal of dry rot
- Expert handling of black mold
- Termination of mold growth behind walls

Mold removal services can turn dry rot, smelly odors and other warning signs into memories.

Mold is tiny and abundant, so mold remediation experts carefully cleanse problem areas and help people take steps to prevent the return of mold growth behind wall segments, beneath floor pieces and across ceilings.
Call our professional team for an estimate if you suspect mold growth in your structure.

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.

Home Water Damage in Fayetteville DRAINED By Experts At SERVPRO!

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Baby floating in flood waters SERVPRO understands that cleanup needs to begin as quickly as possible to prevent ongoing damage your home and personal items.

Fast Action and Cleanup of Water Damage In Your Home

When damages affect structural components and the contents of your home, you need professionals that can mitigate the crisis and resolve your situation FAST. In a water damage situation, cleanup needs to happen as quickly as possible to prevent ongoing damage and detrimental effects that lead to irreparable damage.

Water loss situations require an immediate response from skilled technicians equipped with the right tools. Our SERVPRO water restoration technicians begin their training with the extensive IICRC-certification, which is the premier standard of the industry. They take part in ongoing in-house and e-learning options to improve their knowledge in essential recovery techniques such as mitigation and drying.

These skilled technicians are available to you for water cleanup, mitigation, and water damage restoration 24 hours a day through our response team. As water damage is time sensitive, having a crew of highly-trained technicians that can mobilize personnel and equipment efficiently reduces the impact that water loss incidents have on your property. Within a matter of minutes, water can absorb into walls, floors, upholstery, and your personal belongings. You need a team that can respond immediately to help.

The equipment we use for water cleanup and restoration work is among the most advanced machines and tools available in the industry. We seek to have the best equipment possible, as this ensures that we can provide fast extractions, drying, and premier cleaning solutions. Drying is an important step in water restoration, and our high-powered equipment can detect moisture so that we can dry areas at a much faster rate than they would through conventional approaches.

Water cleanup might seem like something that you could attempt on your own, but this often leads to inadequate drying and moisture removal, which can result in negative and hazardous secondary effects like mold growth. Trust our skilled SERVPRO 24-hour response team to arrive shortly after you call to help you clean up the mess fast. Call us anytime at 479-419-5544.

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.

Prepare & Protect your Fayetteville home from flooding by calling SERVPRO

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Home SERVPRO wants you to know that even if you live in a flood-prone area, you can (and should) still prepare your home for flood prevention.
  1. Raise it up: In certain cases, most commonly beaches and lakes, when your building your home you can put them on stilts to keep rising water levels out. Even an inch of water can do damage to your home, so elevating the flood level like this will protect your home. The best time to do this is before you build your home.
  2. Sump Pumps: If your home is flooding regularly, it may be time to install a sump pump. This allows for the water to escape by releasing it outside your home, away from flood plains. The cost for this can range from hundreds to a couple thousand dollars depending on the pump and potential installation costs.
  3. Dry Flood-Proofing: This is when you apply sealants onto your walls/windows so that water cannot enter your home through cracks in the walls, or cracks in between the wall and the window. These items will set you back a couple hundred dollars, but could save you thousands in the long run.
  4. Raise outlets: All outlets should be about a foot above flood level. Doing this will prevent electrical damage in the event of a flood.
  5. Check Valves: By using Check valves, you can seal off your home from the flood pressure caused by rising waters. These are inexpensive and will ensure that you can stop incoming water.
  6. Regrading your lawn: If your property sits where the lawn is tilting toward the house, you are in danger of flood water rising around you home. To prevent this, you need to regrade the surface so that you’re leveling out the incline of your yard and the water is going to an appropriate place. To do this you just need heavy soil with a clay content and sand.
  7. Protect your siding: Mulch can make the siding on your home rot. If you’ll keep a space between the siding and the mulch, you will allow the home to completely dry after a storm, and won’t cause the structure to rot.
  8. Gutter Run-off: Water will pool up at the corners of your property if you don’t let the water be drained elsewhere. By directing this water into a gutter, you won’t see it again and it’ll stay away from your home.
  9. Raise appliances- Appliances like water heaters, generators, washing and drying machines and air conditioning units should always be up off of the floor so that if water were to come in, they will be unharmed.

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.

How to safely use a fire extinguisher

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Rubber Duck with fire materials and Fire hat Be safe and learn the pass method so that you can handle a potential fire situation.

Your commercial building must be equipped with enough fire extinguishers that anyone who needs to do so can reach one quickly in an emergency. It actually doesn't benefit your business at all to have a fire extinguisher nearby if your employees don't know how to use it properly. Every person in your building needs to understand the four basic steps of the P.A.S.S. method. We recommend to use a tag on your fire extinguisher to indicate this method as a reminder to someone who is urgently needing to operate it.

  1. Pull

Every canister is equipped with a safety feature that keeps it from releasing its contents spontaneously. There is a seal and a pin that holds it in place. Before you can use the extinguisher, you have to pull the pin out and break the seal.

  1. Aim

You may notice that your extinguisher comes equipped with a hose. If you aim the hose at the top of the flames, however, you won't get the coverage you need. To prevent extensive fire damage that requires professional restoration services, you have to aim the hose at the base of the fire.

  1. Squeeze

The fire extinguisher has a handle that allows you to release the contents of the canister. Squeeze the handle so that the extinguishing agent comes out the end of the hose, allowing you to direct it at the base of the fire where it's aimed.

  1. Sweep

If you have a small kitchen fire in your break room, you can probably put it out with the contents of the extinguisher. To do so, you need to make sure the entire base of the fire is covered in the agent that is released. Make a sweeping motion back and forth until the fire goes out or you run out of agent.
If the contents of a fire extinguisher do not put the fire out, don't grab another extinguisher. Call the fire department so that the professionals can take over. In many cases, however, using an extinguisher correctly will put out the fire and prevent a larger problem.

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.

Types of Storm Damage

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Tree through a customer's roof after a Tornado Wind damage, flood damage, and hail damage are all possibilities here in Arkansas. Here are a few quick tips to consider should storm damage hit.

Wind Damage Restoration
Tornadoes often cause severe wind damage. Your roof is particularly susceptible. Roof damage from strong winds may lift roof shingles, cause cracks, or remove part or the entire roof. Harsh winds and rains can shear away asphalt. Flying debris can also cause cracks and holes in your roof and siding. Correcting roof damage may prove difficult to homeowners and business owners after a disaster, because damage may not be obvious. If you have wind damage, make sure to ask for a professional to check your roof for moisture and signs of a roof leak.
Roof Leaks

Roof leaks and roof damage can be hard to detect. The storm may loosen shingles without creating a problem that’s easily visible to the eye. Unresolved damages can cause additional roof leaks even weeks after the initial storm damage. A small roof leak can produce damp, moldy conditions inside your home or business. Your best choice is to perform roof repair immediately after the wind damage. Doing so can prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage restoration expert, like the professionals at SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale, will help assure the home or business owner receives a comprehensive roof assessment and roof repair services when wind damage hits the area.

Flood Damage & Recovery
If your home or business is near water, or in a low-lying area, flood water damage is a risk. Heavy rains and flooding may cause water damage many miles from the water source. If the land around your home or business cannot redirect the additional water, flooding may happen. Even homes and businesses at higher elevations can sustain flood damage if frozen pipes break. Sump pump failures can contribute to basement flooding and contaminated ground water. Flooding may also disrupt your city’s water system. Experts need to assess ground water and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. Hiring a restoration service, like SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale will allow you to begin your cleanup process even before more damage occurs. By calling SERVPRO first, you’ll get a fast response and we will make an assessment on the storm damage.

Hail Damage & Recovery
Hail may be the most overlooked cause of major storm damage. Hail can damage not just your roof but also your siding, exterior walls, and any detached sheds or outbuildings. You may think your home has survived a hail storm without damage, but hail damage can be difficult to identify. Again, you’re wise to hire a roofing professional to inspect your roof, exterior walls, and outbuildings for damage. Dark spots on your roof are areas where the shingles have been knocked away. These weakened spots can lead to other more extensive problems such as leaks and cracks. Cracked and chipped shingles are also a sign of hail damage.

Impact Damage & Recovery
In a major storm practically anything can become a creator of damage to your home or business. Think about trees. While most people want to have big trees near their home to produce shade, you’ll want to make sure that these trees are at least alive and there aren’t any branches that extend over your home or are breaking off. If you have a tree fall on your home, not only could it damage the roof of your home, but the force from high winds and size of the tree could cause it to enter the home and damage the walls, flooring and content inside your home. After storm damage, the professionals at SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale know where to look for additional types of damage to your home.

Help Is Here

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 479-419-5544. For more about SERVPRO of Fayetteville/Springdale, click here.

The Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Customer's property with water damage We are happy to help with any commercial losses and restore your business in a flash!

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

When business owners think of water damage potentially happening to their property, 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, storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage.

Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial building:
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Older office and retail buildings still have 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
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
If the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. This can happen in different ways, but frozen and broken pipes are the most common. If there is a pipe line break, you could walk into your building to find wet floors and walls or even standing water in the room.
 
4. Backed up sewer lines

This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. If the sewer line to your building backs up, realize the potential dangers of contaminated water which can cause health effects, ruin products and office furnishings. 
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at 479-429-5544 for a quick response to mitigate your water situation.

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 479-419-5544.

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

How to Ensure your Springdale Home is Protected from Heavy Rain.

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Graphic about calling SERVPRO Water Extraction performed by SERVPRO is the right choice!

In the event of a rainstorm, you expect that your home is where you will stay nice and dry without worry of you or your belongings getting wet. Sometimes, water and moisture can enter your home anyways. Have you checked the seals on your windows and doors? Seals are critically important to keeping the water outside of your home instead of puddling up inside. Did you know the shingles on your home are only expected to last for 20-30 years? It’s always important to check if you’ve lost shingles after a big storm, because once they are gone, you are even more susceptible to water damage inside your home.

What to do if you are experiencing water in your home:

  • Call SERVPRO
  • Re-seal windows
  • Re-seal door
  • Adding overhangs to doors and windows
  • Look for missing shingles on the roof after storms
  • Clean any gutters that are blocked with leaves and debris

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.

3 Emergency Power Systems to Consider In Case of an Emergency

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Generator for backup emergency energy Generators can be a life and workplace saving device. Should you consider getting a generator?

Storms and other unforeseen factors can cause a power outage which would cause you to have to close down your Fayetteville business, leaving you in an emergency situation. Even without the lights, it will be dangerous to navigate around the building. SERVPRO will need power to mitigate if you have water damage. It is so important to have a backup power source when you need it. Depending on your company’s specific needs and budget, here are a few options for emergency power systems. Consider these so you can be prepared in the case of an emergency.

Standby Generator

The standby generator is one of the more popular options. These are permanent systems, usually located outside the building. Depending on how it is powered: gasoline, diesel, natural gas or liquid propane, these generators are VERY effective and provide a lot of power when in use. This option does require regular maintenance by a professional. This is typically the best option for commercial properties.

Portable Generator

If you want a more budget friendly option, or wouldn’t need to get power to more than a few places, a portable generator may be a better option for you. A portable generator can be moved to a safe, outdoor area and help support the power to your building. If you live in a place where storms are less common, this maybe your best option.

Solar Backup Generator

This option works similarly to a traditional gas powered generator, however, it is reliant upon solar energy. While this is a more “green” option and you don’t have to worry about purchasing gas, but it also can’t power as much as a standby generator.

Which is Best?

The right option for you will depend on your commercial property and specific needs at that location in the case of power loss. Consider all your options to stay prepared for the unexpected events that could happen!

An additional option for your emergency preparedness: An Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

An ERP lays out all of the utility companies that you use, their contact information as well as information regarding shut-off locations for gas, water and electricity. You can detail an ERP as much as you’d like and add contacts for all employees that may need to be contacted in the event of an emergency. Contact your local SERVPRO if you are interested in getting a FREE and CUSTOMIZED ERP today!

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.