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Identifying Potential Sources of Mold Damage in Phoenix Homes

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Identifying Potential Sources of Mold Damage in Phoenix Homes Mold Stains Are Part of Remediation Performed by SERVPRO in Phoenix Area Properties

Mold Seeks Moisture and a Food Source

Mold growth is a frustrating problem to deal with in Phoenix homes because of the effect it can have on your property and family. It can cause damage to walls and floors, leading to unpleasant odors, and even have health implications on your household.

If you suspect the presence of mold damage in your Phoenix property, contact SERVPRO as soon as possible. We are a trusted company in the restoration industry, and our technicians are up to par with IICRC guidelines to ensure a seamless mold remediation process. We also have high tech cleaning equipment that is available on demand, all in our dedication to restoring your home to standard conditions as fast as possible.
 
To eliminate mold damage in the house, you first need to understand where mold is most likely to develop unnoticeably. Window sills are especially prone to mold growth because they provide ideal conditions for its survival. Window sills allow condensation to build up throughout the year and unless the windows are open, there is not sufficient air circulation for evaporation to occur. Dirt accumulates on the sills and window tracks, providing food for the mold. It is advisable to wipe out this condensation and clean out the dirt on a regular basis.
 
Refrigerator drip pans are also good places to look for mold damage. All refrigerators come with drip pans that collect condensation along with food particles and spills. This combination of food and moisture in an area with poor air circulation provides a conducive environment for mold growth. If the mold growth is excessive, SERVPRO technicians can come in and clean it up using special antimicrobial products.
 
Mold damage can also develop inconspicuously behind wallpaper. Mold and mildew feed on cellulose, which is commonly found in drywall, wallpaper, and paste. Identifying mold growth behind the wallpaper is difficult unless it is peeling off in certain areas, or you are detaching it from the wall.
 
Removing and treating mold-damaged wallpaper should be done by trained professionals to avoid contamination with mold spores. Our mold damage remediation experts can treat the surface with high-quality adhesives and a mold-resistant primer before new wallpaper is installed. As a general rule of thumb, do not put wallpaper in places exposed to moisture such as the bathroom or kitchen.
 
Mold growth can overtake and overwhelm your home in a matter of days. That is why SERVPRO of Phoenix is dedicated to fighting and eradicating all signs of mold damage as soon as they appear. For emergency services, call us today at (480) 503-2090.

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Businesses in Phoenix Receive Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Businesses in Phoenix Receive Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services After a fire at your business location, quickly call the professionals at SERVPRO to handle the remediation and restoration processes.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained and Experienced in Fire Damage Restoration at Business Locations

Every building can suffer devastating effects from fire damage; regardless of whether you run a large office, financial institution, learning facility, or a medical office, without help, a fire can close the doors of your Phoenix property, for good.  

We understand how commercial fire damage in Phoenix can affect your business and thanks to several years of experience, we have a highly-trained team of IICRC-industry certified professionals who can help return your business to normal operations, quickly.  

SERVPRO understands the urgency involved in protecting your business and provides you with every service necessary to help you minimize any damages your facility might experience. Our technicians work on the fire, and smoke damage found throughout your property, ensuring that every area gets checked and cleaned thoroughly.

With access to advanced equipment, SERVPRO technicians remove smoke damage to carpeting, walls, ceilings, electronics, wood, furniture, valuable paperwork, as well as any machinery, appliances, or other equipment that helps maintain operations for your business. We also have extensive experience in the decontamination of HVAC systems and ductwork, helping remove allergens, soot, and micro organisms that might cause harm to your customers.

SERVPRO technicians specialize in recovering vital information, offering both document and electronics restoration services. We can help save furniture, electronic fixtures, and equipment while cleaning and deodorizing the entire structure with a broad range of wet, and dry cleaning methods. We inspect your entire facility, remove all fire damaged materials, and work hard to limit any losses you might experience.

By providing a full-range of specialized services, we help you get your business back on track as soon as possible. All of our customers receive full-service solutions, unique to their particular situation that help return your property to a quality pre-damage condition. Our technicians are also trained to minimize any interruptions to your businesses' normal operations, helping you continue offering services, if at all possible.  

SERVPRO of Phoenix is qualified to perform both interior and exterior reconstruction services on your property. We can handle any emergency repairs, 24/7, and provide you with a stress-free restoration process from start to finish. Give us a call to begin your property's recovery, today. (480) 503-2090

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Flood Damage in Phoenix After a Storm

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Phoenix After a Storm Clogged gutters fail to keep a large amount of water away from your home. Maintain your gutters and should you have damage, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate the Aftermath of a Storm as Well as Offer Prevention Tips

Rain does not come our way often, but when it does, the results can be quick and disastrous. The landscape around our city is not conducive to run-off from sudden storms, so the local government has installed a drain system that normally deals with the aftermath effectively.
 
Even so, storm related flood damage in Phoenix still happens to homes every year. Once the downpour is over, the effects can be mild (soggy area rugs) to devastating (loss of walls and floors). SERVPRO is ready with a highly trained team of technicians and years of experience to restore each home to its original condition.
 
Since the rain strikes so quickly, it rapidly pools into any low area. It applies in particular to households in the pathway of the flood. As the water rises, carpets and floors become soaked. If it rises fast enough, drywall and other building materials are affected before the rain stops, and natural draining can begin to take place.
 
That is why it is so important to call us immediately at the first sign of a problem. Not only can we put our people in place to operate pumps, but we can also lay in sandbags before the rain stops to redirect the flood water away from home. Every gallon of water we can prevent from entering keeps it from affecting the structure and any personal property. Prevention reduces costs regarding manpower, hours on the job and the amount of equipment needed to finish the job.
 
Saving our customers money and perhaps even the sight of their home under water is also why we offer an inspection to head off problems. Some of the flood related problems are the result of poorly maintained rain gutters and home drain systems. By repairing these problems (or sometimes installing a new system) we can prevent small issues from becoming big problems.
 
It is hot and dry now, but there is rain expected later this week. At SERVPRO of Phoenix, we do everything we can to return your home to its original condition and to help you prevent as much of the damage as possible in the first place. If you want to reduce flood damage in your home in the future, call us today at (480) 503-2090 to schedule an inspection.
 
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Hotel Owners Facing Water Damage In The Phoenix Area Survive

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Hotel Owners Facing Water Damage In The Phoenix Area Survive Having water damage in a hotel has to be one of the worst fears for any manager or property owner.

Facing Water Damage

Having water damage in a hotel has to be one of the worst fears for any manager or property owner. Any incident involving water on an upper floor can easily affect rooms two floors below. Water moves in mysterious ways and makes it into small areas that do significant damage.

It is crucial for owners of a hotel facing water damage in the Phoenix area to have connections with local restoration companies that help provide you with the services necessary to get water movement under control quickly. Without a prior relationship, you may find yourself facing far greater problems as they develop over time.

Knowing which company to turn to or what to do as an emergency unfolds on your property can make an immeasurable difference in some of the losses you suffer. As your regular employees evacuate guests and make preparations for the remainder of their stay, SERVPRO technicians move in to locate the origin of the problem, making necessary repairs, and getting water out of the way.

With someone like SERVPRO available 24-hours a day, you gain access to resources you simply cannot afford to keep on-hand. We provide you with industrial-grade water extractors, infrared moisture detectors, air movers, air scrubbers, and all the drying equipment you could need to get water under control on your property.

SERVPRO has several years of experience providing customers just like you with the restoration services they need. We understand how to perform our services with as little disruption to your businesses operations as possible. Our technicians cordon off work areas with the proper signs to protect anyone who might come near while performing fast, efficient services to get things back to normal as promptly as possible.

Give your property its best shot at surviving emergency situations, cut down on confusion, and limit losses that develop over time. With the amount of time you put into providing customers with a quality experience, you deserve to experience it yourself.

Contact SERVPRO of Phoenix for additional information about available services or help to schedule your initial inspection, today (480) 503-2090.

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Practical Help After Crime Scene Disturbance In Phoenix

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Practical Help After Crime Scene Disturbance In Phoenix Phoenix Does Not Compute for Crime Scene Cleanup without SERVPRO

Biohazardous Chemicals and Compounds Are Safely Cleaned Up and Removed by Skilled SERVPRO Techicians

The stress of dealing with criminal activity in your home need not be exacerbated by a do it yourself cleanup. Because the substances needing disposal are often dangerous or difficult for a layperson to manage, it is best to engage a professional service. SERVPRO offers compassionate and properly trained technicians to put your home back in order.

A home invasion cut mercifully short by watchful neighbors calling 911 still leaves you with crime scene cleanup at your Phoenix home. You and your family are safe but terrified. The terror feels like it may never end as your living areas were damaged first by the accused and then further disrupted by the police intervening and then completing their investigation. Our trauma and crime scene abatement team knows and follows applicable Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and rules when cleaning and restoring your house.
 
If ever you needed SERVPRO to come through on our promise to make it “Like it never even happened,” crime scene cleanup is near the top of the list. Biohazards like blood and dangerous and irritating chemicals suddenly permeate your home, and you have neither the knowledge nor the energy to deal with their appropriate removal. Specialized training readies our crews to seek out all the debris scattered throughout your home due to the crime and the police actions and follow up. We take all precautions to manage every cleanup aspect relating to the crime and its aftermath. Knowing what you or your family endured is motivation to clear away every scrap of evidence that the unthinkable took place in your home.
 
Damage from fights, debris from firearms or other weapons, bodily fluids from victims or perpetrators alike, and the whole gambit of police evidence gathering materials end up bagged and taken from your premises. Carpets cleaned, walls washed, holes filled in and touched up with paint go a long way to restoring a sense of control and peace even after disruptive or deadly force shatters your quiet enjoyment of your home.
 
SERVPRO of Phoenix has the training, technicians, and equipment to set you and your family on the path to trauma recovery. Call us at (480) 503-2090 day or night for fast, professional help from our kind and efficient team.

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Preventing Bathtub Overflows in Your Phoenix Home

7/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preventing Bathtub Overflows in Your Phoenix Home Bathtubs are a wonderful place to relax in. But left unattended or clogged, they can overflow and create water damage. Call SERVPRO if that occurs.

SERVPRO can Remediate Flood Damage Regardless Whether it is From External OR Internal Sources

If you believe that the only drains in your home which can clog and overflow are your kitchen sink and toilet, think again. Your bathtub takes about the same amount of abuse every day with soap particles, water, hair care products, plus other solid objects passing through it to the sewers. Just like any other drain, your bathtub drain can clog and overflow, which results in major flooding inside your home which can cause damage to your property.
 
Preventing overflow and flood damage is not the most complicated thing to do. You must be careful not to let debris wash down the drain as you and your family enjoy baths in your Phoenix home.
 
When flooding does happen, it can cause significant damage. Not only is your bathroom affected, but the floor below it is as well if it is an upstairs bathroom. In a situation like this, you need to call SERVPRO, a certified flood damage remediation company, to help you clean up the mess.
 
Keep a drain cover on all the time, as this keeps solid objects out of the drainage line. Also, maintain a clean and hair-free tub as much as you can. The drain cover keeps most of the hair out. However, some eventually gets through, and over time the hair accumulates in your drain to make a clog.
 
Don’t dispose of oily fluids into your drain. Grease, oil, and fats can linger in your drain, getting larger as debris comes in and create a clog. You also should instruct your children on using the tub. They love to play in the tub, and sometimes they take off the drain covers and flush toys down the drain. If this happens, you have a clog which is hard to remove and it can need plumbing services.
 
If your bathtub does overflow, ensure the water is off and if you must, cut the water supply as well while you wait for our SERVPRO technicians to arrive. After an initial assessment, we extract all the standing water with special truck-mounted pumps and dry the affected areas out with industrial fans and dehumidifiers. We ensure that what caused the flooding in the first place is fixed, and any other repairs are done.
 
SERVPRO of Phoenix is thorough and efficient when it comes to cleaning up flood damage. Give us a call right away when a problem arises by dialing (480) 503-2090.

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In Case of Fire, Proactive Beats Reactive -- Create Your Phoenix Emergency Ready Plan Today

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage In Case of Fire, Proactive Beats Reactive -- Create Your Phoenix Emergency Ready Plan Today Phoenix Properties Fire Damage Is Mitigated with the ERP

The ERP Plan from SERVPRO is a Valuable Tool Against Fire and Water Damage

What is your preference if disaster strikes -- prepared or panicked? When fire or water damage threatens your property, knowing you have a detailed action plan solidly in place gives you confidence that your home or business is on the road to a speedy and sure restoration. We partner with you to get a complete recovery blueprint crafted and in place.
 
Developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile and Plan safeguards your investment by streamlining our response to your troubles. Select us as your SERVPRO Franchise Representative, and start by scheduling a free, no-obligation walk-through of either your home or your business with one of our professional assessors. A review of your physical plant sharpens our focus on how to best respond to your property’s unique needs in the event of a catastrophic fire event in Phoenix. We also recommend adjustments for you to better prepare for loss based on our experience.
 
The next step is to create your account online. Complete an Emergency Ready Profile for your property, following the template provided. Owning or operating more than one property simply means you fill out a Profile for each. The Profile app directs the procedure, including prompts to take and archive pictures and layouts of all areas. Utility locations and shutoffs are pinpointed, and sprinkler and alarm systems are delineated. Key managers or employees to whom you delegate decision-making authority are determined. Identify the owner of the building if you lease space.
 
We suggest the use of a tablet or phone to record the data requested in the SERVPRO Ready Plan Application, including taking pictures. A Field Form downloaded, printed, and completed as you tour the property also is acceptable for you to use as a preliminary source of information. Once you finish the walk-through, log into your account and load the details online, adding the pictures taken per the prompts.
 
Once your Emergency Ready Profiles and Plan (ERPs) are saved our SERVPRO will hit the ground running when you or your representative contact us after a disaster or mishap. Use the mobile app to log into your account and alert us about the specific situation. The app speedily leads you through the process, using the information you previously inputted. We have a clear and concise plan at our fingertips, permitting our technicians to get to work immediately to restore the damage. The established plan is vastly preferable to our crew familiarizing themselves with the building under stress and needing many questions answered.
 
Being "Ready for whatever happens" inspires faith in your customers, employees, and family. It is clear your business recovers and thrives, or your home again provides comfort and shelter. Work with the professionals at SERVPRO of Phoenix to devise an Emergency Ready Profile and Plan to protect your business, home, or other property from fire damage by calling (480) 503-2090 before a disaster occurs.

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Mold Does Grow in Phoenix if Conditions are Right

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Does Grow in Phoenix if Conditions are Right Regardless of the strain or the location, SERVPRO will quickly investigate the mold damage in your home and get you on the remediation path.

Our Trained SERVPRO Technicians are Certified in Mold Damage Remediation in Any Climate

If you research mold growth, it may seem as though the Phoenix area would be immune. After all, the area is considered arid, and moisture is the number one predictor of mold growth. There are ways that Phoenix homes can be at risk for mold growth, and SERVPRO is a trusted mold remediation partner you can rely upon to help you manage out of control microbial growth wherever you live.
 
All it takes for mold to damage your Phoenix home is a pocket of water to build without you knowing it. Mold spores are found everywhere, and once activated by a forgotten puddle or even high humidity, they begin to grow. Any carbon-based material can host a mold colony, including wood, paper, food debris, or fibers like the cotton or wool in clothing or carpeting. We respond to mold outbreaks using the Environmental Protection Agency protocols developed for schools and commercial buildings.
 
A tiny leak under your kitchen sink creates the perfect environment for a desert mold problem. The mold spores do not need light, only oxygen, and moisture. Depending on the type of mold the perfect temperature varies, although the vast majority of molds thrive at temperature preferred by humans. The pressed wood floor of the cabinet allows the mold to feed off cellulose, and you probably do not realize it is growing until the dank, musty smell alerts you, and you call SERVPRO for consultation.
 
It matters little which strain of mold is the source of the colony. The media talks a lot about toxic mold, but the fact is only healthcare practitioners diagnose whether susceptible individuals suffer from a mold allergy. Mold breaks down wood and other organic materials without any doubt, necessitating remediation without regard to the health of inhabitants. The integrity of your home’s structure depends upon it. Our remediation crews at SERVPRO receive advanced training and certification in mold containment, removal, and disinfection. We also work with you to eliminate the water source that fuels the mold, to limit future outbreaks.
 
Have confidence in the mold remediation team at SERVPRO of Phoenix. If you have any concerns about mold proliferating in your home one call to (480) 503-2090 sends an experienced inspector to evaluate your situation.

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Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services in the Phoenix Area

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services in the Phoenix Area Fire Damage in Your Phoenix Kitchen? Don't Wait, Call SERVPRO

Phoenix Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Restoring Fire Damaged Properties

Damages found in your home after a fire, go far beyond what you might expect. Regardless of the size of the fire that you experience, smoke, soot, and ash often affect more than the immediate area around the source of a fire.
 
Restoration cleaning professionals often use a variety of cleaning methods to treat fire damage found in your Phoenix area home. It takes quality training, specialized equipment, and years of experience to perform the necessary services. You should expect nothing less than high-quality, exceptional service from a company performing restoration services on your property.
 
SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians who go to work immediately mitigating damage and preventing losses after a fire disaster occurs. We pay specific attention to structural components, contents, and personal belongings, along with any items attached to the structure itself.
 
Cabinets often have a finished surface that adds a small amount of protection. However, the inside of the doors and interior of each drawer usually consist of raw materials that can absorb residues, causing extensive damage that requires specific attention.
 
Lighting fixtures also provide SERVPRO technicians with unique challenges. Technicians must remove soils and residues while avoiding additional damages. Some items require the use of a pre-cleaning agent or disassembly before other cleaning methods become useful, making the process more time-consuming than others.
 
When SERVPRO begins cleaning windows affected by the fire, it involves the entire framework and any hardware, not just the glass. Drapery, pictures, and other wall-mounted contents also involve different cleaning methods, especially on items made of different materials, including wood, metal, or plastic.
 
A fire that started in your kitchen may end up in your attic. Any raw structural timber exposed to water or fire damage might need replacement, rather than restoration, due to the costs involved. Same goes for any insulation damaged during a fire; in almost every situation, it is far less expensive to replace insulation than it is to attempt restoration.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Phoenix for access to expertly trained technicians that respond quickly and provide you with the results you deserve. Never settle for less, begin your restoration now, call today. (480) 503-2090

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Remodeling Misstep Means Water Damage Issues in Phoenix

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Remodeling Misstep Means Water Damage Issues in Phoenix Shower Leaks Lead to Water Damage, Call SERVPRO to Check Your Phoenix Home

SERVPRO Steps In to Mitigate Damage Caused by Leaks

Sometimes even experienced plumbers make mistakes that result in water damage in unexpected places. A bathroom update that results in leaking or poor drainage requires another look at the plumbing renovation and restoration of damage done to your home’s structures. SERVPRO technicians receive training to detect where the water intrudes as well as how to return your home to preloss condition.
 
Water damage after a remodeling of your Phoenix bathroom is a frustrating outcome. A decision to use a diverter spout to add a handheld shower in your classic tiled bath area causes a blowback issue resulting in water spraying inside your wall as well as through the shower head. Even a small amount of blowback results in significant harm over time. Our technicians help pinpoint the problem and develop a plan to restore the damage.
 
A desire to retain the character of the original bathroom drives the decision to add to existing plumbing rather than tear out and replace. Unfortunately, the older pipes need help to connect with modern fixtures. If the connections added, fail to seal and balance water pressure correctly, leakage occurs. SERVPRO locates the problem and takes steps to dry out the saturated areas. Often an older bathroom has a large access panel in an adjacent room, closet or hallway we open to find the leak and then keep open to direct air flow that removes the moisture.
 
We work with plumbing contractors to resolve the blowback problem as we dry out the area behind the bathtub and shower. We also follow the path of the water to discover any migrating moisture causing damage to the walls or ceilings below. Older homes often have plaster construction which sheds water more easily than drywall. SERVPRO water damage technicians still develop drying goals to ensure any lathes behind the plaster avoid secondary damage like mold growth or disintegration.
 
Air movers, augmented with dehumidifiers, do a thorough job of removing the moisture once the spout is re-installed with proper taping, caulking or other safeguards preventing further water damage. Bubbled paint or staining restore to the pre-leak condition when touched-up after drying is complete.
 
Do not despair if a remodeling project takes an unexpected turn. SERVPRO of Phoenix has the staff, experience, and equipment to get things back on track. Call for an appointment at (480) 503-2090.

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