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Are There Any Household Items That You Cannot Salvage After My Little Rock Fire Damage?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen with fire, smoke, and soot damage. Let SERVPRO assist you through what to keep and not keep after your Little Rock fire damage.

Little Rock Homeowners Should Dispose Of These Three Items After Fire Damage

Residents of Little Rock need to be careful about which items they keep and which they dispose of after a fire. Many items can be preserved with professional help, but some things simply cannot be saved.

Figuring out what to keep and what to toss after fire damage in Little Rock is difficult. The time after such an incident is stressful, and it is only natural for homeowners to feel upset and confused. SERVPRO understands that the sight of one’s belongings blackened by soot is disturbing. 

Which Items Should You Not Try And Salvage After A Fire?

There are three items that you should not attempt to salvage after a fire:

  • Fresh food of any kind that was exposed to the fire – dispose of all fresh food that was within reach of smoke even if it looks ok as soot particles could contaminate it
  • Canned food near the source of the blaze – smoke and toxic chemicals can seep into cans, and high heat from a fire can spoil food
  • Medicines that were near the fire – smoke particles can penetrate medicine packaging and contaminate the contents

What About Everything Else?

Many other household items can be salvaged after a fire if you call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Little Rock / Cammack Village. Whether an item is salvageable depends on the extent of the damage, and it is impossible to say for sure until we have assessed each item individually.

The best way to save your precious belongings after a fire is to call our team as soon as possible. The quicker we can get to your home and assess the situation, the easier it will be for us to clean and salvage your household items.

Can Homeowners Do Anything To Preserve Items After Fire Damage?

We recommend leaving all cleaning activities to the professionals. However, homeowners can take a few small actions to help preserve items after fire damage:

  • Hang any damaged clothing outside on a clothesline so the air can dislodge some of the particles
  • If your sofa and chair cushions are wet from firefighting efforts, you can carefully prop them up so air can circulate
  • Place wooden blocks under furniture legs to prevent rust stains forming on wet carpets
  • Cover soiled items with plastic sheeting to prevent further damage
  • Open windows to encourage airflow

These steps should only be carried out if it is entirely safe for you to do. If in doubt, do not take action, but wait for our team to arrive.

What Can SERVPRO Clean After A Fire?

In many cases, we can clean and restore soft furnishings such as drapes and linen, furniture such as armchairs and tables, and smooth surfaces such as floors and ceilings. In many cases, these items would not be salvageable without using the specialist equipment and cleaning formulas we have at our disposal.

What Cleaning Methods Does SERVPRO Use?

We train our technicians in a wide range of cleaning methods. Here are some examples.

Dry cleaning using feather dusters, cloths, or vacuum cleaners is useful for very light soiling where a simple wipe down is enough to dislodge the soot. Dry cleaning is also a helpful way to loosen up the residue ahead of a more thorough cleaning.

Abrasion means using a more vigorous technique to scrub soot out of a surface. Abrasion often involves abrasive surfaces such as wire wool or a scrubbing pad, with a cleaning solution to provide lubricant and prevent damage to the surface. Our teams can also opt for a cleaning product with abrasive agents.

Wet cleaning is necessary for more deeply embedded dirt. Wet cleaning can be performed with or without chemical cleaning agents, depending on the material and the extent of the damage. 

Spot cleaning is the best technique for soft materials that require something more aggressive than simple dry cleaning, but which might be damaged by soaking. Spot cleaning means using a spray bottle to focus the cleaning solution on specific areas before wiping the solution and the soot away.

Foam cleaning is another technique that is ideal for materials that would not stand up to immersion or soaking. For example, if you have upholstery that might shrink if completely wet, foam cleaning is a less aggressive way to clean it.

We train our fire damage teams to assess each item and choose the safest and most effective cleaning method. That is why calling us is the best choice – working with professionals gives your items the best chance of survival.

If you are worried about fire damage, give SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village a call at (501) 443-1828.

Can My Little Rock Bedroom Be Restored After An Electrical Fire?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire Contact SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723 for expert flood damage service.

SERVPRO Can Provide Restoration for You Home and Contents in Little Rock

Electrical fires account for approximately 51,000 residential fires each. Of those fires, almost 500 people die, there are more than 1,400 injuries and over $1.3 billion in property damage. Many of these fires could be prevented with proper safety measures. If your Little Rock home experienced a fire, our professional technicians know how to mitigate the damage.

Do I Need to Toss My Bedding?

Your bedroom is a place of rest. You have put a good deal of time into decorating it just the way you want for the most comfort. In this case, a young lady decided to plug her phone charger into an extension cord while getting ready for bed. She tossed her phone on the bed. The end of the extension cord that the charger was plugged into also landed on the bed. Five minutes later, she smelled smoke. The extension cord had exposed wires near the plug. This resulted in her comforter catching on fire. Thankfully she was right there, and the fire damage in her Little Rock home was contained.

The comforter was a favorite. Because it ignited and left burnt spots, it most likely would need to be replaced. If it held special memories, it might be possible to clean it and have it patched by a seamstress. The sheets and pillowcases were not burnt and suffered minimal smoke damage. Clothing in the room had minor smoke film. SERVPRO’s content restoration team takes the following steps to clean clothing and linens:
•    Remove clothes from metal hangers immediately to oxidization on the items. If a room is safe to enter, owners can do this right away too.
•    Remove dry loose residue with compressed air. Blowing out the garments helps remove odor molecules and smoke particles.
•    Use a solvent-based spray odor counteractant. This counteracts the effects of the smoke odor.
•    Thermal fogging is an option for deodorization if laundering or dry cleaning is not enough to get rid of smoke smells.

What About My Mattress & Box Springs?

The good news is when the fire is minor, often the sides of the box springs are what is exposed to heavy smoke. The rest, including the mattress, is covered by blanks, comforters, and quilts. Ticking can occur when residues settle in the fabric coverings of the mattress and box springs. SERVPRO is often able to use the hot water extraction method used for upholstery to clean these two items. Keep in mind; this process does not make it “like new.” Any stain or pre-existing problems may not be removed.

The Area Rug Under My Bed Was Expensive – Can It Be Restored?

Carpets and rugs can typically be restored depending on the extent of the fire or water damage. When there is fire damage to any carpet and rug, our technicians check for:
    •    Test the fibers for shrinkage
    •    Test for colorfastness
    •    Test for water damage or charring

In this situation, there was no charring or water damage.  There is a possibility of chemicals from the fire extinguisher landing on the rug. Once the techs know what type of material they are dealing with, they can then proceed to steam clean the rug. If needed, it can be removed to the warehouse for in-plant cleaning and restoration.

The Whole House Smells Like Smoke

Smoke residues spread quickly through a home, even into areas unaffected by the fire itself. It can spread through the HVAC system as well. If a fire happens in the home, opening the windows quickly can help dissipate some of the smoke and soot. But to completely get rid of the odor, you want professional help. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) use a variety of products to remove the nasty smells caused by smoke.

Ozone generators destroy odors through an oxidation process. Electronic filters, air scrubbers, and ventilation fans help purify the air. We use several cleaning products to bring about various deodorizing actions. These include odor counteracting beads, deodorant granules or pellets, water-based counteractant, and thermal fogging. These are used in the proper combination to provide the best deodorizing techniques for your situation.

Quality Fire Damage Restoration You Can Trust

SERVPRO was able to restore this bedroom and deodorize the home. The results were, “Like it never even happened.” Fire is not something you want to have to experience. Even small contained fires like this one cause damage and interrupt your daily life. We provide quality fire damage restoration that gives you back your home as quickly as possible.

We understand it isn’t the size of the disaster but the response and care given to the situation. That is why our Green Team is available 4/7, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Problems like this don’t take a holiday, and neither do we.

Contact SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723 for expert flood damage service.

Does Exposure to Fire Soot Ruin Fabrics?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

flaming easy chair SERVPRO Says We Try To Clean and Salvage Fire Damaged Furnishings in Little Rock Homes, Whenever Possible

For Leading Fabric and Textile Fire Damage Restoration in Little Rock Use SERVPRO

How does soot harm textiles?

It is common for Little Rock homeowners to have many possessions that are constructed from fibers. In some cases, wall hangings or fitted textiles like carpets can sustain soot and smoke soiling after a property fire. Since most fibers are naturally porous, soot or smoke residues can easily penetrate textiles and become a persistent odor problem. Using the wrong cleaning methods can easily embed soiling further into the material. At the same time, extra care should be taken when opting to use solvents as these may affect the dye or quality of the fabric.

What are the correct methods for cleaning soots from textiles?

SERVPRO technicians have a tailored approach for any homeowner with fabric and textile fire damage in their Little Rock home. Cleaning methods for textiles cover wet cleaning using water, dry cleaning with solvent, mechanical cleaning using a rotary or hot water extraction. However, fabrics can differ significantly, which is why SERVPRO pre-test fabrics or materials on a small section to avoid inadvertently causing further harm. Colorfast fabrics are usually quite resilient and retain their color with non-abrasive wet cleaning methods. Carpets are generally synthetic fibers robust enough for mechanical cleaning. On the other hand, expensive materials like upholstery or draperies can be complicated and made up of different materials.

What are the most common fabrics that do sustain damage from the fire?

  • Mattresses and boxsprings which are usually colorfast
  • Lampshades which are often more economical to replace than restore
  • Fitted Carpets which in 98% of homes are synthetic
  • Upholstery can be extremely variable in weave and material and must be pre-tested

Restoring fabrics can be a daunting task without a solid knowledge of materials and how they respond to water, solvent, or abrasion. To ensure your fabrics have the best chance of making a recovery contact SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723.

How SERVPRO Restores Fire Damage in Little Rock

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

Flames approaching sprinkler head on fire suppression system Fire damage is devastating. SERVPRO has the tools and training to restore your home.

Restore Your Little Rock Home Efficiently After Fire Damage with Help From SERVPRO 

While the damage from flames may be your first concern after a fire in your home, our technicians at SERVPRO know that smoke and soot can be just as harmful. There are many compounds found in smoke that are not only toxic and acidic but also bring about foul odors, which is why it is best to have the help of trained technicians when you are dealing with fire loss. 

Residue from soot and smoke clings to ceilings, walls, and other surfaces like cabinets and countertops. We come into your home and address your fire damage in Little Rock, making sure to assess furniture, carpets, and other soft goods where removing soot and smoke residue can be difficult. The particles from smoke also travel via open-air and ductwork throughout your home, so this residue finds itself in rooms where the flames did not reach. These free-flowing particles like to flow into cooler spaces, often settling within building cavities or behind draperies. 

Fire Damage Cleanup 

To enjoy the right level of cleanup and restoration in your home, SERVPRO enlists technical procedures to address the smoke compounds that penetrate surfaces. Throughout our fire damage restoration efforts, we work to protect individuals and the rest of your home from coming into contact with toxins. Protective isolation barriers get put up between occupied and ruined spaces along with fans for ventilation. All of our technicians wear protective gear in the form of respirators, gloves, goggles, and protection on our feet to keep from tracking soiled debris throughout the home. 

Cleaning 

SERVPRO features Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) that understand the best methods for removing smoke residues from all surfaces. For any hard surface, we use we or dry cleaning procedures dependent on the residues and the type of surface. To address clothing, fabrics, and curtains, our skilled technicians have access to specialized alkaline detergents. For stubborn smoke residue on finished wood like tables, armoires, and chairs, our team uses the power of wood oil soaps for gentle, yet effective cleaning. 

Odor Removal 

Materials put out different odors while burning, so it is essential to use the right equipment and methods to remove all smells effectively. We use deodorization techniques like water-based odor counteractants or thermal fogging to remove smells on surfaces. 

Never deal with a fire damage situation on your own! Call us at SERVPRO of Central Little Rock/Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723, and we will come to your home to start the assessment process. 

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Fire Cleanup In Your Little Rock Property

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Leave the Fire Cleanup in Your Little Rock Property to Skilled Professionals

Without proper mitigation, even a slight amount of soot on a variety of surfaces throughout your home can leave lingering odors. While you may think that tackling fire cleanup on your own is a good idea, there are many techniques that only the professionals are aware of. Because the heat from a fire changes things on a chemical level, not everything shows up to the naked eye. This is when hiring the professionals at SERVPRO is the best and only way to make sure that your home returns to normal.

If your home requires fire cleanup in Little Rock, invisible changes throughout your interior must be taken into consideration. Undetected soot and smoke residue along with moisture can make the house uncomfortable to live in or make you and your family sick. SERVPRO technicians understand all of the risks associated with shoddy restoration methods, so we have developed tried-and-true methods to ensure our customers enjoy stellar results.

Throughout your home, electrical outlets within the walls can suffer from damage from the fire’s heat, as well as the water used to extinguish the flames. Smoke getting pushed around via air currents also gets under your cabinets, into wall cavities, and other dead spaces. Outlets that no longer work is just a single aspect of the fire damage present.

As hot smoke gets into your home’s hollow spaces, it settles along the sides and bottom where trapped. Smoke includes gases from materials burned as well as solid particles, which make up the soot and residue found on all surfaces. This is also where the majority of foul odors come from after the fire.

Once you call SERVPRO for fire clean up, we do an assessment and go over best practices for removing odors from your home. Air scrubbers clean up the air while our team cleans up debris, but we also have thermal fogging technology that bonds with hidden smoke particles. After the fog bonds with the particles, they are no longer able to disintegrated into smaller particles flowing through the air.

We have the training necessary to tackle your fire restoration needs. Our skilled SERVPRO technicians are trained through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) with certificates for Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT). We can get to work eliminating odor-causing residue and soot to make it “Like it never even happened.”

You can reach us at SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village when you need help with fire cleanup, and we will send a team out promptly!

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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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Little Rock Residents Call On SERVPRO for Fire Loss Cleanup and Restoration Services

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Grizzly Bear Standing up in forest with a fire in the background Can't Bear to Cleanup Your Little Rock Fired Damaged Home? No Need to Get Lost in the Woods! Call SERVPRO for Fast Restoration

Fire Damage Cleanup Differs from Basic Housekeeping in Little Rock

Homeowners who try to shoulder the entire burden of cleanup after residential fires in Little Rock might not realize how different fire residues are from typical household soiling. Not only are they unaware of the characteristics of the surface-coating soot and airborne particulates and how to most efficiently clean them, but they also minimize the hazards of managing with the toxic and corrosive nature of the debris. Teaming with professional fire recovery experts offers a much higher chance of a successful outcome.

Fire and Smoke Restoration Is a Science
After Little Rock fire damage occurs, using the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) best practices is crucial when responding. Our team of managers and crew members completes comprehensive IICRC training as Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) before assessing a fire loss scenario. We learn about the behavior of smoke, the range of soot consistencies matched with the proper products and techniques for removal, deodorization strategies that go beyond masking and cover-ups, and advanced air quality improvement innovations.

Specific Fire Damage Remediation Protocols Protect Your Investment
Inadequate cleanup after a fire creates the potential for long term and progressive deterioration of structures and persistent air quality issues. Professional assessment of all surfaces in your home, even many rooms and levels away from the fire site, determines the perimeter of the worksite. Failing to identify and clean residues cause discoloration of surfaces, tarnishing and etching of metals and glass, and eventual breakdown of building materials. SERVPRO assessment specialists determine a work plan implemented by our skilled technicians to remove or manage all fire residues, including the tiny particles that carry persistent odors.

Homeowners Can Be Part of the Team
Once SERVPRO experts codify a project agenda, many tasks can be completed by you to control costs or permit you to take responsibility for specific jobs. The key is following the lead of the project manager or crew chief. Property owners can take on steps like washing dishes, cleaning out pantry items exposed to heat, soot, and smoke, laundry and dry cleaning, and a host of other needed tasks as advised by our professionals and your insurance carrier.  

SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village looks forward to working with you to return your fire damaged home to preloss condition. As the firefighters begin packing up, call us at (501) 217-8723 for a swift and comprehensive assessment and a practical recovery plan.

Our Certified Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your Little Rock Home After A Fire Disaster

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

After fire damage we wipe down the smoke residue and set up a hydroxyl generator to help remove the harmful airborne particles.

Fire Damage Cleaning And Restoration For Little Rock Homes

Being the literal center of our state, Little Rock residents get used to much attention from everywhere else. Over time, we even ignore much of it, just like a teenager quickly learns to ignore the bag of trash by the back door. Fires and their effects are much harder to ignore, however.

Restoring homes in Little Rock with fire damage means being able to handle a wide variety of issues and damage. SERVPRO teams training to strict industry standards as laid out by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Certification (IICRC). 

As an example, one recent two-story home had such a variety. The fire started in the dryer vent in the laundry room, and spread to the garage and living room, keeping the physical damage to those rooms, and the first floor, for the most part. Upstairs, every hallway and room filled with smoke coming up through the foyer and the staircase, which meant residue and odor damage. 

That meant much of the team’s initial efforts downstairs were demolishing and disposing of the structural and personal property too damaged for restoration or repair. On the second floor, SERVPRO technicians set up fans to increase air circulation and draw odors out of the home through the windows. 

After demolition, team members cleaned every remaining surface to remove smoke and soot particles and residues. Since these were closer to the fire origin, the residues were thicker than those farther away upstairs. Here, technicians needed strong cleaners to break them up for removal. They also contained a deodorizing agent to counteract and eliminate the odors before installing replacement items like drywall panels and ceiling tiles over the existing structure. 

On the second floor, removing residues had unique problems. Since the smoke traveled upstairs, there were residues and larger particles covering the carpeted staircase. That meant the team leader restricted work upstairs to avoid grinding them into the nape of the carpet, so it was necessary to shampoo and clean the stairs before anything else upstairs.

With these first actions, SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village begins the process to return every home to its pre-fire condition so homeowners can return to their pre-fire lives. If your residence here or in the surrounding area needs restoration after a fire, call us immediately at (501) 217-8723 to get started. We are here for you.

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Fire Damage in Little Rock Homes Necessitates the Removal of Soot and Ash

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO take the heat off of you.

We know the struggle, we will be happy to help you through the smoke. 

Although you have enough experience in using stovetops and other appliances used to prepare and cook meals, a fire can start in your kitchen without you knowing it. Some reasons fires start in the kitchen include leaving stoves on, failing to keep flammable oils properly, and setting the fryer’s temperature too high. After extinguishing the fire, you need to remove the water, ash, soot, and smoke. 

Dealing with the soot and ash after a fire damages your Little Rock home is daunting. Soot can stick to kitchen surfaces like walls, counters, and ceilings. You can seek help from SERVPRO franchise professionals to repair smoke damage and remove unpleasant odors linked with smoke. Once we get into a home, we make a preliminary assessment of the surfaces requiring cleaning. If a surface has a stain or semi-gloss paint cover, our technicians can clean, wash and restore it. Walls that have flat paint can be hard to clean completely. In such a situation, we can remove most of the soot and residue from the surface and then repaint the walls. 

Soot and ash can cause discoloration and corrosion of affected surfaces and a powerful odor if you do not remove them quickly. Ash can cause discoloration and corrosion within minutes, and the destruction could be irreversible. Plastic items discolor quickly, metals can corrode and fiberglass can turn yellow. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can use a soft brush to sweep off ash from countertops, chairs, benches, and tables. We can use a dust cloth to remove the ash from most other surfaces.

Our SERVPRO FSRT can use cleaning methods that break the bond between soot and surface materials to remove soot from countertops and other surfaces. We can use chemical cleaners to dislodge the soot. Once we remove the ash and soot, we can tackle any lingering smoke smell. Some equipment we use to remove smoke odors includes: 

  • Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers
  • Thermal foggers
  • Air scrubbers
  • Hydroxyl machines 

Our crews are trained in the latest fire damage remediation procedures and techniques and can restore your home to its preloss state within a short time. We have expertise in restoring smoke-damaged electronic equipment, peripheral devices, and computer consoles. We can also provide your insurance firm with a list of non-salvageable items to expedite the claims process. 

When a fire has damaged your home in Cammack Village or the surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723. We are available on a 24-hour basis and can make the ash and soot damage look “Like it never even happened.” 

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Restoration of Severe Fire Damage in Little Rock Home

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Life is hard enough, rely on SERVPRO to help with you fire damage issues.

Don’t let fire damage cloud your home in smelly odors, call SERVPRO today.

Many of the fire damage calls we receive are for small scale fire damage. Sometimes the size of the fire damage encompasses the majority of the structure, and we go piece by piece finding restorable items for the homeowner.

Our SERVPRO location received a call regarding fire damage in a Little Rock home caused by an overheated plug that in turn sparked inside the wall and caused a fire that quickly spread throughout most of the house. The origination point of the fire had the most significant amount of damage and the least amount of restoration potential.

Using controlled demolition techniques, technicians removed charred debris and ruined contents that were a fire loss. This action assists in securing the structure and getting it ready for rebuilding. Our technicians went room by room and inspected the contents to find restorable items for the homeowner and save as much as possible through our proprietary cleaning methods.

After a fire of this size, the odor left behind is significant and permeates the entire structure. Ventilation, while we work, is a crucial part of the odor control process. The neutralization of odor-causing soot particles must happen before the restoration of the property can occur.

Robust methods for fighting strong odors left behind by fire include hydroxyl generators, thermal fogging and ozone machines — all three work towards eliminating odors. Hydroxyl generators work using UV light much like the Sun and quickly removes odor-causing molecules. Our technicians chose to use the ozone machine which destroys odors and bacteria, leaving the property without residual pungent scents.

A final application of thermal fogging mimics the way smoke permeates wood and porous objects in the structure and the heated solvent works to neutralize any odors hiding deep within the structure. Once completed, the property was deemed ready for rebuilding by the adjuster.

Contact SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723 when you need fast mitigation of fire damage. Our emergency response team has the specialized equipment and expertise to make your fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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How to Take the Headache Out of Fire Damage Remediation in Little Rock

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes even your highly used and trusted toaster oven can be the cause of a kitchen fire. Facing fire damage can be stressful. Contact SERVPRO.

Mitigating Kitchen Appliance Fire Damage in a Little Rock Rental Home

After a long day at work, it is a blessing to be able to throw a leftover seasoned chicken breast in your toaster oven and have a quick dinner without much effort. However, when you smell burnt food and find your toaster oven has caught fire, it can cause a surprising amount of fire damage on your kitchen counter and overhead cabinets, as well as a noticeable and unpleasant odor.

If you have fire damage in your Little Rock rental home, certified SERVPRO technicians are equipped with the tools and knowledge to clean and restore damage through mitigation instead of leaving you to deal with costly replacements.

When you call SERVPRO, our team can evaluate the damage to your kitchen, and examine the types of soot and smoke in your kitchen. For small kitchen fires, soot can be dry and easy to clean, but surfaces may have a foul odor from burnt food particles, metal, or plastic. After the initial assessment, our technicians can begin cleaning your walls, counters, and cabinets. The insides of cabinets may also need cleaning to ensure complete removal of soot and odors.

If proteins such as chicken, beef, or fish burn in an accidental fire, it can leave a greasy residue and noticeable odor that requires thorough cleaning and deodorizing to eliminate. After extensive manual cleaning, our certified professionals use such devices as thermal foggers to either atomize safe, industrial-grade deodorizers or create a dense fog that kills odors by having small particles of deodorizing agent bond with the agents causing these smells on a microscopic level. This method of deodorizing is best applied to contained spaces such as kitchen fires.

SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village offers 24/7 emergency cleanup services for any size disaster. Call us at (501) 217-8723 today to request assistance.

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To Avoid Potential Hazards After A Fire In Your Little Rock Home, Call Our Experts For Assistance!

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach our SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village fire restoration specialists 24 hours a day by calling (501) 217-8723.

Structural Concerns Following A Fire In Your Little Rock Home

After any disaster that can affect your Little Rock home, you want to quickly assess the structural integrity of the property to deduce which areas require demolition and reconstruction. Often this is a step that homeowners cannot do on their own, as they lack the expertise to identify even moderate damages and can allow potentially hazardous elements to remain installed after disasters like fires.

One of the problematic aspects of recovery after fire damage affects your Little Rock property is deciding to leave it to the hands of professionals. Even with our reputable SERVPRO team, homeowners still want to have a hands-on approach to bringing their property to its original conditions quickly. Truthfully, there are many risks and hazards present in a home whenever combustion occurs. Smoke and soot particulates can be hazardous to breathe, but also chemical reactions and gases could also prove detrimental to unprotected individuals.

Structural assessment is one of the first aspects of our mitigation and restoration approaches. With aspects like fire debris removal, our team on site must know what materials and areas of your home require demolition and tear out to allow reconstruction efforts to follow to be more efficient. Likewise, we can assess which areas only require cleaning and deodorization but do not require removal to restore entirely.

Our SERVPRO team has personal protective equipment designed to protect us from the often harmful particulates and matter in the environment following a newly extinguished fire. We can run equipment like our hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers to help improve indoor air quality through processes like tear out and clean up. The on-board HEPA filter can trap dust, debris, soot, smoke particles, and even contaminated particulates to make the air safer to breathe.

Many potential hazards ensure that inspection and debris removal processes should get performed by trained professionals like ours. You can reach our SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village fire restoration specialists 24 hours a day by calling (501) 217-8723.

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Some Tips to Help You Recover From Fire Damage in Your Little Rock Home

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

When fire damage affects your home, contact the team at SERVPRO to remediate the damage and restore your home.

Little Rock's Fire Damage Technicians Talk About Coordinating Production

Whenever a fire takes place on your Little Rock property, there could be several work processes needed to restore your home. Even the smallest burns can cause fire damage to negatively affect your house. More severe fires can involve several steps to mitigate and reconstruct. If the blaze burns a good portion of your home, structural reconstruction could have to be completed along with the typical restoration procedures. Part of our SERVPRO team's responsibilities as your fire damage restoration contractor is to coordinate all of the work activities efficiently.
 
We know that time is money and our SERVPRO technicians have set procedures we follow to stay organized. During any fire damage project in Little Rock, we make efforts to complete the job as quickly as possible so that we save you and your insurance company money. In some cases, we can handle all mitigation procedures ourselves, and we can easily coordinate all of the procedures promptly. In other situations, we utilize the help of subcontractors to complete certain parts of the restoration or reconstruction work.
 
We keep a record of all of the work completed by any subcontractor and make sure we use the ones that are the most reliable. We coordinate all work completed by other companies so that their work does not conflict with any other process. After each job gets completed, we inspect the subcontractor's work and record details of the finished job.
 
We keep a file on each project that includes inspections throughout the process. We then compile a final estimate based on all of the work that was completed by our technicians and any subcontractors. The estimate includes details of all of the work completed as well as photo documentation. We then forward the estimate over to your insurance adjuster and let them go through it. Before we complete the job, we do a final walk-through with you and make sure that there is no more work needed.
 
If you ever suffer even minor issues after a fire burns on your property, call SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 391-1887 24 hours a day.

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Bring the Wet Fog in to Get the Smoke Out of Your Little Rock Home

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke quickly travels from a fire into all areas of your house. ULV Foggers is one tool that SERVPRO uses to neutralize the smoke odor.

Benefits of Wet Fogging to Little Rock Homeowners

Fogging, a deodorization process, removes smoke odor and residue from Little Rock homes. Fogging creates small deodorizer particles. As a result, the particles penetrate surfaces and eliminate smoke odor and vapor.

To ensure your home is odor free, SERVPRO fire damage technicians in Little Rock use an Ultra Low Volume fogger. The Ultra Low Volume fogger is a deodorizing machine that atomizes deodorizing agents while spraying a fine mist. The wet fogger is capable of generating deodorizing particles measuring 8 – 15 microns. Because of their small size, the particles can penetrate all surfaces where smoke odor and residues are accumulating.

As an effective deodorizer in fire damages, SERVPRO technicians apply deodorants and sealers in your crawl spaces and attic. To inject the deodorizing agent into wall cavities, we use hose attachments. During the deodorizing process, we take every precaution not to over fog your carpets. To protect different surfaces in your home, we use drop cloths.

Benefits of the Ultra Low Volume fogger

Easy to operate

A ULV fogger is easy to operate. We fill the tank, plug the fogger into a power outlet and turn it on. We can leave the fogger working and turn it off after a specified duration.

Quiet

An electric ULV fogger is generally quiet during operation. The silence is beneficial especially in urban areas where excessive noise is a problem.

Use of water and oil-based deodorizing agents

ULV foggers can work with both water and oil based deodorizing agents. We prefer water based deodorizing agents as they are environmentally friendly. They are not harmful to plants and are not classified as a fire safety risk.

Utilizes low amount of deodorizing agent

A ULV fogger is capable of producing small deodorant particles measuring 8 to 15 microns. Since they are small, they can penetrate crevices, cracks and other hard to reach areas. To keep the particles airborne for long, SERVPRO fire damage technicians use fans.

Low cost

The machine uses a low amount of deodorant agent to get rid of smoke odor and residue from your home. As a result, it lowers the cost of operation.

High work rate

Our technicians prefer ULV foggers for their high work rate. As such, they are great in deodorizing large areas. Also, the machine is useful where rapid response is required and where there are little logistical problems for supplies.

SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village is a locally-owned and operated company with a team of experienced fire damage experts. To keep your home smoke odor free, call our 24/7 emergency line at (501) 217-8723.

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A Hair Dryer Left on Inside Your Little Rock Bathroom Can Cause a Fire

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Little Rock Walk-In Closets and Bathrooms Fire and Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO for Help

Small Fire & Soot Damage inside a Little Rock Home Gets Cleaned and Restored by SERVPRO  

Hair dryers are meant to heat your hair and dry it, however, when the heating element inside malfunctions it may become a little too hot and cause fire damage inside of your bathroom. Realizing you forgot to start your washing machine, you neglect to turn off your hair dryer while you go and address your mistake. However, it is during that time that the heating element shorts out and causes a fire inside the device while it is sitting on your counter.

Soon enough the flames spread to other items on the countertop and begin to cause fire damage inside of your Little Rock Bathroom. Articles like tissues, hair products, makeup, and cotton swabs all light up due to their easy flammability. Because the fire is near the bathroom window, it is close enough to jump to your curtain, and then soon it can spread to your wooden medicine cabinet. In the short time it takes you to get your washing cycle going and come back upstairs, you need to run for your fire extinguisher.
 
While the situation happened so suddenly that it could make your head spin, it is essential you call for help right away. Promptly reaching out to a company like SERVPRO allows for the technicians to begin the remediation as soon as possible. When it comes to soot and ash, addressing the damage with speed helps improve the success rate of the job.
 
Soot can yellow plastics the longer that it lays on the surface, as well as wear the varnish on your wooden medicine cabinet. The bubbling hair and makeup products can stain your countertops, but swiftly addressing them makes it less likely that the stain can linger after cleaning.
 
When SERVPRO arrives, the first thing our technicians can do is remove the ruined makeup and hair products, as well as the remaining burn fibers of your curtains. Getting the burnt bits of fabric and plastic containers away from the rest of the mess helps set up for the cleaning of the sooty film.
 
To remove the soot from your wooden cabinet and your countertops, our technicians can apply lubricative cleaning solutions. While it may take longer to remove the soot than the chemical alternative, it can be more gentle on the material being cleaned. We can repeat the same process on your walls and your bathroom mirror, even reworking a few times until the mess is removed. At the end of the job, our goal is for you to feel "Like it never even happened."
 
If an accident causes a small fire in your home, always call for help immediately. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village by dialing (501) 217-8723. 24/7, we are open to you.

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Cleaning The Various Components Is Crucial During Fire Damage Restoration In Little Rock

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Different fire damage incidents cause varying degrees of destruction, and our experts will determine what to repair and replace.

Cleaning The Various Components Is Crucial During Fire Damage Restoration

Different fire damage incidents cause varying degrees of destruction, and it is the work of restoration professionals to determine what to repair and what to replace. Unique skills are needed to deal with water damage, remove smoke residues, and repair your items and the structure. We know the importance of starting the restoration work as soon as possible and make sure your Little Rock home or business premise returns to its earlier state.

Apart from cleaning the smoke particles from the structure after a fire damage incident in Little Rock, our SERVPRO technicians also clean the various items in the structure - such as attics, lighting fixtures, windows, insulation, drapery rods, and fixtures. When we are cleaning the drapery rods and fixtures, we start by inspecting the drapery rod and the kind of material in the drapery - the material can either be wooden, plastic, or metal. We ascertain that it is not loose so that it does not fall off when we are cleaning. We usually prefer dry cleaning and select a cleaning agent which efficiently cleans the material. When necessary, we use silicone spray to lubricate its moving components.

When our SERVPRO team is cleaning windows and glass, we are careful not to streak the glass. To achieve that, we put a low-alkaline glass cleaner in a spray bottle and apply on the smoke residues. By using a squeegee, we can remove the particles. Usually, the appearance of the insulation changes when it comes into contact with smoke residues. That does not compromise its insulation properties. We usually take off and replace the upper 3-4 inches of the insulation and cover it with a new layer.

If there is unfinished wood in the interior of the cabinet, our SERVPRO team can use a dry cleaning sponge to remove the particles. In some instance, we may decide to use denatured alcohol if there is a possibility of setting the particles into the wood pores. Sanding may be the last resort if some residues are still in position.

At SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village, we have the right equipment, expertise and training to deal with Any Size Disaster. Call us at (501) 217-8723 when you face any fire, mold, storm, and water damage.

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Smoke And Soot Damage Removal For Your Little Rock Residence

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Of all of the disasters and unfortunate circumstances that could befall your Little Rock home, fires are often among the worst.

Smoke And Soot Damage Removal

Of all of the disasters and unfortunate circumstances that could befall your Little Rock home, fires are often among the worst. Their general unpredictability and lack of warning allow them to be often more destructive than other varieties of disasters that could affect your home, even when the affected area is not widespread. Combating the effects from these fires is typically well out of the wheelhouse of a homeowner, but fortunately, there is always a professional restoration team available to help you in your time of need.

While fire damages can present themselves in your Little Rock home in a multitude of ways, often homeowners contend with smoke and soot damage universally, no matter how substantial the fire was. Our SERVPRO fire restoration technicians get well equipped to handle all manner of fire damage that could affect your home and have the tools and experience to work quickly in restoring this smoke and soot damage.

Soot damage can often also get referred to as a coating or residue left behind after a fire has gotten extinguished. Cleaning practices vary based on the location of the soot and its concentration on the surface, leading to a multitude of approaches with removing it. In some cases, a wet sponge is sufficient for removal, while in other instances, a high powered vacuum is necessary.

Smoke damage often lingers behind after a fire in the form of a noxious odor that makes comfortable living stressful in the house, even if the other damages were not severe. Deodorization is a critical element to our SERVPRO fire restoration plan, though it is often one of the final steps in the process. Thermal fogging is typically used to deodorize the area, which releases a dense chemical compound to neutralize harsh odor molecules on contact.

This blog is just a small piece of the restoration process for you to understand and appreciate. Our fire restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village are always ready to handle any situation that you might face. Give us a call 24/7 at (501) 217-8723.

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SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village Seeking Production Manager

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Now Hiring

If you are looking for a new home in the production management field, SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village is currently seeking a qualified candidate to oversee restoration projects from the time of acquisition through the receipt of payment. This position requires excellent communication skills, as you are the liaison for the company to both insurance adjusters and the homeowner.

Your role is to set production schedules and monitor work to ensure that these timetables stay accurate. You work closely with both the homeowner and their respective insurance representative to ensure that all facets of the restoration project go as smoothly as possible. It is critical that a candidate for this position is assertive and driven to succeed, as we intend to continue being the best restoration company available for residents and commercial properties in Little Rock, Cammack Village, and its surrounding areas.

You can expect this position to come with competitive pay, benefits, and opportunities for further advancement within the company.

We are looking for:

* A candidate with a minimum of 3 years in service industry management – does not have to be restoration related, but experience in the field is desirable.
* Organized self-motivated candidates who can set deadlines and see that they are met.
* Someone with great verbal and written communication skills.
* A candidate with basic math and mechanical skills comparable to an average handyman.
Someone who is in good physical health.
* A multi-tasker who can handle several projects simultaneously.
* A business-minded candidate who cares about boosting our revenue while cutting our costs.
* Someone who is willing to travel as needed.
* Basic computing skills and knowledge of office equipment. (Experience with Xactimate is desirable).


College experience and an understanding of the restoration process is desired but not a requirement for employment in this position, we can train the right candidate.

SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will never discriminate personnel practices on account of race, disability, sex, veteran status, nation of origin, or any characteristic protected by law.

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Central Little Rock/Cammack Village will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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Highly-Qualified Fire Damage Technicians Make A Difference In Little Rock

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Fire Damage Cleanup in Little Rock Is a SERVPRO Cornerstone of Services

Cleanup and Restoration Is Assured with the Skilled Personnel of SERVPRO 

Cleanup after a fire in Little Rock may seem straightforward, but our restoration experts know that the process has a researched and proven set of protocols to be most successful. The cause of the fire, the materials burned, and the methods used to knock down the flames are all part of the puzzle we solve as our team brings your home back from devastated to “Like it never even happened.”

Kitchen fire damage in Little Rock often results from cooking accidents or appliance malfunctions. The strategies used by our restoration crews vary depending on the sparking source, any accelerants, and the firefighting efforts. Which structural components and household contents combusted and suffered the brunt of the blaze weigh into our assessment of the scene. We also consider whether the home’s HVAC system was operating and if vents were open to the smoke and soot created.
 
SERVPRO fire damage crews train extensively concerning how these variables modify the restoration plans for your damaged home. During initial IICRC training, our technicians master the basic concepts of fire restoration. Throughout the ensuing years with our company, employees review, continue and expand upon that instruction by in-person and online based advanced coursework. Rest assured that when we drive up to your home fire scenario, our crew is prepared thoroughly for the work ahead, including the integration of any recent innovations developed in the restoration industry.
 
We first stabilize and protect your property, including board-up and tarping services if indicated. Then we evaluate the extent and severity of the fire damage, testing all spaces of your home for involvement. Water damage from firefighting is typical, and that is managed first for safety and to prevent progressive deterioration. Then a full-spectrum, personalized SERVPRO cleanup commences, with tools, products, and techniques precisely matched to the characteristics of the fire your home experienced.
 
Crews remove soot and smoke from walls, ceilings, woodwork, furnishings, fixtures, and all other surfaces. We gauge the harm to the contents of your home, sometimes inventorying and packing out items to restore at our production facility. SERVPRO offers up to date deodorization techniques that eradicate the unpleasant smells a fire leaves, a permanent solution and not just a short-term cover up with synthetic perfumes that can add to the unacceptable air quality issues following a fire.
 
One call to SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723 starts a process that ends only when your fire-damaged home emerges after our effort in preloss condition. The training and experience our technicians possess make each project we take on a success.

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