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Is Mold Remediation Necessary in Phoenix If I Have an Air Purifier?

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in a Phoenix Home Bathroom

Do I really need to call a mold remediation and removal company in Phoenix if I am using an air purifier? Well, it’s true, most air purifiers do fight mold and it’s ability to rapidly spread, but air purifiers do not address the original sources of mold which is what mold remediation and removal company will do. 

Part of a Mold Remediation Treatment

Air purifiers with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) are very powerful at trapping even the smallest of microscopic particles serving as a part of mold remediation treatment. Air Purifiers with a HEPA filter will clear the air of mold spores and other air pollutants. Research which HEPA air purifier will be best for your needs.

In order to effectively eliminate mold spores, place your air purifier in areas where mold is commonly found, like in bathrooms, kitchens, basements and rooms that have upholstered furniture. Make sure to replace the HEPA filter according to the directions on the packaging so that the air purifier will be able to provide air free of mold spores and other pollutants.

Effective Mold Eradication

Air purifies can help effectively eradicate mold spores, but to really address the original sources of mold you’ll need to call in the mold experts who have the equipment to test, remediate and remove the mold completely. Mold spores float in the air freely, everywhere contributing to growing colonies of mold which in turn increases the mold spore count within the air, but mold spores come from the original mold sources. 

Certified Mold Remediation Company

To be sure that mold is eliminated completely, call your local professionals, SERVPRO of Phoenix to come in and take care of the mold sources. Our techs use advance techniques and equipment to eradicate all mold sources. After effective elimination of mold sources, you can use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity low and your HEPA air purifiers in areas considered problematic to eliminate airborne particles.

If you’re not sure about the mold found in your home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Phoenix, and our certified techs will come in and do some testing, and talk to you about the best course of action. Available 24/7/365 for emergency services, our technicians are ready to address your mold disaster of any size.

Ready for the Monsoon Storms

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Being ready for the Monsoon storms is what SERVPRO of Phoenix is all about. We understand that when the elements hit, your business property or home will be affected. The fast moving storms leave behind damages that can leave you devastated. Our top priority is all about restoring the impact of the monsoon storms in as little time possible.

SERVPRO of Phoenix is available 24/7 as we understand that the devastation doesn’t have a schedule. When you find yourself in need, within the midst of monsoon storm damages, SERVPRO of Phoenix is ready and prepared for your emergency storm damage

When a monsoon storm rushes through, you may be left with broken windows, broken doors, uprooted trees, exposed exposed walls and a leaky roof. Our techs are ready to provide emergency board up services to keep out water. We offer tarps to prevent more water leaks if the storm continues.

Your business or home needs protection and we understand that. SERVPRO of Phoenix’s techs will come in and assess all storm damages and provide you with respective recommendations to get your property back to its pre loss condition. No matter what size damage, SERVPRO of Phoenix is here and ready to help. Call 480-503-2090, available 24/7!

Bio-hazards, Crime Scene & Vandalism Cleanup

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Phoenix is a recognized leader in the fire and water damage restoration industry, but we also cover bio-hazardous, crime scene and vandalism cleanup for both commercial and residential property.

Biological and chemical substances can be extremely dangerous when exposed to within a home or commercial property. If it’s not professionally assessed and removed, bio-hazard materials can leave you with a dangerous environment for those who live and or work within it.

The certified and experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Phoenix are equipped to appropriately remove bio-hazard materials safely while disposing of them properly per state and local health agency guidelines.

SERVPRO of Phoenix uses advance equipment and techniques that deal with the following:

So, when you are in need of a bio-hazard cleanup, call SERVPRO of Phoenix, 480-503-2090 available 24/7 for your bio-hazardous emergency!

When it is Safe to Return to Work After a Flood

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Phoenix Commercial Flood

When a flood occurs in a commercial building, it’s a common concern of business owners when they can resume business. Ultimately, it depends on how severe the flood damage was as well as if the damage was caused by black water. Flood restoration experts generally have a process in place that allows your business to resume in as little time possible, although some of the phases are deemed not safe.

Commercial Flood Cleanup

While the commercial restoration company is doing the initial cleanup from the flood damage, it’s not safe for the employees to be there. Water becomes contaminated with bacteria causing a serious health hazard. It is wise to keep all personnel stay away from the building during this phase.

Demolition After Commercial Flood

The restoration company will likely have to do some demolition to preserve the property after the flood damage. Demolition removes any property affected by the black water. This phase includes eliminating drywall, insulation, carpet and any furniture affected. During this phase, it is also not safe for staff to be present.

Sterilizing Commercial Building

During the sterilization phase, all the affected property undergoes scrubbing and disinfecting to make sure everything is sanitized. The sterilization phase consists of very strong chemical cleaners, requiring anyone who isn’t trained and complete with the proper wear remain absent.

Commercial Reconstruction

The reconstruction phase includes replacing all items compromised during the demolition. At some time during this phase your restoration company will give you the green light to resume business.

Commercial Flood Restoration Company

It’s very common when a flood produces black and gray water so it is wise to allow a certified disaster recovery team to take care of the flood cleanup and restoration, like SERVPRO of Phoenix.

Steps Before Storm Damage Adjuster Arrives

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Some of the monsoon storms that hit your area in Phoenix, Az will likely leave behind some damages. Even with flood and storm insurance, eliminating the amount of storm damage to your home or commercial property will be in your best interest overall. Insurance adjusters are known for being busy during the monsoon season in Phoenix, so taking a few steps prior to their arrival will save time and a headache.

What to Do After Storm Damage

After initially speaking to your insurance company, you’ll want to call your trusted storm damage cleanup company, like SERVPRO of Phoenix. Storm damage restoration companies know the process very well and will help guide you through it efficiently. The benefits of a calling a restoration company directly after the call to your insurance company include:

  1. Initial assessment of the damage from the storm
  2. Less time from damage to water extraction to prevent more damage
  3. An itemized list of all the damages (Needed for insurance claim)
  4. Photos of any storm damages (The more evidence you provide of storm damages, the better the chance of getting your claim accepted)

Even with good storm insurance, a crazy monsoon storm can overwhelm adjusters, compromising their ability to get to you quickly. By taking the proactive steps of documenting the home or commercial property affected by storm damages and having the restoration company intervene preventing further damage will ultimately help you in the end.

Storm Damage Assistance

Storm damage companies are prepared and ready to go out to an emergency situation at any given moment, likely getting to your emergency faster than the adjuster. The adjuster will also appreciate being called after the restoration company because it makes their job easier when the storm restoration estimate is already to go.

It may even be beneficial to your claim if you take video of all of the damages in your home or property. Especially if it has been a few days, causing mold start growing and spread.

Storm Damage Restoration Company

SERVPRO of Phoenix is a trusted leader in the storm damage cleanup and restoration industry. Our customers are important to us and our certified techs feel the same. Available 24/7 for emergency storm damage emergencies, responding Faster to Any Size Disaster! Call 480-503-2090 if you find yourself in an emergency brought on by storm damages this monsoon season.

Phoenix Monsoon Potential Storm Damage

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

With some significant stormy weather headed to Phoenix within the next few months of monsoon, we expect to get a lot of calls for storm damages to residential and commercial properties.  

They typically come out of nowhere, virtually unpredictable, a rush of air known as a micro-burst. They’re quick and powerful, sweeping through the Phoenix desert in a whirlwind. Dust, in particular, can be a real nuisance when it rolls in like a huge wall, known as a haboob.

Prevent Storm Damages in Phoenix 

While initial dangers are obvious like poor visibility and dangerous driving conditions, your commercial or residential properties are also at risk from storm damages and even fire damages.

There are of course ways to prepare for monsoon’s personality quirks, which include ceasing any airflow going in or out of the property. Close all doors, windows and air vents. Be sure to secure anything outside that could potentially become a flying object within the strong winds. Also, it’s better to play it safe and don’t drive anywhere until the storm subsides.

At SERVPRO of Phoenix, customer satisfaction is our top goal. Local residents and businesses all over Phoenix continue to choose us for storm damage restorations. We dedicate ourselves to providing our mitigation, remediation, abatement, cleanup, and reconstruction services with genuine care.

Our skilled and professional techs are trained and certified in property damage restorations for both residential and commercial properties. While completing ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility, our techs stay up to date on all IICRC industry certifications.

When the monsoon starts acting out, and should you have the unfortunate task of dealing with storm damages, call SERVPRO of Phoenix (480) 503-2090. Available 24/7 for immediate response for your emergency.

Is Your Commercial Building Up-to-Date with Fire Code Updates?

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that sixty to eighty percent of businesses never recover from commercial building fire damages in Phoenix? It’s a once in a lifetime event, but happening one time is one time too many. It’s crucial to protect such value and to do that, keeping up with the latest fire code is necessary. Not only that, but the fines associated with not keeping up with the fire code are costly.

Prevent Commercial Building Fire Damages

The Phoenix fire code is updated each year and the city is currently reviewing the 2018 International Fire Code for adoption in 2019. Too many owners of commercial property fail to update the fire prevention system they have in place when these updates are made.

Code violations that are common among commercial property owners in Phoenix include:

  • Failing to install sprinklers within building that now require them.
  • Failing to install fire alarms where they are now required.
  • Failing to update fire prevention equipment to comply with structural changes to the property such as signs, extinguishers and fire department hook-ups.
  • Failing to maintain fire exits up to code standards

These common violations are virtually simple to apply considering the potential alternative and should be taken more seriously. Have questions? Call your local Phoenix Fire Department and request to have a firefighter come visit, prior to the official inspector, and educate you on the fire hazards in your commercial property as well as any violations that exist.

Commercial Property Fire Damage Restoration

Unfortunately, fires still happen, leaving many Phoenix commercial property fire damages in it’s path. When that happens property owners call SERVPRO of Phoenix for our fire mitigation and restoration services. We also provide reconstruction for structures when needed as well.

If you find yourself dealing with commercial property fire damages, trust in SERVPRO of Phoenix and their premier services that we’re known for. With immediate emergency service 24/7, call 480-503-2090 and our techs will be there to restore your commercial property damaged by fire.

Ways to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Bathroom

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you are managing a commercial or residential property, fighting mold in the bathroom is necessary if you want a clean and safe bathroom as well as prevent damage to the walls and ceiling.

All bathrooms will accrue moisture, it goes with the territory, but by eliminating as much moisture as possible in the bathroom, you can stop mold growth or at least slow it down if it does appear.

Maintaining a mold-free bathroom is actually pretty easy if you follow these easy tips and remain diligent in your cleaning effort.

Stop Bathroom Mold Growth with a Good Fan

Effective fans are your first line of defense against mold and moisture. Be sure that all your bathrooms have a well functioning fan. Make sure the CFM, cubic feet per minute, count is enough to cover the size of the bathroom.

Run the fan during all showers and baths for at least a half hour afterwards. You can put the fan on a timer so that you don’t have to worry about remembering.

Fighting Bathroom Mold with a Squeegee

Who knew the bathroom squeegee could be so useful. 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, alone takes care of so much moisture that can lead to the rapid growth of mold in all areas of the bathroom.

Stop Mold Growth by Fixing All Leaks

If you have any leaks within the bathroom, fix it right away. Call a plumber immediately and have them check for any hidden leaks within the walls. Going a long period of time with any leaks will definitely cause mold growth and will make it hard to get rid of later.

Mold Remediation

If you do ever find mold, have a professional take care of it. Mold is so complicated and getting rid of it is hard. SERVPRO of Phoenix has trained and certified mold specialists to help you with your mold issues

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Author: Amela Bratic
Amela is is our Lead Technician/Fire & Contents Manager and has been a valuable team member here at SERVPRO of Phoenix for over 19 years. With her Applied Microbial Remediation Certification, Amela is our authority on mold and biohazard remediation. Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia, Amela has been a blessing to SERVPRO of Phoenix and all the people we get the opportunity to help.

Best Smoke Detector for Your Home

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke detectors and alarms are essential when protecting our property from extreme fire damage and the ones we love, and what better time then now to update your smoke detectors. However, when smoke detectors are not something you know a whole lot about, it can be daunting to determine which system will serve you best.

Smoke detectors might not stop a fire from burning and causing serious smoke and fire damage, but a good alarm can make all the difference. There are too many options on the market with countless features, but we’ll narrow it down for you.

Deterring Fire with a Smart Smoke Alarm

A smart smoke detector works like other smoke detectors, but what makes it special is that it can send an alert to your phone when it senses smoke, even if you are away from home. It can also alert you when the batteries need to be changed, or even if there’s an internal system issue. Nest has a split-spectrum sensor that protects against fires and carbon monoxide.

A Dual-Sensor Smoke Alarm to Protect from Fires

Ionization and photoelectric smoke detectors both are best at detecting different kinds of fires, and it just so happens that there are now dual-sensor smoke alarms that do both, like the Kiddie Hardwire Smoke Detector which protects from fire damage.

Smoke Alarm with Security System

When looking for more advance fire protection services, having a smoke and carbon monoxide detectors connected to your home security system is your best bet, like the Vivint Smoke Alarm.

The Phoenix Monsoon and Flood Damages

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fortunately for us who live in Phoenix, the only whether that threatens us are the storms that roll in come Monsoon time leaving behind a lot of storm damages.

Though we all seem to escape any harm, our cars and properties are not so lucky. Not only do trees get uprooted, but structures are knocked down and flood damages occur every Monsoon season.

When dealing with storm damages such as flooding in Phoenix, it's key to understand the service you will require to get back to the way things were. Things like water extractions, mold remediation as well as structural repairs and complete reconstructions may be necessary.

Flood damages in your property, if not attended to immediately will leave behind dangerous mold conditions that require professionals, like those at SERVPRO of Phoenix, who are well suited up and highly trained to come in and do a thorough mold remediation and cleanup.