Dealing With Flood Damage in Northwest Arkansas

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  After several weeks with a lot of rainfall and nearly two inches of rain from today’s storm, Northwest Arkansas is water logged! Parts of Johnson and Springdale are flooded, as well as areas in Bentonville, Rogers, Fayetteville, and the surrounding area. With all this water, flooding in the home may occur and it is important to respond to that problem promptly to avoid excessive water damage!

Whether you are dealing with soaked belongings, wet carpets, a difficult-to-remove odor, or are worried about mold, NWA Restore-It is here to help and has the expertise and technology to clean up after a flood has taken its toll.

Effective Drying Method

When you are dealing with water-logged items, you need professionals to help with the restoration process. At NWA Restore-It, we use the most advanced systems for drying your property effectively. Our experts have determined that TES (Thermal Energy System) is a unique water damage restoration system that produces the desired results.

Are you wondering how this system works? TES combines controlled heat and air flow to expedite evaporation and dry water-damaged areas quickly. By transferring more energy to the water-damaged area, vapor pressure increases and speeds up evaporation. With the TES system, heat can be targeted to carpets, floors, substrates, and walls. Our advanced system will:

  • Save you time
  • Restrict water damage
  • Limit mold growth and rot

Has water streamed through your home and threatened to ruin your floors, carpets, and personal belongings? You can salvage many of these items if you act quickly and use our TES drying system. For 24/7 emergency services, contact us for water damage restoration in Rogers, Bentonville, Centerton, Bella Vista, Fayetteville, Springdale, and the surrounding areas of Northwest Arkansas. Call us today at (479) 644-4246!

Eliminating Unpleasant Odors in Your Home the Right Way

Eliminate unpleasant odors with NWA Restore-It

Have you ever come home after a long day of work, only to be met with unpleasant odors? Whether it is some food that got lost or hidden somewhere, the smell left over from that one time you burnt dinner, or when the dog came into the house after getting sprayed by a skunk, a stench can linger in your home for weeks. This is especially true when smells sink into your furniture or carpets.

Sometimes, it is nearly impossible for a homeowner to identify the source of such a smell. However, IICRC-certified professionals, like the professionals at NWA Restore-It, are trained to quickly detect and isolate the source quickly. Based on their extensive knowledge, they are able to use advanced technologies and treatments, including:

  • Cleaning up smoke smells that have penetrated carpet, furniture, walls, and ceilings.
  • Identifying and removing molds and bacteria, which often cause foul odors.
  • Drying and restoring water-damaged areas the right way. (Incorrect drying can sometimes result in a bad smell!)
  • Extensive cleaning and using the right kinds of antimicrobial agents.
    • Textile cleaning
    • Carpet cleaning
    • Upholstery cleaning
    • Fabric cleaning

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The IICRC-certified technicians at NWA Restore-It are experts at removing all types of odors. Besides unpleasant smoke and pet smells, we have successfully removed skunk and other rodent odors. When you have this type of problem and need immediate help, you can always count on our team.

Do you have unpleasant odors in your home, which you can’t tolerate another minute? Do you need mold remediation and removal, so your entire family can breathe easier again? Are you ready to zap those nasty smells with professional textile, carpet, upholstery and fabric cleaning?

To schedule an appointment or request 24/7 emergency services, call NWA Restore-It today at (479) 644-4246!

Hail Damage Restoration

Hail damage is a common occurrence in the Northwest Arkansas area, especially during the spring storms. Pea- and marble-sized hail (1/4 to 1/2 inch) might not cause damage. Anything larger, even the size of a dime or a quarter (3/4 to 1 inch), can cause serious damage. Golf ball sized hail is 1 and 3/4 inches and softball-sized hail is 4 and 1/2 inches according to the NOAA. The storms last week brought hail with it and and more storms are forecasted in the area. Call the professionals at NWA Restore-It if your home has been affected by these storm systems! Don’t take a chance on waiting! Call (479) 644-4246 to set up your appointment today!

Storm Damage Inspection and Repair in Northwest Arkansas

With heavy storms last night and more forecasted for the weekend, it is important to be ready to deal with storm damage to your home. Even if you have the best preparation, high wind speeds, hard rain, and debris and fallen trees can surprise you with damage. When damage does occur, it is critical to have it repaired quickly to prevent additional problems, such as:

  • Foundation damage.
  • Drywall damage.
  • Crumbling ceilings and walls.
  • Mold spores growing inside the walls and ceilings.

These secondary problems can start within a single day, even though you might not notice them right away. That’s why it is particularly important to have professionals like the experts at NWA Restore-It inspect any storm damage promptly after it occurs.

While inspecting a property for damage, we determine the best type of cleaning process to use, including:

  • Drying textiles such as carpets.
  • Removing sewage from overflowing toilets and exterior sewer lines.
  • Applying microbial cleansers to eliminate pathogens.
  • Using wood floor and cabinet water extraction to prevent warping.
  • Removing moisture from stone surfaces to prevent cracking material.
  • Structural drying to avoid a crumbling building.

We offer professional cleanups for emergency flooding situations or after water pipes and roofs leak water into a structure. Our company offers immediate assistance on a 24-hour basis. Contact us right away if you need any storm damage repaired!

Common Asbestos Locations in Homes

Asbestos is a highly toxic, naturally occurring mineral linked to serious respiratory diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Before the 1980s, when the its dangers became more widespread, it was the ideal material for residential construction because of its heat resistance properties and strength. It was found everywhere, and is still in many older homes and buildings. It is mixed into cement, in roofing insulation, and beneath floor tiles.

If you live in a home built before the mid-1980s, chances are high that asbestos is all around you.

Common construction products containing asbestos include:

  • Adhesives (flooring, wallpaper, HVAC systems, stoves, etc.)
  • Insulation (attics, ceilings, walls and basements)
  • Asbestos sheets (roofing and siding, along with interior walls and ceiling materials)
  • Ductwork connectors (floor cavities, crawl spaces, attached garages and attics)
  • Floor backing (tiles, vinyl floors, linoleum, sheet flooring, floor adhesives)

There is no reason to panic, though, since asbestos is relatively harmless if left encapsulated and undisturbed. It becomes deadly when its toxic fibers enter the air. Once inhaled, they become trapped in the respiratory tract and lungs, where they may stay for life, leading to scarring and inflammation — and in some cases — cancer.

Each year, approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. This aggressive cancer often requires equally aggressive cancer treatment. An estimated 10,000 Americans die each year from asbestos-related diseases. From 1999 to 2013, more than 300 Arkansas residents died from mesothelioma. In most cases, these serious conditions don’t arise until decades after first exposure. This is called the latency period.

Typical reasons for asbestos exposure within the home:

  • Renovations
  • Demolitions
  • Regular home construction or repairs
  • Fires
  • Natural disasters or inclement weather that cause damage to roofs, walls or floors

Additionally, common asbestos products, such as adhesive materials and sealants, can break down over time.

Handling and removing asbestos is a dangerous task that must be performed with caution. This is why certified asbestos abatement professionals are highly recommended. Hiring certified inspectors and hazardous material specialists make identifying asbestos-containing construction materials and removing the materials safe and minimize health risks.

If you plan renovations or major construction to an area of your home you suspect may contain asbestos materials, consult abatement professionals before beginning renovations.

NWA Restore-It prides itself for being Northwest Arkansas’ HAZMAT experts. Along with asbestos inspection, we are certified in methamphetamine lab decontamination, lead paint removal, and crime scene cleanup of blood borne pathogens. Our team of professionals makes removing hazardous materials from your home as painless, cost effective, and safe as possible.

Prevent Mold in Winter: Health and Safety Practices for Avoiding Mold and Stopping Mold from Growing in Your Home

Winter in Northwest Arkansas brings with it changing temperatures and weather conditions fluctuating from dry and windy to cold and damp – and many of these conditions promote mold growth. Stale air from having the house closed up combined with rainy or snowy weather outside allows mold to thrive. Unfortunately, if left unchecked, mold can spread rapidly resulting in health problems ranging from throat irritation and sneezing to severe asthma attacks, fever, and hospitalization. Every homeowner should check for mold regularly and consistently work to prevent mold. When mold does occur, call the mold remediation professionals at NWA Restore-It.

Checking For Mold

The first place to check for mold is around the windows of your home. Any cold surface can become a breeding ground for mold due to forming condensation. When inspecting for mold, keep in mind these key locations and surfaces where mold tends to grow:

  • Around window frames
  • Between panes of glass
  • On windowsills
  • Directly outside the windows
  • Shower and bathtub walls
  • Under sinks
  • Under and around the refrigerator

Preventing Mold

The best way to deal with mold is to prevent mold from occurring in the first place. Forming a few simple habits can help keep your house mold-free and your family healthy. Here are a few things you should always do:

  • Open your blinds. Letting some sun in can help kill mold before it can grow. Mold likes dark places, so try to get sunlight in as many areas as possible.
  • Open your windows as you can. In Northwest Arkansas, even in winter, it can warm up enough to ventilate the house by opening the windows. Fresh air is useful for preventing mold.
  • Keep the house clean. Regular scrubbing around windows and in the bathroom is important.
  • Turn on the bathroom vent when taking a shower. If you don’t run the fan, the room fills with warm moisture and can become a breeding ground for mold.
  • Run a dehumidifier. Keep potentially damp areas like basements dry by running a dehumidifier regularly.

Mold Remediation

Sometimes, even the best attempts to prevent mold are not enough and mold will grow anyways. If mold does begin to grow in your home, you must make sure that it is taken care of properly to prevent it from reoccurring. The experts at NWA Restore-It are trained to take care of mold the right way so that it does not return. We offer a number of services related to mold remediation:

  • Sealing heating and cooling vents to stop additional contamination
  • Lifting carpeting and padding to remove mold from tile floors
  • Removing mold-infested materials such as wood paneling or drywall
  • Tearing out damaged insulation layers

If you suspect that your home is infested with mold, then contact us today for a professional inspection and quote for our services.

Holiday Season Safety

Don’t let Christmas ever heat up too much — with fire that is. Did you know that Christmas related fires result in 13 million dollars, annually, in property damage? More importatly, these fires present real risk towards family, friends, and pets. Christmas trees are beautiful and elegant touch es to the holiday spirit. BUT, they are the most popular fire starters in the holiday season. This isn’t to discourage anyone to partake in the holiday festivities. This is just to remind and inform people of the possibilities if safety precautions are not taken. So, let’s get started on these helpful tips during the holiday season:

  • When you leave the home, unplug all Christmas lights. When you return plug them back in for you and others to enjoy.
  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. A healthy tree always helps with fire protection.
  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
  • Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights. Never use any electrical decor if it isn’t approved.
  • Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
  • Bedtime means lights out!! ­ Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.
  • If you leave for holiday vacation, make sure to turn your water off. The worst is when you return and a supply line or water source has been disconnected or busted.
  • Make sure the fire place is not left burn or unattended. All it takes is one small coal or spark to have a fire.
  • Be very careful while cooking and baking. Don’t leave the stove or oven unattended, make sure you can enjoy the meals with family and friends!!

We hope these tips have helped you have a safe and wonderful holiday season. Also, we want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from NWA Restore-It.

YETI Hopper Giveaway!

In honor of the holidays we are doing a BIG giveaway that you don’t want to miss! We are giving one lucky follower an awesome YETI Hopper! All you have to do to enter is:

  1. LIKE our Facebook page! We would also LOVE for you to:
  2. COMMENT and tag 2 friends that would also LOVE to own a YETI Hopper!
  3. SHARE this post with your friends!

See complete official rules below. We will announce the winner as soon as YOU help us reach 1,000 followers OR on January 1, 2016, whichever comes first! Happy holidays!

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Official Rules

Eligibility. Entrants must be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or District of Columbia, and Entrants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older. Employees and their immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother, and their spouses) of NWA Restore-It are not eligible.

General Conditions. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from December 7, 2016 through January 1, 2017 or until the NWA Restore-It Facebook page has 1,000 likes. Odds of winning are approximately 1 in 1,000. Approximate retail value of prize is $299.99. Winner will be randomly selected from entrants and will be notified on Facebook.

Fire Prevention During the Holidays

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Most people love the holidays; it’s a time of the year for gifts to be exchanged, family to get together, decorations, and just overall happy vibes. However, the risk of having a house fire is much higher during the holidays than it is during other times of the year. This is because people often put up lights that use electrical cords and have fires in their fireplaces. Even though the holidays are bound to bring cheer and joy to your household, you still need to be sure that it’s not at risk of catching fire. The last thing you want to deal with during such a joyful time of the year is a house fire that’s sure to put a damper on everybody’s uplifted moods.

Before you go hanging up lights and chopping firewood, it’s a good idea to take some precautionary measures that will ensure your home is as safe as possible. Here are some simple things you can do that will decrease the risk of a house fire dramatically:

  • Check the flue in your fireplace and ensure that it is wiped clean and doesn’t contain any debris. A clogged flue can cause a number of problems for your home–from smoke damage to actual fires.
  • Be sure that your Christmas lights are used in moderation. Excessive lights on your Christmas tree can heat it up to well over 200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is going to make your home uncomfortable and dangerous.
  • Only burn wood in your home that is deemed safe for fireplaces. It may be tempting to pick up some free wood you find on the side of the road, but different trees are going to burn differently. You don’t want to light your fireplace with logs that are going to sizzle, pop, and throw sparks all over your living room.
  • Before using your fireplace, ensure that there are no cloth materials anywhere near it. It’s classic to hang stockings over the fireplace, but try putting them on the wall above it instead. A hot-burning fire may provide enough heat to ignite one of those stockings and start a fire inside your home.

If you take care to fire-proof your home, then you won’t need to worry as much about any surprises happening during the holiday season. Also, you should make sure to purchase Christmas lights that come with safety fuses in the plugs that prevent electrical circuits from becoming overwhelmed. Some people tend to load up their Christmas tree with lights, which is fine in most cases, but only if the right type of lights are being used.

It may be tempting to leave your Christmas tree in the front window where everybody can see and admire it, even during the night, but you should unplug the lights from the wall before going to bed. Taking these simple steps before jumping into the holidays will ensure that you and your family members can truly enjoy the holiday season with peace of mind.

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Leave the HAZMAT Cleanup to the Professionals

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Whether in a residential or business setting, exposure to hazardous material can cause many heath issues. That is why it is important to contact our professional hazmat cleanup service; it can save you the headache of trying to deal with the outcome.

Some problems our affordable restoration company will perform –

Lead Paint Removal – DIY lead paint removal can cause blood poisoning as well as health conditions (especially in children) including retardation, ADHD, nerve damage, and seizures. Of course, leaving this hazardous paint in your home or business is not advised. Contacting the cleanup specialists to properly strip, contain and dispose of the lead-based paint.

Asbestos Inspection – According to the Cancer Society, breathing in an environment affected with asbestos can cause damage to your lungs or even cancer. If you are concerned about safety and not sure if your insulation or the “popcorn” textured surfaces of your ceiling are filled with asbestos, it would be a good idea to contact an expert for further investigation.

Crime Scene Sanitation – Blood, tissues, bone fragments are the usual remnants of a traumatic scene. Most people do not have the fortitude to deal with the aftermath. Besides, this type of cleanup has to be extremely thorough to pass industry standards.

Meth Lab Decontamination – Meth labs can leaves a lot of toxic waste in the environment, as well as in the areas used to mixed the chemicals. Because meth usually consist of elements including solvents, explosives and corrosive materials, sinks, walls, flooring and even the air ducts can become contaminated. Our hazmat cleanup company is qualified to handle the plight and perform the tough job of cleaning up.

About NWA Restore It

Located in Northwest Arkansas, NWA Restore It is a certified HAZMAT and affordable restoration company specializing in commercial and residential waste removal and cleaning. We offer in-depth cleaning for methamphetamine lab, removal of crime scene debris and utilizing our formulated cleaner to meet the standards of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Lead Paint analysis and asbestos inspection are also services we provide.

Please do not hesitate to visit us at www.nwarestoreit.com for more information about all our cleaning and restoration services.