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We Have The Advanced Equipment To Properly Restore Your Little Rock Home After A Flood

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen restored after a flood We used our commercial air movers and dehumidifiers to aid in drying all the affected areas in this home after a flood hit.

Extraction Devices to Clear Standing Water from Little Rock Homes

While many people have come to depend on the training and fast response of qualified technicians like our SERVPRO team, flooding in Little Rock homes requires more than a working knowledge of restoration techniques to overcome. Much of the useful service that we can offer damaged homes after loss incidents comes from the premier equipment that we have in our inventory and bring in production trailers to active job sites.

With flood damage in Little Rock homes, it is vital to move as quickly as possible in removing any standing water that might exist. While these conditions can sometimes also have the added severity of contamination or bacteria, the priority here remains the same. With such a fixation on extraction after a flood damage incident, we have multiple types of water removal tools that can help in every phase of mitigation and restoration.

  • Submersible Pumps – While many clean water extractions rely on the use of our electric sump pumps for continual, quiet extraction, this is not always the best choice for natural flooding. Trash pumps like our stationary gas-powered machines have the right design to handle solids and debris that might exist in the water.
  • Wet-Vacuums – Once water levels have dropped below two inches, submersible pumps are no longer useful, and vacuums take over. We have many attachments to connect to the mobile versatility of an electric vacuum, including carpet wands to remove moisture from saturated carpet fibers.
  • Rudimentary Tools – Towels and mops can also help to remove surface water and damaging moisture from hard surfaces like tile and linoleum flooring when physical damage has not yet begun.

As challenging as water losses can be when surface water threatens installed materials and contents of the structure, extraction does not have to be a complicated procedure. Using numerous water removal tools and machines ranging in size and strength, our SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village team can gain control of flood loss situations to begin the drying and disinfection process. Give our technicians a call today at (501) 217-8723.

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Managing Sewer Backups with Little Rock Water Removal Specialists

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Dirty flood water You can count on SERVPRO to handle your homes water restoration needs. We are available day and night.

Safety Is Priority With SERVPRO’s Method For Water Emergencies Involving Contaminated Water. 

Contaminated water emergencies can occur because of pipe blockages or problems with plumbing joints. Equally rising water levels in the community itself, as a result of flooding, for example, can cause sewers to back up. These result in water emergencies that have solid waste as well as water, creating a challenge for homeowners. These areas can be harmful to your health, and you should not enter a contaminated area without a respirator and personal protective equipment (PPE.)

Our dedicated team can help you with contamination and water removal in your Little Rock home. These situations require a two-stroke approach from SERVPRO technicians. The first stroke is to remove both the solid waste and the water as quickly as possible. The second stroke is to thoroughly disinfect the area and remove any materials that may have unsafe levels of contamination. Our water restoration technicians (WRT) are confident of restoring your home to a good, preloss condition after an emergency. 

Solid waste rules out the use of conventional pumping equipment. Using electric submersible or high-pressure pumps can lead to further blockages or broken equipment when dealing with solid waste. To combat this, SERVPRO WRT technicians can deploy Self-priming Trash Pumps. These pumps utilize potent gas or diesel engines to remove solid waste up to three inches high. Some units are portable and can be exceptionally efficient when dealing with single-story structures. Any remaining solid waste can be shoveled into biohazardous waste bags and taken to an appropriate waste facility for disposal. 

Once the removal of water and solid waste is complete, SERVPRO technicians can begin to restore the bathroom to a preloss condition. Using powerful disinfectants, we can kill any remaining bacteria, viruses, or fungi in the affected area. If there are porous materials, such as drywall, in the area, we must remove and replace the materials to avoid potential contamination. At the end of service, we conduct a walkthrough to explain the work done and any potential areas of concern. 

Respond effectively to sewer backups by using professional restoration services. Contact SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723 now.

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When Flood Damage Happens to Little Rock Homes

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged kitchen. drywall removed to studs for drying Did recent storms cause flood damage to your home? Call SERVPRO for fast and effective restoration.

How to Deal with Storm Flood Damage in Your Little Rock Property

Flood damage brought by extreme weather affects many properties across the country. When disasters such as storms and hurricanes strike, they often leave many people devastated. Do not let the devastation overwhelm you because SERVPRO can help your clean up the debris and remove the water that Mother Nature’s fury leaves behind.

We offer a quick response since we understand how stressful it is to deal with storm flood damage in your Little Rock residence. With high-tech equipment and highly trained technicians, we can restore your property to its pre-misfortune condition no matter the magnitude of storm flood damage. We have decades of experience that has helped us come up with special restoration techniques. Some steps we can take to restore your property include:

Board ups

After a storm, you need to take precautions to reduce your long-term restoration costs. We offer emergency board-up services that can safeguard your home from theft and vandalism. When you know that your home is secure, you can concentrate on the more pressing problems of finding temporary accommodation, coordinating insurance response, and meeting the immediate needs of your family.

Roof tarping

We can tarp the roof of your property to protect it from the damage that precipitation can cause and break-ins. Storms and high winds can weaken the roofing system of a home. Therefore, our team checks the structural integrity of a roof before installing tarps or temporary roofing.

Structural drying

SERVPRO uses an effective procedure to dry homes that have undergone flood damage. We have different pumps that can offer quick water extraction. Locating moisture in a home is also vital to prevent secondary damage like mold infestation. Our crew can use thermal imaging cameras to inspect and monitor moisture on surfaces. These devices show how water traveled throughout the structure, including in hard to reach areas like in the ceiling.  Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASDs) can set up air moving and dehumidifying equipment to dry your property within a short time.     

Deodorization

Floodwater can leave a foul smell in your home since it may have contacted sewage, dead animals, and decaying plants. After the drying process is complete, we can use water-based cinnamon deodorizers to eliminate foul odors. These products replace the odors with a pleasant cinnamon scent.

If your home has storm flood damage, you can rely on SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village to restore it to its preloss condition. Call us any time at (501) 217-8723 for restoration services in Cammack Village and nearby areas. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Little Rock House Burnt and Charred from a Fire? We Know That We Can Help--Call SERVPRO

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen, debris hanging from the ceiling, a mess Removal of Charred Debris and Restoration Are Cornerstone's of SERVPRO Fire Loss Mitigation and Cleanup in Little Rock

The Many Stages of Fire Recovery for Little Rock Homes

After a fire in your Little Rock home, you want to do whatever possible to get your property back to preloss condition quickly. Because of the hazards that exist after extinguishment and the finite time before effects worsen substantially, trusting professional restoration is often a wise choice. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive in force to address many of the stages of recovery and repair expected for your property after a disaster.

The severity and spread of fire damage in Little Rock homes dictate what services your property needs. From debris removal and cleaning to more intricate recovery like air filtrations and water removal, every fire loss incident is unique. We can scope the work to get done before our technicians first arrive in force, helping us to come better prepared for what the house needs after the first notice of loss.

Debris Removal
Debris can remain a catalyst for harmful fire effects after a loss incident. We have professionals that can shovel out the rubbish and loose contents on the floors, as well as dry and wet vacuums to handle remnants of materials and partially combusted items throughout the home.

Water Removal
The extinguishment process can often leave a home contending with substantial water damage along with the remaining fire loss impacts. While this firefighting can protect your home from the total loss of a devastating structure fire, hosing you’re the rooms and contents of your house can also leave your property contending with saturation and moisture concerns. Our SERVPRO team works through the mitigation phase to deploy our efficient extraction tools to remove surface water quickly.

Content Management
Cleaning your house before the needed demolition and reconstruction processes occur is essential. However, when you cannot recover the contents of the property on-site, our professionals can move them to our nearby facility. We have immersion cleaning tanks for soot damage on hard surfaces as well as ozone chambers for the deodorization of many items simultaneously.

Fires might be devastating, but our SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village team can help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (501) 217-8723.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Cleanup and Restoration Services to Our Little Rock Neighbors

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

small plastic model house with a tree leaning against it signifying damage SERVPRO Proudly Cleans Up and Restores Damaged Homes in the Little Rock Area--Why Not Go with a Premier Company for Help?

Commitment to the Little Rock Community and Restoration Best Practices Are Why SERVPRO Delivers Success

Reliability and highly-qualified mitigation and remediation managers and technicians are some of the reasons why Little Rock residents and businesses rely on our experience and our trained and certified mitigation and remediation crews. Unlike itinerant contractors who travel from disaster to disaster without a local connection, our roots go deep in the community. We are here for you today and plan to be a resource for you and other residents and businesses far into the future.

Water Damage

Responding effectively and efficiently to water losses in Little Rock requires commitment. We pledge to provide our customers with state of the art equipment and the trained workforce to operate them skillfully. Our crews arrive at your location swiftly, not merely to deliver outstanding customer service but because the nature of water damage recovery demands it. Water damage cannot wait, why our local presence is vital. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Despite daily use by individuals and businesses for drinking, cooking, cleaning, cooling machinery, and much more, water damage in Little Rock is a significant problem. Water is corrosive, wearing down and deteriorating many kinds of building materials used in conventional construction when unconfined. Plumbing leaks, appliance breakage, spills, and flash flooding are just some of the crises to which we lend aid. Our vast experience in the mitigation and remediation industry is why SERVPRO crews are in demand.

We focus first on a thorough extraction of standing water. Our commercial-grade extractors and pumps make short work of even significant quantities of water. Our team categorizes the fluids removed by assessing for contaminants, always vigilant to protect our customers from the harm presented by pathogens, chemicals, and fungi. Flooding and sewer backups are treated with great care, the water contained and disposed of as hazardous waste per local regulations.

Once all the water exits, we use our knowledge of the science of drying to dry out spaces after water damage thoroughly. Proficiency in manipulating the balance among the following psychrometric conditions, shortened to “HAT,” is why SERVPRO can return your property to preloss condition:

?    H – Humidity
?    A – Airflow
?    T – Temperature

Fire Damage

Any disaster recovery job in Little Rock needs the professionals involved to follow safety protocols. Fire residues are incredibly toxic, containing carcinogens, tars, chemicals, and volatile gasses. Our team of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians uses a range of strategies to keep themselves and your family safe during a fire loss project. In consultation with your insurance company and you, we determine whether a full move out to temporary lodgings is essential for the occupants of your dwelling.

If SERVPRO gets the go-ahead to contain the fire damage work area so you can continue to reside in the house during the job, we need to keep you and your loved ones safe. A containment area is designated, and we use heavy-duty plastic to define its perimeters. Air scrubbing equipment helps seal the edges with negative air pressure, venting the contaminated air through HEPA filters and out of the structure.

Our technicians construct a system with a series of enclosures so that we leave the soot and other residues inside after we exit the worksite through the cleanroom configuration. We wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for our own safety and to prevent any drift or tracking of hazardous fire residues into your clean living spaces. The SERVPRO team is highly-qualified to manage this complicated scenario. Allowing you to continue living at your home lessens the disruption and prevents escalation of out of pocket expenses for our customers at this stressful time.

Mold Remediation

Mold growth outbreaks are frustrating and can expose susceptible individuals in your Little Rock household to allergic reactions and irritation. Molds find organic surfaces upon which to grow, including many conventional construction materials. If left to multiply unchecked, colonies can weaken structures. Household mold strains need only water and oxygen to grow, meaning they can rapidly create huge colonies hidden from view in building cavities.

Frequently the first sign of mold damage in Little Rock is an unpleasant, musty smell. Because the fungi can be trapped between walls or above a ceiling identifying the source of the smell is daunting. Our years of experience in mold remediation helps us locate the mold growth, why SERVPRO is a great resource for residents fearing a microbial outbreak.

Although we can bring in mold testing experts, our crew leads and project managers are familiar with where to take a look for mold damage. Where our moisture detection devices or thermal imaging cameras spot higher than normal levels or temperature disparities are great places to investigate. Controlled demolition techniques are familiar to our crews, why SERVPRO can access the mold problems in a systematic and less disruptive way.

We follow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols when assessing, planning, and implementing mold remediation. Containment is vital, preventing moldy debris from drifting elsewhere to start the cycle again. Air scrubbers help exhaust contaminants to the outside and seal plastic barriers around the worksite. Scraping and brushing remove mold from solid surfaces, but porous materials also show good results when we add slightly abrasive techniques like soda blasting or dry ice pellet blasting, depending on the circumstances and environment. We offer controlled demolition of mold-contaminated building materials and contents that are non-salvageable.

Storm Damage

When your Little Rock home is in the path of severe storm activity, an almost endless array of harm can befall. Lightning strikes cause fires, while strong winds rip roofs off and send debris into the siding, creating holes for the elements to invade. Torrential rains or other forms of precipitation complicate the situation, flowing inside your house from top to bottom. Overwhelmed storm drains force sewage to back up, and flash flooding or saturated ground permit contaminated water inside crawl spaces, foundations, and basements.

Little Rock storm damage requires a full-service disaster response, why SERVPRO commits to our investment in well-trained technicians and state of the art mitigation and remediation equipment. We can call on other members of our nationwide network if our community needs us to scale up our response. You can rely on us to prioritize your needs at this difficult time.

Because we are competent and confident in our ability to respond to all disasters, we save you the need to line up different contractors for different projects. Everything from securing the scene to packing out contents to remediation for water, fire, mold, and more are covered. We are a local firm, with an unshakable commitment to this community, dedicated to returning your home to preloss condition after storm damage, "Like it never even happened."

Call on SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village for all your disaster mitigation and remediation needs. One call to (501) 217-8723 sets our highly-qualified team in motion, ready to manage your loss with professionalism and compassion.

Key Pieces of Little Rock Fire Damage Remediation 

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

fire damage after an electrical fire in home Regardless of what the cause of the fire was, team SERVPRO can help push your home towards remediation and restoration.

The Main Parts of Structure that Require Cleaning After Fire Damage Incidents in Little Rock

A fire incident, whether involving a stove flare-up in the kitchen or a damaged appliance in another section of the house, is likely to send plumes of smoke all over the house. The smoke leaves soot and other residues in all affected sections of the property, necessitating thorough cleaning. Some parts of the structure require such cleaning after fire damage including:

Cabinets

Lighting Fixtures

Insulation

Draperies and Fixtures

Windows and Glasses

One unique aspect of fire damage incidents in Little Rock is the patterns of smoke movement. While it is expected for the smoke to drift upwards, it also moves to the coldest parts of a structure through convectional currents. Concealed areas such as the interior of cabinets provide much cooler temperatures compared to the rest of the house, allowing accumulation of residues. Our SERVPRO technicians remove handles and knobs for better reach into crevices. We then use a dry cleaning sponge to wipe off residues in the interior, which is typically made of unfinished wood. If residues remain, we clean with denatured alcohol, which removes residues without setting them deeper into the pores of the wood.

When cleaning the ceiling, there is a need to look into the lighting fixtures, where soot collects and can cause corrosion. Our SERVPRO technicians take various precautions to avoid causing more damage. For example, we use electric circuit testers to confirm power is off, avoiding short-circuits, which can hurt people or damage the wires permanently. We also pretest cleaning solutions to ensure they do not damage the finish used around the fixtures. We then wipe off residues all around and behind the fixtures.

The residues deposited on insulation may not damage its insulating properties, but bad odor and other issues necessitate action. Cleaning insulation may be feasible but more expensive than the replacement. Replacing the top 3 to 4 inches of insulation solves the problem.

A thorough cleaning exercise helps restore your home after a fire loss. Call SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723 to help address all areas the incident affects, "Like it never even happened."

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Proaction is the First Step in Mitigating Flood Damage in Your Little Rock Hospital

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Outside of hospital Our Emergency Ready Profile Plan can help you plan for flood damage. Call us to prepare yours today!

Planning for Disasters that Threaten Your Little Rock Hospital 

Accidents are unexpected and can sometimes be catastrophic for residents of Little Rock, as you have seen coming into the emergency room of your hospital. Unlike the way that people cannot plan and avoid accidents entirely, there are steps that property management of the hospital can take to ensure that the right professionals respond to the facility in the event of a disaster. Natural disasters and events like water loss incidents and fires can quickly cripple your building without the right professionals involved. 

As a preferred vendor for many property management firms and insurance companies in the area, we know how to manage and restore flood damage in your Little Rock hospital. Preparing for these situations well in advance can shave even more valuable time off of the response and start of emergency services when our SERVPRO professionals first arrive. This preparation focuses on the development of an Emergency Ready Profile Plan (ERP) to share the appropriate response information with our technicians and select members of your team. 

This plan is an application kept in mobile devices of the designated responsible staff members that can delegate the chain of command and necessary approvals when disasters like flooding occur. Because water mitigation can have a disastrous effect on electronics and furniture throughout the lower levels of the facility, a faster notification to our SERVPRO response team can get vital mitigation tasks like content management happening as soon as we arrive.

Developing an ERP is helpful for multiple reasons beyond pre-selecting our competent restoration outfit for the recovery needs of the hospital. This application also dictates vital shutoffs for utility services and what individuals must get notified if our technicians are en route to the hospital. 

The development of this ERP is a vital, time-saving tool that can divulge valuable information when every minute counts. Our SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village project management can work directly with your administrators to provide details to this emergency plan and get it active at no cost to you. When flooding damages affect your facility, you can reach our team at (501) 217-8723. 

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SERVPRO Professionals Give Tips on Little Rock Floodwater Odor Removal

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

woman holding nose because of foul odor Has flooding left foul odors in your home? SERVPRO to the rescue! We can eliminate that odor and leave your home smelling clean.

SERVPRO Can Remove Bad Odors After Flood Damage in Your Little Rock Home Effectively

Floodwater can bring many pollutants such as sewage, dead animals, debris, vegetation, and filthy water into your home. These pollutants can leave an unbearable odor behind. The experts at SERVPRO can take all flood damage cleanup steps seriously to eliminate contaminants and bad odor.

After flood damage in your Little Rock residence, hiring professionals can ensure proper cleanup and odor removal. We have highly trained and experienced team who can clean up your home, dry it, and remove malodors. We have access to advanced equipment that helps us restore homes to their preloss state.

We can use water extraction equipment like electric submersible pumps to remove the standing water. Our crew can also clean and disinfect your home to eliminate the contaminants that cause foul odors in flooded properties. Drying the property is also vital to prevent mold growth. We have access to advanced air moving and dehumidifying equipment that can dry your home faster.

Odors can still linger in affected areas after the floodwater removal, cleaning, and drying process. Our professional restoration team has the expertise to choose the most suitable odor removal methods and equipment based on the situation at hand. Some factors we consider in choosing appropriate odor elimination methods include:

Water based cleaning potential

We check whether the affected surface can survive water-based cleaning. If it is possible to perform water-based cleaning safely, our technicians can add water-based deodorizers to cleaning solutions to control odors. Water-based deodorizes work at various pH extremes and temperatures to neutralize foul odors and replace them with a pleasant scent.

Presence of odors in enclosed areas and the air

If musty odors are present in confined spaces, removing them can be daunting. Our crew can use hydroxyl generators to neutralize the stubborn odors. If there are odors in the air, we can remove them using air scrubbers. These devices draw dirty air in a home through a series of HEPA filters that capture odors, gases, and particles and then exhaust clean air back into the environment.

Presence of biological odors

The unsavory smells of sewage residues or other biological odors create an invisible threat that can disrupt your life. Our SERVPRO can use professional products that can remove the contaminants, causing the odors. We may use sanitizers, sporicides, germicides, or fungicides to eliminate microbes.

SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village has industry certifications, experience, and training to perform thorough odor removal in flood-damaged homes. Contact us at (501) 217-8723 for swift and efficient disaster mitigation work.

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What Other Water Damage Restoration Companies in Little Rock Aren’t Telling You

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

discolored ceiling due to water damage Water can quickly damage and discolor your walls or ceiling. Contain SERVPRO right away to investigate and remediate the damage.

Saving Fabric Wall Coverings from Water Damage in Little Rock Homes

Numerous factors affect the outcome of water damage mitigation. The type of water loss, the length of exposure items have had, and the kinds of things that require cleaning and drying.

Accent walls where a single wall has a fabric covering may seem like a total loss when water damage happens in a Little Rock property. However, these types of interior design elements may very well have restoration potential if efforts begin fast enough. 

Careful Testing of Fabrics

SERVPRO technicians carefully test the fibers to answer the following questions and determine the best cleaning method: 

  • Is the fabric colorfast?
  • Is the fabric shrink-resistant?
  • Will the fabric spot?

Different Cleaning Methods for the Best Outcome

Water damaged fabrics respond to various cleaning agents in different ways. Some fabrics may only need spot cleaning, but the fiber material leaves water spots unless the entire surface is equally re-saturated. Sisal, jute and other natural fiber woven-wall coverings tend to turn brown and do not do well against extended exposure to water. 

The Backing Matters

If the accent wall is built over poly-fiber fill and then covered in fabric, it has the potential for full restoration through their proprietary cleaning and drying methods. In cases where the wall covering has a paper backing, those usually delaminate and loosen, which requires removal. 

Drying Techniques

If any residual moisture remains, foul odors quickly develop, and mold issues can develop. There are different drying methods, including the custom creation plastic tenting over the wall to force warm, drying air throughout, while dehumidification equipment removes the moisture. 

Deodorization After the Fact

No one wants the focal piece of their room decor to turn into a stinky mess. SERVPRO technicians repeatedly check the area to ensure moisture levels attain drying goals and, if needed, the application of odor control solutions to ensure the wall returns to its preloss condition, not only looking great but smelling fresh, too.

SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village (501) 217-8723 is ready to handle all types of water damage and make it, "Like it never even happened."

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We Follow The Proper Steps To Ensure Your Little Rock Home Is Restored Efficiently

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

a ceiling caving in after a storm hit Our storm damage specialists have the experience and equipment to restore your home to pre-storm condition

Safeguarding the Structure after Flood Damage Incidents in Little Rock

Many problems can crop up after a flooding incident in Little Rock. Any issue affecting the structure can have a long-term impact, so taking steps that protect the structure is as crucial as cleaning up the soiling and contamination left after the incident. When our SERVPRO team responds to your call, we take steps to address such issues.

A flood damage incident in Little Rock is likely to affect both contents and the structure in equal measure. An appropriate response plan, however, should distinguish between the contents and building to ensure the right outcome. The structure is anything permanently attached to the building, including the floors, ceiling, walls, and attached floor coverings. Protecting the structure starts with simple actions such as moving out contents from affected areas creating sufficient room to scope the level of water intrusion, and to perform other restoration processes.

Understanding how various materials react after exposure to flood damage incidents can help in the quest to protect the structure. Porous materials absorb water quickly and may lose structural integrity fast. Apart from absorbing water when submerged, other actions such as wicking can spread moisture from the original contact point to other parts of the material. Drywall and other gypsum-based wall materials fall under this category. Our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts a few inches above the waterline, halting further spreading of moisture through wicking. We remove the wet drywall along with other materials in the wall cavity, such as insulation.

Semi porous materials like hardwood may take long to absorb water. However, the absorbed moisture takes time to dissipate and can cause severe problems, including compromising the structural integrity of the entire building. For example, the moisture can cause structural supports such as frames to warp. They can also rot, which would diminish their load-bearing capabilities. Our SERVPRO technicians investigate moisture ingression without focusing on the condition at the surface of the material. We have penetrating moisture meters, among other detection equipment. We also use various procedures, including the use of heat and ventilation to remove excess moisture.

Thorough cleaning and other steps that restore the property to its preloss state take resources. Call SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723 to help perform the process in a way that guarantees structural safety.

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