Monthly Archives: September 2015

Coping With the Aftermath of a Flood: Affordable Water Damage Mitigation Rogers, AR


You are standing in your basement knee deep in water. A severe storm kept you awake all night, leaving you tossing and turning with worry about the damage to your home. The position of your house at the bottom of a hill has always made your property subject to flooding, and your worst nightmare has finally come true.

When you stumble downstairs and see the devastating damage, you feel completely stunned. You start trying to scoop out the water one bucket at a time with great effort but no success. With less than an hour of sleep, you are completely frazzled.

You feel like you are about to tip over from exhaustion but know that you can’t leave your basement filled with water. In a stupor, you feel lost and wonder what to do.

Affordable Water Damage Mitigation Rogers, AR

Luckily, a neighbor tells you about a great experience working with the experienced professionals at NWA Restore It, Inc.. Our technicians know how to handle storm destruction and have experience dealing with many types of emergencies. We know that storms can be extremely hazardous to residences and may cause further destruction.

Here are other potential problems:

  • Fires
  • Dropping trees
  • Destroyed structures

If your home has suffered damage after an intense storm, the team at NWA Restore It, Inc. can do wonders getting rid of water and debris. We can cleaning everything up and restore your property to its previous condition. If you’re overwhelmed by the state of your residence after a storm, you can rely on the pros at NWA Restore It, Inc. to make your home look immaculate and 100% “normal” again.

Comprehensive Storm Destruction Services

NWA Restore It, Inc. offers complete home restoration after a severe storm. Our services include:

  • Roof and window replacement
  • Electrical and plumbing management
  • Work on structural components

If you need professional help for damage from water, fire or mold, we can help. You can depend on us for the following reasons:

  • Our professionals are skilled technicians who have IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certification.
  • Our technicians are experienced in analyzing and managing damage from storms, mold or water.
  • Our talented restoration experts who are efficient and swift in their working styles.

If you own a home in Northwest Arkansas that has just experienced extensive damage after a major flood or fire, you can rely on our pros to eliminate:

  • Persistent, unpleasant and unhealthy smells
  • Lingering soot and smoke
  • Issues with mold and other problems

When you don’t know where to turn after a flood or fire, NWA Restore It, Inc. will give you peace of mind. Our technicians are courteous and extremely trustworthy. When NWA Restore It, Inc. technicians are on your property, you will find yourself on the path back to safety again.

If an emergency strikes your property in Northwest Arkansas, you don’t have to be afraid. You can call NWA Restore It, Inc. 24/7.

Certified Professionals for Asbestos Inspection in Your Home: HAZMAT Cleanup in Rogers, AR

NWA-Restore-It-asbestosYou had a leak in your roof many years ago and haven’t been able to afford to repair it. To stop water from flooding the inside of your home when it rains, you taped a piece of plastic over the opening. Each month, as the gaping hole breaks down further, you can see some of the exposed insulation.

Besides concerns about growing mold, you continue to worry about possible asbestos. You’ve read that many homes built before 1980 are particularly subject to this problem. During the last few years, your health has declined, and you wonder if these issues in your home are part of the reason.

You are concerned about the rest of your family and start to search for ways that you can keep them safe. Luckily, you find asbestos tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on ways to “Protect Your Family.”

Trained Professionals Need to Identify Asbestos

According to the EPA, you can’t determine if material in your home contains asbestos through an untrained visual inspection. The basic guideline is that if you have any concern, do not disturb the area. Hiring a certified asbestos professional is especially recommended in the following situations:

  • Home remodeling, which will unsettle existing materials
  • Damaged sections of your home such as crumbling drywall and disintegrating insulation

The EPA stresses that “A trained and accredited asbestos professional should take samples for analysis, since a professional knows what to look for, and because there may be an increased health risk if fibers are released. In fact, if done incorrectly, sampling can be more hazardous than leaving the material alone. Taking samples yourself is not recommended.”

Importance of Avoiding Disturbance of Materials

If you have any concerns about asbestos in your home, the best course of action is to leave the material alone. This approach will help reduce the chances of any health risks. The EPA notes that asbestos-containing materials may release fibers when they are:

  • Disturbed
  • Damaged
  • Removed improperly
  • Repaired
  • Cut

In addition, any suspect materials should not be:

  • Torn
  • Sanded
  • Sawed
  • Drilled
  • Scraped

Instead, check the area regularly for any indication of further break down. Be sure not to touch the material and simply do a visual check for damage including the following:

  • Tears
  • Abrasions
  • Water damage

If you have increasing concerns, the EPA recommends limiting access to the area. If asbestos-containing material is more than slightly damaged or if you are going to disturb the area to make repairs, it is definitely time to contact a trained asbestos professional to inspect the material.

Additional EPA Recommendations

Here are some additional suggestions from the EPA about the proper steps to take when you are concerned about asbestos in your home:

  • Don’t dust, sweep or vacuum debris that may harbor asbestos.
  • Don’t use abrasive pads or brushes on power strippers to strip wax from asbestos flooring. Never use a power stripper on flooring that may have asbestos.
  • Don’t sand or try to level asbestos flooring or its backing. When asbestos flooring needs replacing, install new floor covering over it, if possible.
  • Don’t track material with possible asbestos through the house. If you cannot avoid walking through the area, have it cleaned with a wet mop. If the material is from a damaged area or if a large area must be cleaned, call an asbestos professional.

More Information About HAZMAT Cleanup in Rogers, AR

Besides asbestos inspection, the certified HAZMAT cleanup specialists at NWA Restore It, Inc. are certified in the following areas:

  • Methamphetamine lab decontamination
  • Lead paint removal
  • Crime scene cleanup of blood borne pathogens

Although the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) does not require all of these certifications, our goal at NWA Restore It, Inc. is to to handle all of your HAZMAT needs. For peace of mind that you are living in a safe and clean home, contact us now.

Tips for Eliminating Offensive Odors in Your Home: Affordable General Contractor Services in Springdale, AR


Sometimes, you walk in your front door or basement, and an unpleasant odor smacks you in the face. You check every nook and cranny, trying to detect the source of the offensive smell. You wonder if one of your pets left you a “gift” and start scrubbing your carpets and upholstery futilely.

You continue the search for hidden food, which may have dropped in between the sofa cushions. Then, you open the windows after some crumbs in your oven smoke up the entire house. However, attempts to rid your house of the nasty smell continue to plague you for weeks.

Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) Suggestions for Tackling Smells

After a month of frustration, you find “Tips To Help Odor Control In Your Home” from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Here are some of the suggestions:

  • Extensive cleaning and use of correct antimicrobial agents: An oxidizer or enzyme can break down the organic matter on all surfaces that the smoke contacted. However, finding the right one can be challenging without the proper training and experience. Smoke is especially stubborn because it penetrates carpet, furniture, walls and ceilings.
  • Professional odor treatment: Most homeowners cannot identify and eliminate the source of these challenging odor problems. Professionals certified through the IICRC are trained to detect and isolate the source quickly. Based on their extensive knowledge, IICRC-certified technicians learn about effective odor removal, along with the most advanced technologies and treatments.
  • Elimination of molds and bacteria: IICRC-trained water damage restoration technicians can identify and remove the molds and bacteria, which may be the odor-offending culprits. Water damage restoration professionals also know the correct way to dry material, which can also cause bad smells. 
These professionals can help a home or business owner eliminate odors permanently.

More Information About Affordable General Contractor Services in Springdale, AR

The IICRC-certified technicians at NWA Restore It, Inc. 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.

For example, we arrived promptly to help a homeowner deal with a skunk, which had sprayed throughout the house. Our trained and knowledgeable technicians completely eliminated the smells.

In another case, a skunk was caught in the wall of a new home. We found the animal, removed it from the wall and eliminated the nasty scent. Our team does whatever is necessary to restore a pleasant environment in your home.

Besides odor elimination, NWA Restore It, Inc. is a master restorer with IICRC certifications in the following:

  • Applied structural drying
  • Fire and smoke restoration
  • Mold remediation and removal
  • Water damage restoration

We also offer:

  • Textile cleaning
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Fabric cleaning

Do you have an odor 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, Inc. now.

Dorm and Off-Campus Apartment Fire Facts and Safety Tips: Help With Fire Damage Restoration in Springdale, AR

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When you send your children off to college, you hope that they are prepared for living on their own. As they’ve grown up, you’ve tried to instill all of the tools for coping with the challenges that they may face in the years ahead. With your college-age children starting an independent life in a dorm or off-campus apartment, it’s particularly important to review facts from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Dorm Fire Facts

Unfortunately, dorm fires have increased during the last decade and occur frequently each day. According to The Center for Campus Fire Safety and the NFPA:

  • The number of reported fires in dorms on campus has increased by 24% between 2003 and 2013.
  • Fires are more common during the evening hours, between 5 to 11 p.m. and on weekends.
  • Fire departments respond to an average of 11 dorm fires each day.
  • Cooking equipment is involved in 86% of reported dormitory fires.
  • Dormitory fires cause an annual average of 1 civilian death, 32 civilian fire injuries and $14 million in direct property damage.
  • From 2000 to 2015, 89 fires have occurred on college campuses, in Greek housing and in off-campus housing, and these fires killed 126 people.

Off-Campus Fires and Key Questions for Landlords

Instead of living in a dorm, many students prefer to live in an apartment off campus. The Center for Campus Fire Safety and the NFPA also report the following:

  • Approximately 66% of students attending school in the United States live in off-campus housing. Unfortunately, off-campus housing fires are common and can be fatal.
  • According to The Center for Campus Fire Safety, between January 2000 to June 2015, 76 off-campus fires resulted in 107 student fatalities.
  • These fires occurred within a 3-mile radius of campus and involved students between 18 to 25 years of age.

To prevent these incidents, some important questions to ask landlords include the following:

  • Does every room have a smoke alarm?
  • What is the power supply to the detector (hardwire/battery or both)?
  • Who provides the battery replacements?
  • Does the off-campus housing have sprinklers and fire extinguishers?

Fire Safety Tips for Students Living in Dorms and Off Campus

As you help your children pack up and move into their college dorm or off-campus apartment, here are some safety tips from The Center for Campus Fire Safety and the NFPA:

  • Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing.

  • Make sure your dormitory or apartment has smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level. For the best protection, all smoke alarms should be interconnected so that when one sounds they all sound.

  • Test all smoke alarms at least monthly.

  • Never remove batteries or disable the alarm.

  • Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.

  • If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.

  • When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out.

The following are some additional safety tips to remember at all times:

  • During a power outage, use a flashlight.

  • Cook only where it is permitted.

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking.

  • Cook only when you are alert, not sleepy or drowsy from medicine or alcohol.

  • Check with your local fire department for any restrictions before using a barbeque grill or fire pit.

  • Check your school’s rules before using electrical appliances in your room.

  • Use a surge protector for your computer and plug the protector directly into an outlet.

More Information About Fire Damage Restoration in Springdale, AR

Despite all of these precautions, fires can still occur. The experts at NWA Restore It, Inc. are always available to help. Contact us for 24/7 emergency services.