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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, Inc. 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!

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.

Safety Tips for Dealing With Standing Water and Floods: Water Damage Restoration in Bentonville, AR

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With extreme changes in the climate, we continue to experience severe weather events. From heavy rainstorms to extreme floods, our families need to prepare for dealing with the resulting damage. During the heat of summertime when the risk of intense storms often increases, here are some safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Awareness of Powerful Flood Waters

To raise awareness about ways to deal with standing or flood waters, the CDC stresses the following:

  • Swiftly moving or shallow flood waters pose drowning risks for all children and adults, even if they know how to swim.
  • Shelter in cars, which moving water can carry away, is not sufficient.
  • Remain watchful for and avoid contact with animals, insects and reptiles, which can appear in flood waters.
  • Avoid sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, which may have drifted in flood waters. They can cause injury and lead to infection.

Dangers of Flood Water From Storms and Other Home Incidents

If you were displaced from your home during a flooding emergency, returning to your house can add another level of shock. Instead of feeling safe in a place where you once took shelter, you may discover complete disarray. To your horror, you may find that the flood waters have taken up residence in your home.

As you try to wade through various rooms, it is important to recognize that sewage may have traveled with the flood water into your home. To protect yourself and your family, thorough water cleanup is essential to prevent illness and injuries after flooding. As you survey the damage while trying to deal with physical exhaustion, you may not know where to begin.

Although less extreme but equally powerful, you may find yourself in a similar predicament after other frequently occurring water problems at home. In a flash, you may need to deal with quickly flowing water from the following:

  • Faulty water heaters
  • Washing machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Toilets
  • Frozen pipes

In any situation when water is threatening to destroy your home, it is urgent to take quick action. When you need help with a fast cleanup, you can depend on our company’s advanced techniques in any emergency.

Advanced Water-Drying Technique

One way that our company expedites water damage restoration in Bentonville, AR, is through the Thermal Energy System (TES). This special technique combines controlled heat and airflow to accelerate evaporation. As a result, the faster drying process decreases the potential for permanent damage in waterlogged areas.

Here are some reasons that TES is so effective:

  • The increased energy transfer to the damaged areas produces more vapor pressure to eliminate the water.
  • The ability to direct heat under the carpet, to substrates and walls or by tenting the floor with plastic expedites the process.
  • Most carpets, pads, hardwood floors, walls and substrates are dry in less than 30 hours, saving time and limiting mold production.

Compared with traditional drying methods that can take up to 5 days, this technique can restore order to your home—and life—quickly.

Certifications and 24-Hour Emergency Service

As a master restorer with IICRC certifications, our team has expertise in applied water damage restoration, structural drying as well as mold remediation and removal. We also handle odor control plus textile, carpet, upholstery and fabric cleaning. You can also depend on our highly skilled technicians for fire damage restoration, HAZMAT cleanup and more.

In addition, we are a preferred vendor for all major insurance companies. Contact us for 24-hour emergency service, or make an appointment now!

Benton County Fire Protection Association Meeting

BC Fire MeetingNWA Restore It, Inc. had the pleasure of sponsoring the Benton County Fire Protection Association Meeting in Rogers, Arkansas on July 28, 2014.  Representatives from all over Benton County were represented at the meeting, including those from both career fire departments and those made up of volunteers.  We provided a delicious dinner for all of the participants in appreciation of all that they do for our community.

We were also given the opportunity to discuss our Emergency/Board-Up Displacement program.  BC Fire MeetingIn his presentation to the group, our owner, Kerry Tyler, stated that he “got into this business to serve people.”  With this program, NWA Restore It, Inc. does exactly that: serves the family in need.  In the event that a family must be displaced from their home due to severe fire damage, we provide the displaced family with a kit filled with hygiene products and several restaurant gift cards.  We also provide the family with a place to stay for a few days until the insurance company steps in to take care of their lodging and living expenses.  Our goal is to take care of our customers from the very beginning and see them through the entire process until their home has been fully restored. Just another way NWA Restore It, Inc. is here to help from beginning to end.