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Commercial Kitchen Cleaning in Benton, AR

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Clean, emptied deep fryer baskets in a commercial kitchen They may be clean, but are they CLEAN?

Restaurants are big business in Saline County, AR. From mom-and-pop diners to national chains, restaurants dot the landscape. You know the food is good, but what's it like in the kitchen? How strictly does each restaurant follow its cleaning protocols? The answer could surprise you.

Restaurants should be cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule. A commercial kitchen could become a fire hazard if grease is not removed from the kitchen. Exhaust fans help move the airborne grease from the kitchen, and if the fans are not cleaned regularly, it poses a serious fire hazard. A clean and sanitized kitchen also reduces the spread of disease among kitchen staff, leading to fewer sick days and callouts.

The Arkansas State Board of Health publishes a 145-page book of rules and regulations regarding food establishments in Arkansas. Lengthy chapters are devoted to the frequency of cleaning supplies and equipment used in Arkansas restaurants. In a perfect world, all rules and regulations would be followed exactly to the letter, but realistically, it doesn't always happen. Restaurants get busy and the workers mean to “get to it later,” and some of the deep cleaning simply does not happen. Should the restaurant have a surprise inspection from the state, the restaurant could be fined or even shut down until the problems are corrected. Don't let that happen to your restaurant!

SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are ready to deep clean and sanitize your commercial kitchen to promote a safer, healthier work environment. Give us a call today at 501-776-2222. We'll make the mess “Like it never even happened.”

We're always here to help.

Is There a Hoarder in Your Family?

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

A kitchen floor is covered in trash and old food. A hoarder's home can be overwhelming. Let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Hoarding Disorder became an official psychiatric diagnosis in 2013, with the release of the DSM-5. It's more than just having a lot of possessions. Hoarding Disorder is in the same class of conditions as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In the case of hoarding, the person cannot stop themselves from accumulating more and more things, even though many times, they know that they do not have the room to store any more items in their home.

Hoarders have a hard time letting go. So things accumulate. Eventually, it gets out of control until someone else sees the problem and forces them to get help. It's a difficult, emotional process, and once the accumulation gets to a certain point, it's best to call in the professionals.

SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs know that helping a family member with Hoarding Disorder isn't easy. We are experienced in home cleanout and sanitization situations. We can return your loved one's property to functional condition and get rid of the mess. Give us a call at 501-776-2222 if you're faced with a family member whose property has fallen into disrepair due to hoarding. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

We're always here to help.

When Minutes Matter

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water drips down a commercial restroom sign Let the pros help you get your business open faster after an emergency loss.

Emergency situations are often time critical.  Time is of the essence, and the longer you have to wait for help could make the situation much worse.  Water damage is invasive and causes further damage to your business the longer the problem remains unresolved.  Water is quick to saturate the walls, giving an opening for mold and mildew to form.  Metal will eventually corrode, and depending on the type of water damage, you could be looking at a biohazard contamination.  SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are here to help you when minutes matter. 

Emergencies are also costly to your business.  There is never a good time to suffer a fire loss because items are left behind and damaged, if not completely destroyed.   While not everything can be saved, some items can be restored.  We understand how important these items are to you and will work hard to restore them.  Should your business suffer a fire loss, SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are fast to respond and clean up the mess.  We’ll remove the soot from your offices and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Give the professionals at SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs a call when a time-sensitive emergency such as a water loss or fire loss requires a fast response.  Our highly trained technicians are on call and available 24/7.  Call 501-776-2222.

We’re always here to help.

Tornado Season 2022

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

A tornado crosses an empty patch of land. Stay safe this tornado season!

The 2022 Tornado Season has already been incredibly active in the south, and as we enter May, there doesn't appear to be many signs of slowing down.  May has traditionally been the month with the most tornadoes, as the tornado season hits its peak. 

That statement hits a bit different when you look at where our tornado season stands when compared to last year. 

  • March 2021 - 139 tornadoes recorded in the United States
  • April 2021 - 79 tornadoes recorded in the United States
  • May 2021 - 259 tornadoes recorded in the United States

Here's where we are as of May 1st:

  • March 2022 - 226 tornadoes recorded in the United States
  • April 2022 - 193 tornadoes recorded in the United States
  • May 2022 - ???

You see the cause for concern. 

People who have spent at least a few years in the South have an idea of what to do when a tornado watch or warning is issued for their area.  But a refresher never hurt anyone, especially when the population has grown so much over the past few years! 

  • Many properties actually have storm shelters.  These are ideal, but if that isn't an option, go to an interior room of the home.  Bathrooms without windows tend to fare a bit better than rooms with outside walls. 
  • Keep cell phones charged to receive weather warnings and in the event of a power outage.
  • Have a plan for yourself and your family in the event of a tornado.  Don't forget your pets!

Tornadoes are a part of southern life during the spring.  Should your home experience water damage from a tornado or wind event, SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are always here to help. 

Give us a call at 501-776-2222.

Kitchen Safety for Your Alexander, AR Home

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher sits on a kitchen counter near a stove. A fire extinguisher is good in a pinch, but follow proper kitchen safety to prevent grease fires.

People have been getting more and more creative in the kitchen over the past two years.  The pandemic kept everyone home for most of 2020 and 2021.  Restrictions relaxed quite a bit in 2022, so people were excited to get out of their homes and head to restaurants.  Then came unprecedented inflation.  Prices shot through the roof on basically everything, so a lot of people had to forego the luxury of dining out.  There's a pretty good chance that home cooks throughout the South are going to fry something on the stove more than once.  Give us our comfort food and understand that's just how it goes in Arkansas!

So, let's revisit some basic kitchen safety tips to keep the good food coming with none of the nasty grease fires!

Kitchen Safety 101

Always give your full attention to cooking.  It's sometimes difficult to do when family members are home and everything is hectic, but it is essential.  Forty-nine percent of home fires begin with cooking equipment, and thirty-three percent of those are from unattended equipment!  A moment's distraction could end in tragedy.

A grease fire is the most common type of kitchen fire.  Smoking oil is a sign that your burner is too hot!  Should a fire develop, turn off the heat immediately!  When frying on the stovetop, always have a lid nearby to suffocate a fire.  It is also important to keep a large box of baking soda on-hand to put out a small grease fire.  Never pour water on a grease fire – it will only make it worse!  Every kitchen should have a fire extinguisher as a last resort.

Once you've finished cooking, always clean up any grease splatter on and around the stove. Thoroughly clean the heating elements or glass top so remnants cannot catch fire the next time the stove is in use.

Cooking is a fun and relaxing activity, but sometimes things do go wrong.  Should your kitchen become damaged from a fire or water, give us a call!  SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are available 24/7 at 501-776-2222.  Call in the professionals and we'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

We're always here to help.

Read This Before Selling Your Home in Bryant, AR!

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

A deadbolt in use by a house key affixed to a house-shaped keyring. Professional cleanings are a great way to add value to houses soon to hit the market.

The real estate market is very hot right now, and if you list your home, it's probably going to sell.   Before your listing goes live, don't leave money on the table.  Homes are selling above their listing price, and wouldn't it be great if yours did, too? 

Did you know that buyers typically decide whether or not they're seriously interested in purchasing a home in 10 seconds or less?  First impressions are everything.  Your listing needs to look perfect, or your potential buyer will scroll on to the next listing.  Don't let that happen to you.  Here are some tips to consider before putting your home on the market. 

  • Use a professional photographer           --  They have the proper equipment and know the right angles to photograph your home to show off its maximum potential.
  • Remove the clutter                                 --  No one wants to see a junky closet filled with a random assortment of…stuff.  Either get rid of it or box it up and put it in storage.
  • Remove photos and personalized items --  Potential buyers want to imagine their own family in the home.  It's also a good idea to remove anything with children's names on them as a safety precaution.
  • Don't completely empty the home --  Sometimes it's hard to visualize how furniture fits into homes with big, open floorplans.  You could also look into having your home professionally staged.
  • Make sure your home is sparkling clean --  Remember, potential buyers spend an average of 10 seconds or less on a listing, and if you've got dirty windows and stained carpet, all they'll see is a "project," so have your home professionally cleaned from top to bottom before putting it on the market.

Give the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs a call when you're getting ready to sell your home.   Save the number in your phone: 501-776-2222.  Our cleaning services will make the home look good as new.  We'll clean the windows and carpets; we do upholstery and drapes, too!  Give us a call and we'll be happy to discuss your needs.   We're always here to help.

Water Loss Categories: Category 2

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

A male hand turns off the cold water valve for a washing machine. The longer a water loss sits, the worse it gets.

Water loss comes in many forms and depending on the type of water you're dealing with; it could affect your home in different ways.  We've discussed Category 1 water and how it originates from a sanitary water source, such as a sink overflow situation.   Should that water sit for two or three days, it could transition into a Category 2 water loss.

Category 2 water is often referred to as "greywater."  While it is not grossly contaminated, there is enough contamination present to potentially make someone ill were the water ingested.  These water sources include overflow from a washing machine or a dishwasher, toilet overflows containing some urine (but no feces), and even things like an overflowing aquarium or punctured waterbed.  There are also microorganisms present in the water. 

Once Category 2 water has been sitting for 48 hours or more, the bacteria multiply, and mold forms.  This becomes Category 3 water, commonly referred to as "black water."  This is extremely dangerous.  Don't let it get to that point!  Should you experience a Category 2 water loss, SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are available 24/7 to start the mitigation progress and make your water loss "Like it never even happened."  Call 501-776-2222.

We're always here to help.

Water Loss Categories: Category 1

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

Water drips from an overflowing bathroom sink. The clock starts ticking once you've experienced a Category 1 water loss!

When you're dealing with a water loss, time is not on your side.  The longer a water issue remains on your property, the more likely it is to turn into major damage, which could result in a lengthy restoration process. 

Many water losses that occur in the home are considered a category 1 water loss.  These involve sanitary sources of water, such as a bathtub or sink overflowing.  Category 1 water poses no danger from exposure or ingestion.   A broken toilet tank or bowl can be considered a category 1 water loss when the water has no contaminants.  Even though these water sources are sanitary, they can damage laminate floors, plywood, particle board, and the like.  Carpets are likely to escape long-term damage once the water is extracted.

Unless category 1 water damage is quickly scheduled for restorative drying, you run the risk of your water loss devolving into a category 2 or category 3 water loss.  Give us a call when you first notice your water loss.  We're always here to help.

SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are available 24/7/365 to handle your emergency.  Should you suffer a category 1 water loss, call 501-776-2222, and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Upholstery Cleaning in Alexander, AR

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

An orange cat relaxes on an orange chair "I definitely did not hack up a hairball in your chair!" - Dishonest Cat

Life is messy.  Add kids and pets, and life can be downright chaotic.  So, it's nice to come home to the familiar.  Your recliner.  Your couch.  Your living room.  You just want to kick back and binge-watch your favorite show for the 15th time with tasty beverages and snacks.  It's a solid plan, and you're ready to get it rolling.  You're just stretching out on the couch when you smell…something.  Did the dog get on the couch when you weren't looking?  It's definitely been a rainy couple of months, and your dog just loves going outside.  Binge-watching is going to have to wait for now; the smell of wet dog is now firmly embedded in your nose.  It's awful.  As you take a closer look at the couch, you notice stains that weren't there before.  Did one of the kids spill something?  Who knows, but there is definitely a blotch of jelly?  Fruit punch?  You can't be sure, but it's definitely visible on your nice beige couch.  A new couch isn't in the budget, but you don't want your furniture looking (and smelling) like something from your first college apartment.  Do you give up and let the chaos win?  No!  You've got this.

Let us help you.  SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs cleans upholstery!  We'll get the stains out, and the funky smells, too!  Give us a call today at 501-776-2222, and we'll be happy to discuss what we can do to get rid of the stains and smells and make it "Like it never even happened."

We're always here to help.

Fire Up the Grill in Hot Springs, AR!

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

Open flame in a barbecue grill. Make sure the fire stays in the grill!

Signs of Spring are finally upon us, and it's time to break out the grill!  According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 64% of US adults own a grill or smoker – that's almost two-thirds of the population!  The massive popularity of outdoor cooking can end badly if proper safety precautions are not observed.  So, let's run through a few safety tips to make your cookout a success!

Sure, you know your grill, but how well do you really know your grill?  Keep a copy of your manual if possible; alternately, it should be available on the manufacturer's website.  Become familiar with your specific model, as features and functions are not the same on every grill.

Location is important!  A grill should only be set up on a flat surface so it cannot tip over.  Protect your deck or patio with a grill pad or splatter mat underneath.  Check your manual for the minimum keep-clear distance required for your grill.  If you're using a gas grill, make sure to check for a propane leak before the first BBQ of the season. Just apply a light soap and water solution to the hose, then turn on the gas.  If you see any bubbling, you've got a leak that needs to be fixed before going any further!

Keep it clean!  Always make sure to clean the grease off the grill before using it again.  Make sure to have baking soda on hand in case of a grease fire.  Should the flame go out, turn off the grill and the gas and give it at least five minutes before re-lighting it.

Charcoal grills cause more fires than gas grills, so always proceed with caution.  Allow the coals to cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.

We know that cookouts usually aren't complete without a few adult beverages of choice, but if you're in charge of the fire, keep it in check to avoid carelessness!

All of us at SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs love a great burger from the grill, but we know that accidents sometimes happen.  We're always here to help. Find us at 501-776-2222.

We'll make it “Like it never even happened.”