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

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Fire Damage Smoke And Soot Damage Removal For Your Little Rock Residence 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)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village Seeking Production Manager 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)

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