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What to do with the water after the fire is out

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Fighters spraying water on a home on fire These fire fighters are spraying water on a Tontitown home on fire

Water is the fire department’s most common weapon for extinguishing a fire in your Tontitown home.  Significant accumulations of water are likely to be present both during and after most home fires.  Tontitown Fire Department is well aware of this situation and does not leave the scene of a fire without addressing the problem.  If your home experiences a fire, large or small, contact SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale South, North Washington Counties.  Our experienced team will extract the water from your fire damaged home, saving time and money during the restoration process.

A major objective of fire departments is to minimize property damage.  The control of fire suppression water should be a priority during and after fire control. Several factors influence how difficult the control of water is during and after a fire.  Single story homes tend to be easier to deal with the water.  Simply opening doors to the outside may let the water escape.  Conversely, closing doors may keep water contained to a smaller area in the home.  Fires in multi-level homes present more challenges for controlling water damage.  Water can quickly saturate floors and find ways of traveling to the lower-level ceiling.  Water coming through the ceiling creates other dangers, including ceiling collapse.  If water is building up between the upper floor and lower ceiling, firefighters may poke holes in the ceiling to help prevent the ceiling from collapse.

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.

House Fire Top Three Causes

10/28/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire started by burnt food effecting ceiling, walls, and furniture Kitchen fire in this Bentonville home was started by food burnt on the stove

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the top three causes of residential house fires are cooking, heating equipment, and faulty wiring.  SERVPRO of Northwest Benton County wishes your family to be safe.  Being aware of the common causes of house fires and steps to prevent house fires will help ensure your family and home are safe.  If you experience a house fire, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Benton County to restore your home.

The number one cause of house fires is unattended cooking.  Stay in the room while you are cooking. Have another adult stay in the room to watch over your food if you cannot stay in the room the entire time.  Remember to use a timer when cooking food for long periods of time.

Accidents do happen so be prepared by having a residential fire extinguisher on hand.  Fire extinguishers should be placed on every level of your house, especially in the kitchen and garage. You should know how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

The second leading cause of house fires is heaters.  As the weather turns colder, we use heaters to warm our houses. Space heaters can be extremely dangerous.  They should be used to heat only a small portion of your house. Keep your space heater away from items like curtains, laundry, blankets, and furniture that could easily catch fire.  Having a professional inspect your furnace before the cold weather sets in is a great way to stay prepared.

Your home’s wiring likely isn’t something that you think about often. However, faulty wiring is a potential way for a house fire to start. There are common signs that can help you indicate if your house’s wiring isn’t working correctly like if the lights dim when you use another appliance, if you are only able to use one appliance at a time, and frequently blown fuses.

If you experience a fire, SERVPRO of Northwest Benton 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.

How Water Effects Your Rogers Home

10/28/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage to room with wood floor and furniture This water damaged Rogers home has damage to wood floor, sheetrock, and furniture

Water can create serious problems for your Rogers home, and time only intensifies it.  Every issue involves time and money for the homeowner.  To solve the problem and ensure the house is correct structurally and safe to live in contact SERVPRO of Springdale North, Southwest Benton County  If your Rogers home experiences water damage, here’s what happens from a long-term leak, burst pipe, or flood.

Minutes after the event. Water spreads contaminates as it infiltrates your home, room by room.  Carpet, carpet pad and furniture become soaked and water wicks up drywall from the floor like a sponge.

Within hours, humidity levels rise, and pungent odors are noticeable.  Insulation in walls and floors my become effected.  Water soaked furniture begins to swell and fabrics will bleed or become discolored

Days after the event.  Fungi and mold start growing. Solid wood structural components begins to warp.  Wood floors are usually ruined by this time.  Paint may blister.  Wallpaper may begin peeling.  Wood structural components may begin swelling or split.

Weeks. Homes exposed to standing water for weeks, will have more widespread issues.  These may include mold.  Homes that deal with heavy long-term water exposure may need to have all the flooring, cabinets, insulation, and sheetrock removed and replaced.

Reconstruction after water damage may include replacing floors, molding, insulation, drywall and cabinets.  Structural elements may need to be replaced.  If the home is gutted and reconstruction is necessary, the costs can be overwhelming.

SERVPRO of Springdale North, Southwest Benton County 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 Springdale North, Southwest Benton County is available 24/7 by calling 479-419-5544.

Fayetteville Commercial Water Damage

10/28/2022 (Permalink)

Fire sprinkler system activated, spraying 13 gallons of water per minute Fire sprinkler system activated in a commercial building

Fire sprinkler systems are designed to limit the harm fires cause people and property.  But there’s a chance of “accidental discharge”.  That happens when sprinkler heads are activated when there is no fire. This “accidental discharge” covers all kinds of events, like carelessness and vandalism.  In hospitals, schools, hotels and apartments, it’s a common problem.  These accidental discharges cause entire buildings to flood, which can lead to mold, mildew, damaged carpets and walls, along with a host of other expensive issues.  If your commercial property has a sprinkler system activation, contact SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County.

Today’s sprinkler heads are heat activated.  The two most common types are a liquid-filled bulb designed to burst at a given temperature, or a soldered metal link designed to melt.  These small heat-sensitive components hold back hundreds of gallons of water.

NFPA 13D (National Fire Protection Association), the industry standard for residential sprinkler systems, recommends systems that flow 13 gallons per minute per sprinkler head.  Activating one sprinkler head will release 260 gallons of water in only 20 minutes.  Waiting for the maintenance department or fire department to arrive and shut off the water supply will cause extensive damage to carpet, walls, and ceilings.

Water damage restoration is an involved and costly process.  Building materials, furniture, clothing, and other items must be dried, or replaced.  Extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers remove standing water and dry affected materials. Damaged drywall, carpeting, and other building materials must be inspected and repaired or replaced. Estimates place damage from accidental sprinkler activation at over $1,000 for each minute water discharges.

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.

Water Main Break at Springdale Manufacturing Facility

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial water main break causing flooding Water main break in Fayetteville manufacturing facility

What is the largest concern for a Springdale manufacturing or warehouse facility?  You probably guessed it, production slowing or even worse, stopping.  A water main break can cause a water loss that stops production and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost production.  This is when you call SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County.  We have the equipment, manpower, and expertise to get your facility back up and running quickly. 

It's not enough to have the right equipment.  The premier restoration company in Northwest Arkansas must have enough of the right equipment.  With thousands of pieces of equipment on hand, SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County has the inventory to take care of the largest disasters.  The quantity of equipment in our inventory allows us to handle multiple large losses at the same time.  Our team has specialty equipment to handle the most complicated drying jobs.  Truck mounted extractors, desiccant drying machines, and generators to dry the largest water losses are at the ready. 

People with the proper training and experience make the difference.  SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County trains our technicians to IICRC, Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, standards.  These certifications include Water Damage, Fire and Smoke Damage, and Applied Structural Drying.  Having technicians with the proper training is critical.  Having properly trained technicians with real life experience is what makes SERVPRO of Fayetteville, Springdale, and South Washington County the trusted professionals in Springdale Arkansas.  We have dried the largest manufacturing facilities in Northwest Arkansas.

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.

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.