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Your Back Yard Shouldn’t Be a Fire Hazard

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

a close up view of a bright campfire burning at night If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Jonesboro.

Hanging out in the backyard is already a great pastime, but when you add a nice warm fire, it makes for the perfect night. Roasting marshmallows, warming hot dogs and telling good stories can make memories your family won’t soon forget.

We use fire not just for time with the family, but to keep the pests at bay, to cook a meal, to clean leaves and to provide entertainment. Even if you think your fire is in control, though, it can quickly take a turn for the worse. According to the National Park Service 85% of wildfires are started by humans.

While our county’s risk of wildfires overall is low, Arkansas has seen plenty of forest and grass fires that grew out of hand quickly. In April, a forest fire a few hours from our neighborhood left families fleeing their homes and a total of 1,503 acres burned. We should never let our guard down when it comes to using fire outdoors.

Don’t think this means you can’t enjoy a fire in the comfort of your backyard. Grill your steaks, light citronella candles and enjoy some marshmallows, but keep up with regulations and warnings and put safety measures in place to lower your chances of things getting out of hand.

Recreational Fire Hazards

Open flames come with risks, but items such as grills, fire pits, fireworks and campfires are common ways that fires get started outside. Grills cause an average of 8,800 home fires each year when they are not used properly. Check the propane or gas before you light it, and stay near a hot grill even after you have turned it off.

When you are building a campfire, pick a spot that is a clear distance from homes or cars, and only use matches or a lighter to start the fire. Wood is the only fuel source you should use once your fire is crackling, and even after the chocolate has been eaten and the flames have burned down, you should keep an eye on the embers to watch for additional sparks.

Fire pits offer a nice alternative to a campfire, but they still need a lot of safety measures in place when you use them. Treating fire pits the same as a campfire and never placing a pit under an area with an overhang or onto a wooden surface will keep your fire where it belongs.

It might seem OK to dispose of waste or construction materials from your latest project by burning it in your pit, but stick to wood approved for burning only.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

Fire and combustible materials are risky, but we still have a need for them. We know fall can mean a lot of leaves in Arkansas. If you don’t have a disposal option like curbside pickup, burning may be a way to clean up your yard.

Open burning of yard materials is allowed, but it must be at least 25 feet from the nearest structure and the nearest property line. Burning is only allowed an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset. Always check with city hall before you start a fire to ensure there are no current warnings.

Clearing your yard can help prevent wildfires, and together with landscaping laid out strategically it can actually provide protection for your home. Understand what to burn when before you start your fire and stay aware of all necessary safety measures to keep things in control.

Gas and combustible materials stored in a shed or garage should only be in approved containers and kept far away from kids. Gas should only be used for yard tools and other items that require it, which means you can’t use it to make the campfire glow a little brighter.

If you do experience a damaging fire, give us a call. SERVPRO is ready 247 to take care of every part of fire damage, and it is our hope and goal to restore rather than replace as much of your property as possible.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Storm Alerts Can Keep You Safe...If You Know What They Mean

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

If you are quickly overwhelmed with information after looking outside and seeing ominous clouds, you are not alone! There are close to 42 different kinds of weather alerts broken down into seven different categories. That is a lot to take in.

Understanding different kinds of storm alerts means that you can move to safety when it is necessary. You can also take the time to prepare your home before things get dangerous and avoid damages later.

A general knowledge of all kinds of weather is helpful, but it is essential to understand the weather and alerts we are most likely to see right here in Jonesboro.

How Alerts Are Issued

Where do weather alerts come from? If a forecast is just a prediction, how is a storm’s location, strength and duration monitored? There are a couple of answers to those questions.

Weather forecasts and any alerts that need to be consequently issued come from the National Weather Service. There are six regional offices around the United States and more than 100 forecasting offices. That means that when we receive a forecast, it is localized and accurate. Our forecasts and alerts typically come from the forecasting office in Little Rock.

Employees and meteorologists with the NWS use several different kinds of data to create a forecast, including radar, sensors, seismic and solar activity and satellites. The kind of information used will vary according to the weather event predicted to take place, but the end goal is always to produce the most accurate forecast possible.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

A “watch” and a “warning” are two kinds of weather alerts that everyone should understand. This is language that will be used with just about every weather event, including winter storms, flooding and thunderstorms.

When a watch is issued, you should begin preparing your home for potentially dangerous weather. Watches are issued for large areas, while a warning will be issued when a storm system has been pinpointed to a more exact location, such as a county or city.

When a warning is issued, you should move to safety immediately and take any other necessary steps to protect your home and your life.

You should also have a good understanding of the typical alerts we could see here at home. With our weather, this is a pretty wide variety of things. While our winters are mostly mild, we can’t rule out an occasional freeze or winter storm.

Our spring and summer bring thunderstorms, heavy rain and even tornadoes. We all need to understand how to respond when a tornado watch, warning and emergency alert is issued in order to best protect our loved ones.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

Clearly understanding weather alerts is certainly the first step in protecting your home and life during a weather event, but there are a few other things you can do as well.

Keep your gutters clear of debris and secure your outdoor furniture to help avoid flood and wind damage.

Secure a safe space in your home and keep it stocked with emergency supplies in order to shelter in place during a storm. Rehearse an exit plan with your family for those times when it isn’t safe to stay at home, and make sure everyone knows how to communicate with one another during an event.

Once the storm has moved on and all of your loved ones are accounted for, walk your property and take pictures of any damages you received. Give SERVPRO a call right away as well. We have 247 availability to get your restoration and recovery started faster.

Learn as much as you are able about our community’s weather so that you can stay safe no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. We have seen some scary weather in our town, but we know with preparation, we can ride out any storm well.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

Reconstruction Services

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

Every disaster whether small or large is a traumatizing event and sometimes a life-changing experience. At SERVPRO of Jonesboro, we strive to make the process following a fire or water loss "Like it never even happened." The best way we know how to do this is by walking the customer through the experience to limit any misconceptions about the process and ensuring that the customer is fully aware of what the job will take to return the home and property to preloss condition.

Following the cleanup, after fire and water damage our office can handle all phases of the reconstruction. We have completed small repair projects and even those that require months to complete. Reconstruction activities can involve completing remodeling bathrooms and kitchens as well as drywall, floor coverings, insulation, framing, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC just to name a few. We are your General Contractor when it comes to home repairs. We are also willing to handle home repairs that are unrelated to fire or water damage. Homeowners in the community sometimes just need a facelift for the home and we are happy to estimate and provide direction for those services.

Whether a homeowner has limited insurance to cover the loss in full or for the unrelated home repair we offer financing to make it easy to obtain funding for your project. We can walk you through the approval process in only a few minutes and with approved credit, you can have access to the funds immediately. This financing plan does not ask for a second mortgage on your home but rather is simply based on credit and income.

Call SERVPRO of Jonesboro today for more information at 870-934-0501 or to schedule your renovation.

Commercial Damage and Its Causes

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Jonesboro is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

Local businesses move our country forward, and they have since its inception. We all likely visit multiple businesses in a day, between work, play, and shopping.

When you own one of those local businesses, you carry a heavy load with simply managing the day-to-day operations. When a disaster strikes, the consequences can be devastating.

Damage caused by natural weather events has been on the rise in the United States recently. Over the last five years, there has been an estimated $153 billion worth of damage annually, which represents a significant incline from previous periods.

Jonesboro has certainly had its share of severe weather. While our winters are generally mild with cold temperatures and even the occasional snow, our springs are wrought with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Just this past April, a storm system moved through that brought high winds and tornadoes, leaving behind downed trees, missing roof shingles, and power outages across our area. This weather event was reminiscent of the tornadoes that tore through in 2020 and left so many without a home—and was one more reminder that we must always stay ready.

The more we learn about potential hazards both across the nation and right here at home, the more we can protect our businesses.

Water Damage

Water and moisture are both a major threat to businesses around the country. Damage from water can happen in a variety of ways, either from external sources like flooding or an internal source like an appliance failure. No matter where it comes from, a water disaster can cause absolute chaos on a commercial property.

Exterior flooding, like that from a flash flood or an overflowing river, can seep through doors and the ground floor where it can affect your foundation. If the space around your building allows it, you can use your landscaping to divert water away from your grounds. Flower beds, mulch, and even just extra soil can build a barrier and protect your business.

Water damage can also occur when a leak is left unattended for an extended amount of time. Plumbing should be checked on a regular basis to watch for signs of drips, paying special attention to warping or discoloration along the floor or walls. Taking these steps now can help you avoid costly repairs later.

Storm Damage

Storm damage to commercial properties is extremely common and can take out a single unit, a roof tile, or an entire community of businesses. Even a power outage or debris caused by a dangerous storm can damage your business and keep you away from work for an extended amount of time.

A powerful storm can rip off a roof or cause structural damage that could be irreversible. These storms can bring winds of over 100 mph that can knock over freight trucks and uproot trees as if they were twigs.

You can minimize the damage to your building with a few upgrades such as storm-protective window covers and updates to your roofing. While these repairs can be rather costly, there are also low-cost ways to protect your building.

Check the seals on your windows and doors and keep up with regular maintenance and cleaning on your building. Walk your property before a storm and ensure any loose items are secured and dead plants are cleared out. Take care of your building now to avoid costly repairs later.

Know Who to Call

As a business owner, commercial damage is the last item you want to add to your list of things to be handled. Storm damage, water damage from internal sources, and fire damage can force you to close for repairs or even cause a total loss of business.

Thankfully, we are available 247 to respond to your emergencies faster. Our experts are prepared for any disaster your business may face. We will build a plan and a timeline that gets you back in action as fast as possible.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Storm Drain

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Storm drains are the grated drains you see on almost every street. They are essential for removing water from your neighborhood. When high amounts of water, usually rain, accumulate, storm drains create a space for water to flow and be removed from the area. Without them, water would build up causing flooding to the surrounding area. You must keep storm drains clear at all times to protect your property from a water intrusion. Leaves, dirt, twigs, trash, and other debris build up when they are too big to fit through the drain grate. You must remove this debris regularly to prevent a backup. Also, be sure no vegetation is growing close to a drain as it could cause a clog. Lastly do not build any walls or fences near a storm drain that could cause an obstruction. Put a reminder in your calendar to clean them regularly so you do not forget. You do not want to find out your storm drain is blocked that hard way by having a flood at your home. If you do experience flooding of any kind call the pros immediately at (870)934-0501.

How to Clean Build-Up in Your Home

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jonesboro knows that we get our fair share of sunny days throughout the year, however, it also brings the occasional rainstorm. Our rainstorms are often accompanied by heavy wind and very strong rain. By dumping a high volume of water in a relatively short amount of time, it’s important to take precautionary measures to prevent building that can affect your drain pipes.
 
One measure you can take is cleaning out your home’s gutters and storm drains after a storm hits, and you can do it in three easy steps:
 
First, start by scooping out debris. Find a ladder and securely place it against your home so you are able to reach the gutters comfortably. Start at the end closest to the drain outlet and gradually work your way to the other end, removing loose debris as you go.
 
Second, use a hose to spray a steady stream of water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This will help remove any stubborn dirt and debris that may still be holding on from when you were scooping.
 
Third, be sure to check your drain pipes for any blockage. In some instances, rainstorms can force material into the pipes, causing potentially severe damage. A good way to detect if your drain pipes are blocked is if you see a trickle of water rather than a flow coming from them. If this is the case, try using a hose at the top of the gutter and spraying directly into the outlet to help clear any congestion.
 
Following these steps will help prevent your gutters and storm drains from taking on damage from blockage and build-up. If you experience any major damage like indoor flooding give SERVPRO of Jonesboro a call at (870)934-0501 and our experts will be there to help you resolve and repair the issue!

Emergency Storm Kit

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

When you think about severe storms and how to be prepared for them, one of the most important tools to survive is to have a good Emergency Kit in your home. There are different options that you can buy online, but you can also build your own and accommodate it to your family-specific needs. Even though you can add unique items to yours, there are some things that are basic to any emergency kit and that we recommend that you should have when making your own, those are:

  • First-Aid Kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Water
  • Non-perishable food 
  • Any medicine currently being taken
  • Matches and candles in a waterproof container.
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Extra change of clothes and shoes
  • Pet supplies (if you are taking care of an animal)
  • Sleeping bag or a blanket
  • Cellphone fully charged

These are just a few examples of what an emergency kit should contain. Residents can add whatever else they may need. There should be an emergency kit in every residential building as well as all commercial buildings if possible. Aside from having an emergency kit ready, a plan should also be in place. If there is a designated storm area inside the home or office, occupants should head there with the emergency kits. Severe storms cannot be avoided, but with the right tools and resources, they can be easier to deal with.

SERVPRO of Jonesboro wants to make sure Jonesboro and the surrounding areas are prepared!

Be Ready for Anything With an Emergency Ready Plan

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

three SERVPRO employees unloading equipment out of a green van Does your business have a plan in place to prevent extended downtime? Contact SERVPRO of Jonesboro to learn about our Emergency Ready Plan.

Running a business requires far more hours than your typical employment. You may consistently find yourself well into what most would call overtime. Keeping up with the demands of your staff, payroll, and the ever-changing landscape that is business today—all while marketing your brand and competing in the marketplace—can quickly become overwhelming.

One disruption in your business can throw you off track for good when you are unprepared. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses don’t ever reopen after a disaster, and of those that do, another quarter close within a year.

In our current market which is still scarred by the memory of pandemic shutdowns and uncertainty about what lies ahead, it is essential for your business to have a plan in the event of an emergency or disaster. Close to three-quarters of small businesses do not have an emergency plan in place, and we want to make sure that changes.

We will evaluate your needs and address any potential concerns you may have as we walk with you to create a custom Emergency Ready Plan. SERVPRO is proud to help small businesses, the true heart of our community, in Jonesboro get ready and stay ready for anything that may come our way.

We can cover everything from natural disasters to data backup and recovery. Our goal is that the day your business faces disaster you can hit “go” and launch your plan, minimizing your downtime and overall impact.

You and your team will know everything, including the chain of command, alternate work locations, reliable vendors, and each step to take at what time. With the number of tornadoes, we have each spring and summer, having a plan in place is incredibly important for all of us.

Don’t let a disaster make your road to a successful business any tougher than it already is. Let us work with you so you can continually move forward with an Emergency Ready Plan. We are locally owned and operated at SERVPRO of Jonesboro, and we want to ensure that your business can not only survive a disaster but thrive.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

Why Is It Important to Clean up Water Damage

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Homeowners can reduce damage from water leaks in NEA homes and businesses if the water is cleaned up quickly before secondary damage occurs. For example, carpets soaked in water can delaminate if they are not dried quickly. Colors leach from objects left on the floor and may damage other materials close to them. Wood floors can absorb moisture, and swell causing cupping and displacement.

SERVPRO’s fast response team can be onsite very quickly after your call about water damage in your NEA home. We assess the situation and begin removing excess water, moving contents to a staging area to dry them and protect them. Drying mats are utilized on hardwood floors. Water extractors are used on carpets to extract water from the carpeting and the underpad.

Our fast response, water extraction, and drying can also prevent mold from becoming an issue. Our rapid response can also minimize damage to drywall and particle board, common materials used in homes.

The services provided by SERVPRO include:

  • Emergency services water damage restoration
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage
  • Water cleanup from burst pipes

Call SERVPRO of Jonesboro for water damage remediation. We can help 24/7. Call (870) 934-0501.

Steps to Take to Prevent Fire in the Home

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fireinterior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fir If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Jonesboro is here to help. Contact us at (870) 934-0501 for any fire restoration needs.

The American Red Cross has responded to more than 20,000 house fires already in 2022, and that only represents some of the total number of fires across the United States.

Smoke detectors are the best preventive tool in your home, but there are steps you can take to protect your life and loved ones. Even simple acts of cleaning can help make your home fire-safe.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter may be a daily battle in your home already, but letting spaces like stairs, halls, and utility areas pile up can be a fire hazard. Extra clothing, blankets, and pillows are fuel to a fire, furthering its spread.

Cloth items left near a water heater can actually start a fire when the water heater turns on. The more you allow your spaces to stay open, the slower a fire can progress and the safer you are able to exit in the event of an emergency.

Overloaded extension cords are another area of your home with a high fire risk. Remove any electrical appliances you don’t use, and unplug those that you don’t use frequently.

Always leave plenty of room between furniture and wall outlets to avoid overheating by allowing for proper airflow.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

Your yard can protect your home from fires that originate outside. Being intentional with your landscaping both allows space for firefighters to work and slows the progression of a fire before it gets to your house.

This is so effective that states like California have actually imposed defensible zone regulations for yards, but this type of yard work is smart everywhere. We frequently experience high winds, tornadoes, and severe thunderstorms here, especially in the spring. Our yards are key in stopping electrical fires spurred by these storms.

This doesn’t mean you have to limit what you plant, rather it means strategically placing your plants and trees to offer the most protection. You should also keep your yard clear of dead plants and limbs as these serve as fuel for fires and contribute to the spread. After one of our strong storms clears out, go outside and clean up. It does more than improve appearances.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Cleaning the clutter from your home and yard is only part of how you can protect your house. Have your chimney inspected yearly, and clean your stove regularly to eliminate two high fire risk areas.

It isn’t only deep-cleaning that acts as prevention either; even dusting protects your home. Kill those dust bunnies with pleasure, especially around electrical appliances and wall outlets.

Our homes are no longer only a place of rest—these days, we work, play, and learn in them. Keeping it clean is the easiest way to prevent a disaster from fire.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.