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The Arrival of the Winter Season | SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties

12/29/2022 (Permalink)

side by side view of a hot and cold thermometer If you experience damage due to a winter storm, call SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties. We have the experience and equipment for any issue.

The official winter season is almost upon us, but we are certainly already starting to feel the effects. The temperatures are lower during the day, and there is a certain crispness to the air at night.

While the thunderstorm season may be on its way out, winter brings its own set of unique threats to your property and home. With some simple preparation, you can prevent the damage from even occurring!

Winter Across the Country

One of the interesting things about the United States is how vastly different the winter season can be across the country.

We may be in for an interesting winter season here in Conway and Faulkner counties! With the predicted lower temperatures and higher chance of snow, we could see more white on the ground than we are used to.

We know that the weather can be unpredictable at times, so we need to be prepared for any scenario as we enter this winter season.

Winter Around Conway and Faulkner Counties

While a typical winter for our area consists of mild to moderate temperatures and snow only on occasion, we can still expect dangerous conditions from time to time.

Rain, sleet and icy conditions can not only be dangerous to you and your families, but also to our homes! When the temperature drops below freezing, it is important to drive carefully or stay off the roads entirely when it starts to rain or sleet.

Preparing Your Home

The first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with the types of weather that could affect us here in north-central Arkansas]( While major snowstorms and blizzards don’t typically affect us, it is still important to understand how they develop and what the alerts for them look like.

Every household needs to have a fully stocked emergency kit, and your car should have a small kit as well. You never know when the weather could turn and create a dangerous situation for you.

No matter what happens this winter, weatherproofing your windows and doors can help lower your electric bill as well as prevent moisture buildup.

Outside your home, take a day to do a full walk around your property to repair any roof issues, clean out your gutters and trim any tree limbs that are hanging over your home. All of these steps can help prevent water and storm damage if a storm were to come through our area.

Winter can be a wonderful time to enjoy the coziness of the holidays and warmth of time well spent with family and friends. Just remember that your team at SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties is ready 247 if you need help. We will jump right into action so you can get back to enjoying all this season has to offer.

If you experience damage in a winter storm, call us. We have the experience and equipment to get your home back to normal.

Keeping Water Troubles at Bay | SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties

12/29/2022 (Permalink)

a white ceiling showing signs of water damage from a leak If you experience any water damage inside your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties.

Slowly leaking water problems aren’t always easily noticeable. Sometimes a situation can develop slowly through a tiny leak and you won’t notice until the damage has already been done!

Excess moisture can cause a multitude of problems within your home. Stopping a water leak at its source is the best way to prevent a large and costly repair.

The longer water damage goes undetected in your home, the worse it can get! Read on to learn about some water damage prevention strategies.

Water Fixture Troubles

Sinks are a common source of water troubles. Water supply lines can slowly wear away or the sealing around the connections can deteriorate over time. This can also happen to your showers, bathtubs or toilets.

The best way to notice a problem is to frequently check on these areas of your home! Every time you clean these spaces, check for moisture or slow drips. Even a small leak can waste thousands of gallons of water a year and waste a lot of money.

Water From Appliance Failures

We love the convenience of appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers, but they come with their own water risks! Any type of malfunction or blockage can cause a massive leak all over your kitchen floor. A water disaster of this size can lead to warped floors or ruined wood trim.

Checking for leaks can be easy to do! Simply unplug your appliances and check behind them for water spots or staining. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, call us right away so we can further investigate.

Water Damage From Weather

Not all water damage issues originate inside your homes! We are vulnerable to the danger of Mother Nature at any time.

We are no strangers to winter weather. While we may avoid some of the harshest temperatures and storms like some of the country endures, we surely see our fair share of winter storms. Because of this, it is important to always know how you and your family will react to ice, rain, sleet and snow at any given time.

Managing the moisture in your home is a great way to reduce your risk of water damage. Any steps you can take on a daily basis can go a long way in protecting your home!

Clean out your gutters every season and make sure your downspouts are installed and pointing away from your foundation. It is also important to do a thorough check of the seals around your windows and doors. An extra bead of caulk around any noticeable gapping or a draft can help keep moisture out of your home.

If you experience water damage inside your home or business, call us247. We have the experience and equipment to get your property back in working order fast.

Your Hometown Restoration Team Is Here for You | SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties

10/11/2022 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO crew unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No job is too big or small. Call SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties today to schedule your estimate

Choosing a restoration team to assist you when you are recovering from damages to your home or business is one of the most important decisions you can make! Your team should be able to produce quality work that you can trust.

When you choose SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties, that is exactly what you will get! We promise to perform our high-quality restoration services for every project that we have.

We can also offer much more than just our restoration services! We offer deep-cleans of your commercial property, as well as more sensitive cleanings like vandalism or a recent graffiti problem at your home or business.

While all of that is important when choosing a restoration company, we think one of the most beneficial things is that your team should be local.

The Benefits of a Local Service1. We Will Answer Your Call for Help Faster

When you suffer damages to your home, the last thing you want to do is wait days to weeks for a company to fit you into their schedule! With us, we are just a few streets and a phone call away from providing you with our top-notch services.

2. We Understand Our Unique Weather

We don’t just work in this community, a lot of us live here, too! So when the weather forecast is predicted in the evening or a particularly strong storm begins developing on radar, we are watching it just like you are.

However, in addition to preparing for a storm in our own homes, we begin connecting with our teams to plan our response to any calls for help in the aftermath.

We have witnessed countless tornado watches and warnings, and we are all too familiar with watching a storm develop in the sky above us. Since we work in the same conditions we live in, we know exactly how to respond in each scenario.

3. We Love Central Arkansas

We know that there are different restoration companies out there, but we also know that they don’t compare to our level of service and dedication to our area. If you choose another company to assist you, chances are that the team that shows up will be a mix of people from all around and may not even be from Arkansas!

That leaves you vulnerable to a company that is unfamiliar with the area and the different resources available here.

The SERVPRO team that shows up at your door will be friendly and uniquely passionate about our counties! We can chat with you about the best places to fish along the Arkansas River, or we can share with you our favorite place for a sweet treat if you need a pick-me-up! We have to recommend Kassi’s cookies in Mayflower.

We love it here, and we hope you can tell when we arrive at your home! We also know how to effectively work with our local government ordinances and regulations, ensuring a streamlined process from start to finish.

Our National Brand With a Personal Touch

We typically work with local technicians and organizations in whatever area we are serving, but sometimes a larger-scale disaster requires a bit more attention than what our resources can provide.

That’s where our neighboring SERVPRO locations come in! We have great relationships with other locally owned locations that allow us to work together to do whatever it takes to complete your project with satisfaction.

When disaster strikes your home or your business, we’re the team you can trust—located right here, close to home. Get in touch today to get started!

Assessing Your Home’s Flood Risk | SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties

10/1/2022 (Permalink)

a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties to get the restoration process started right away

Flooding problems can be a large issue for many homeowners. If you consistently seem to find water in your home after a storm, seeing inclement weather in the forecast can make you feel nervous.

If you do experience some sort of water damage, it may not be covered under your insurance and you may not make the list to receive federal assistance. Armed with that information, it is even more important to prepare your home on your own as best as you can.

Our counties have some minimal flood risk zones and some zone A areas. Floods can happen due to the rising river levels from the Arkansas River or from any severe weather that comes our way, so it is important to be prepared for heavy rains and unexpected flash flooding.

Outdoor Preparation

Taking the time to prepare and clear your gutters is a great way to help reduce your risk of having water back up on your roof and leak down your walls. Also make sure you angle your downspouts as far away from your home as you can.

Consider adding mulch around your home to absorb excess moisture, or plant a garden in an area that could help encourage water to flow down to it instead of toward your home. Any landscaping you can do to help prevent water from flowing backward into your foundation will be helpful.

Your fuel and propane tanks should be anchored to the ground to make sure they are protected in the event of a flood. It can also be a good idea to turn off power to any floor or ground outlets before any incoming weather.

Indoor Preparation

If your foundation is not waterproof, a single crack can cause a lot of water issues for you. If you notice any sort of cracking or breaking along your foundation line, call a professional to repair the crack right away.

Your basement may also benefit from installing a sump pump! A sump pump works by pumping water away from your home as it flows toward it.

Flooding problems can also stem from an appliance or a rusted-out pipe. If you notice any weathering on a pipe in your utility room or start to notice water spots on your floor after running a load in your dishwasher, it is best to investigate the cause right away.

Once your home is safeguarded using these tips, it is time to address the contents of your home. A flood can ruin photographs, important documents and anything else made of paper. It is best to store these types of things on a high shelf or in a waterproof safe.

Make sure to include a copy of your emergency plan up high as well so you are never caught without it!

What if you do experience damage? Taking quick action any time you encounter flooding will help reduce your risk of long-term or irreversible damages and mold growth.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties today to get your restoration completed faster.

Is Your Home Ready for a Lightning Strike? | SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties

10/1/2022 (Permalink)

multiple lightning strikes off in distance of dark purple night sky If you are dealing with smoke or fire damage from a recent fire, call SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties to learn about a restoration solution for

Fire safety is most commonly focused on preventing fires inside the home. But what happens when the fire originates from a source outside of our control? Lightning strike fires can be incredibly destructive if they are not caught and extinguished right away.

Having your home hit by a lightning bolt actually is more common than you might assume. In 2020 alone, 70,000 homes were damaged by lightning or the fire after the strike. If this happens to you, it is important to know what to do!

Lightning Creation

Lightning is a reaction of a large electric current inside a thunderstorm. When the current becomes overly charged, a giant spark is produced and travels to the ground.

Wherever lightning decides to hit, there is risk of a fire or widespread damage.

Your Home’s Risk

If your home gets hit by lightning, it is really important to do a thorough check of every level of your house to catch any fires, as one may have started inside a wall or up in the eaves of your house.

Since Mother Nature is unpredictable, it is impossible to know exactly when a lightning strike might hit your home, but you can take some preventive measures.

Add a lightning rod to your roof to help absorb some of the impact of that electrical current. These metal poles are great for reducing your overall level of damage.

Next, you can add surge protectors around the outlets in your home to protect your electronics and to prevent an overall electrical disaster.

Lighting in the Area

Unfortunately, even if you escape a thunderstorm without your home experiencing a lightning strike, you can still be the victim of a lightning fire! All it takes is a strike in a dry field or on a house where no one is home for a fire to get out of control quickly. If that happens, a wildfire may begin.

Address your yard from time to time, and clear it of dead grass or leaves often. You should also look into how you choose to landscape your yard and incorporate some defensible space zones to provide your home with a buffer.

The most important thing to remember is that if you do discover a fire after a lightning strike, get out of your home and call 911. Staying safe is crucial!

After the fire has been extinguished by the professionals, call us at SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties. We are ready to respond to any type of fire disaster and we will help you fully recover.

Have you experienced smoke or fire damage in your home? Call us today to get the restoration finished fast.

Responsible Recreational Fire Use | SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

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

Spending time in your backyard is a staple for the summertime season. Chocolatey s’mores around the bonfire or grilling up your favorite hot dogs with family or friends are wonderful memories to make year after year.

In order to enjoy these fun activities, fire is a necessity! But whether we are lighting a grill or stoking a bonfire, any time there is fire present, there is a higher risk of danger. The National Park Service believes that the majority of wildfires are caused by humans.

Knowing that our grills and bonfires heighten the risk of sparking a wildfire can feel frightening or overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. With some simple safety measures incorporated into your daily lives, you can continue to roast marshmallows, throw fresh corn on the grill or dispose of your yard waste.

Grills and Bonfires

Grills, campfires, fireworks and portable fire pits are the most common culprits when it comes to starting an unintended fire. In fact, grills start 8,800 home fires.

Fires from grills are mostly started due to user error and neglect, so it is very important to always have someone responsible for the flames. It is also a good idea to check the gas lines and propane tank often to look for leaks or cracks.

If your family frequently builds bonfires, matches or lighters should be the method of lighting your fire. Once your flames are established, stick to only approved firewood and keep the lid on your gas can. Adding gas to a fire is one of the quickest ways to find yourself with an out of control blaze.

Portable fire pits are another great alternative to enjoy the feel of a campfire without having to dig a pit in your yard. However, they carry similar risks and should never be placed on a wooden deck or below any overhangs.

You should always have a way to extinguish the flames quickly if you need to. A shovel and a bucket of water or a hose can help put out a fire and control the damage.

Even though Independence Day has passed for the year, if you are planning to light fireworks for any other celebration this summer, make sure you know your specific city’s requirements for fireworks. Even though fireworks are legal in Arkansas, some cities allow certain kinds while others do not.

Additional Fire Risks

If you live on land that has a lot of leafy trees or pines, the leaf drop in the fall can be overwhelming! Sometimes it is necessary to burn off this debris in order to stay on top of it.

Before beginning any yard project, make sure you understand the local burn bans and the current fire risks for our counties. This handy website is updates in real-time and will change colors based on which counties are at risk.

If we are in a low risk time period, do one final check on the current weather conditions before proceeding. Any day that is excessively windy or particularly dry should be avoided. Skip the flames and choose another activity until the conditions improve.

Keeping your yard clear of excess debris and dead grasses actually helps minimize the risk of adding fuel to a potential wildfire. Understanding what is able to be burned in your backyard will also help keep your risk low.

If you have a gas can or two in your garage, your risk of fire is increased if they are not stored properly. Keep them out of reach of children and only store gasoline in approved containers.

Gas should also not be used for anything other than fuel. While it can be very tempting to use it as a fire accelerant, your fire can quickly get out of hand.

If you do find yourself with fire or smoke damage, we are here to help at SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties. Our trained teams are ready to tackle the damages, and we will work hard to get you back into your newly restored home as quickly 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.

Choosing Us as Your Restoration Team | SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

a group of employees with restoration tools walking away from SERVPRO van No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties is only a phone call away.

Even though we specialize in damage restoration, we still need to plan for natural disasters just like you do. We are an independently owned and operated SERVPRO location, so we uniquely understand how important it is to protect what you own.

Preventing—and sometimes even predicting—the weather isn’t possible, so in order to be fully prepared, you have to plan ahead before any disasters occur.

If your business is in our area and you also happen to live here, you could end up suffering damages to both your home and commercial property all at once. Dealing with damages to both places seems overwhelming!

To help minimize the risk of suffering a large loss, you should create an emergency plan that can be changed and adapted for different situations. In order to do so, you have to know what kinds of threats affect us here in Conway and Faulkner Counties.

To start creating your emergency plan, begin by collecting information from websites like this great American Red Cross website that outlines potential disasters across the country and how to prepare for them. More locally, both Conway County and Faulkner County have great sites dedicated to emergency preparedness.

It is quite likely that you will suffer damages to some extent at your business or home. When you do, quick action is crucial to make sure you don’t end up with irreparable damages. You should call us first for several reasons:

SERVPRO Over the Rest

We treat each situation in its own unique way. Restoration projects may seem commonplace to us, but we know to treat each situation as its own entity and we know that different situations require different things.

When it comes to water issues, 14 million homes across the nation are at risk of flooding issues every year. However, not every neighborhood and house will suffer the same damages. Some may only have minor water troubles and others will completely flood.

We will approach your restoration project with an unbiased eye, each time.

We will answer your call anytime of day. When it comes to damages, it is crucial to act quickly, so we offer 247 availability. Whatever time of day you call, we will answer.

Any time you experience damage to your home or business, you should act quickly, but when water and mold are involved, a quick response is even more important. Mold and mildew can begin to grow within 48 hours and will take hold quickly.

We can help every step of the way. We can offer our assistance with more than just damage restoration!

We can discuss the details of your claim with your insurance agent, and we can help you pack away your things to protect them from damage while we are working on your project. Any way that we can help make your experience better, we will do it!

No matter what kind of disaster or damages you are dealing with, your team at SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties is here to guide you through the process. We will jump right into action and work our hardest to get you back into your home as soon as we possibly can.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Storm Alerts and Your Safety | SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

a red and white severe weather alert sign If you suspect any damage to your home from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties.

One of the unique aspects of American life is that there are so many different weather patterns and climates across the country. In order to keep all of those potential weather situations organized, they are associated with 42 different kinds of weather alerts, and those alerts are subcategorized into multiple smaller groups.

With all of these variables occurring during any type of severe weather, it can be overwhelming!

While it can be helpful to have a solid understanding of all of the different possible alerts, it is really only imperative to understand the ones that commonly are issued here in Conway and Faulkner counties.

Forecasting for Alerts

We all rely on weather forecasting to plan our lives and events, but have you ever wondered how those forecasts are issued in the first place? Since weather forecasts are, at best, educated predictions, meteorologists have to use several factors at their disposal to determine the severity, location and length of any potential severe weather.

To start, the National Weather Service oversees the weather forecasting for the entire nation and for issuing alerts based on those forecasts. To help keep each forecast and alert as accurate as possible, the NWS is broken down into six regional offices around the country, along with sub-offices closer to home.

The Southern Region located in Fort Worth, Texas is the office responsible for our weather forecasting in Conway and Faulkner counties.

The staff employed at the Southern Region office use satellite radar, sensors, seismic activity and solar patterns to create each forecast and any adjoining alerts. While they understand that even the most well-researched forecasts can go awry as Mother Nature is unpredictable, they do their best to make sure they are as precise and thorough as they can be.

Is It a Watch or a Warning?

The most basic weather alerts that we should all understand are watches and warnings. These two terms are used in almost all weather alerts.

When the NWS issues a watch, it means that they have recognized the potential for an incoming storm to produce dangerous qualities like high winds, tornadoes or heavy rains. Storm watches should make you begin to prepare your safe shelter location and keep an eye on the sky.

When a warning is issued or replaces a watch, though, you need to be seeking shelter as soon as possible. A warning means that the incoming storm is currently producing dangerous conditions and you need to be out of the elements in order to stay safe.

Since Arkansas is considered part of “tornado alley,” we tend to be vulnerable to severe storms with frequent tornadoes. The more you understand about how tornado warnings are issued, the safer you can be!

Home Safety Measures

Your family’s safety is always the most important aspect of any weather event, but if you have advanced notice of an incoming storm, you might have some additional time to get your home ready to weather any potential damages.

Clearing your gutters and securing your outdoor furniture are two things your family can do to reduce the risk of damages to your home via water or flying debris. It would also be a good idea to check on your emergency kit and add anything that is missing or depleted.

After the severe threat has passed, take pictures and inventory of any damage that has occurred. If you need assistance with the damages, call us at SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties. We will answer you 247 and begin creating your restoration plan as soon as we are able.

The more you understand about the weather here, the safer you can stay. By taking the time to review the local weather risks and brushing up on your knowledge of how alerts are issued in your area, you are setting yourself up to be prepared for any storms that come our way.

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

A Few Reasons Why You Should Call SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties

6/25/2022 (Permalink)

What to Expect when you first contact SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties:

 You can first expect that we are available 24 hours for emergency service! If you are calling day or night, weekday, or weekends, and during the holidays, you can always expect to speak with a real person about the emergency you are experiencing. SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties is the top choice for many insurance agencies.

Here is what happens after the initial call to SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties:

  • Response Time- When your home or business has been damaged, the response time is an important factor in how costly the restoration process can be. We are open 24/7 you can expect to hear back within an hour after you have contacted us about the emergency that you are calling about.
  • Arrival Time- Within 4 hours of the initial call our technicians can be onsite. This fast response can make the difference in the damages to your property, which will end up costing the insurance company less money.
  • Verbal Briefing-Once we have arrived and done an inspection to determine the extent of the damage and decide on the best course of action our team will let you know what should be done at your property and they will also give a verbal briefing to the insurance adjuster.

Our teams quick response will allow the mitigation process to get started right away, which will prevent any further damages to your property. SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties are here to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Give us a call at 501-328-3301 and we will get a team dispatched out quickly.

Common Commercial Property Damage Risks | SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration service

Businesses are the backbone of the United States. Ever since our country’s creation, we have relied on innovation and businesses to help fuel and propel our nation forward. We either work for one, frequent one often or own one.

If you fall into the category of a business owner, you know how complex owning a business can be. On top of the day-to-day needs, it is imperative to have plans for when things go awry. When disaster strikes in the form of water or storm damage, it can have terrible consequences for your business.

In addition the sheer amount of repair work that may need to be addressed after a natural disaster, it is also becoming more and more expensive to recover from it. The NCEI reports that over the last five years, our country has suffered an average of $153 billion worth of damage annually, which is a substantial increase from the last couple of reported years.

In Arkansas, we are no stranger to strong storms in the summer months. Even recently we had to recover from some extensive storm damage in Conway. If you own a business in the area where the power was out, it could have really been problematic for you if you rely on electricity for whatever service or product you offer.

Below we shed some light on a few common issues that business owners face and offer some solutions to help mitigate severe and lasting damage to your business.

Water Damage

Unexpected water or lingering moisture problems can create widespread damage as well as mold issues if it is not addressed right away. These water issues can stem from rain-filled thunderstorms and even internal problems like appliance failures or faulty piping. Both kinds of damage can have negative effects on your commercial property.

Flooding from overflowing rivers or flash flood events can overwhelm the ground around your building and can seep into the foundation of your facility. Over time, it can degrade the structure of your building and will cost even more to fix.

Investing in a properly graded landscape around your property can help route water down and away from your foundation.

Water damage can also happen slowly over a longer period of time if it originates from a pipe or leaky appliance. Inspect your plumbing regularly to catch any potential issues before they become an overwhelming issue.

Storm Damage

Destruction from storms is also a common problem that businesses suffer during severe weather season. Even minor storms can cause a loss of electricity, uproot trees and blow debris around that can damage your business exterior.

Most storms fall into the moderate category and bring in winds between 10 and 45 mph and create minor damage risks. However, strong storms like the ones common in the warmer months can produce winds of over 100 mph. Storms with high winds like these can upend vehicles, level buildings and ruin landscaping.

If you are able to install storm-protective window covers or reinforce your roof, it can help reduce the severity of damage when a strong storm rolls through our counties.

Thankfully, proper inspection of your windows, doors and piping can help you avoid costly repairs down the road and can protect your business from catastrophic issues. If you have enough warning ahead of time, clearing your property and preparing it for a storm can help clear out any potential hazards before the storm.

Where SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties Comes In

When faced with damage to your business, it can feel overwhelming and discouraging. If the water or storm damage is severe enough, it can even start to affect your livelihood if your business has to close for an extended period of time.

We are proud to be the company you can trust to get you back on your feet. We provide a quick response and 247 availability, and we maintain communication with you throughout the restoration process.

We believe in your business just as much as you do—and we will work hard to get it back to its pre-damage condition.

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.