Monthly Archives: August 2015

Avoid Hazards of Sand and Soda Blasting: Experienced and Affordable General Contractor in Springdale, AR

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Do you have a project, which requires sand or soda blasting? These techniques can be used on many different surfaces, depending on the needs of specific jobs. Here are some of the general uses of each process:

  • Sand blasting: Larger-scale jobs like resurfacing a swimming pool to blasting a car frame 
  • Soda blasting: Better suited for projects requiring a less intrusive treatment such as a car body to prevent warping, cleaning substrates with damage or removing heavy soot after a fire

If you aren’t familiar with these powerful techniques, many risks are involved for inexperienced workers. Here is additional information to help you learn more about sand and soda blasting, so you can remain safe.

Abrasive Blasting Materials

Several factors determine the selection of particular abrasive blasting materials. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Fact Sheet, the decision to use a certain ones can depend on the following:

  • Cost
  • Job specifications
  • Environment
  • Worker health

Some frequently used abrasive materials include:

  • Silica sand (crystalline)
  • Coal slag
  • Garnet sand
  • Nickel slag
  • Copper slag
  • Glass (beads or crushed)
  • Steel shot
  • Steel grit
  • Specular hematite (iron ore)

Alternative, less toxic blasting materials include:

  • Dry ice
  • Plastic bead media
  • Sponge
  • Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)

Safety Precautions

Blasting techniques require important safety precautions, which experienced professionals like those at NWA Restore It, Inc. practice. Some of these include:

  • Identify any hazards and assign a knowledgeable person trained to eliminate them.
  • Use engineering and administrative controls, personal protective equipment including respiratory protection.
  • Engineering controls, such as substitution, isolation, containment, and ventilation are the primary means of preventing or reducing exposures to airborne hazards during abrasive blasting operations.
  • Administrative controls, including the use of good work and personal hygiene practices, can also reduce exposure.

Here are some of the important personal protective equipment items we use while doing a sand or soda blasting job:

  • Hearing protection
  • Eye and face protection
  • Helmet
  • Leather gloves that protect to full forearm and
  • Aprons (or coveralls)
  • Safety shoes or boots

More Information About Affordable General Contractor in Springdale, AR

With decades of experience, NWA Restore It, Inc. ensures safe and effective sand and soda blasting, We complete every job to meet high standards while taking the necessary precautions. You can always depend on our 35 employees, 18 trucks and several hundred pieces of the most advanced equipment.

Some of our other services include the following:

  • Fire and water damage
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Water extraction
  • Roofing assessment and repair

In addition, our specialists handle:

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Mold remediation
  • Wood floor restoration
  • Hazardous material removal
  • Many other jobs

Our reputation is built on old-fashioned customer service because we care about doing jobs correctly and safely. We work hard to protect our respected reputation by constantly focusing on training. NWA also follows IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards.

For quality work and peace of mind that every job will be completed safely, call NWA Restore It, Inc. for 24/7 emergency service or to schedule an appointment today.

Healthy School Environments to Increase Learning: Mold Remediation in Rogers, AR

 

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As we approach the beginning of a new school year, it is important to consider ways to keep schools healthy places for our children. When they leave our homes, we need to know that they are spending their time in safe and clean spaces during the day. Addressing that concern, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified specific problems that we need to resolve in “Kids Learn Best in Healthy Environments.”

According to this report, “53 million children and 6 million adults in the U.S. spend a significant portion of their days in more than 120,000 public and private school buildings. Many of these buildings are old, in poor condition, and may contain environmental conditions that pose increased risks to the health of children and staff. Reducing exposures to environmental hazards in schools can help children’s health. Healthier school environments enable children to learn and produce more in the classroom which can improve their performance and achievements later in life.”

Related Health Problems and Sources of Mold

In addition, this report notes that individual school districts needed to deal with serious issues such mold and mildew. Potential health problems may result including irritation of the following:

  • Eyes
  • Skin
  • Nose
  • Throat
  • Lungs

Molds can produce allergens that trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in children and others who are allergic to mold. Some molds are known to produce powerful toxins and/or irritants. They can be discovered on any surface and multiply in the presence of moisture and oxygen. Molds can grow on the following:

  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Carpet
  • Foods
  • Insulation

“Kids Learn Best in Healthy Environments” stresses that “The presence of moisture within school and building structures stimulates the growth of molds and other biological contaminants. The key to mold control is moisture control.” Moisture and uncontrolled humidity problems may include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the school building
  • Unvented combustion appliances

In addition, moisture in school environments can invite mites, roaches and rodents, which are associated with asthma and other diseases. If the thought of those additional problems made you cringe, here are some suggestions from the EPA for preventing moisture and condensation problems from turning into serious mold issues.

Steps to Prevent Mold and Control Moisture

  • Maintain indoor humidity levels below 60%, ideally between 30% and 50% when possible.
  • Clean and dry any wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Fix leaky plumbing and roof leaks in the school as soon as possible.
  • Check regularly for condensation and wet spots.
  • Address sources of moisture problems as soon as possible.
  • Scrub mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/mold and www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/pdfs/publications/ moldfactsheet.pdf.

More Information About Mold Remediation in Rogers, AR

Have you already discovered a serious mold problem in your school or other facility? Do you need immediate, effective and affordable mold remediation? Contact NWA Restore It, Inc. to schedule an appointment now.

Upholstery Cleaning and Sofa Stain Rescue: Affordable General Contractor Services in Springdale, AR

 

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When you finally arrive at your house after a long day at work, you probably flop on your couch. You kick off your muddy shoes and dump your bags, which have picked up dirt along the way home. As your kids tumble back in the house and greet you, they spread more grime as they jump up to join you on the sofa.

When it’s time for some snacks, one of your children accidentally spills some juice on the couch. You scrub at the stain for an hour, but now it actually looks worse. When you search for some remedies, you discover “Knowing How to Clean a Couch Properly” by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and  Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Tips for Cleaning Microfiber and Leather

Here are some of the IICRC tips for cleaning couches, which are generally made up of microfiber or leather:

  • Microfiber: These sofas tend to attract more soil, which can become embedded in the fabric. The first step is to locate the problem areas and remove the dry soil and debris first. According to the IIRC, “The soil that is beneath the surface of the fibers has to be suspended in some form of solution and then removed using an agitator and steam applicator or another special vacuum. Because microfiber sofas are usually made from polyester, they should not be exposed to large quantities of water for long, as this can leave a permanent mark.”
  • Leather: Although these sofas don’t attract as much soil as microfiber couches, any visible soil and debris should be removed from leather ones before starting treatment. In general, dirt generally does not penetrate leather, so only surface treatment is usually needed. Gentle detergents, followed with oil specifically made for restoring leather, is the best approach. The secret for preserving leather is moisturizing the material. Without regular treatment, leather furniture can become sticky, rough or discolored.

Problems to Avoid

If you have tackled tough stains on your sofa, you already know that even the most diligent efforts can backfire. Without the proper knowledge, you may inadvertently cause more harm than good.

Here are some of the problems to avoid:

  • Applying too much water
  • Using the wrong chemicals or detergents
  • Failing to remove all loose soil and debris

Stain and dirt removal may be nearly impossiblel without a high-powered vacuum and formulated stain fighting solutions, which professionals use. Homeowners attempting to treat leather may permanently scratch a sofa. Once the damage is done, these mistakes cannot be rectified.

Professional Upholstery Cleaning

THe IICRC stresses that “Certified professionals are trained to remove dry and penetrated soil after it has been suspended. With powerful HEPA certified vacuums, safe suspension solutions, and well-designed wet applicators and agitators, a professional will have no trouble extracting as much soil as possible.

“Just as important as the treatment process, though, is how the furniture dries. Do-it-yourselfers often leave too much water behind after treating the sofa, and this can cause the furniture to soil faster in the future or facilitate mold growth. A professional knows exactly how to treat the sofa without causing drying issues, making this a much safer option for a family.”

Reliable Stain Removal

If your family enjoys gathering on your sofa and other upholstered chairs in your home, the materials covering your furniture can take a beating. These areas will readily show the following:

  • Food stains
  • Pet hair
  • Embedded dirt

After you’ve used your fireplace or experienced a fire in your home, upholstery can also hold the smoke and other odors for weeks or months. You’ll notice an unpleasant odor in your home, which deodorizing aerosols simply won’t eliminate.

NWA Restore It, Inc. offers professional cleaning services for all of the upholstery in your home. Our experienced and highly skilled team will leave your sofas and chairs completely clean and eliminate all offensive odors. We follow the IICRC standards and train accordingly. NWA Restore It, Inc. is dedicated to providing complete customer satisfaction. For affordable general contractor services in Springdale, AR, contact us to schedule an appointment today.

Protect Your Family From Lead Paint Hazards: HAZMAT Cleanup in Rogers, AR

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Have you been concerned about paint chips, which you find crumbling in the back of your closets? When you sweep the floor, do you discover more of these broken pieces around the baseboards of your home? If you purchased a home that was built before 1978, you may have cause for concern.

Tips to Protect Your Family

In “Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offer important information on this subject. To begin, the report provides “Simple Steps to Protect Your Family from Lead Hazards” including:

  • Don’t try to remove lead-based paint yourself.
  • Always keep painted surfaces in good condition to minimize deterioration.
  • Get your home checked for lead hazards.
  • Regularly clean floors, windowsills and other surfaces.
  • Take precautions to avoid exposure to lead dust when remodeling.

In addition:

  • When renovating, repairing or painting, hire only EPA- or state-approved Lead-Safe certified renovation firms.
  • Before buying, renting or renovating your home, have it checked for lead-based paint.
  • Consult your health care provider about testing your children for lead. Your pediatrician can check for lead with a simple blood test.
  • Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers and toys frequently.
  • Make sure children avoid fatty (or high fat) foods and eat nutritious meals high in iron and calcium.
  • Remove shoes or wipe soil off shoes before entering your home.

Ways to Identify Lead-Based Paint and Related Hazards

If you find peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking or damaged lead-based paint, it is a hazard that requires immediate attention. Lead-based paint may also be harmful for children and pets in the following locations:

  • Windows and sills
  • Doors and frames
  • Stairs, railings, banisters and porches

According to this report, “Lead-based paint is usually not a hazard if it is in good condition and if it is not on an impact or friction surface like a window.” However, lead dust can form when lead-based paint is:

  • Scraped
  • Sanded
  • Heated

Lead dust also forms in the following situations:

  • Painted surfaces with lead bump or rub together.
  • Lead paint chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch.
  • Settled lead dust can reenter the air when the home is vacuumed or swept, or when people walk through it.

Safe Lead Paint and Other Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Removal

If you need safe lead paint removal, the certified HAZMAT cleanup specialists at NWA Restore It, Inc. can help. We are also certified in the following areas:

  • Methamphetamine lab decontamination
  • Asbestos inspection
  • Crime scene cleanup of blood borne pathogens

Concerns about hazardous materials can be stressful. NWA Restore It, Inc.’s HAZMAT specialists are equipped and ready to eliminate your worries safely and cost effectively. If you need HAZMAT cleanup in Rogers, AR, contact NWA Restore It, Inc. now.