How Does SERVPRO of Phoenix Handle Your Water Damage Issues?
Residential water damage requires professional assistance to limit damage to furniture and other belongings, as well as guarding against mold growth and odor issues. Excess water in a home can be the result of a leak after heavy rainfall, a broken pipe, or a malfunctioning appliance. In some cases, the amount of water can cause problems with your flooring or other structural components of your home. SERVPRO has trained technicians who can help to remove water and address the damage.
Water damage assessment
When you call in the water remediation specialists at SERVPRO, we immediately get to work assessing the extent of the damage. We determine if damage is limited to belongings, or if the damage is more widespread such as walls, flooring, roofs, etc. We determine the scope of your water damage, inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and establish how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
Water removal and extraction
Because time is of the essence to keep damage to a minimum, the water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water that is visible. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove substantial amounts of water from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth. Once the water is removed, we then focus on drying.
Drying impacted areas
The goal of the drying process is to dry the affected area thoroughly. We use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business. Lingering odors commonly dissipate once the area is dry. We use portable extraction units to remove and dry water. Dehumidifiers can help to replace moisture with drier air as well as removing it from fabrics. Finally, we can use spray deodorizer on surfaces to ensure the offending odor is neutralized while they dissipate.
Cleaning damaged items
The cleaning process comes next. We focus on cleaning fabrics, rugs, or walls while the surface texture is still wet. The likelihood of a successful restoration of upholstery is higher before stains are allowed to set. Using agitative cleaning methods, alongside foam cleaning for sensitive fabrics SERVPRO can target the damage before it becomes a permanent issue. We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
Addressing remaining damage
In some cases, the water damage is substantial and restoration to get it back to what it was pre-water damage. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet or may entail reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home. A SERVPRO professional will review all substantial damage assessments and recommendations prior to any work beginning so homeowners are always in the loop.
If you experience water damage, it’s important to call professionals who follow a tried and true water repair process. Contact SERVPRO of Phoenix at (480) 503-2090 to get the help you need. We’re available 24/7 to serve you.
Is Too Much Technology a Fire Risk to Your Home?
With more and more gadgets available to consumers, the increased need to plug in and recharge those items increases significantly. Keeping cell phones, iPads, iPods, and all the other fun technology we have charged often means plugging charging cables into adapters. Even more practical technology like hearing aids, electric shavers, and electronic toothbrushes now are rechargeable, yet another item in need of power! This practice and others like it can lead to overheated plugs and eventually cause a fire. Learn how to stay plugged in while staying safe.
Understand plugging in safely
Using properly rated power strips can protect your home from fire damage caused by too many electrical devices plugged into one socket. This used to be a challenge only for areas of the house that traditionally demanded a lot of plugged-in items, such as family rooms with TVs, stereos, DVDs, etc. A second room with huge power demand is home offices where computers, phone chargers, printers, and monitors demand power, as well as routers. Now we have a third room demanding power: the bathroom. Electric shavers, hearing aids, toothbrushes, cordless facial brushes, and more up increasing demand for power in the bathroom. Nowadays, vanities and drawers in bathrooms hold electrical outlets, which make any electrical issue such as overheating and burning out of sight and therefore more apt to catch fire if overloaded. The challenge is that even with the best adapters, too much plugged into a single device can overload and thus overheat. The rubber or soft plastic electrical cords on many devices give off noxious fumes when overheated or burned, which can create very dense soot if temperatures are high enough. The plugs can also contribute to this, as well as melt and cause the carpeting and adjacent wall to singe or burn. A definite safety hazard!
SERVPRO can help with damage caused by electrical fires
The trained professionals at SERVPRO know how this kind of disaster can affect your family and we are ready to help clean up the damage and make things “Like it never even happened.” The areas above doorways and windows near the fire often contain concentrated levels of smoke residue while areas in direct contact with flames will have more substantial damage. We begin working to remove this soon after we arrive. Allowing this substance to remain longer only allows it to adhere more tightly, making it more difficult to clean away. We also clean anything else in your home where smoke residue and soot settled. After a fire, odor from the fire, even if a low smoldering flame, becomes very noticeable. While cleaning soot off surfaces removes a significant amount of this odor, if the fire created enough smoke, the odor left behind might remain because its source hides in areas where our tools cannot reach. Our IICRC-certified Odor Control Technician (OCT) can efficiently manage this mess. For the toughest odors, we rely on thermal fogging and other techniques. For smaller fires, the use of gel packs and injected deodorizers often suffices. Working with a trained fire remediation company allows you to have options should you experience an electrical fire.
Enjoy the technology but know who to call
Technology is here to stay, so understanding how to safely charge up your devices is critical to keeping your home from experiencing fire damage of any kind from electrical devices. SERVPRO of Phoenix is ready to help should you experience an electrical fire and can provide you with the level of service you deserve. Call us at (480) 503-2090 so we can help mitigate your home after it suffers smoke or fire damage from electrical devices.
SERVPRO Offers a Variety of Fire Remediation Services for Homeowners
Regardless of the size, a fire can cause some severe damage to your home. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need professional fire remediation services to minimize additional damage and ensure a complete restoration. Understanding what kind of fire remediation services are available to you can help you be better prepared should your home experience a fire.
SERVPRO professionals are trained to help
SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified which allows us to offer a variety of fire remediation services to address fire damage and get the restoration process started right away after a fire. SERVPRO of Phoenix is dedicated to responding immediately to your Phoenix fire damage emergency. A faster response is the key to help prevent additional damage and reduce the restoration cost. With recovery solutions including debris removal, soot, and smoke residue cleanup, addressing indoor air quality concerns, and reconstruction efforts, our IICRC-certified technicians and contractors can respond quickly to help.
Fire remediation service options
Here are some services that are available to you after you experience a fire in your home.
- Mitigation services: The focus of mitigation services is to secure your property and prevent any further damage after the fire has occurred. These services include boarding up any openings to secure the property, providing an alternative source of electricity, and emergency drying to prevent secondary water damage. Handling these issues quickly can keep further damage to a minimum
- Structural cleaning services: Structural cleaning services involve removing smoke and soot residue from your home and deodorizing the premises after a fire. Our experienced SERPVRO technicians step you through the entire process and strive to repair as much damage as possible. As the homeowner, you’ll be fully involved in the process from beginning to end.
- Contents cleaning services: Smoke and soot can damage your personal belongings and furniture if not cleaned promptly and thoroughly. While it may seem that wiping down belongings will suffice, that’s not always the case. SERVPRO technicians have expertise in cleaning and restoring many personal items such as furniture, documents and photographs, and other valuables after smoke and soot damage. We use state-of-the-art equipment to get rid of the damaging smoke and soot as efficiently and as quickly as possible and restore your belongings to pre-fire condition whenever possible.
- Specialty cleaning services: We also help you to subcontract the cleaning of precious or delicate items such as electronics, clothing, and expensive artwork.
- Reconstruction services: In some instances, a fire can cause structural damage that cannot be restored by fire damage restoration services. If there is a need for reconstruction or structural repair, you may need the help of licensed general contractors. SERVPRO’s building services are available to help.
Fire damage restoration is a slow process that takes time and patience. With SERVPRO, you get a team of fire damage restoration professionals who can help you restore your home back to preloss conditions in no time.
Contact SERVPRO of Phoenix after a fire
Call SERVPRO of Phoenix today at (480) 503 - 2090 to schedule an appointment and discuss your options today. Our experts are here to offer you all the help and guidance you need to make the whole process as painless as possible. We’re here 24/7 to serve you!
Tips to Keep Mold from Growing in Your Bathroom
For some people, fighting mold and mildew in their bathroom is an ongoing problem. Regardless of the time of year, fighting mold in the bathroom is necessary if you want a clean bathroom as well as preventing damage to the walls, flooring and ceiling. Here are a few tips to keep that mold growth at bay.
Mold spores are everywhere
One misunderstanding most people have about mold is that mold only grows in certain places. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily true. As a matter of fact, microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Consider these facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and can drift in the air, entering your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems.
- Mold spores flourish on moisture. Mold spores can rapidly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
How to stop mold growth
All bathrooms will have some level of moisture present at all times; it goes with the nature of the room, but by eliminating as much moisture as possible in the bathroom, you can stop mold growth. Maintaining a mold-free bathroom is fairly simple if you follow these tips and remain diligent in your cleaning effort.
Utilize a good exhaust fan
Effective fans are a good defense against mold and moisture in your bathroom. Be sure that all your bathrooms have a well-functioning fan. Make sure the cubic feet per minute count is enough to cover the size of the bathroom (manufacturers will list this on the box). Run the fan during all showers and baths and for at least 30 minutes afterward.
Use a squeegee
Believe it or not, using the squeegee on your tub and shower walls after every shower or bath reduces up to 75 percent of the moisture in the air. That takes care of so much moisture that can lead to the rapid growth of mold in all areas of the bathroom so use one after every use!
Look for and fix all leaks
If you have any leaks within the bathroom, fix it right away, no matter how minor it may seem. Call a plumber and have them check for any hidden leaks within the walls. Going a long period of time with any leaks will ultimately cause mold growth and will make it hard to get rid of later.
What to do if you find mold
No matter how diligent you are, you may still experience mold in your bathroom. If you find mold, have a mold remediation professional take care of it. Mold is resilient and getting rid of it is hard. SERVPRO of Phoenix has trained and certified mold specialists to help you with your mold issues so reach out to them at 480-503-2090 to help you address the mold growth.
Residual Damage from Storms Can Cause Issues if Not Detected
Phoenix experienced a fairly substantial monsoon season this year, with a torrential amount of rain dropped in a short period of time. Most homeowners will do a cursory review of their property following such big storms; if no damage is found, the storm is soon forgotten. Unfortunately, not all damage shows up right away, and going undetected can cause serious issues.
The damage we see after a storm
Storm-related flood damage in Phoenix happens to homes every year. Once the downpour is over, the effects can be mild, like soggy area rugs, to minor issues such as leaky windowsills, to devastating such as a loss of walls and floors. Since these are easily spotted, it makes sense to call remediation specialists like SERVPRO who are ready with a highly trained team of technicians and years of experience to restore each home to its original condition.
The damage you may overlook after a storm
Since the rain strikes so quickly, it’s difficult for the ground around our homes to absorb all of the moisture. Pair with that the heavy rains and high winds that can cause damage to our roofs, and you can see why monsoons can cause so much damage. Unfortunately, sometimes that damage is difficult to see. Perhaps just enough water seeped into your roof through a small crack to slowly accumulate in your attic. It may not be enough to see if it doesn’t seep through to your ceiling with those telltale brown spots. Nonetheless, if left untreated, those small leaks can cause big problems. Not only does the water cause additional weakness in walls and ceilings, but long-standing water can cause mold growth. You may also experience water seepage behind walls that go undetected until mold growth appears.
How to detect unseen issues
Telltale signs of water damage in attics and ceilings might be the brown water spots that appear on ceilings or walls. You might also see bubbling of paint or bulging of drywall. Another sign of unseen damage is odor. Mold growth over time can cause a musty odor even before you see any kind of mold growth. All of these indicate a problem that needs to be addressed immediately; ideally provided by a storm remediation specialist.
Get help immediately to address issues
By the time you spot damage that has been lingering, chances are the situation has been there for a bit. That is why it is so important to call us immediately at the first sign of a problem. Not only can we address the damage or mold growth, but we’ll also identify the areas of weakness can address those as well to prevent future damage.
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 storm damage in your home in the future, call us today at (480) 503-2090 to schedule an inspection.
Fight the Flood Damage in Your Home with Professional Water Damage Remediation
Water can be quite merciless in the amount of damage it can do to a flooded home. It can seep through solid materials like concrete or blocks if given enough time and make its way into any crack or crevice found on your property. If you experience a flood in your home, it’s important to work with professionals to get it addressed immediately.
Professional water damage restoration
A professional water damage restoration specialist in Phoenix can help you fight back against water issues damaging your home. With a variety of tools, experience, and training a quality SERVPRO technician will work hard to produce the results you deserve. There is no reason for you to take problems like this on alone, in fact, it is likely better that you seek help from the start. With years of experience, SERVPRO can remove water from your home and address the resulting damage.
How water can damage your home
SERVPRO technicians respond to a variety of water intrusion situations and provide custom solutions to make sure it’s addressed. Since flooding can happen to homes for a variety of reasons, addressing the source of the water, removing the water, and repairing the resulting damages takes expertise to handle each unique situation. During the winter months, you may have problems with frozen or broken pipes depending on the weather. When a pipe bursts, you can easily find your home filled with over 6-inches of water within minutes. Though not typical in Phoenix, unusual winter freezes do happen, leaving homeowners unprepared. Some homeowners have had issues with their pool. If allowed to overrun while refilling your pool, water can quickly fill a basement, flooding storage and causing significant damages. SERVPRO also responds to a variety of issues concerning washing machines or dishwashers. A malfunctioning appliance can flood your home within minutes, leaving little time to react. Causing serious damage to your flooring, furniture, and belongings, or even leading to additional hazards that make it hard to recover.
How water is removed and damages addressed
It takes industrial-grade water extraction equipment and infrared moisture detectors to get water out of every nook and cranny where water seeps into. While homeowners mistakenly feel they can clean up water on their own, without a thorough job, other issues such as mold and odors can occur. Cleaning, deodorization, and sanitation technicians with the proper training provide you with your best opportunity for recovery after a home is flooded. We follow a specific water restoration process to ensure the best outcome.
All you have to do is contact SERVPRO of Phoenix to receive quality one-stop solutions; we can help you recover from most of the problems that occur in your home, call us today at 480-503-2090.
Recovering From Storm Damage to Your Business
This has been a significant monsoon season so far, with no end in sight. Many businesses have already experienced storm damage to their businesses which has interrupted if not completely shut them down until repairs are completed. Here’s what you need to know on how to recover from water damage to your business.
What causes damage during monsoons
The severity of a monsoon storm can bring damage in a number of ways. With the expectational amount of water that occurs in a brief period of time, flooding is a typical result of monsoons. Depending on how severe the water damage is in your Phoenix business, 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. High winds can also cause damage, downing trees that can in turn damage businesses, roofs damaged or debris breaking windows. Then there is the lighting which can strike a building causing a fire. Monsoons are a triple threat to businesses, so it’s important to be prepared and know who to call.
What happens when you experience damage to your building
From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your business, we work to determine the source of damage and get this area repaired. This repair is the first step in restoration, as it prevents further damage to the area while cleanup and repairs are underway. While more significant circumstances could warrant the replacement of materials and extraction equipment, often water damage incidents only require basic cleanup techniques and high-powered drying tools, whereas fire may need more significant remediation. For most businesses, water damage is the main result of a ferocious storm. 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. If fire or high wind damaged your business, SERVPRO will use a variety of techniques to address the damage and get your business up and running again.
Being prepared can help businesses recover
Oftentimes, valuable time is lost as business owners scramble to reach the right people to help get the recovery process underway. They also are unsure where shutoff valves are, or how to protect the assets in their building. SERVPRO strongly suggests having an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) in place to help facilitate reaction and recovery when a business experiences damage of any kind.
Overcoming damage in your business is not something that business owners should manage on their own. From repair to restoration, professional remediation service 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. We are available 24/7 to help your business recover from storm damage to your business.
Find Mold in You Home? Here’s What to do and What to Avoid
Monsoons bring an elevated level of moisture to the air, ideal for mold to grow. Since mold spores are present everywhere, it’s not too difficult for mold to grow in Phoenix homes and quickly become an issue. If you find mold damage in your home, it’s best to contact a professional to handle it. However, many people choose to ignore the issue and let it progress or try to deal with it on their own. If you find mold in your home, learn what to do and what to avoid.
Mold Won't Go Away On Its Own
One of the most important reasons to call a professional mold remediation service for mold damage to your home is that the mold problem cannot be solved without intervention. The area must be dried, cleaned, sanitized, and possibly repainted or rebuilt if the mold infestation is well-developed. If this isn’t done, mold spores can continue to grow and spread to other parts of the home, oftentimes completely undetected as it grows behind walls and other dark, out of the way places in your home. The best time to call SERVPRO of Phoenix is when the damage is relatively new to keep damage and expense at a minimum. Mold doesn’t go away on its own and needs to be addressed quickly.
Cleaning Mold Up Yourself Can Make the Issue Worse
Trying to eliminate mold damage on your own can be detrimental to the home. Even if you remove all visual signs of growth in your home, it is almost impossible to eliminate airborne spores and hidden pockets of growth without advanced tools and cleaning products. SERVPRO uses advanced moisture detection tools to identify patches of mold behind walls and surfaces and air scrubbers to filter as many spores out of the environment as possible. When homeowners try to tackle mold growth on their own, they’re likely only going to eliminate the mold growth they see, leaving undetected mold spores behind to continue to grow, often unnoticed until the damage is substantial.
Moldy Smells Remain After the Mold is Gone
Long after a mold colony is removed, the strong, musty odors it may have caused can remain in a home. These odors take years to leave your home on their own and can grow unpleasant over time. SERVPRO technicians use industrial-strength chemical fogging machines to neutralize odor molecules, even if they are embedded deep within the walls and floors of your home. Finding and eliminating mold is only part of the problem if your home experiences mold. Odor removal is an important step that shouldn’t be overlooked.
SERVPRO of Phoenix is a leading provider of mold damage remediation services. For our expert help with mold in your home, give us a call at (480) 503-2090. We’re available 24/7 to help you with your mold issues and get your home back to normal.
What to Do When You Need Biohazard Cleanup for Your Home or Business
Disasters such as flooding, fire, and storms can cause significant damage requiring specialized cleanup. While most homeowners and businesses know to call remediation specialists such as SERVPRO, not everyone is aware that SERVPRO can also help with biohazard cleanup. Here’s what you need to do when you need biohazard cleanup for your home or business.
What is considered biohazard?
When people hear the term “biohazard”, they think of toxic chemicals or some other toxic spillage. However, the following are all considered biohazardous when it comes to cleanup services by SERVPRO of Phoenix:
- Sewage backups
- Crime scene residues
- Suicide/death accidents
- Homicide cleanups
- Blood cleanup
- Accident cleanup
- Hoarding scenes
- Animal waste/remains
- Chemical spills
- Tear gas cleanup
- Meth lab cleanup
Any of these situations require professional biohazard cleanup services.
SERVPRO has expertise in biohazard cleanup services
Should you experience any of the situations above, it’s important that you do not try to clean up the situation in your home. Trained biohazard cleanup professionals know how to handle each kind of situation, so it's imperative that you deal with professionals to get the problem handled. If you experience a sewage backup, SERVPRO of Phoenix will come in and remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized. Should your home or business experience a crime scene, we will remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. We will clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure. If illicit drugs are the biohazard, we follow federal and state guidelines to professionally clean all surfaces.
We are available 24/7 to help with biohazard cleaning
These kinds of situations are never anticipated, but should your home or business experience a biohazardous situation, contact SERVPRO of Phoenix 24/7 at 480-503-2090 to help get the issue addressed and cleaned up.
Drying Out Your Home Quickly is Crucial to Minimizing Damage After a Storm
Monsoons can drop a significant amount of water during a short period of time, which cause flooding in your home. Whenever a flood occurs, no matter how minor it may seem, it’s important to dry any property that sustains water damage as quickly and efficiently as possible. Drying out your home quickly is crucial to minimizing damage after a flood.
Excessive water promotes mold growth
Even if a small amount of water enters your home after a flood, simply grabbing a mop and some paper towels may not be your best option for several reasons. First, while you may get up the excessive water, you’ll be unable to thoroughly dry out materials like carpeting and drywall. Furthermore, there may be water you don’t see behind walls or on windowsills. It’s important to get everything dried thoroughly and quickly. SERVPRO professionals can assist with faster drying.
Why time matters when water is present
Faster drying means less time for existing mold spores to cause mold growth, which may weaken structural materials like wood framing and drywall to the extent that they have to be replaced. SERVPRO water remediation specialists are aware of this and are trained to address the situation. Using advanced dehumidification systems, SERVPRO can reverse any flood damage on your Phoenix property and thereby prevent mold growth. We have access to powerful water extraction equipment that is far more efficient at reversing flood damage than traditional vacuum units. These tools allow us to extract moisture from floors, pads, and carpets effectively, leaving the underlying surface as dry as before. SERVPRO’s water damage restoration experts use special procedures to help minimize the repair costs while accelerating the drying process. Rapid water removal after flood damage also helps prevent irreversible swelling in porous materials like wood and paper, rusting on metals, shrinkage in drapes and upholstery, and moisture damage to electronic equipment.
Use the experts at SERVPRO for storm damage
Each second counts when a flood comes knocking. Our technicians have IICRC certification so you can be sure of a thorough restoration process. SERVPRO is locally based so we can respond quickly to your emergency and begin work right away. We’re available 24/7 for any flood or storm damage situation you may experience. With many years of experience, SERVPRO of Phoenix is dedicated to ensuring that flood damage is addressed quickly, professionally, and thoroughly. For any restoration needs, call us at (480) 503-2090.