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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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SERVPRO: Your Experts in Commercial Water Damage

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO: Your Experts in Commercial Water Damage Flooded Hallway At Commercial Water Loss

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space. Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration before you enter your commercial space, or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space. Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible. Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present. Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installation must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Trauma Scene Clean Up

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Trauma Scene Clean Up Trauma Scene Clean Up

Not to mention the emotional trauma of loss, but what do you do in the aftermath when something terrible occurs?  Although everyone’s experience is unique, there are similar but difficult decisions that have to be made every time a loss of this nature takes place.  Generally how one goes about cleaning the affected area is not the first thing that comes to mind.  However at some point this has to be done….and where do you go?  Here at SERVPRO® of Phoenix at 480 – 503 - 2090, we are trained and ready to assist when something like this happens.  We have the equipment, cleaning solutions, deodorization techniques and chemicals to combat all of the relevant issues such as blood borne pathogens.  Our staff has been immunized against Hepatitis and is ready to help you return your home and contents to their pre-loss condition.  Although one never is the same when confronted with this possibility, rest assured there is someone who understands and will help you through this ordeal.

What does it matter if I dry a water loss or not?

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What does it matter if I dry a water loss or not? Monsoon Flood Damage

In the 90’s Mold became the Cause Celeb, especially that strain of “Black” Mold, Stachybotrys, that struck fear in the hearts of thousands of Americans.  Even though that hysteria has passed, it is no joking matter to have mold growing in your home.  It is true that mold spores are everywhere, but for mold to grow you have to have two things: 1) food; and 2) water.  There is very little you can do to remove all “food” sources in a house, but you can eliminate the water factor.  When you have a water loss, and once the source has been repaired, it is incredibly important to completely dry the area affected so mold will not grow.   If you try to take care of it yourself, you run the risk of giving mold a chance to infiltrate your house.  Why would you do that when you can call SERVPRO® of Phoenix at 480 – 503 - 2090, and make sure your house is dry. 

Unbelievable mold growth? Believe it!

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Unbelievable mold growth?  Believe it! But it's a dry heat!

Hidden cavities can produce the most unusual growth.  Phoenix is known for being "a dry  heat".