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Avoid Making the Phoenix Water Damage Situation Worse By Compromising Safety in Your Home

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoid Making the Phoenix Water Damage Situation Worse By Compromising Safety in Your Home Regardless of how the water entered your home, contact SERVPRO to remove the water and remediate any damage.

How to Safety and Efficiently Clear Out Water Damage in Phoenix

A burst pipe, broken laundry, plumbing issues, or horrible weather can result in massive amounts of water entering your establishment. It can be frustrating trying to get all the water out of your home. You want to do it as soon as possible because water damage can lead to some costly repairs. Plus, if you are not careful, you can get hurt or electrocuted.
Water damage in the Phoenix area can be hazardous. It is essential to disconnect the power, unplug any electronics, and remove furniture and electronic items as soon as possible. The faster you take these items far away from the water damage, the more likely they can be salvageable. Plus, it can be safer for you when you clean and clear out the water. Electrical appliances can be a hazard when it touches the water. Once all your electrical devices are far from harm's way, and that your family is in a safer area, then it is time to call in the technicians. Water damage is no joke, and it is not something that you want to handle alone.
SERVPRO technicians can come in and inspect your place. They can begin the mitigation process immediately to get rid of excess water. The faster you extract the water, the less damage that you have to deal with in the future. The SERVPRO tech can also inspect your carpet to determine if you might need to replace it or not. They can also utilize the moisture meter to check the humidity level in the air. They want to make sure that the environment is adequate for efficient drying time. You might not have the skills or the equipment to dry and get rid of the excess water properly, which is why it is best to have a water damage expert to do the job.
If you are ready to clear out water damage safely and effectively, then give SERVPRO of Phoenix a call at (480) 503-2090 for a consultation with our skilled technician.

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Uptown Phoenix Fire, No Rising from the Ashes, Call SERVPRO for Help

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Uptown Phoenix Fire, No Rising from the Ashes, Call SERVPRO for Help Uptown Phoenix, Not the Bird, Needs SERVPRO for Professional Fire Damage Restoration

The Risks of DIY Fire Restoration for Your Uptown Phoenix Home

One of the characteristics that define homeowners in this modern age is their drive to take care of issues and damages to their Phoenix residences on their own. The savvy homeowner can overcome minor situations that occur in their house, often by just searching online for advice. A fire in your house is not something that the average person can contend with on their own. The effects from a fire require experienced restoration technicians to restore to preloss conditions.

While this is not intended to discourage those looking to take care of the problems that their Uptown Phoenix home experiences, fire damages are often hazardous and challenging to restore by even the most experienced of technicians. Our SERVPRO professionals undergo extensive training in fire restoration to ensure that we approach conditions with a safety-oriented attitude and have the best techniques to overcome and restore the damages that your home has sustained from the blaze.

One of the things that you should know about a fire loss to help you appreciate the risk involved with DIY methods is the environment that you are walking into once the first responders leave the scene. The atmosphere inside of the house is full of debris, smoke, noxious odors, and possibly even chemical or toxic gases unsafe to inhale. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize the appropriate personal protective equipment to keep the team safe while we assess the damage and begin work to remove these harmful effects. After significant house fires, we await the okay from the fire marshall before attempting to enter the structure.

Another consideration that you should make is the stability of the structure itself. Some materials can become irreparably damaged, creating a persistent hazard for collapse or structural failure at any time. Our technicians get prepared for this possibility and can assess these risks safely while we formulate our plan for restoration in your house.

It is impossible for a homeowner to prepare themselves for a fire in the house, but you can remind yourself that the widespread effects should get left to trained professionals. Our SERVPRO of Phoenix emergency response team can arrive quickly and get to work on returning your home to preloss conditions as efficiently as possible, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call 24/7 at (480) 503-2090.

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Flood Damage Experts Of Phoenix Talk About Specialty Drying Equipment

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Experts Of Phoenix Talk About Specialty Drying Equipment Anytime a storm hits Phoenix there is always a chance that moisture can enter your structure.

Specialty Drying Equipment

Anytime a storm hits Phoenix there is always a chance that moisture can enter your structure. All storms are different, and they can all cause various types of flood damage. When the rain gets heavy, flooding outside can occur which can push moisture into your home. Wind can make things like rocks and branches airborne, which can cause them to smash into your house and open up a hole for rainwater to enter. If the interior of your home ever gets affected by excessive moisture, the building materials and structural components may receive flood damage which can ruin items and force them to be replaced.

Once water enters your dwelling, if it is not mitigated quickly by a licensed company like SERVPRO, the issues can get worse and worse. Water itself can make items lose their structural integrity, sometimes to the point where reconstruction becomes a part of your flood damage project in Phoenix. If organic substances inside your home stay wet for more than a couple of days, then microbial growth can begin. Mold can cause health effects, so it is essential to get all water cleaned up and dried out within that 48-hour period.

In most cases, we start removing moisture using our advanced extraction equipment. Next, we manipulate the environment to make it more conducive for rapid drying. By setting up dehumidifiers and air movers, our SERVPRO technicians can speed up nature's evaporation and drying process immensely.

However, when some things in your house get wet, air movers and dehumidifiers may not be enough. For certain items, our SERVPRO team has various specialty drying equipment at their disposal. If we need to dry out your hardwood floor, we often set up specialized drying mats to pump air deep into the wood. If there's an excessive amount of moisture inside your wall cavities, then we can use an injection drying system that consists of several tubes that get poked into the drywall so air can move inside the wall cavity.

If Mother Nature decides to take a toll on your house during a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of Phoenix at (480) 503-2090 24/7.

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Carefree's Mold Damage Experts Talk About Problems With Bathrooms

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Carefree's Mold Damage Experts Talk About Problems With Bathrooms One part of your home that is susceptible to have problems with water leaks is your bathroom.

Mold Damage Experts Talk About Problems With Bathrooms

One part of your Carefree home that is susceptible to have problems with water leaks is your bathroom. Bathrooms have several nooks and crannies where mold damage can take place. These rooms inside your home also have several water pipes and drain lines running in and out of them. Humidity levels are usually elevated inside bathrooms due to the use of water inside them. Microbes naturally exist all throughout any house, and they can get activated by moisture and turn into a mold damage situation.

A fungus only needs an organic food source, temperatures around normal room temperature range, and excessive moisture to form and grow. Once fungi develop, they produce spores which can get in the air and cause mold damage in your Carefree home in places not near the bathroom. Whenever mitigating fungal problems, our SERVPRO technicians take extra measures to prevent secondary problems. It is easy for particles to spread around your house during the work process if the correct procedures are not followed.

Our SERVPRO restoration team is IICRC certified, and we have experience with several different types of problems associated with fungi. As soon as we show up at your property, we start spraying the area with an antimicrobial solution. This specialized chemical attacks spores created by mold and helps aid in preventing the contamination from spreading. We also set up a containment chamber that seals off the affected bathroom so that particles created by the work process cannot escape the contaminated area.

In most cases, we also use air scrubbers to keep spores from spreading and to help maintain good air quality inside the building. We attach the scrubbers to the side of a containment chamber so that it creates negative air pressure inside the contaminated area. The dust and particles created by the work process then get sucked into the scrubber and drawn past a HEPA filter that can trap even the most microscopic particles.

If you ever notice mold growth inside your bathroom, call SERVPRO of Phoenix at (480) 503-2090 24/7.

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Overloaded Electrical Outlets can Lead to Fire Damage to Property in Paradise Valley

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Overloaded Electrical Outlets can Lead to Fire Damage to Property in Paradise Valley When electrical circuits are overloaded, the potential for fire exists. Contact SERVPRO after suffering fire damage for remediation and prevention.

Team SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage as Well as Offers Tips to Prevent a Recursion

Using social media via cell phone use keeps many teens and adults in Paradise Valley in contact with friends and family. Keeping cell phones charged often means plugging charging cables into adapters. This practice and others like it can lead to overheated plugs and eventually cause a fire.
Using properly rated power strips can protect your Paradise Valley home from fire damage caused by too many electrical devices plugged into one socket. The rubber or soft plastic electrical cords on many devices give off noxious fumes when burned, which can create very dense soot. The plugs can also contribute to this, as well as melt and cause the carpeting to burn.
The caring 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. 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 burned materials and possessions 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 handle this predicament. For the toughest odors, we rely on thermal fogging techniques. For smaller fires, the use of gel packs and injected deodorizers often suffices. However, we always check with our valuable customers to make sure that they are satisfied with the result.
SERVPRO of Phoenix wants to ensure that our customers love living in their homes after a disaster. We have an extensive range of equipment to mitigate any sized disaster, large or small, and have the experience and training needed to provide you with the level of service you deserve. Call us at (480) 503-2090 so we can help mitigate your Deer Valley or Lone Mountain residence after it suffers smoke or fire damage.

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Why DIY Water Restoration is Inadvisable for Your Phoenix Home

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why DIY Water Restoration is Inadvisable for Your Phoenix Home Water damage can come from many directions. Contact SERVPRO and we will remediate the damage regardless of the source.

SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Dry Out Your Water Damaged Home After an Event

While your Phoenix home might get threatened by several potential sources throughout its lifespan, learning how to take care of these emergencies or disasters as they happen is critical. The faster that you can respond to an issue with your plumbing or a malfunctioning appliance, the better able you are to lessen the effects of these occurrences to your home.

In this same sense, you need to understand the importance of getting to restoring the water damages in Phoenix that your home could experience right away. Many homeowners believe that they can dry and clean up water loss incidents in their home on their own, but this is not always the case. Water damage can spread quickly and affect areas and materials of your home that you cannot see or adequately dry without specialized equipment.

Our SERVPRO technicians have industry leading equipment and training to help you determine the full extent of the damage that your home has sustained and the best approach to restoring this damage. For instances of pipe bursts, our leak detection equipment, and moisture detection equipment can help to narrow the area of drywall or paneling to get removed so that the damage can get repaired.

As you might have anticipated, water spreads far beyond the initial source, saturating materials. When areas like wall cavities and subflooring become saturated and damp, this often gets overlooked by the DIY homeowner. Not only can this persistent dampness adversely affect the strength and integrity of the materials it comes into contact with, but it could also lead to compounding conditions as well. With a dark and damp space, it takes as little as three days for mold spores to seat and colonize, leading to widespread secondary damages which require our SERVPRO remediation specialists.

As tempting as it might be to attempt to remedy water damage in your home on your own, most of the time, these situations are best left to our certified technicians at SERVPRO of Phoenix. With our commitment to respond quickly and our expertise in water restoration, we can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (480) 503-2090.

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Effective Approaches During Commercial Water Removal in Phoenix Properties

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Effective Approaches During Commercial Water Removal in Phoenix Properties Water damage at your rental condo is undoubtedly inconvenient. Contact SERVPRO to dry out your property.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Tackle Drying Out Your Rental Property After an Event

Large premises usually present unique challenges even when dealing with simple problems. For example, the costs of fixing damages from a burst water pipe in a Phoenix Condo can run up to tens or hundreds of thousands. Unlike in other properties, the leaking water can seep from the upper unit to the ones below it damaging ceilings and walls. Such seepage is what multiplies costs. Besides, some units might be left unoccupied for extended periods, and if the leak originates from such a unit, the water might run longer before anyone notices.
The steps taken during commercial water removal in Phoenix affect the success rate and to some extent, the cost involved. Faster removal of water from the property after detecting the source and fixing it is the key to a positive outcome. When you call SERVPRO, our technicians combine different techniques for effective removal. For standing water on the floors, we use portable or truck mounted extractors, but in case it is more than two inches deep, we can use submersible pumps to ensure faster extraction.
The removal process can cause some damages if not done correctly. For example, a wet carpet is 50% weaker so our SERVPRO team tries not to be too aggressive when extracting the water because this might delaminate the carpet. For glued down-carpets, we often find an extraction wand more effective while for carpets with a thick pad, we use a heavier tool to complete the removal faster.

Although extraction of water is essential in the earlier stages of the removal process, relying on it alone cannot dry the property thoroughly. Since above average moisture levels can also cause problems, we try to ensure the property is dry to preloss conditions. In this final phase, we use drying tools such as dehumidifiers, air movers and drying mats. The drying mats are particularly useful when working on wooden floors.

By taking the right steps, it is possible to remove water from commercial spaces fast enough to avoid extra problems or costs. You should call SERVPRO of Phoenix at (480) 503-2090. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster so we can restore your property soon enough.

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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.