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How to Solve Potential Mold Damage Problems in Phoenix

8/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Solve Potential Mold Damage Problems in Phoenix Mold spreads very quickly, so it is imperative to contact SERVPRO right after the first sighting or moldy smell to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand BOTH the Safety and the Disinfectant Issues That are Part of the Process of Mold Remediation 

Mold damage occurs when the mold colonies grow on organic materials as long as damp conditions exist, and the moisture problem remains in place for up to 24 - 48 hours. As they grow, they digest the materials and with time they spread to surrounding materials and might cause health effects. That is why materials such as ceiling tiles, wood products, carpets, wallpaper, fabric, and insulation are prone to this kind of damage.
When our SERVPRO team is attending to mold damage events in Phoenix, we start by identifying and stopping the source of water in the structure. If we establish that the wiring is moldy or wet, we turn off the main power and have an electrician determine whether the electrical system is safe to use before turning the power on. We also remove all the wet items such as rugs, carpeting, toys, furniture and bedding from the house.
Our SERVPRO technicians remove all contaminated or wet porous items such as wood-by-products, drywall, and ceiling tiles. If we come across soaked wallboard, we remove one foot above the water level and then discard. To dry wet walls, we can drill holes near the floor after removing the baseboard. We also check whether there is any hidden mold growth in the interior of the wall.
After removing wet materials and the water from the site, the next step that our SERVPRO technicians perform is cleaning and disinfecting your property. By using a disinfectant such as a non-ammonia detergent, we can wash items such as solid wood, glass, metal, plastic, as well as other non-porous items. Disinfectants help us to sterilize the mold and prevent its recurrence. If we are cleaning hard and rough surfaces such as concrete, we may use a stiff brush. By vacuuming, we can clean items such as exposed wood framing and remove water.
SERVPRO of Phoenix has a track record in storm, mold, fire, and water damage restoration and cleaning. We offer 24-hour emergency services, and by calling us at (480) 503-2090, you can have your property restored the right way.

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Why Professional Crime Scene Cleanup Is Necessary For Phoenix Residents

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Why Professional Crime Scene Cleanup Is Necessary For Phoenix Residents The residue and debris left in a Phoenix home after a crime tells a story about the traumatic events.

Why Professional Crime Scene Cleanup Is Necessary

The residue and debris left in a Phoenix home after a crime tells a story about the traumatic events. Law enforcement and investigative personnel carefully piece together the evidence, take what they need to prosecute, but then leave the remainder for the homeowner or family to manage. We specialize in assisting with the cleanup and restoration of crimes scenes; let us help.

Assessing the tasks needed for crime scene cleanup in a Phoenix residence is the first hurdle, and it might be the most daunting job of all. Immediately after a crime impacts your life, it is understandably difficult to concentrate, particularly if severe injury or death is involved or you yourself are hurt. It is also unusual for a property owner or family member to have experience in the risks and legal requirements of sorting, collecting, and disposing of crime scene materials and residues. Our crews are capable of planning and completing all aspects of the job.

SERVPRO takes the training and on the job experience of our biohazard crews seriously. If crime scene cleanup does not follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and state and local regulation the health and well being of all who enter your home is threatened. Blood and human waste contain pathogens that can be deadly. Synthetic drugs, even just a mere coating on a counter, impair or even kill the unsuspecting. Tear gas or pepper spray compromise air quality, and the propellants can infiltrate porous materials to irritate continuously far into the future if not removed entirely.

Courses developed to the standards of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) cover all facets of crime scene remediation. SERVPRO technicians master strategies to contain the scene carefully, including partitioning affected areas with physical barriers and employment of air scrubbers if airborne contamination is suspected. The coursework stresses efficient cleaning techniques matched to the substances involved and disinfection using EPA registered antimicrobials. Throughout the process, our employees wear personal protective equipment and bag or wrap the debris in heavy duty plastic for disposal per hazardous waste protocols.

Crime scene cleanup requires equipment, products, and procedures not possessed by the typical homeowner. Reeling from the events happening prior to the need for the remediation, you and your family need to deal with overwhelming emotions and perhaps medical issues. With so much riding on thorough and appropriate cleanup, a certified restoration company like SERVPRO is proud to fill the need.

SERVPRO of Phoenix offers fast, efficient, and compassionate crime scene cleanup for a broad range of tragedies and events that compromise the safety of your home. Call (480) 503-2090 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for immediate assistance at this trying time.

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Avoiding Scam Artists When It Comes to Flood Repairs in Your Phoenix Home

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoiding Scam Artists When It Comes to Flood Repairs in Your Phoenix Home Call SERVPRO for Storm Damage in Phoenix--Get Reliable and Honest Service

SERVPRO Offers Honest and Fair Professional Help After Monsoon Damaging Events to Your Property

With the monsoon season upon the residents of Phoenix, these severe storms can pass through causing flooding and substantial damages to homes. While reputable contractors and restoration companies in the area work to help those affected by these unfortunate circumstances, you should also be mindful of those looking to capitalize on your misfortunes.

Flood damage restoration in your Phoenix home is only part of the entire process when it comes to picking up the pieces following severe weather situations. Our SERVPRO professionals often find themselves spread out all over the area helping people get their homes back to preloss conditions and make sense of the damage they have seen.

As you might have noticed recently, some signs have gone up in areas most affected by the recent monsoons warning those residents to do their research before hiring anyone to help them restore their homes. More and more, fake companies or untoward contractors agree to do the work on your house to repair the damages it has sustained, but just never return actually to do the work. Contacting SERVPRO for swift help to secure your property means we can offer you much comfort and a stress-free restoration. We gladly cooperate with you and your insurance adjuster to assure a seamless transition of cleanup and restoration while staying within a budget.

One of the tell-tale signs that you might discover for contractors or restoration companies looking to capitalize on this situation is their need for full payment upfront. Even a large portion of the overall job cost is something that should throw up a red flag and have you questioning the professionalism of the company. Our SERVPRO restorers do not ask for these amounts before beginning work on your home, to show you how a reputable company operates in these circumstances.

The trouble is, these companies or individuals prey on families in their most desperate hour. You are obviously on a singular track towards getting the damage restored in your home, but that should not stop you from being forward enough to ask to see licenses and credentials before you agree to have someone work on your home. For area residents with flat roofs, the problem and need for a swift resolution to stormwater intrusion and water damage are greatly exacerbated.

If you are not clear about what companies offer legitimate services and can do the work correctly, you can always depend on the certified experts we employ at SERVPRO of Phoenix. We are available 24/7 when you call (480) 503-2090. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. 

Contact your local Phoenix Police Dep't if you are concerned about general contractor fraud.

Develop a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan Before Water Damage Threatens Your Phoenix Business

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Develop a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan Before Water Damage Threatens Your Phoenix Business When your museum or gallery has damage, everyone will be looking for a resolution so that your exhibit can run till its completion. Contact SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO is Ready and Equipped to Help With Remediation Services After an Event

Business owners in Phoenix have a couple of choices when it comes to managing commercial water damage. The first is to wait until something catastrophic happens, and then struggle through it, hoping for the best. The second is to take the opportunity to work with us to design a methodology to anticipate your challenges and put in place an agenda of practical solutions ahead of any troubles.
Operating a business is tough if commercial water damage in Phoenix intrudes. Whether you own a restaurant, a retail enterprise, or manage a museum or event center, your responsibility is to keep the doors open and provide the services or products you promise your clientele or customers. A broken pipe or appliance malfunction sends gallons of water splashing through your business, effectively closing you down until you consider your options, arrange for a professional assessment, and wait for the experts to arrive. We suggest working on a proactive blueprint with us to streamline the assistance we can offer to get you back in business fast.
SERVPRO creates a comprehensive disaster response action strategy for water damage only with significant input from you. Our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We take the time to visit your company and to talk with you to assess your needs and understand how you deliver your goods or services. The assessment is free of charge but allows us to make a range of suggestions to limit your risk if your commercial space does experience a water disaster. Our experienced project manager walks through your space and sketches out your layout, including vital information like utility shutoff locations. We gather information, take pictures, and determine how we best meet your needs if your site is water damaged.
You take an additional step to increase our knowledge by completing your business’s profile on the SERVPRO ERP mobile app. Make it clear that we are your preferred provider. List vendors and contractors who have essential information about your equipment and systems. Designate employees or others whom you allow to act on your behalf if you are unavailable during the water crisis.
We at SERVPRO of Phoenix are by your side during a commercial water emergency. Make it a more effective partnership by developing an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile we can use if the worst happens. Call us at (480) 503-2090 to set the process rolling.

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Remediating Flood Damage In Phoenix

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage In Phoenix Remediating the effects of a flood is not simple, but SERVPRO of Phoenix has the tools, experience, and personnel to accomplish it.

Remediating Flood Damage

Phoenix homeowners rarely think about extreme weather or flooding until monsoon rains send tens of thousands of gallons into their neighborhoods. The resulting damage can cost an owner heavily.

Water drains quickly here after the rains, so Phoenix flood damage costs often result from the initial, physical destruction, rather than from standing water. Because of that, SERVPRO technicians spend more time drying and repairing property than removing water from each residence.

With no standing water, our restoration team can start work with water extraction wands. Although water retreats quickly, there is always some trapped inside carpets and wood floors. Specialists can adjust the vacuum speed, and heating element to match the type of carpet and not exert too much force on the nape, preventing secondary damage.

Quickly starting may also let us preserve the carpet pad. If that is possible, after using the wands, our technicians lift the carpets at two opposite points. At one end, they place an air mover to force warm, dry air under the carpet, and a box fan at the other to draw out the damp air trapped underneath.

Adjustable settings on the wands also allow us to draw water from out of and between floorboards. The quicker our personnel begins the process, the less damage there is from swelling or splintering of the wood. After that, SERVPRO specialists can remove minor damage with hand or power sanders. Once completed, team members can apply a new finish if the customer wants us to do so. For high-end flooring, the team leader may recommend using a professional service.

While team members dry the floors, others begin work repairing or replacing damaged doors and wallboard, and removing drywall panels that cracked when the floodwater entered the home. If the property merely absorbed a large amount of water, technicians set up additional air movers and direct the warm air across these surfaces to speed up the drying process. It prevents the panels from crumbling due to excess moisture and reduces the risk of mold expansion and growth.

Remediating the effects of a flood is not simple, but SERVPRO of Phoenix has the tools, experience, and personnel to accomplish it. Our goal is to return each home to its pre-flood condition as quickly as possible. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (480) 503-2090.

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Overcoming Water Damage To Your Phoenix Nightclub

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Overcoming Water Damage To Your Phoenix Nightclub From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your nightclub, we work to determine the source of the water damage and get this area repaired.

Overcoming Water Damage To Your Property

Phoenix is a city known for its nightlife. Clubs and bars can get found even in the farthest reaches of the city. With this high flow of traffic to your nightclub every evening, you want to make sure that you're doing everything possible to keep the patrons happy and to keep your building in top form. Unfortunately, aging plumbing in your building can often be a culprit for water loss incidents that leave you unsure of how to remedy the damage and keep your doors open.

Depending on how severe the water damage is in your Phoenix club, professional restorers might not require a long span of time to restore your building and get your business ready for its nightly influx of customers. Of course, more severe instances might require a temporary closing, but one of the benefits of choosing professional services is that the job is getting done more efficiently, so your customers and employees are not without a place to go for very long.

From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your business, we work to determine the source of the water damage and get this area repaired. This repair is the first step in restoration, as it prevents further damage to the area while drying and cleanup are underway. While more significant circumstances could warrant replacement of materials and extraction equipment, often water damage incidents only require basic cleanup techniques and high-powered drying tools.

Drying the area is a critical step of restoration. This process usually implements air movers and dehumidifiers, but could also require more specialized equipment for specific areas and materials that require water removal. Ultimately, once the area gets dried, our SERVPRO professionals can work on deodorization before deeming the project completed.

Overcoming water damage in your club might not be something that business owners should handle on their own. From the repair of the plumbing damage to the removal of the effects of the incident, professional restoration is often far more cost-effective. You can rely on our SERVPRO of Phoenix technicians to help you overcome the mess and get your doors back open quickly. Give us a call today at (480) 503-2090.

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Restoring Your Phoenix Home After Flood Damage

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Your Phoenix Home After Flood Damage Flooding from a pipe or an appliance can fill your home with unwanted water. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Remediate Water Damage Regardless of the Cause

When you think of all of the disasters that could impact your Phoenix home, many homeowners might not consider flooding to be at the top of this chain. However, there are several different ways in which your home could flood, and having the right plan in place for any of these occurrences could be the difference between irreparable damage and a much faster restoration process.
Regardless of the cause of flood damages to your Phoenix residence, you want to ensure that you have the effects of this disaster remedied as quickly as possible. With the devastating effects that pooling water can have on your structural components and construction materials used to build your home, fast reaction time at the first sign of a flood could save you a great deal of grief in the long run. Fortunately for you, our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 for any water emergency that you might have, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster that you might get asked to endure.
Once our professionals arrive at your home, our priority is first to determine the vulnerable point in the exterior of your home that allowed for water penetration to occur and repair this damage to prevent further exposure to these external elements. Once this process gets completed, we assess the full scope of the damage that you face and formulate a plan to start restoring your home as thoroughly and efficiently as possible.
This process almost always requires extraction, yet the tools required for this step vary depending on the severity of the pooled water in the affected area of your house. If there is a high volume present, a truck-mounted pump from our SERVPRO fleet might get dispatched to the site to expedite the process. Drying follows after this process, and once this has gotten accomplished, our team can identify any structural weaknesses or further damage that requires additional attention.
Flood damage to your home might not be the first thing that you think of when you assess risks to a home in this area, but it happens more often than you might think. If you become a victim to such an occurrence, you can trust in the experience and professionalism of SERVPRO of Phoenix to help you clean up the mess and work to get your home back to the way it used to be. Give us a call anytime at (480) 503-2090.

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Fire Damage Experts In Phoenix Discuss Cleaning Contents Affected By Smoke

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts In Phoenix Discuss Cleaning Contents Affected By Smoke SERVPRO Provides Excellent Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Odor Control for Phoenix Area Properties

Type of Burn and Residues Dictate SERVPRO's Cleanup and Restoration Methods

Whenever a fire starts inside a building, smoke can affect many different items. During a fire, combustion which is in the process of a sold turning into a gas by applying heat takes place. Smoke is created by materials that do not burn completely.

During a burn, smoke can travel all over the structure causing various problems. A big part of mitigating fire damage in Phoenix is dealing with smoke-related issues. When a blaze takes place materials all over the home, get coated in soot residue, and foul odors get left behind.
When restoring a house damaged by smoke, our SERVPRO technicians, inspect the structure to figure out which areas got affected. We determine which cleaning methods to use based on how concentrated the soot is, the type of residue present, and the kind of materials affected. If the soot is heavily concentrated, then it can be difficult to clean whereas light residues can be wiped off easily.
A fire creates different kinds of smoke throughout its duration based on the materials it burns, the speed of combustion and the amount of oxygen. When synthetic materials are burned, they create soot that adheres to surfaces better than residues resulting from natural substances such as wood. Fires that burn slow and lack oxygen produce a wet smoke that can be extremely difficult to remove compared to quick burning fires that create a dry smoke.
The type of materials surfaces are made of also affects the cleanability of soot residues. Non-porous materials such as plastic and metal repel moisture well making them easy for our SERVPRO technicians to clean using wet, water-based chemicals. Non-porous materials such as softwood and upholstery absorb soot residues better, and they can penetrate deep into the material. Water-based chemicals can soak the soot deeper into the material causing them to get ruined. Dry cleaning methods such as wiping with a dry sponge prove to work better in removing soot from porous substances.
Various methods are available to use when dealing with multiple types of soot residues affected different kinds of materials. There are different types of cleaning chemicals as well as application methods that are designed specifically for dealing with certain situations. For assistance removing smoke residues and soils, call SERVPRO of Phoenix at (480) 503-2090 24 hours a day.

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Stopping Water and Mold Damage In Phoenix

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stopping Water and Mold Damage In Phoenix SERVPRO of Phoenix ready to roll to your mold damaged home.

How SERVPRO cleans up water damage to prevent mold

Flooding and mold are two words not usually associated with Phoenix. People think it is too hot and dry for either to become a problem, but that is not the case.

When there is enough flooding for water damage in Phoenix homes, there is more than enough to lead to a mold problem. Even small amounts can cause mold spores to expand and start growing in heat up to 86 degrees; some grow at even higher temperatures. Since these spores can feed on almost every type of building material, SERVPRO knows that mold can be as common a threat here as it is in damper climates like Louisiana or Washington state.

The only sure method of stopping mold is the same one our restoration teams use to halt water damage; remove excess water and moisture from your home. Our technicians can remove most of it using commercial grade pumps and water extraction wands to pull it off surfaces and draw it out of carpets and from between and underneath floorboards.

With the bulk of the water gone, SERVPRO technicians next inspect floors and walls for hidden moisture. Carpets can absorb hundreds of gallons and have to be thoroughly dried out to prevent mold growth. Too much water can also soften the glue holding the carpet layers together, which leads to delamination. Our specialists can restore the carpet with careful application of warm air generated by an air mover and installing a dehumidifier to help speed up the drying process.

If there is a wood floor underneath or instead of a carpet, it can also absorb enough water to cause damage. The floorboards can start to crack or warp, and once that happens, large sections of the floor can begin to buckle, and individual boards start to pull away from the sub-floor framing. The sub-floor is also a perfect environment for mold to start expanding into a colony quickly. Our specialists use air movers to force warm air underneath which helps evaporate the water.

Walls can quickly absorb standing water and keep absorbing until it soaks entire drywall panels. Mold spores can easily penetrate drywall, so drying them is extremely important to prevent growth. If our teams discover mold has already grown into a panel, we dispose of it. It is always cheaper to replace panels than spend the labor hours attempting to clean them.

After your home floods due to weather, failed appliance, or another plumbing issue, SERVPRO of Phoenix is here to help restore it to its original, pre-damaged condition. If you need our services or have a question, call us today at (480) 503-2090.

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Estimating the Claim for Fire Restoration in Your Phoenix Home

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Estimating the Claim for Fire Restoration in Your Phoenix Home Some items damaged by a home fire may need to be replaced while others can be professionally restored. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment right away.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Help Restore Items in Your Home Damaged by a Fire

When it comes to assessing damages after a disaster to your Phoenix home, many people do not know where to begin. With everything seemingly ruined or damaged, it can seem overwhelming to determine what contents of your home are irreparably damaged and which items have a chance of getting restored by the right experienced professional.

Fortunately, this is something that you do not have to deal with on your own. When it comes to better assessing the fire damages to your Phoenix home after a recent blaze, our professionals have the experience and equipment to make educated decisions determining what areas of your home can get restored and what items and areas inside of your house have gotten irreparably damaged in the recent disaster.

While this step in itself seems like a taxing and time-consuming ordeal, it is a necessary component of insurance work and filing claims with home insurance outfits. Our SERVPRO estimator gets tasked with inspecting the full scope of the damage to your home and giving a realistic estimate of how much the restoration process costs for the homeowner.

A part of this process is determining what items are suitable for our move-out process. With this service, our SERVPRO professionals remove contents from affected areas of your home and send them to a nearby facility. We can then spend more focused time on cleaning and restoring these items, having the full scope of our equipment at our disposal.

Both the items that can get restored and later returned to your home and those that were irreparably damaged play a role in determining the filed claim amount with the insurance company. Our estimator and project manager can work and speak directly with the insurance adjuster to relay this pertinent information to help expedite the restoration process.

Restoring your home after a recent fire is no easy feat, but with the right professional assistance and expertise, it can seem more straightforward to manage. Trust our SERVPRO of Phoenix specialists to help your home get back to how it should be quickly. Give us a call anytime at (480) 503-2090.

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