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When in doubt, throw it out!

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire burning After you have a fire in your home, there are a few things that may seem salvageable that you should throw away and vice versa. Here is a list of hous

Non-Perishable Food

Depending on where the fire is in relation to your kitchen is a big factor. If you had a fire in a separate area of the home, there may be little to no damage. Extreme heat can also be a factor because canned food and other non-perishable items can go bad when they have contacted high temperatures. When it comes to food, you do not want to assume that anything is safe to eat. If ANY items have soot, fire extinguisher dust or heat, go ahead and consider the food contaminated and don’t eat it.

Perishable Food

If your refrigerator wasn’t affected in the fire, and has a good airtight seal, then your perishable foods may be safe to eat. If the refrigerator was damaged by the fire, everything that was inside it is NOT safe for consumption and should be discarded. If your fridge is left at room temperature for too long, the food inside will go bad. If the inside of the fridge smells smoky, throw everything in the fridge away.  

Makeup and Medicines

These items may or may not be affected depending on where the fire was located. Inspect these items for signs of heat, fire extinguisher dust, soot and any other contaminants. If you doubt whether or not to keep an item, toss it. Contaminated makeup is not safe for your skin and can cause breakouts. Contaminated medicine can be very dangerous and without having a way to test it, it should not be consumed.

Clothing and Textiles

If you have any cloth items that are burnt, obviously they can’t be restored to preloss condition and should be discarded. Other items that haven’t been burned might smell like smoke and can be salvaged. A simple wash in the laundry is typically not enough to remove smoke odor from your garments. SERVPRO has an ozone machine that we use to remove the smoky odors from your textiles. This can be used on anything from clothing, to bedding and curtains. The ozone machine is the best and most efficient way to make sure that the smoke odor is gone. Be sure to use strict judgment when determining children/babies items. When in doubt it, throw it out!

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.

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How to Perform Annual Maintenance on your Water Heater

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Worker performing maintenance on water heater Your water heater is an important appliance that is costly. By taking care of your water heater, you can get the most out of the lifespan of yours.

Step 1: Test the pressure relief valve on the top or side of the water heater. This valve will open if the internal pressure of the tank gets too high.

Step 2: Place a bucket under the valve and turn it. If the valve does not release water, you need to replace the valve.

Step 3: Next, close the cold water supply pipe that feeds the water heater.

Step 4: Turn on the hot water at any faucet to release the pressure inside the heater’s tank. Leave faucet on until you are finished.

Step 5: Electric Water Heaters – turn off the power to the main panel.

Gas Water Heaters – turn the gas control dial to “off”

Step 6: Drain Sediments from the Hot Water by releasing about 2-3 gallons of hot water from

the tank. These sediments build up over time and can mean a short life-span for your water heater and less efficiency and higher bills for you. Let the water flow until the water being released is free of sediments.

Step 7: Don’t worry about gurgling or groaning noises coming from the heater; it’s just air

entering the system as water drains out.

Step 8: To restart the water heater, open the shutoff valve and let the hot water run at any

faucet to force air out of the system.

Step 9: Turn on the power or re-light the pilot.

Step 10: Set water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

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. 

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Let Our Flood Damage Professionals Save Your Springdale Home

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

Call us anytime day or night for wrap-around restoration services at (479) 419-5544.

Assessment To Rebuild After Flood Damage In Springdale

If dealing with the immediate effects of a flood crisis in Springdale is not enough stress, the growing list of tasks needed to bring your home back to preloss condition is overwhelming. Finding contractors for each project frustrates and is beyond your experience. Partner with our full-service restoration company to take advantage of the many resources we offer from securing exterior damage through mitigation and remediation of water damage to rebuilding assistance.

Springfield flood damage usually links to violent storms with high winds and torrential rains. The exterior of your dwelling takes a beating during these weather systems. Our first concern when arriving at your home is the need for tarps or boards to prevent further water incursion from ruined roofing, broken windows, and pierced siding. As our experienced project leads assess the rest of the damage, crew members use materials stocked on our flood-response vehicles to cover holes and stabilize structures.

As the SERVPRO restoration plan develops, tasks tick off the list. Submersible pumps and high-efficiency extractors remove the contaminated water in lower levels for containment and disposal according to local hazardous waste regulation. Our crew uses EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants to clean and sanitize the affected surfaces.

We locate trapped water with thermal imaging, employing controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts and drilled holes to release the fluid for removal. SERVPRO technicians measure baseline moisture levels in structural components. Then our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians determine drying goals.

A perimeter of air movers and heaters facilitates the movement of absorbed water from building materials into the air as vapor. Desiccant and evaporative dehumidifiers capture the vapor, absorbing or rendering it to a liquid for removal. As this process winds up, our construction specialists plan exterior repairs and rebuilding of the spaces where demolition assisted water removal.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale is ready with the skilled workers and state-of-the-art equipment to make extreme weather and flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime day or night for wrap-around restoration services at (479) 419-5544.

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Fayetteville Property Loss from Fire, Wind, Storm, Water, and Mold? Don't Despair--Call SERVPRO for Restoration Services

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Proudly Supports Our Far Away and Local Communities in Fayetteville with Premier Restoration Services

Why SERVPRO? We Strive to Minimize Interruption to Your Fayetteville Life

With a keen understanding of the challenges our Fayetteville customers face after water, fire, mold, or storm damage, our team is committed to turning trauma and chaos around quickly and compassionately. The ability to provide wrap-around mitigation, remediation, and rebuilding services minimizes the stress for our customers. You can engage just one highly-qualified contractor to take your home from devastated to “Like it never even happened” using our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians.

Water Damage
Regardless of the source, water damage in Fayetteville brings your day to day household agenda to a halt. Waiting even a day or two before starting mitigation and remediation efforts exposes the structural components inside your dwelling to progressively more severe damage. Postponing a professional assessment and followup recovery work also increases the risk of mold growth and damage, causing even more damage to the many organic surfaces in your house.

One call delivers an experienced and caring crew of SERVPRO IICRC-certified managers and technicians to your door. Our employees can handle any residential water damage scenario.  From finding the water main shut off to opening the door for you and your family when you return to a fully remediated and rehabbed home, we have you covered. Our service vehicles carry all the equipment needed to commence and complete a water mitigation and remediation job. As our project manager and estimator assess the damage, they create a project plan. Then our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) are ready to start water removal tasks without further delay.

Throughout the project, we measure moisture levels and use thermal imaging to find any pockets of migrated water. If we must use controlled demolition strategies such as flood cuts in drywall or weep holes in ceilings, our reconstruction team (Contractor Licenses: General: 0319880514) notes the need for rebuilding and accomplishes that task in turn. The initial moisture data forms the baseline for drying goals we meet with a configuration of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers.

Fire Damage
The aftermath of fire damage in Fayetteville is almost too much for a homeowner to process. It is nearly impossible for someone unused to the destruction a blaze can inflict to know where to start the cleanup. Fire residues are also highly toxic, dangerous to handle without personal protective equipment (PPE), and challenging to clear away with ordinary household tools and products. We are uniquely qualified to help members of our community recover from the effects of a fire, no matter how it started or how extensive the damage.

Fire damage mitigation and remediation typically start with removal of the water and chemicals the fire department used to quell the flames. The multiple certifications SERVPRO employees hold from the IICRC are of great benefit to our customers, as our crews efficiently manage first the water and then the soot removal. The assessing crew chief puts together a thorough task agenda, and our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) match cleaning products and tools to the varying types of soot found throughout your home.

Lighter ash vacuums up well, and dry sponges remove traces on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. Thicker, sticky soot from slow-burning electrical cords or fabric and padding needs help from cleaners with surfactants and wetting agents to break up the coating. Agitation also loosens this type of soot, and cloths or damp sponges wipes it away. Protein-based deposits from the grease and food in a kitchen fire adheres tightly, thin but extremely malodorous. Abrasives and solvents might be needed to remove this common residue.

Mold Remediation
Finding mold damage in your Fayetteville home can be a stomach-churning moment for a homeowner. The media shares frightening information about household mold infestations, and you might be fearful that the mold could expose your family to the risk of health issues. We recommend you speak to your health care provider about any concerns you have concerning molds and illness. We are ready to devise a plan to remediate any structural harm a microbial infestation caused.

When the SERVPRO mold remediation crew assesses the fungal growth in your home, we look not only for visible organisms but also consider whether the mold colony also extends behind walls and above ceilings. Mold spores need only water, a food source, and oxygen to thrive, not light.

Once we establish the spread of the mold, we contain the area. Using durable plastic sheeting to partition the affected space, we seal off the area employing the negative pressure of an air scrubbing machine. Mold scrapes and brushes off solid surfaces. We add a soda blasting option to clear mold from porous materials, scouring off the growth, and interfering with the continued growth of deeply embedded hyphae, the “roots” of mold.

We vacuum up debris and residues, bagging them with the moldy material for hazardous waste disposal. Final surface treatment with  EPA-registered antimicrobials completes the job. The procedure we use, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), eliminates current mold colonies. To inhibit the return of mold growth, you must manage the moisture in your home.

Storm Damage
Strong winds and even tornadic activity paired with heavy precipitation can cause flood damage to Fayetteville home. Trees and utility poles crush roofs and destroy siding when winds knock them over. A train of violent storms, one following another, causes the supersaturated ground to loosen roots and also results in seepage into your foundation. Breaches in your home’s exterior permit substantial quantities of water to invade, flooding several levels before pooling in the basement.

Severe storm damage requires the help of SERVPRO’s disaster responders. Fast action is needed to secure your home with tarps and boards, preventing additional rain from entering. An experienced project manager assesses the scene and devises a plan to contain and remove the collected water. The fluid is designated as highly contaminated, often containing sewer backup and debris from overland flooding. Human and animal pathogens may be in the mix, and it is essential that we contain and dispose of the fluid containing them as required by local rules.

We use submersible pumps and high-efficiency wanded extractors to evacuate the flooding. Both types of equipment operate without the need for your electricity, using gas and generator-powered if needed to prevent delays. We use thermal scanners to locate trapped water and employ controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts for fluid release and to enhance structural drying. After the floodwater is gone, our technicians use EPA-registered antimicrobials to sanitize the affected area. The space is then dried thoroughly using air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers.
   
SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale has a solution for every kind of disaster that strikes and damages your home. Call (479) 419-5544 for kind, compassionate, and highly skilled help.

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What To Do After A Fire In Your Fayetteville Home

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

The professionals of SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale strive to answer all your fire damage-related questions.

Starting Over: What To Throw Out After Fayetteville Fire Damage

Our talented team of Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can clean surfaces of fire residue and renew the appearance and function of a broad range of household goods, personal possessions, and furnishings after a blaze in Fayetteville. We can arrange for repair and restoration of severe structural charring and use advanced technologies to neutralize smoke odors and improve air quality.

Because we promise to employ the best practices of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) on every job, safety, and health concerns require we recommend disposal of some food and personal care items after fire damage in Fayetteville. Because every fire loss is unique, it is essential to evaluate the items in your home at the time of the fire. Even if they appear undamaged, consider the following.

Effects of High Temperatures
Canned and bottled food might seem impervious because of factory sealing. When flames exposed the contents of the containers to high temperatures, however, microorganisms can grow. Even items in a refrigerator or freezer can expose individuals to the risk of spoilage. If the power went out or the gasket on the cooling appliance failed,  food temperatures could rise enough to encourage toxins to form.

Heating personal care items can change their chemical composition. Medications also may transform into less useful or even hazardous substances after the fire’s heat. If you have questions, ask the SERVPRO team for guidance.

Effects of Fire Residues
Soot particles can be incredibly fine and also sticky while containing many toxic substances. Any food in boxes or on the counter is compromised quickly. An open jar or tube of health care or hygiene product admits fire residues readily. Disposable dishes and eating utensils become coated, often with the thin but tenacious protein-based film from grease or food fires. Fire residues can contaminate containers with threaded covers, the dust-like soot working its way up the threads and into the food or personal care preparations or medications.

If you have any doubts about the safety of food or personal care items, throw them out. Keep a list and consult with our SERVPRO team. Your insurance policy might offer compensation, and we help with documentation.

The professionals of SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale strive to answer all your fire damage-related questions. Round-the-clock and 365 days a year you can contact us at (479) 419-5544.

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Hardwood Floor Water Cleanup Strategies for Your Johnson Residence

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will keep your hardwood floors perfect for you.

Let us show you our strategies.

Many Johnson homeowners prefer hardwood floors, enjoying the warm look and traditional styling. When water spreads over wooden floors, quick actions to mop or absorb moisture with towels are reasonable first steps until the professionals arrive. Hesitation is the enemy of a wet floor. Every moment that water sits on the surface or trickles into the joints between planks increases the likelihood that the wood or subfloor begins to absorb moisture and swell.

Water cleanup from your Johnson residence’s hardwood floors completes most successfully when performed by our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians. Our crews understand how the multi-level system of most hardwood floors impacts the migration of water spills or floods. A finished hardwood floor can look dry after mopping or wanded extraction while in reality, significant quantities of water percolate between and beneath the planks. 

Tearing up a floor to get access to the excess water is incredibly disruptive and costly. SERVPRO instead recommends less invasive strategies that manage to pull water from the subflooring as well as under and to the sides of each hardwood plank. If we can install air movers and dehumidifiers to create an evaporative process both across the top and below the affected floor, reduction in moisture levels results. Air movers aimed upwards in an unfinished basement can help dry the main level floor. 

 Removing sections of hardwood planks or loosening and propping them at one end to encourage warm airflow above and below can help reduce moisture. SERVPRO also employs a more efficient negative pressure floor mat system to suction water into truck-mounted extraction equipment. We take multiple moisture measurements over different areas of the floor and also complete thermal scanning if we suspect the presence of a larger pocket of hidden water. Floor mats are then sealed across expanses with high moisture content and connected with hoses to an extractor or air mover. Water cleanup proceeds as we reposition the mats when indicated. Moisture levels are updated and guide the progress of the project. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale uses the water cleanup industry’s best practices and innovative equipment to return your damaged home to preloss condition. Call (479) 419-5544 to arrange an assessment before damage to your hardwood floors becomes permanent.

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It's Storm Season in Springdale. Are You Ready For Flooding?

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Strong storms are a staple in Arkansas. Should your home experience water damage, call SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale.

Seasonal Storms Increase Your Risk of Flood Damage in Springdale 

Weather events in recent months remind Springdale homeowners how vulnerable residential properties can be to high winds and torrential downpours. If roofs and gutter systems become overwhelmed with the force and quantity of rainfall experienced, you might find significant amounts of water collecting in the lower levels of your home or invading a crawl space or slab foundation. Fast action from flood loss experts mitigates the damage and ensures your home remains secure against future storms. 

When one rainstorm follows another flood damage to your Springdale home can stem from a range of threats. The winds and hail that accompany some storms can damage the structure of your home, permitting water to intrude under loosened shingles and flashings. Gutters and downspouts can clog or detach, failing to divert water away from your home’s foundation as intended. The ground near your home becomes saturated, and water seeps into cracks and through porous materials like cinder blocks and concrete into the lowest levels of your house. 

Our crew arrives at your flooded home ready to remove the water and dry out the structures, all necessary equipment and products stocked in our service vehicles. The SERVPRO team has years of experience in flood remediation and a tireless commitment to serving our customers at their time of greatest need. Within moments after our experts assess your flooding scenario and devise a plan, our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians get on with the needed tasks. 

If the storm took out your electricity, never fear. SERVPRO uses gas operated pumps for flooding more than two inches deep, and our truck-mounted extractors can employ alternative power generators. We use thermal imaging and sensitive moisture meters to locate any hidden reserves of the flooding as we remove the standing water. Controlled demolition such as flood cuts and holes drilled in mortar joints releases trapped water for extraction. We assess the category of flooding contamination and contain and dispose of the flood water as required by local regulation. 

Once our team is satisfied that evacuation of the bulk of the flood water has completed, we determine drying goals based on moisture levels taken in the affected area and contrasted with levels taken in dry areas of your home. SERVPRO uses these measurements to design a drying perimeter of air movers, heaters, and evaporative and desiccant dehumidifiers. 

Put your trust in SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale when persistent rainfall causes flood damage to your residence. We answer customer calls round the clock, every day of the year at  (479) 419-5544. 

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Our Certified Technicians Are Prepared To Restore Your Fayetteville Home After A Water Damage Disaster

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

This property experienced significant water damage. Our technicians did a water damage assessment and created a restoration plan.

Advantages of a Pack-Out During Water Damage Remediation in Fayetteville

A burst pipe or water heater rupture harms more than floors and walls in your Fayetteville house. If you store items in the lower stories of your home or you have living spaces at or below the level where the water loss occurred, significant soaking of your furnishings, household goods, or personal possessions is probable. Moving these articles away from the water during structural remediation is an excellent option.

A pack-out of movable property to our production facility for evaluation streamlines water damage cleanup inside your Fayetteville residence. It also allows for a careful evaluation of the condition of articles and the likelihood the packed-out items can be restored. The technicians at our headquarters complete training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), mastering strategies that clean, dry, and restore vital and treasured items to preloss function and appearance.

When a SERVPRO pack-out clears furnishings and other contents out of the water-damaged areas, our crews have no impediments as we complete water removal and structural drying. We focus on fast water evacuation, using pumps for depths of two or more inches and wanded extractors for the rest. Using sensitive moisture meters and thermal imaging, we detect the location of hidden pockets of water for removal and the wetness of building materials to set drying goals.

The pack-out procedure uses our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to document what we move. Lists, digital photos, and barcoding form the inventory and track progress.

At our facility, SERVPRO technicians assess the packed-out items, developing plans to return them to your home or to dispose of them. We work with your insurance carrier throughout the process, providing support for any claims made.

Items you feared ruined stand a good chance of restoration as SERVPRO uses innovative techniques and equipment. Photos and papers such as books and documents respond well to freeze-drying, a method that removes the moisture it returning to a liquid state. Industrial washing and drying systems bring everything from window treatments to a child’s favorite teddy bear back to life.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale uses the training, equipment, and experience we possess to get your home and its contents to “Like it never even happened.” after a water loss. Call our team at (479) 419-5544 to schedule an assessment.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Fayetteville After A Fire Damage Disaster

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

After a fire disaster, there is a lot of stress and anxiety. You need a team you can count on in this difficult time. We are available 24/7.

Deodorizing Furniture from Your Fire-Damaged Fayetteville Home

Fire loss incidents can have extensive negative effects on your Fayetteville home. While many property owners tend to fixate on their need for structural repair or overall reconstruction needs, other concerns within the house after a fire can have severe consequences as well without the appropriate management. Our professionals have years of experience with recovering fire loss effects including soot and smoke staining and harsh odors that often linger after extinguishment.

Ultimately, there is an order to the way fire damage in your Fayetteville household gets addressed.  The way this gets decided is how devastating a symptom is compared to other effects that exist after the disaster. In many cases, this leaves effects like harsh smoke odors on the bottom of the list to get restored closer to the end of the recovery process. As pushed off as restoring this effect might be, there are many sophisticated approaches that our SERVPRO professionals have for removing smoke odors from items like furniture.

With a full contents department that can arrive to fire loss incidents along with our restoration crew, we can begin to earmark items and belongings for removal when the initial inspection takes place. Often lightly or unaffected items must still get removed from the premises to protect them from the possibility of getting damaged by soot and smoke residues and lingering odors.

If furniture gets removed, our SERVPRO technicians can put these items into an ozone chamber in our facility. This area infuses air with an added oxygen molecule that can bond with foul odors and neutralize them. The process is also similar in mobile units we can use at your home, but can be dangerous for humans and pets to be around as it happened.

After fire damage, there are many things that a homeowner must address to return their property to preloss condition. From soot and smoke staining removal to deodorization, let our SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale fire restorers make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (479) 419-5544.

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SERVPRO Provides Springdale Property Owners with a Stress-Free Fire Loss Recovery

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO for Fire Damage Mitigation and Content Pack-Outs in the Springdale Area

Pack-Out of Contents Makes Fire Damage Remediation in Springdale Even Faster and More Complete

After a fire in your Fayetteville home, you are likely feeling helpless, hopeless, and out of control. The last thing you want to consider is moving contents out of your house, fearing at a time of great loss that you might never see treasured items again. We can help you see how a pack-out of the affected furnishings and other items in your home both speeds the remediation efforts inside the structure and offers the best chance of preserving precious personal property.

Fire damage to your Fayetteville home is a messy proposition. Water from firefighting, charring from the heat, and soot deposit from the smoky, incomplete combustion of a wide range of materials all need attention, the sooner, the better. Taking the time to move out furniture, household goods, and personal possessions might seem a poor use of limited resources. On the contrary, relieving the structure of items that impede the restoration efforts is a smart move.

When we transport the contents of your home to our secure production facility, we clear the decks for more efficient cleanup. Items need not be repositioned many times as our crews move room by room removing water and debris and cleaning sooty residues. Be assured that SERVPRO uses a carefully thought out protocol during pack-outs, the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). We list, barcode, and photograph items as necessary and practical, documenting their condition and allowing easy tracking of our evaluation, cleaning, drying, and restoring of each.

Throughout the entirety of the process, we work closely with you and your insurance company, making informed decisions on recovery or disposal of items in a systematic way. SERVPRO is proud to be of service in restoring documents, photos, heirlooms, furniture, and household goods from the ravages of fire. Using specialized processes like freeze-drying; foam, immersion, and ultrasonic cleaning; and industrial washing and drying systems, we can limit your need to replace items. Contributing to the comfort and peace of mind our customers feel when their familiar possessions return restored -- from wedding photos to a beloved teddy bear -- is an honor and privilege.

SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale is ready 24/7 to assist when fire damage destroys your world. Call (479) 419-5544 to see chaos changed to “Like it never even happened.”

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