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Storm Damage Restoration Efforts

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Restoration Efforts Firestorms damage homes in northern California.

Last October devastating wildfires tore through Northern California destroying over 7,500 structures. Over 37 Franchises mobilized to assist in the cleanup process. SERVPRO of Benton County was one of those Franchises that assisted in cleaning smoke and soot from homes. Their customer service and attention to detail is second to none. It is not everyday customers take their service provider out for dinner and that is exactly what happened to SERVPRO of Benton County. Because of the impression they made on one family, turning their home from soot-covered to spotless, they were treated to a dinner by the homeowner to express their appreciation. Lets congratulate Nick Mcginnis and their crew at SERVPRO of Benton County for being recognized. We can help you clean up after damages to your home. 

Winter weather and frozen pipes

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter weather and frozen pipes How to protect your home from a frozen pipe situation with SERVPRO.

When the weather starts to get freezing, so do your pipes and so does your home. This means taking the proper precautions to cover your pipes on the exterior in preparation for prolonged freezing temperatures. With those precautions in place, freezing temps and snowstorms can still harm your pipes. Here are a few steps you can take.

  • Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you're asleep, but further drops in the temperature, this could freeze your pipes. 
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If you have a pipe break this winter, SERVPRO can help you get the quick damage restoration that you need. We will make sure to protect your home from damage. 

Detecting Mold in your home

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Detecting Mold in your home Learn more about what to look for in your home concerning mold

Quite often, constantly smelling a musty odor could be the one of the only mold signs that your home has. If you can smell mold there is likely mold under something or mold in something. If there is a funky smell that you cant seem to get to the bottom of, it may be mold lurking somewhere hard to reach. SERVPRO can help find the mold and get rid of it in a safe and healthy way. 

Mold can often present itself in the form of allergies. If you feel better when you’re away from home, but notice your allergies tend to flare up whenever you’re at home that can mean that you have mold somewhere. Mold can cause health effects for most individuals. Mold can be behind walls, in the basement, under the carpet, in damp areas of the house, surrounding roof leaks or in an area that experiences high humidity. If you think you might have a mold problem in your home, give SERVPRO a call. We can find the source of the mold damage and locate any water damage or leaks that are causing the mold. We will repair the problem and have your home back to preloss condition in no time. 

Why drying out your home is important

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why drying out your home is important Commercial drying your home and why it is important.

The longer water and moist air remain in your home following a storm, the greater the likelihood of increased damage to the house and health risks to your family. Within 48 hours, mold, mildew and fungus can begin to grow, producing a lasting musty odor. In addition, water can warp and rot wood, disintegrate wallboard, ruin most types of insulation, compromise electrical wiring and more.

This is why SERVPRO can help you dry out your home after water damage to help you prevent mold. We have commercial drying machines that will dry out your home in no time. 

Main areas we aim to dry ensure are dry are walls and flooring, especially carpet flooring. This is a place that mold will thrive. 

Here are some helpful tips to handle moisture until we get there. 

During the day, when the weather is dry – open all windows and doors to exchange damp interior air for drier outdoor air. Close them at night or when outdoor humidity rises.

Also, open closet doors and drawers. If drawers are hard to pull open because of swelling, remove the backs from cabinets to increase air circulation and allow access.

  

Getting rid of odors after a fire

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Getting rid of odors after a fire How we at SERVPRO repair damages after fire.

After a fire often you will find that your property looks dark, stained and charred and likely will have a bad smell. The first job of your fire damage restoration company will be to clean up all this damage and get your property at least looking as normal as possible.

During this fire damage restoration process, you will also need to address any odors that can linger after the smoke has been in the room. This might involve carpet cleaning as well and you will need to address adjacent rooms as well as those directly affected by fire damage. The smell of fire is very pungent and lingers.

The clean-up part of the fire damage restoration process will also involve the removal and disposal of items that are too badly damaged to be repairable. If you have furniture for instance that has absorbed a lot of contaminated water, or if you have carpet that has been badly burned, in these cases often the best case scenario is just to throw these things out and to replace them with new items. SERVPRO can help you with making those choices as well as restoring your damages and getting rid of those terrible smells that come with a fire. 

How to handle an electrical fire

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to handle an electrical fire Handling an electrical fire can be very scary. Let SERVPRO help you get your damage remediated.

When dealing with electrical fires you must know what to look for. This can protect you from an electrical fire disaster.

these warning signs include:

• Circuit breakers that repeatedly trip

• Shocks or tingling feelings as you touch an electrical appliance

• Flickering lights

• Discolored electrical wall outlets

• A burning smell or smoke coming from wiring, a plug or an appliance

Take action with an appliance by unplugging it immediately and cutting the power at the electrical panel. Pay attention to the voltage of the appliance you are plugging in.

Never Use Water By Itself

But speaking of water, it's imperative that you never, ever try to extinguish an electrical fire with water alone. Water conducts electricity and you could be badly shocked. 

If you have electrical fire damage we can help you at SERVPRO. We come out and assess the damage and then work to make it like it never happened. 

Restoring Your Benton County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Benton County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Benton County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Benton County

SERVPRO of Benton County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Protecting your home from common water damage

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protecting your home from common water damage Protect your home from water damages caused by common household appliances

Water damage can happen from many different appliances in your home. Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Linn County on how to make sure your appliances are working properly and the water supply lines are in good condition. As a good rule of thumb, check behind your appliances once per year. This is a good way to address problems before they happen.

Washers

Small leaks stemming from a washing machine may appear to be a minor issue, but the problem should not be ignored. Even a pinhole leak in a water supply line can subsequently break out into a household flood. In fact, a burst supply line is a key cause of significant water damage involving washers. A good way to prevent water damage is to check your hoses leading to your washing machine a couple times per year.

Also consider installing an automatic shutoff valve. When water pools on the floor, the sensor detects it and closes the water valve.

Refrigerators with Ice Makers Hooked up to plumbing

We appreciate the convenience of an automatic ice maker, but it can also be the culprit of household floods. The copper or plastic water line that supplies an ice maker can leak or worse yet, become unattached if it’s not installed properly. Again, you should inspect the line periodically for crimps and make sure the valve connection is secure. Leaving a four inch gap between the refrigerator and wall also helps to prevent crimping in your water line.

Dish Washers

Dishwashers are another common appliance that can cause problems. If a dishwasher has a supply line burst it can fill your kitchen with water during a wash and rinse cycle.

Another source of household floods is when a dishwasher backs up soaking the floor with sudsy water. The problem could be the wrong detergent, a faulty float, the buildup of food and other debris in the drain gate or a clog in the discharge hose under the sink.

Routine inspection of the hoses and connections can save you major repair costs in the future. In addition, check the drain gate frequently and remove food particles and debris.

Common Fire Hazards

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Common Fire Hazards Electrical outlets are a huge cause of fire. They should not be overloaded with more than one or two plugs.

While there are many reasons why a fire can start, many business fires start as a result of not paying attention to many different fire hazards in the workplace. 

While every workplace is different, there are some common fire hazards to watch for in your business.

Heat Generating Machinery

Hot machinery and heavy equipment can pose a fire risk. Be sure material that is combustible is kept away from sources of heat and are unplugged when not in use. Never leave equipment on overnight.

Broken Electrical Equipment

Fires caused by faulty equipment are the most common type in the workplace. Be sure to look out for loose or damaged wires. They need to be replaced immediately. Also keep your equipment checked and up to date. 

Faulty Fire Alarms

Be sure to check fire alarm systems and equipment often to make sure they are still in working order. If batteries run out your fire alarms will not sound in the case of a fire or smoke. It is important to make sure you have functional fire alarms in your office. 

Overloaded Sockets

Having too many things plugged in the same socket can be dangerous. Be sure to put one plug per socket and do not exceed 300 watts in the entire socket. This can reduce the risk of a fire in your workplace. 

Fire In The Workplace

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire In The Workplace Fire alarms are important to keeping your business safe and making sure you dont have an unexpected fire.

While there are many reasons why a fire can start, many business fires start as a result of not paying attention to many different fire hazards in the workplace. 

While every workplace is different, there are some common fire hazards to watch for in your business.

Heat Generating Machinery

Hot machinery and heavy equipment can pose a fire risk. Be sure material that is combustible is kept away from sources of heat and are unplugged when not in use. Never leave equipment on overnight.

Broken Electrical Equipment

Fires caused by faulty equipment are the most common type in the workplace. Be sure to look out for loose or damaged wires. They need to be replaced immediately. Also keep your equipment checked and up to date. 

Faulty Fire Alarms

Be sure to check fire alarm systems and equipment often to make sure they are still in working order. If batteries run out your fire alarms will not sound in the case of a fire or smoke. It is important to make sure you have functional fire alarms in your office. 

Overloaded Sockets

Having too many things plugged in the same socket can be dangerous. Be sure to put one plug per socket and do not exceed 300 watts in the entire socket. This can reduce the risk of a fire in your workplace.