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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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Develop a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan Before Water Damage Threatens Your Phoenix Business
When your museum or gallery has damage, everyone will be looking for a resolution so that your exhibit can run till its completion. Contact SERVPRO.
Team SERVPRO is Ready and Equipped to Help With Remediation Services After an Event
Business owners in Phoenix have a couple of choices when it comes to managing commercial water damage. The first is to wait until something catastrophic happens, and then struggle through it, hoping for the best. The second is to take the opportunity to work with us to design a methodology to anticipate your challenges and put in place an agenda of practical solutions ahead of any troubles.
Operating a business is tough if commercial water damage in Phoenix intrudes. Whether you own a restaurant, a retail enterprise, or manage a museum or event center, your responsibility is to keep the doors open and provide the services or products you promise your clientele or customers. A broken pipe or appliance malfunction sends gallons of water splashing through your business, effectively closing you down until you consider your options, arrange for a professional assessment, and wait for the experts to arrive. We suggest working on a proactive blueprint with us to streamline the assistance we can offer to get you back in business fast.
SERVPRO creates a comprehensive disaster response action strategy for water damage only with significant input from you. Our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We take the time to visit your company and to talk with you to assess your needs and understand how you deliver your goods or services. The assessment is free of charge but allows us to make a range of suggestions to limit your risk if your commercial space does experience a water disaster. Our experienced project manager walks through your space and sketches out your layout, including vital information like utility shutoff locations. We gather information, take pictures, and determine how we best meet your needs if your site is water damaged.
You take an additional step to increase our knowledge by completing your business’s profile on the SERVPRO ERP mobile app. Make it clear that we are your preferred provider. List vendors and contractors who have essential information about your equipment and systems. Designate employees or others whom you allow to act on your behalf if you are unavailable during the water crisis.
We at SERVPRO of Phoenix are by your side during a commercial water emergency. Make it a more effective partnership by developing an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile we can use if the worst happens. Call us at (480) 503-2090 to set the process rolling.
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Remediating Flood Damage In Phoenix
Remediating the effects of a flood is not simple, but SERVPRO of Phoenix has the tools, experience, and personnel to accomplish it.
Remediating Flood Damage
Phoenix homeowners rarely think about extreme weather or flooding until monsoon rains send tens of thousands of gallons into their neighborhoods. The resulting damage can cost an owner heavily.
Water drains quickly here after the rains, so Phoenix flood damage costs often result from the initial, physical destruction, rather than from standing water. Because of that, SERVPRO technicians spend more time drying and repairing property than removing water from each residence.
With no standing water, our restoration team can start work with water extraction wands. Although water retreats quickly, there is always some trapped inside carpets and wood floors. Specialists can adjust the vacuum speed, and heating element to match the type of carpet and not exert too much force on the nape, preventing secondary damage.
Quickly starting may also let us preserve the carpet pad. If that is possible, after using the wands, our technicians lift the carpets at two opposite points. At one end, they place an air mover to force warm, dry air under the carpet, and a box fan at the other to draw out the damp air trapped underneath.
Adjustable settings on the wands also allow us to draw water from out of and between floorboards. The quicker our personnel begins the process, the less damage there is from swelling or splintering of the wood. After that, SERVPRO specialists can remove minor damage with hand or power sanders. Once completed, team members can apply a new finish if the customer wants us to do so. For high-end flooring, the team leader may recommend using a professional service.
While team members dry the floors, others begin work repairing or replacing damaged doors and wallboard, and removing drywall panels that cracked when the floodwater entered the home. If the property merely absorbed a large amount of water, technicians set up additional air movers and direct the warm air across these surfaces to speed up the drying process. It prevents the panels from crumbling due to excess moisture and reduces the risk of mold expansion and growth.
Remediating the effects of a flood is not simple, but SERVPRO of Phoenix has the tools, experience, and personnel to accomplish it. Our goal is to return each home to its pre-flood condition as quickly as possible. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (480) 503-2090.
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Overcoming Water Damage To Your Phoenix Nightclub
From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your nightclub, we work to determine the source of the water damage and get this area repaired.
Overcoming Water Damage To Your Property
Phoenix is a city known for its nightlife. Clubs and bars can get found even in the farthest reaches of the city. With this high flow of traffic to your nightclub every evening, you want to make sure that you're doing everything possible to keep the patrons happy and to keep your building in top form. Unfortunately, aging plumbing in your building can often be a culprit for water loss incidents that leave you unsure of how to remedy the damage and keep your doors open.
Depending on how severe the water damage is in your Phoenix club, professional restorers might not require a long span of time to restore your building and get your business ready for its nightly influx of customers. Of course, more severe instances might require a temporary closing, but one of the benefits of choosing professional services is that the job is getting done more efficiently, so your customers and employees are not without a place to go for very long.
From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your business, we work to determine the source of the water damage and get this area repaired. This repair is the first step in restoration, as it prevents further damage to the area while drying and cleanup are underway. While more significant circumstances could warrant replacement of materials and extraction equipment, often water damage incidents only require basic cleanup techniques and high-powered drying tools.
Drying the area is a critical step of restoration. This process usually implements air movers and dehumidifiers, but could also require more specialized equipment for specific areas and materials that require water removal. Ultimately, once the area gets dried, our SERVPRO professionals can work on deodorization before deeming the project completed.
Overcoming water damage in your club might not be something that business owners should handle on their own. From the repair of the plumbing damage to the removal of the effects of the incident, professional restoration is often far more cost-effective. You can rely on our SERVPRO of Phoenix technicians to help you overcome the mess and get your doors back open quickly. Give us a call today at (480) 503-2090.
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Restoring Your Phoenix Home After Flood Damage
Flooding from a pipe or an appliance can fill your home with unwanted water. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation services.
SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Remediate Water Damage Regardless of the Cause
When you think of all of the disasters that could impact your Phoenix home, many homeowners might not consider flooding to be at the top of this chain. However, there are several different ways in which your home could flood, and having the right plan in place for any of these occurrences could be the difference between irreparable damage and a much faster restoration process.
Regardless of the cause of flood damages to your Phoenix residence, you want to ensure that you have the effects of this disaster remedied as quickly as possible. With the devastating effects that pooling water can have on your structural components and construction materials used to build your home, fast reaction time at the first sign of a flood could save you a great deal of grief in the long run. Fortunately for you, our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 for any water emergency that you might have, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster that you might get asked to endure.
Once our professionals arrive at your home, our priority is first to determine the vulnerable point in the exterior of your home that allowed for water penetration to occur and repair this damage to prevent further exposure to these external elements. Once this process gets completed, we assess the full scope of the damage that you face and formulate a plan to start restoring your home as thoroughly and efficiently as possible.
This process almost always requires extraction, yet the tools required for this step vary depending on the severity of the pooled water in the affected area of your house. If there is a high volume present, a truck-mounted pump from our SERVPRO fleet might get dispatched to the site to expedite the process. Drying follows after this process, and once this has gotten accomplished, our team can identify any structural weaknesses or further damage that requires additional attention.
Flood damage to your home might not be the first thing that you think of when you assess risks to a home in this area, but it happens more often than you might think. If you become a victim to such an occurrence, you can trust in the experience and professionalism of SERVPRO of Phoenix to help you clean up the mess and work to get your home back to the way it used to be. Give us a call anytime at (480) 503-2090.
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Fire Damage Experts In Phoenix Discuss Cleaning Contents Affected By Smoke
SERVPRO Provides Excellent Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Odor Control for Phoenix Area Properties
Type of Burn and Residues Dictate SERVPRO's Cleanup and Restoration Methods
Whenever a fire starts inside a building, smoke can affect many different items. During a fire, combustion which is in the process of a sold turning into a gas by applying heat takes place. Smoke is created by materials that do not burn completely.
During a burn, smoke can travel all over the structure causing various problems. A big part of mitigating fire damage in Phoenix is dealing with smoke-related issues. When a blaze takes place materials all over the home, get coated in soot residue, and foul odors get left behind.
When restoring a house damaged by smoke, our SERVPRO technicians, inspect the structure to figure out which areas got affected. We determine which cleaning methods to use based on how concentrated the soot is, the type of residue present, and the kind of materials affected. If the soot is heavily concentrated, then it can be difficult to clean whereas light residues can be wiped off easily.
A fire creates different kinds of smoke throughout its duration based on the materials it burns, the speed of combustion and the amount of oxygen. When synthetic materials are burned, they create soot that adheres to surfaces better than residues resulting from natural substances such as wood. Fires that burn slow and lack oxygen produce a wet smoke that can be extremely difficult to remove compared to quick burning fires that create a dry smoke.
The type of materials surfaces are made of also affects the cleanability of soot residues. Non-porous materials such as plastic and metal repel moisture well making them easy for our SERVPRO technicians to clean using wet, water-based chemicals. Non-porous materials such as softwood and upholstery absorb soot residues better, and they can penetrate deep into the material. Water-based chemicals can soak the soot deeper into the material causing them to get ruined. Dry cleaning methods such as wiping with a dry sponge prove to work better in removing soot from porous substances.
Various methods are available to use when dealing with multiple types of soot residues affected different kinds of materials. There are different types of cleaning chemicals as well as application methods that are designed specifically for dealing with certain situations. For assistance removing smoke residues and soils, call SERVPRO of Phoenix at (480) 503-2090 24 hours a day.
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Stopping Water and Mold Damage In Phoenix
SERVPRO of Phoenix ready to roll to your mold damaged home.
How SERVPRO cleans up water damage to prevent mold
Flooding and mold are two words not usually associated with Phoenix. People think it is too hot and dry for either to become a problem, but that is not the case.
When there is enough flooding for water damage in Phoenix homes, there is more than enough to lead to a mold problem. Even small amounts can cause mold spores to expand and start growing in heat up to 86 degrees; some grow at even higher temperatures. Since these spores can feed on almost every type of building material, SERVPRO knows that mold can be as common a threat here as it is in damper climates like Louisiana or Washington state.
The only sure method of stopping mold is the same one our restoration teams use to halt water damage; remove excess water and moisture from your home. Our technicians can remove most of it using commercial grade pumps and water extraction wands to pull it off surfaces and draw it out of carpets and from between and underneath floorboards.
With the bulk of the water gone, SERVPRO technicians next inspect floors and walls for hidden moisture. Carpets can absorb hundreds of gallons and have to be thoroughly dried out to prevent mold growth. Too much water can also soften the glue holding the carpet layers together, which leads to delamination. Our specialists can restore the carpet with careful application of warm air generated by an air mover and installing a dehumidifier to help speed up the drying process.
If there is a wood floor underneath or instead of a carpet, it can also absorb enough water to cause damage. The floorboards can start to crack or warp, and once that happens, large sections of the floor can begin to buckle, and individual boards start to pull away from the sub-floor framing. The sub-floor is also a perfect environment for mold to start expanding into a colony quickly. Our specialists use air movers to force warm air underneath which helps evaporate the water.
Walls can quickly absorb standing water and keep absorbing until it soaks entire drywall panels. Mold spores can easily penetrate drywall, so drying them is extremely important to prevent growth. If our teams discover mold has already grown into a panel, we dispose of it. It is always cheaper to replace panels than spend the labor hours attempting to clean them.
After your home floods due to weather, failed appliance, or another plumbing issue, SERVPRO of Phoenix is here to help restore it to its original, pre-damaged condition. If you need our services or have a question, call us today at (480) 503-2090.
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Estimating the Claim for Fire Restoration in Your Phoenix Home
Some items damaged by a home fire may need to be replaced while others can be professionally restored. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment right away.
Certified SERVPRO Technicians Help Restore Items in Your Home Damaged by a Fire
When it comes to assessing damages after a disaster to your Phoenix home, many people do not know where to begin. With everything seemingly ruined or damaged, it can seem overwhelming to determine what contents of your home are irreparably damaged and which items have a chance of getting restored by the right experienced professional.
Fortunately, this is something that you do not have to deal with on your own. When it comes to better assessing the fire damages to your Phoenix home after a recent blaze, our professionals have the experience and equipment to make educated decisions determining what areas of your home can get restored and what items and areas inside of your house have gotten irreparably damaged in the recent disaster.
While this step in itself seems like a taxing and time-consuming ordeal, it is a necessary component of insurance work and filing claims with home insurance outfits. Our SERVPRO estimator gets tasked with inspecting the full scope of the damage to your home and giving a realistic estimate of how much the restoration process costs for the homeowner.
A part of this process is determining what items are suitable for our move-out process. With this service, our SERVPRO professionals remove contents from affected areas of your home and send them to a nearby facility. We can then spend more focused time on cleaning and restoring these items, having the full scope of our equipment at our disposal.
Both the items that can get restored and later returned to your home and those that were irreparably damaged play a role in determining the filed claim amount with the insurance company. Our estimator and project manager can work and speak directly with the insurance adjuster to relay this pertinent information to help expedite the restoration process.
Restoring your home after a recent fire is no easy feat, but with the right professional assistance and expertise, it can seem more straightforward to manage. Trust our SERVPRO of Phoenix specialists to help your home get back to how it should be quickly. Give us a call anytime at (480) 503-2090.
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Water Damage Behind the Kitchen Sink Can Travel Around Your Phoenix Home
The moisture coming from a leaking pipe under your sink can easily spread throughout your home.
SERVPRO Can Help You Get a Handle on Water Damage in Your Home
As busy as our lives might become, eating well and preparing our meals in a clean environment helps protect our health. Phoenix residents often understand the dangers that pathogens and other microscopic organisms can pose, but the one thing that these organisms need the most often comes from the cleanest place in the home - your kitchen sink.
When your Phoenix home's kitchen faucet, sink or drain leaks, water damage can develop behind it, running all over the cabinet's interior, down the back of the wall, or underneath it into the subfloor. This can lead to problems with microbes growing out of control and health effects.
Water never disappears. Even if something dries out after a spill, that water merely went into the air, only to reappear elsewhere in the form of condensation. Until then it stays suspended as increased humidity in the air your family breathes. Having a dehumidifier in your home can help significantly in many situations.
The technicians at SERVPRO can help you protect your home from all types of water damage before they become a reality. Preventative work protects your home's contents, as well, and keeps them dry and undamaged. Restorative work always comes with an increased cost, plus some contents can never become undamaged again after becoming ruined. Replacement costs can never bring back memories associated with keepsakes, in fact, many mementos might no longer have replacements that you could buy, especially if older or one-of-a-kind items face damaging water, moisture, or humidity.
Solving the problem involving your kitchen sink prevents additional water from entering your home. Drying your home out prevents any already-present and existing moisture from continuing to damage your home. Repairing any damage that already exists helps keep your home in perfect shape, and safe for your family.
SERVPRO of Phoenix assists homeowners to deal with water damage whenever it affects their homes and causes property loss. Helping prevent this in the Dove Valley and Taturn Ranches and around the surrounding locales, we help support our communities by helping ensure their homes remain safe and healthy places. Call us at (480) 503-2090 to reach our 24-hour customer service line.
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Professional Help A Necessity For Crime Scene Cleanup In Phoenix
Crime Scene Cleanup and Sanitation in Your Phoenix Property Is Best Left to SERVPRO
SERVPRO Protects Your Family and Property During a Biohazardous Difficult Cleanup
Some kinds of cleanup are not just more comfortable to leave to professionals. Because of the nature of the substances deposited and the training needed to eliminate them safely, the aftermath of criminal activity in your Phoenix home requires professional attention. Our staff is well trained and our equipment designed to help you through this catastrophe.
If the unimaginable happens in your Phoenix home, our crime scene cleanup experts can handle it. Whether a traumatic injury or death results in the need for blood or other bodily fluid removal or vandalism or drug trafficking activity surprises you when you return after a time away, we are ready to restore your home and your peace of mind.
The pathogens possibly present when blood and other fluids saturate your carpets, walls, furnishings, and other surfaces and possession must be removed following applicable safety and health codes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and local health inspection agencies mandate the procedures employed. SERVPRO ensures that all our employees responding to your home are fully certified and experienced in this specialized restoration area.
When potent drugs such as synthetic narcotics and opioids or methamphetamines are involved at a crime scene, even casual contact may cause illness or even death. Do not expose yourself or your family to these risks. Let our SERVPRO experts clear your home of these and other dangerous substances.
Police enforcement efforts during the event may fill your home with irritants such as tear gas and pepper spray. Evidence gathering materials can stain and damage surfaces, fixtures, and furnishings. SERVPRO crews use efficient cleaning products and methods to eradicate these residues. Deodorization strategies including advancements such as thermal or ULV foggers and hydroxyl or other oxygenation generators are sometimes necessary to return your home to its pre-crime condition.
You deserve to be treated with respect and compassion in the aftermath of a crime committed in your home. SERVPRO employees receive sensitivity training as part of their coursework in crime scene restoration. We pledge to be there for you and your family on all levels as we help during this challenging time.
Contact SERVPRO of Phoenix for your post-crime scene cleanup needs. We are available 24/7 at (480) 503-2090.
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Water Damage Cleanup in Your Phoenix Home
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Can A Skylight Cause Water Damage in Your Phoenix Home? Yes, It Can.
Skylights are a great addition to your Phoenix home. The added natural sunlight makes your home brighter and feels more spacious. However, if your skylights start leaking, it can take all the beauty of them away and replace it with various problems. You can even be looking at severe damage to your property. Leaking skylights need to be fixed as soon as possible to minimize this damage and to keep the leak from getting larger.
Professionals should also be used to install your skylights to ensure they are put in correctly, but even then, things can still go wrong. Water damage from a leaking skylight in your Phoenix home can be surprising, but don’t hesitate to act fast to correct the issue. Hiring our experienced staff at SERVPRO to clean up the water mess left behind is the smart thing to do. We have all the tools to get the job done right and in a timely fashion, avoiding additional problems, such as mold growth.
In a situation like this, we may need to take a look at water-soaked carpeting. Our primary goal when restoring water damages is to protect and preserve your structure and its contents. One of the first concerns is carpeting and padding. The construction of carpet presents two fundamental problems – latex deterioration and backing separation, or delamination.
Carpet always has a primary and secondary backing. Latex is the material that adheres and holds the carpet fibers to the primary backing. It also holds the secondary and primary backings together. SERVPRO techs realize that latex begins to deteriorate once the carpet is installed. It can break down from gases in the air, plus sunlight and traffic.
There are several grades of latex. The higher ones contain additives which slow the process of breakdown. Less expensive latex compounds have fillers to take up space, however, offer no adhesive properties. The more fillers there are, the less adhesive power there is, and the sooner breakdown happens. The process causes a separation of the two backings which is known as delamination. It usually appears in the form of bubbles. High traffic areas are more likely to delaminate.
We look out for this pre-existing conditions when we are restoring your home from water damage. We often discover it when we pull the carpet up, and it, unfortunately, cannot be fixed. The carpeting may need to be replaced if the damage is severe enough.
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SERVPRO of Phoenix works with you to restore your water-damaged home in Biltmore, Carefree, or Paradise Valley after your skylight has leaked and your possessions. Give us a call right away at (480) 503-2090 when you realize there is a problem so we can help.
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When Your Phoenix Restaurant Requires Water Removal Services
Phoenix Eateries, with SERVPRO's Fast Water Removal and Cleanup Services, Stay Open for Business
Shops and Businesses Rely Upon SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Drying--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Your Phoenix restaurant serves hungry customers every day. While you have stiff competition throughout the city to retain loyal patrons and to entice new business, the last thing that you need is a significant water emergency threatening to shut your doors down for an extended period. Unfortunately, you cannot always account for the wear and tear of the appliances that you have in the kitchen area, and if one of these implements malfunctions, it could present quite a severe problem in a short time.
While there are varying degrees of severity when you consider the possible water damage that could occur to a Phoenix business, when your eatery requires water removal services, this is a situation best left to professionals to handle. Our SERVPRO technicians get uniquely trained to deal with all manner of water damage and the best methods for extraction and restoration to get your business back to the way it was before the incident as quickly as possible.
This process begins with an initial assessment of the full scope of the damage, while simultaneously working to ensure that the source of the water damage has gotten quelled completely. With any water removal project that our SERVPRO professionals undertake, extraction is the heart of the process. By utilizing truck mounted pumps, portable pumps, wet vacs with extraction wands and other equipment, our team can pull nearly all of the water from the affected area. After all, protecting your food stock is crucial to mitigating monetary losses.
Drying must take place before an official assessment of structural damages can occur. This process usually involves air movers and dehumidification equipment to both dry the immediate area and pull moisture out of the environment as well. Additionally, damaged areas like walls and flooring get dried out using our specialty equipment which may include drying mats and the injectidry system.
Your restaurant cannot survive a long period with its doors closed to the hungry public. Trust in SERVPRO of Phoenix to help you restore the damage that you face and get your business back on track as efficiently as possible. "Like it never even happened." Give us a call 24/7 at (480) 503-2090.
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Better Understanding The Restoration Process For Flood Damage To Your Phoenix Home
Flood Waters and Extractions for Phoenix Properties to Mitigate Damages--Just Call SERVPRO
SERVPRO Takes Away Your Pressure After Flooding
While you might not always attribute Phoenix to having disastrous weather systems, it sees its fair share of high winds and heavy rainfall through spurts throughout the year. Flooding is not often a consideration for residents of this area, as the annual rainfall often falls short of anything that could remotely get deemed excessive. Even areas that have a much smaller accumulation on average can still get blindsided by a strong storm that puts down rain hard enough the ground cannot absorb it quickly enough.
Flash flood damage to your Phoenix home can happen very quickly and can spread out to many regions of your house. Initially, the damage might appear a little overwhelming, but with the right reaction to the situation, you can spare yourself irreparable damages and prolonged restoration. Our experienced SERVPRO team of specialists works to respond quickly to ensure that further issues do not result from your flooding.
From the moment that our technicians arrive at your home, our priority is to assess the full scope of the damage that you face. This process enables our team to create a tailored plan to restore these damages and to prioritize work in specific areas that pose the most significant threats to the structural integrity of your home or compounding disasters like mold growth.
Extraction is a critical component to flood damage restoration, and our SERVPRO team uses truck mounted pumps, wet-vacs with extraction wands and portable pumps to achieve the most concise removal of the excess water in the affected areas. Drying follows this step, which requires a great deal of our equipment depending on how far-reaching the spread of the moisture and water damage is.
Reducing the possibility of mold damage is crucial in the restoration process following a flood. With the excessive moisture present in the air, as well as dampness that persists until the drying process gets completed, the growth of mold colonies is a real threat. This assurance often gets provided with equipment like air scrubbers with HEPA filters to reduce active mold spores in the environment and dehumidification gear.
Flood damage might not be something that every homeowner in the area has on their mind, but if it does occur, it can be overwhelming to face alone. Trust SERVPRO of Phoenix to help you overcome the effects of a natural disaster and clean up the mess in your home. You can reach us anytime by calling (480) 503-2090.
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Mold Damage in Shower of Your Phoenix Home
Mold in the shower can be a sign of a mold infestation and poor ventilation. Contact SERVPRO when you see or smell mold so that we can investigate.
Certified SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Situation Quickly When Dealing With a Mold Infestation in Your Home
Mold in your shower surround in your Phoenix home can be put in two general categories – mold behind the surround and surface mold. Surface mold is unsightly growth and can be more difficult to remove. It is the hidden moisture, however, inside the framing behind your shower which can lead to damage to your structure and expensive repairs.
Mold growth and mold damage of any type in your Phoenix bathroom is bad news. It continues to multiply, doing damage to the structure, plus can cause health effects for you and your family. As soon as you see mold, get a hold of our professionals at SERVPRO so we can help you clean it up. We are a trained and experienced mold remediation company who can handle this problem for you before it spreads anymore.
Moisture is the key to mold, so our goal is to get the water causing your mold out of your home fast. Our job is to dry the wet structure and contents, so we can then clean the mold up. Even the best cleanup efforts fail if the moisture is not handled. Also, some of our safety work practices stop us from being exposed to the mold and from spreading it to clean areas of your home. If needed, we close off the area while we are working to prevent the mold getting into other rooms.
SERVPRO staff records conditions such as the extent of the contamination and how much saturation of moisture is present. When the remediation is complete, we may have an independent environmental professional record that the mold has returned to normal conditions.
Placing negative air machines near where any drywall demolition is done lowers the amount of airborne mold which we are exposed to plus makes removing the mold more efficient. If the mold has grown enough, we may have to remove damaged materials, and we also use damp wiping to clean soiled areas and vacuum excessive mold spores by utilizing HEPA vacuums and filters.
SERVPRO of Phoenix does not waste time getting to your home in Biltmore, Carefree, or Lone Mountain after you reach out to us. Mold continues to grow until we stop the moisture problem and clean up the growth, so call us right away at (480) 503-2090.
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How Does Smoke Impact Your Fire Damaged Phoenix Home?
Some fires can engulf a large part of your home. Once your family is safe and the fire is out, contact SERVPRO for remediation efforts.
Certified Technicians at SERVPRO Efficiently Remediate Smoke and Smoke Residue Damage
A fire incident can potentially ruin your home. The fire can cause structural and cosmetic damage that takes a long time to restore. Apart from the flames, one of the most significant factors causing extensive damage is the smoke and soot during a fire.
The smoke residue adheres to the exposed surfaces of your home and causes discoloration and even structural damage. Understanding the behavior of smoke during a fire can help you understand the restoration process better. The temperature of the smoke itself and the temperature of the surrounding surfaces affect the extent of the fire damage in Phoenix.
The temperature of the smoke
Smoke rises away from the fire and is carried to different places by a process known as convection. Fire produces heat, and as a result, the air above the fire becomes hot, expands and becomes lighter. The lighter air moves up, and its place is taken by the denser cold air. The process generates air currents called convection currents. It is due to these currents that the smoke rises to the top.
Now, as the temperature of the air increases, the pressure it exerts against the surfaces increases as well. What it means is that hotter fires produce a hotter smoke that is forced against the surfaces. The smoke particles in such fires can go deeper into the surface pores and cause extensive damage. SERVPRO professionals understand the theory behind the smoke and design strategies accordingly.
The temperature of the surrounding surfaces
Hotter smoke moved toward colder surfaces. As the hot smoke migrates to the colder surfaces such as outside walls, closets, and unheated rooms, these are damaged the heaviest. It can be surprising to see how much smoke residue finds its way into drawers and closets. SERVPRO technicians can use multiple techniques to clean surfaces that are heavily damaged by smoke and soot.
A fire incident can be quite a traumatizing experience, but it is essential to seek professional help as soon as you can. Technicians have a better chance of successfully restoring your home if they can get to work before the damage becomes permanent.
Call SERVPRO of Phoenix at (480) 503-2090 today to speak to one of our restoration experts.
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Water Damage from Failed Garbage Disposal in Your Phoenix Kitchen
If your garbage disposal causes a mess in your kitchen, call on the professional at SERVPRO for quick and thorough water damage restoration.
Trust SERVPRO with Your Water Damage Restoration Needs
Garbage disposals are useful tools to have in your Phoenix kitchen. However, if they are not used correctly, they can create massive amounts of water damage in your kitchen and surrounding areas from a clog, leak, or burst pipe. Plus, it is usually not only water which leaks from a garbage disposal. It is also food and whatever other waste you have tried to dispose of.
When your disposal fails and creates water damage in your Phoenix home, you can be dealing with extensive damage from a significant amount of water. The kind of mess water can leave behind is a lot to handle on your own, so trusting our technicians at SERVPRO is your best bet. We deal with water damage every day and have the tools and training to get your home back to normal as soon as possible.
Our priority is to contain the damage and extract any standing water. All wet materials in the floor such as throw rugs are removed from the affected area. After we have the water extracted, we also remove any wet surfaces on the flooring or your cabinets. Baseboards sometimes are removed as well, and cabinet drawers and doors are opened. All these things help to accelerate the drying process.
Once SERVPRO techs have extracted all the wet materials, we can begin the drying process. Commercial grade equipment, such as dehumidifiers and air movers are used to generate dry air and increase evaporation and air circulation. We monitor the environment daily during the drying process and record the results of the progress. At this time, we also move the drying equipment if needed for the optimal drying time. Average drying time is around two to four days depending on the materials impacted and how severe the water damage was.
When your structure is dry, we inspect to make sure there are no hidden moisture pockets that could result in more damage such as mold growth. We then restore or replace any building materials that were damaged, so your home is fully returned to a healthy and safe dwelling place.
SERVPRO of Phoenix wants to make sure your home is back to the way it was before the water emergency, so we make sure we are thorough in our process of remediation. Give us a call right away at (480) 503-2090 when you need help cleaning up a water damage mess.
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Detail Oriented Water Damage Restoration Services For Your Warehouse In Phoenix
SERVPRO Protects Phoenix Business from Shutting Down After Water Damage
Fast SERVPRO Action Mitigates Damages to Commercial Structures Caused by Water and Flooding
As you may already know, unchecked water can be devastating to any structure. Water entering your Pheonix area warehouse makes the stakes even higher, producing far more potential extensive damages to stored merchandise, equipment, and shipping materials.
Keep in mind that water damage in your Phoenix warehouse is potentially worse than damage found in any other structure. Making it extremely important to understand how to prepare your structure to resist water, or what to do if an accident occurs.
As a warehouse manager, you must remain vigilant when it comes to protecting your products against water damage. SERVPRO can help you learn what to look out for and how to react to damages that can cause a slow in productivity or a loss of revenue for your company. Request a consultation with a field rep concerning the ERP Plan to better prepare you for unexpected mishaps or emergencies.
Hidden water, high humidity, and condensation often lead to mold contamination on your property. Cracks in your walls, ceilings, flooring, foundation, and roof allow temperature changes that drastically affect stored goods. As with most disasters, being prepared can help prevent losses. However, it is also impossible to prepare for every event imaginable.
SERVPRO's IICRC-industry certified technicians can perform a full inspection of your warehouse, providing you with the location of possible problems, services to correct these issues, and the preventative steps necessary to prevent reoccurring damages.
It helps to consult your insurance agent to learn more about common issues that plague your area. However, SERVPRO technicians can help steer you in the right direction, and provide you with the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to recover should extensive water damage exist on your property.
Never hesitate to call for help after discovering water issues on your property. Contact your insurance company immediately and minimize the damages you experience by making quick, decisive actions. We can help you take the stress out of your current situation and keep you informed throughout the restoration process to make things easier.
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Water Removal After a Toilet Overflow in Your Phoenix Home
Water Leaks from Toilets, Pipes, and Appliances in Phoenix Get Help from SERVPRO
Many Factors Lead to Water Problems in Homes
When a toilet in your Phoenix home overflows, the damage can be immense, whether the tank malfunctioned or there was a clog in the bowl. It is even troublesome when the bathroom is located on an upper floor of your house since the water can seep down to the lower levels. Water can affect flooring systems, ceilings, wall cavities, and possible insulation in a case like this.
An overflow and massive mess like this in your Phoenix home requires water removal and help from a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. You must act fast in a water emergency to prevent further damage, and we understand that. We are always standing by to help you with the knowledge and the tools that are needed.
Restoring your home to pre-damage conditions involves the removal of water, decontamination, and drying. When it comes to water extraction, we use vacuums and pumps to get rid of all the standing water. We start this step as soon as possible to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold and degradation of building materials and furnishings.
Drying and dehumidification can begin next. This step is essential to get rid of any remaining moisture. It can take several days to complete, and we monitor our equipment daily to ensure an optimal drying time. Thermal sensors and moisture sensors and infrared cameras can help detect hidden pockets of moisture.
Any personal belongings that were affected have to be cleaned and sanitized to stop any bacterial and mold growth. Antimicrobial treatments are given to draperies, carpeting, and clothing.
Restoration is a significant step in the process. It may involve replacing materials such as insulation and drywall that got wet and were torn out. Sometimes, it is a merely replacing a few panels of drywall. More severe cases need entire walls replaced. We call certified contractors in for help with this process.
SERVPRO of Phoenix wants to ensure your home in Desert Ridge, Tatum Ranch or Deer Valley is fully restored and safe again for you and your family. When you have water damage emergency, reach out to us right away at (480) 503-2090, so we can help you clean up your home.
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Cleaning and Removing Mold Damage in Uptown Phoenix
If our technicians discover the presence of mold, they will stop all other work until finding its location, making sure to not spread it any further.
Three Reasons to Remove Mold as Quickly as Possible
Mold is not an obvious threat to Uptown Phoenix homes like a flood or fire. Until a resident sees dark splotches on the wall behind their washer or detects that musty odor in the bathroom, mold can spread across homes unimpeded.
When it comes to mold damage in Uptown Phoenix, SERVPRO understands that it has to be stopped and removed as quickly as possible. That is important for many reasons, but three, in particular, stand out for us to restore your home to its original condition.
First, mold slows or stops all other work. Our inspectors often find mold when cleaning up after a fire or flood disaster. We can detect mold through a visual inspection, with an air content meter, or just happen to smell it. Technicians stop work until we find the location of the mold, so we do not accidentally spread it further in the home. As an example, if we find mold spores on pools of standing water, we can still remove it. We simply have to take the time to spray an anti-fungal agent over the water and nearby surfaces to kill any active spores before pumping it out of the home.
Second, mold and related work stoppages raise the cost of repair and restoration. Walls, floors, carpets, and personal property require additional labor, tools, and cleaning agents not needed for other types of damage. Most of it is dry and powdery, so SERVPRO team members can quickly remove it by wiping down surfaces with dry sponges or cloths. If the mold is wet, removal takes much longer.
Third, extensive mold growth can also cause health effects. None of our team members are health experts, so we recommend being cautious until we complete work.
At SERVPRO of Phoenix, our goal is to get you back into your home as soon as we can do it safely. We have restored hundreds of homes after mold and other damage in the last twenty-five years and can do the same for you. Call today at (480) 503-2090 to schedule an inspection.
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Severe Storm Damage Can Cause Flooding To Your Phoenix Home
Water and Wind Storms Can Damage Structures in Phoenix. Get Help from SERVPRO for Cleanup
Trust the Experience of SERVPRO to Mitigate Storm Damages
Your Phoenix home might be one of the last places that you might expect to flood, given that the average rainfall every year is far below the averages for other places around the country. Even with this fact, houses in the area get flooded year after year from storm damages that allow heavy rainfall to access a home quickly. The more severe the weather event, the more significant the water damage that results in the affected area of your home.
Preventative steps can be taken to reduce the risk of these occurrences, such as trimming back trees and cutting off dead limbs, but you cannot avoid the possibility entirely. Your best solution when unfortunate circumstances like these occur to your Phoenix property is to know whom to call to help you restore the damage and get the water extracted quickly to prevent further lasting damage to the structure of your residence.
Our experienced SERVPRO team has seen many storm damage incidents throughout the area and have a simple formula for restoring your home. Our first step is to remove the possibility of more damage occurring by boarding up the hole in your home or tarping over punctured portions of your roof. The process prevents additional water from being able to enter your home allowing the restoration process to continue to deal with the internal issues. Repairs to the damaged portions of your roof, siding or windows can be dealt with when the severe weather subsides, and the restoration process gets completed.
Extraction of the water is paramount to preventing further structural damages, and based on the location of the affected area, our SERVPRO team utilizes either portable pumps or truck-mounted pumps to address this primary concern. Drying efforts typically get achieved with the use of air movers. Infrared scanning is another part of our assessment, to make sure that further water damages are not persisting out of sight.
Flood damages might not seem like a natural threat to your home, but it can and does happen. If your home experiences storm damage that results in flooding, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Phoenix. Our experienced emergency response team can be reached 24/7 at (480) 503-2090.
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Cleaning And Remediating Fire Damage In Phoenix
At SERVPRO of Phoenix, we do everything possible to reduce the damage to your home from a fire.
Cleaning And Remediating Fire Damage In Phoenix
Phoenix homeowners deal with a problem a week; at least it feels that way sometimes. Usually, it is minor like washing chalk art off the driveway and the side of the house 10 minutes before a backyard party is supposed to begin. Sometimes, the problem is a serious one, like a fire.
Even with fire damage, Phoenix homeowners face a less serious problem than at first glance. Most fires do not destroy a home or result in the need for massive reconstruction. Often, the level of damage requires extensive cleaning. With over 20 years of experience, SERVPRO has categorized the damage into three levels and designed our restoration plan around them.
Minor Damage is the most common level of a fire. Here, there is no structural damage to repair or restore, and only a few walls and ceilings might need repainting. Property loss is usually smaller items like books, delicate clothing, and perhaps small appliances. Smoke and soot residue is the bulk of the cleaning issues, but it is only light to moderate. Our technicians wipe this away with dry sponges and perhaps with a mild cleaning agent.
With Medium Damage, there is still little physical damage to the structure. The odors generated by smoke and soot are stronger in the walls and ceilings, which requires additional labor hours by SERVPRO technicians to deodorize the home. Smoke and soot residues are thicker and require more time and stronger cleaning agents to remove them. More and larger property is written off at this level, to include chairs, mattresses, and other furniture. The home requires extensive repainting throughout, and the finish on wood floors may need replacing.
Major Damage is where we see a structural loss. It is particularly severe near the fire point of origin with the replacement of interior walls a must and often the wall framing behind them as well. If the fire burned long and hot enough, the flames reached the attic or crawlspace. When this happens, there is damage to the roof and the support structure underneath it. Smoke and soot residues cover most if not all of the house which requires more time, cleaning agents, and specialized equipment like foggers to remove the residue and the odors they leave behind as well. Personal property loss is massive at this level.
At SERVPRO of Phoenix, we do everything possible to reduce the damage to your home from a fire. In addition to cleaning and restoration, our office can help you rebuild your home and work with your insurance company, for the full coverage you paid for over all those years. Call us today at (480) 503-2090 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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When Water Damage Threatens Your Phoenix Church
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Accidents happen all the time, but there are many instances in which they can be costly mistakes or take time to repair. Since some Phoenix churches are rarely used regularly throughout the week, something as fundamental as forgetting to turn off the water in a faucet could have catastrophic results before someone returns a couple of days later.
Mostly, churches have relied on the volunteer work of people to handle repairs or help clean up messes that might occur within the building. The congregation might be diversified, but in situations involving substantial water damage to your Phoenix church, you can easily see the need for professional action. A company is going to have the tools and resources to quickly rectify the damages and get the affected area ready for use.
Our experienced and professional SERVPRO team can work quickly from the time that you call to assess the extent of the damage and put together a plan to restore the area. Communication is an active component of the process, helping you to both understand the restoration process as well as listening to your concerns. By working closely with your priorities and suggestions, our team operates efficiently to make the problem “Like it never even happened.”
The SERVPRO technicians we dispatch to the site have the tools and experience to start repairing the damages to get your church ready for services or events. Getting the water up is the first step in the process, and depending on the severity of the pooling, this process is done with either wet vacuums or with portable pumps. Air movers are used to completely dry the affected area, where a closer assessment can get done for structural damages and other areas in need of restoration or repair.
You cannot account for accidents like a sink that was allowed to overflow in a common area or bathroom for your Phoenix church. What you can count on, is the emergency response team we have at SERVPRO of Phoenix. You can reach us anytime you might need to at (480) 503-2090.
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The Best Way To Reduce Mold Damage To Your Phoenix Home Is Early Detection
Finding mold damage in your Phoenix home can be quite unsettling.
The Best Way To Reduce Mold Damage
Finding mold damage in your Phoenix home can be quite unsettling. However, one of the greatest ways to minimize the damage is early detection and prompt removal. If you don’t act fast, mold can cause extensive damage to both your property and your health.
Mold damage experts at SERVPRO can help find and tackle mold damage to your Phoenix home before it gets out of hand. Our specialists have years of training and experience to identify and eliminate mold damage safely and efficiently.
The moist and damp atmosphere is most conducive to mold growth. Hence, it is essential that you inspect your home correctly for early signs of mold damage. Here are some of the symptoms that indicate early stages of mold damage.
One of the first signs of mold damage is that distinct musty smell that we all know and hate. Even if mold isn't visible, it can have a definite odor that indicates its presence. If your house has a moldy smell, make sure that you call SERVPRO experts to take a look and access the extent of the damage.
Visible mold growth is quite easy to spot. However, small amounts of mold can get unnoticed or mistaken as dirt or grime. Make sure that you inspect your home correctly for early signs of mold, especially in areas of high moisture content like bathrooms and kitchen.
Water damage is one of the most common reasons for mold growth. If you have had water damage in the past, chances of mold damage can dramatically increase. Make sure that you keep your property dry after water damage and pay close attention to high-risk places such as crawl spaces and attics. Look for signs of mold and act fast as soon as you spot any.
SERVPRO technicians have years of experience and expertise to help you get mold under control as soon as possible. Call SERVPRO of Phoenix at (480) 503-2090 today to speak to one of our experts. Remember, early detection is your best chance to minimize damage.
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Quick And Efficient Water Damage and Water Removal Services in Phoenix After A Disaster
Drips and Small Leaks in Phoenix Can Lead to Significant Water Damage
SERVPRO Offers Restoration and Cleanup from Water Intrusions
Water damage can be tricky to control in Phoenix homes. When water finds its way into structural cavities of your home, it creates trapped pockets of saturation. Locating water in these spaces often requires using advanced moisture detection meters; otherwise, the moisture continues to wreak havoc on structural components. This dampness can result in odors at a minimum, but the more significant damage may surface when materials begin to shrink, delaminate, split, and deteriorate demanding costly repairs.
If you detect excess water or moisture in your Phoenix home, you need to contact an experienced water removal service to control the damage. At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly trained, highly skilled restoration experts who can respond quickly to your water damage emergency in Phoenix. Our equipment is up to scratch with IICRC guidelines, and our methods are designed to accelerate the drying process and help you get back to your life as soon as possible.
There are many different causes of flooding and water damage in the house. Some of the factors that may necessitate water removal services include clogged toilets, leaky dishwashers, broken dishwasher hoses, broken pipes, leaky roofs, overflowing washing machines, foundation cracks, and plumbing leaks. Weather-related events such as heavy rain, floods, and heavy snow can also lead to excess water in your home.
SERVPRO has a wide range of tools for dealing with both major and minor water damage situations. Too much water can cause significant destruction to your property, so it is important to initiate the water removal process immediately. By starting the cleanup job sooner rather than later increases the chances of saving water-soaked carpets, furniture, clothing, rugs, and other items.
Assessing the extent of the water damage is essential before choosing the water removal procedure to avoid further loss. Water damage comes in some categories. The first category refers to clean water and does not present a threat to humans. It can come from sink overflows or broken appliances, among other sources. The second category refers to gray water, and it is typically contaminated with microorganisms, putting you at risk if ingested. Possible causes include seepage, broken sump pumps, and broken toilets. The third and most severe category of water damage is known as black water. It is packed with bacteria and other disease-causing pathogens, with sewage problems being the most common source.
The water removal process involves using different materials and procedures with the aim of saving cherished belongings. While SERVPRO specializes in mitigating water damage, our success depends on the amount of water causing the damage and the severity of the situation.
If your home has sustained extensive water damage, SERVPRO of Phoenix has the tools and the means to assist. We are available around the clock and can provide swift water removal services at your request anytime. Call us today at (480) 503-2090.
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What Are Different Restoration Services Available After a Fire Damage to Your Phoenix Property?
Our SERVPRO of Phoenix professionals will be there every step of the way when you're dealing with the aftermath of a fire.
SERVPRO Can Offer Different Types of Fire Restoration Services to Your Phoenix Home
A fire can cause some severe damage to your property. Depending on the extent and severity of the damage, you may need specialized services to minimize secondary damage and ensure a complete restoration. The knowledge of such services available to you can make the process of fire damage restoration a bit easier and stress-free.
Here at SERVPRO, our IICRC certified technicians offer various services to limit the damage and get the restoration process started right away after a fire. Here are some services that are available to you after a fire strikes your Phoenix home.
1. Mitigation services: The main aim of these services is to secure your property and prevent any further damage. 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.
2. Structural cleaning services: These services involve removing smoke and soot residue from your property and deodorizing after a fire. Our experienced technicians walk you through the whole process and strive to repair as much damage as possible.
3. Contents cleaning services: Smoke and soot can damage your personal belongings and furniture if not cleaned promptly and thoroughly. SERVPRO technicians have expertise in cleaning and restoring many personal items such as furniture 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.
4. Specialty cleaning services: We also help you to subcontract cleaning of precious or delicate items such as electronics, clothing and expensive artwork.
5. Reconstruction services: In some instances, a fire can cause a structural damage that cannot be restored by fire damage restoration services. If there is a need for reconstruction or structural repair, you may need to take help of licensed general contractors. Although we do not offer reconstruction services, our team of experts is by your side through any reconstruction process, if needed.
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.
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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 comfortable and pain-free as possible.
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Understanding Flood Damage Contamination in Phoenix
Flood damage brings contaminated water into your home, SERVPRO works quickly to remove the water and restore your home.
SERVPRO Properly Removes Contaminated Water from Your Home after a Flood
This last year, Phoenix and the rest of the country has seen extreme weather drop incredible amounts of water in just a few hours. Hurricanes and thunderstorms have overwhelmed sewer and drain systems from Florida to California. Dams have burst and levees and rivers crested, wiping out small towns and causing billions of dollars in damages in major cities.
Flood damage in Phoenix from storms also brings the threat of contaminated water. The soil is the most common contaminant, but other sources include something as simple as the water a flood pushes back through a washing machine. The additional risk to a home increases the cost of cleanup and makes the remediation and restoration services SERVPRO provides more critical than if the water was clean.
The first step we take is to lift property off the floor. When contaminated water is in the carpets, sofas and other furniture have to be placed on blocks or taken out of the home. It helps water to drain from the property items, increase airflow around them and also prevents furniture from leaving stains on floors and carpets.
We start to clean Items with surface contamination immediately, and then we inspect all property again to determine the right method. We prefer to use brushes to remove as much of the contaminants as possible if it does not spread it or damage the surface. It is effective on hard surfaces but less effective on upholstered furniture or delicate fabrics like heavy drapes or curtains.
To remove stains, SERVPRO technicians have a very broad inventory of commercial-grade detergents and anti-microbial agents that can clean heavy soils and neutralize the health threat of any contaminants. If the amount of soil is too thick or the item has been under water for an extended amount of time, we use an immersion tank that generates sonic waves to force cleaning agents through the property item.
Remediating the effects of a flood is difficult, but SERVPRO of Phoenix has the equipment, training, and experience to help you through the procedures. If you need our help or simply have a question, call us at (480) 503-2090.
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Mold Damage Can Be Detrimental to Fabrics in Paradise Valley Homes
Finding mold in your home can be alarming. Contact SERVPRO for investigative and remediative services right away.
SERVPRO Technicians Evaluate and Remediate Mold Damage on Many Types of Materials
In Paradise Valley, mold can grow on fabric materials (such as clothes) at an alarming rate. Synthetic fabrics, which are made of silk fibers, wool, rayon, jute, ramie, linen, and cotton are particularly prone to mold damage. Due to their cellulose content, these materials tend to attract cellulose-feeding species of molds.
If your fabrics fall victim to mold attack, you can count on SERVPRO to control any resultant mold damage before it is too late. We offer mold damage control services in Paradise Valley and its environs every day of the year. Our technicians are adequately trained, experienced, and certified by the IICRC to ensure that our methods match industry standards.
Toxic molds are very efficient at colonizing and depleting cellulose-based fabrics partly due to the production of toxins that give them a competitive edge over other species. Mold damage occurs when the molds produce enzymes on the fabric, which then breakdown the cellulose to compounds that the mold uses for food.
Clothes that are made of protein fibers (such as silk and wool) are less prone to mold damage than clothes made from plant fibers. Generally, natural fiber materials are more prone to mold damage than synthetic materials, although both of them are just as easily colonized. SERVPRO technicians use the sense of smell to identify the musty odor of mold growth on clothes, which is often accompanied by the formation of a white strand of mold mycelium.
The most effective method of controlling mold growth on clothes is regulating the relative humidity (RH) in your storage area. SERVPRO mold remediation experts can help you install equipment that is effective at keeping your fabric storage areas dry and properly-ventilated. We can help you maintain the RH to below 65 percent.
Be extra careful if you store your fabric items in less traditional places like lofts or basements, as these are quite vulnerable to condensations and, consequently, mold damage. We may have to use residential dehumidifiers to keep the dampness within a safe range. Esporta cleaning machines, which use hydraulics, can also come in handy at cleaning mold-infested clothing. Every now and then, try and inspect for contamination on clothes that are not regularly worn.
Losing your favorite piece of clothing to mold damage can be heartbreaking - it is like losing a part of you. If you notice the presence of mold on your fabrics, contact SERVPRO of Phoenix immediately. We have a wide range of resources that can return your precious items to pre-damage conditions as best as possible. Make the call today at (480) 503-2090.
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Electrical Fires Can Cause Extensive Fire Damage to Phoenix Properties
Rodents can get into your walls and chew on wiring, increasing the risk of electrical fires.
SERVPRO Offers Electrical Fire Damage Restoration Services
Statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration indicate that electrical fires account for about 7 percent of all residential fires in the country. This figure becomes much more significant when scaled down to a specific location like Phoenix. In most cases, the fire occurs from increased use of lights and heating appliances and usually starts in the bedroom. However, the highest number of fatalities (i.e., injuries and even deaths) come from fires happening in the family room, living room, and den.
When it comes to electrical fires, you cannot afford to be tolerant. You need to contact a locally based fire damage restoration company in Phoenix, such as SERVPRO, to start the mitigation process as fast as possible. Some electrical fires happen due to appliance failure or problems in house wiring, but many are a result of simple mistakes such as overloading extension cords or electrical outlets. Whatever the case, our IICRC-certified technicians have the tools and expertise to reverse the damage as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Research on fire damage events has shown that faulty wiring is the leading cause of electrical fires in most homes. If your house is at least two decades old, it is highly likely to have faulty wiring behind the walls. Rodents such as rats, mice, and squirrels can find their way into these spaces and chew on electrical cords, increasing the risk of a fire disaster.
At SERVPRO, we also deal with many instances of electrical fire damage resulting from shoddy installation. Home building trades are flooding with professionals who cut corners to save time or money, including electricians. On the other hand, overloading an older electrical system with modern electrical devices can prove to be too overwhelming, leading to damages on your wiring, appliances, and even breaker box.
Holiday seasons are associated with the most house fires resulting from misusing extension cords. Generally, an extension cord should only serve as a temporary solution, especially when it comes to plugging several things in at once. Apart from overloading extension cords, using a frayed power cord can also lead to serious fire damage. Indeed, electricity can escape through the holes in the cord and set the surrounding materials ablaze.
In the event of an electrical fire, make sure that everyone is safe and then contact SERVPRO of Phoenix as quickly as possible to deal with the fire damage. Electrical fires come with many hidden safety hazards, so it is important to allow trained restoration experts to come in and assess the extent of the damage. For any assistance, you can reach us 24/7, every day of the week at (480) 503-2090.
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Water Damage in Phoenix from a Leaky Water Heater
SERVPRO Says Phoenix Water Damage from Water Heaters Gets Mitigated Quickly with Our Help
SERVPRO TIP: Inspect Your Water Heater Periodically to Avert Water Damage
Have you checked your Phoenix water heater lately for signs of suspicious moisture? It can take the form of excess condensation on the heater’s surface or drops of water on the floor around it or in the catch pan. The team at SERVPRO is often called in to deal with a flooded basement caused by a worn out water heater.
The useful life of a water heater is about 8 to 12 years, according to experts. At that point, tiny cracks develop, metal deteriorates, and rust forms. A wise homeowner regularly inspects the heater for signs of wear and the basement for evidence of water damage in Phoenix.
Standing water is a sure sign of a problem. But you can catch a leak in its early stages by checking for less obvious indicators, including:
Moldy, musty smells along the walls or coming from boxes stored on the floor
Telltale stains on floors, walls, and ceilings, including rust
Warped, lifted floor tiles
Excess condensation on the water heater
If you see any of these danger signs, call SERVPRO. We have the expertise and the equipment to remove the water, dry and dehumidify your rooms, and then clean, repair and restore them to make them livable again. We start with a comprehensive inspection and assessment of your basement.
Water damage can be so pervasive; it takes professional equipment to get your home dry. Our industrial strength pumps extract the standing water quickly. By removing as much water as possible, we speed up the drying time significantly.
After extraction, we deal with the moisture in the air. Powerful air movers blow damp air out. These are used in conjunction with dehumidifiers that remove water vapor and reduce humidity. Once the basement is dry enough, we clean up the damage, restore wherever possible, and replace when necessary. The result looks “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Phoenix is here to help with your water damage problems and other water, fire and mold emergencies. Call us 24/7 at (480) 503-2090. We are centrally located, serving Phoenix, Dove Valley Ranch and Tatum Ranch.
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Prevent Water Damage From Dishwasher Leaks In Your Phoenix Restaurant
A leak is inconvenient and even costly if you have to close down during cleanup.
Prevent Water Damage From Dishwasher Leaks
Many restaurants in Phoenix rely on dishwashers to keep things ticking over and ensure a regular supply of clean crockery for their customers. A dishwasher is a handy appliance for any eatery looking to save some time and make things run more smoothly. However, just like any appliance, a washer might break down and cause water damage to your premises. A leak is inconvenient and even costly if you have to close down during cleanup.
SERVPRO recommends all Phoenix restaurant owners take the following steps to take care of their automatic washers and reduce the risk of water damage from leaks.
Tell Staff Not To Overfill
It is tempting to put lots of crockery and cutlery in the tray to get more clean in each load. However, instruct your staff not to crowd the rack, as an over-filled dishwasher is much more likely to leak. It is better to do a couple of smaller loads than trying to fit everything into one big load.
Do Regular Maintenance On Doors
Loose hinges, misaligned door latches, or broken seals, can all cause leaks. Sometimes the problem can be fixed by simply adjusting and tightening a few screws. You could use an epoxy patch kit to remedy minor seal breaks. However, if it is not possible to right the door or seal, it is better to replace it.
Check The Tub And Hose
The tub and hose can both develop faults over time. Constant use might corrode the tub and make a hole, and aging hoses can become unstable or cease to fit properly. Check all the components of the unit regularly and replace it at the first sign of wear and tear.
Use The Correct Detergent
Make sure every staff member knows which detergent is best. Always use a dishwashing detergent, and always follow the manufacturer instructions. The incorrect dishwashing detergent or too much of the correct cleaning agent might cause suds or even a blockage.
In the event of a leak, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with cleanup. We extract water from your premises and use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the surrounding area so you can resume business as soon as possible.
For help with water damage remediation in Desert Ridge, Biltmore, Carefree, Deer Valley and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Phoenix at (480) 503-2090 today.
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Why Fast Drying is Important When Treating Flood Damage in Phoenix
SERVPRO can quickly and thoroughly dry and restore your home after flood damage occurs.
Quick and Efficient Flood Damage Restoration
Whenever a flood occurs in Phoenix, it is important to dry any property that sustains water damage as quickly and efficiently as possible. Faster drying means less time for fungi such as mold to develop, which may cause health effects for you and your family. Organic decay due to mold contamination can also weaken structural materials like wood framing and drywall to the extent that they have to be replaced.
Using advanced dehumidification systems, SERVPRO can reverse any flood damage on your Phoenix property and thereby prevent mold growth. Our technicians have IICRC certification; therefore you can be sure of a quick and seamless restoration process. The fact that we are locally-based ensures that we can respond quickly to your emergency and begin work right away.
Today, SERVPRO has 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. Our water damage restoration experts use special procedures to help minimize the repair costs while accelerating the drying process. In the end, you can avoid such expenses as replacing new carpets or pads.
Rapid water removal after flood damage also helps prevent irreversible swelling in porous materials like wood and paper, rusting on metals (hinges and doorknobs), shrinkage in certain fabrics (such as drapes and upholstery), and moisture damage to electronic equipment. Severe damage to electrical equipment can occur from floodwaters contaminated with oil, sewage, chemicals, and other debris, which compromise the performance and integrity of the equipment.
When dealing with flood-damaged equipment, SERVPRO technicians consider the type of appliance involved, such as sealed, simple contact, and electronic. Power equipment, motor control, and electrical distribution, as well as electronic equipment, motors, cable trays, wiring, devices, conductor products, and transformers, have unique characteristics. These come into play when deciding whether to replace or repair the appliance, along with other factors such as the ability to remove all contamination, ease of repair, and cost.
Each second counts when a flood comes knocking. With many years of experience, SERVPRO of Phoenix is dedicated to ensuring that flood damage does not take over your life. For any restoration needs, call us today at (480) 503-2090.
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Identifying Potential Sources of Mold Damage in Phoenix Homes
Mold Stains Are Part of Remediation Performed by SERVPRO in Phoenix Area Properties
Mold Seeks Moisture and a Food Source
Mold growth is a frustrating problem to deal with in Phoenix homes because of the effect it can have on your property and family. It can cause damage to walls and floors, leading to unpleasant odors, and even have health implications on your household.
If you suspect the presence of mold damage in your Phoenix property, contact SERVPRO as soon as possible. We are a trusted company in the restoration industry, and our technicians are up to par with IICRC guidelines to ensure a seamless mold remediation process. We also have high tech cleaning equipment that is available on demand, all in our dedication to restoring your home to standard conditions as fast as possible.
To eliminate mold damage in the house, you first need to understand where mold is most likely to develop unnoticeably. Window sills are especially prone to mold growth because they provide ideal conditions for its survival. Window sills allow condensation to build up throughout the year and unless the windows are open, there is not sufficient air circulation for evaporation to occur. Dirt accumulates on the sills and window tracks, providing food for the mold. It is advisable to wipe out this condensation and clean out the dirt on a regular basis.
Refrigerator drip pans are also good places to look for mold damage. All refrigerators come with drip pans that collect condensation along with food particles and spills. This combination of food and moisture in an area with poor air circulation provides a conducive environment for mold growth. If the mold growth is excessive, SERVPRO technicians can come in and clean it up using special antimicrobial products.
Mold damage can also develop inconspicuously behind wallpaper. Mold and mildew feed on cellulose, which is commonly found in drywall, wallpaper, and paste. Identifying mold growth behind the wallpaper is difficult unless it is peeling off in certain areas, or you are detaching it from the wall.
Removing and treating mold-damaged wallpaper should be done by trained professionals to avoid contamination with mold spores. Our mold damage remediation experts can treat the surface with high-quality adhesives and a mold-resistant primer before new wallpaper is installed. As a general rule of thumb, do not put wallpaper in places exposed to moisture such as the bathroom or kitchen.
Mold growth can overtake and overwhelm your home in a matter of days. That is why SERVPRO of Phoenix is dedicated to fighting and eradicating all signs of mold damage as soon as they appear. For emergency services, call us today at (480) 503-2090.
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Businesses in Phoenix Receive Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services
After a fire at your business location, quickly call the professionals at SERVPRO to handle the remediation and restoration processes.
SERVPRO Technicians are Trained and Experienced in Fire Damage Restoration at Business Locations
Every building can suffer devastating effects from fire damage; regardless of whether you run a large office, financial institution, learning facility, or a medical office, without help, a fire can close the doors of your Phoenix property, for good.
We understand how commercial fire damage in Phoenix can affect your business and thanks to several years of experience, we have a highly-trained team of IICRC-industry certified professionals who can help return your business to normal operations, quickly.
SERVPRO understands the urgency involved in protecting your business and provides you with every service necessary to help you minimize any damages your facility might experience. Our technicians work on the fire, and smoke damage found throughout your property, ensuring that every area gets checked and cleaned thoroughly.
With access to advanced equipment, SERVPRO technicians remove smoke damage to carpeting, walls, ceilings, electronics, wood, furniture, valuable paperwork, as well as any machinery, appliances, or other equipment that helps maintain operations for your business. We also have extensive experience in the decontamination of HVAC systems and ductwork, helping remove allergens, soot, and micro organisms that might cause harm to your customers.
SERVPRO technicians specialize in recovering vital information, offering both document and electronics restoration services. We can help save furniture, electronic fixtures, and equipment while cleaning and deodorizing the entire structure with a broad range of wet, and dry cleaning methods. We inspect your entire facility, remove all fire damaged materials, and work hard to limit any losses you might experience.
By providing a full-range of specialized services, we help you get your business back on track as soon as possible. All of our customers receive full-service solutions, unique to their particular situation that help return your property to a quality pre-damage condition. Our technicians are also trained to minimize any interruptions to your businesses' normal operations, helping you continue offering services, if at all possible.
SERVPRO of Phoenix is qualified to perform both interior and exterior reconstruction services on your property. We can handle any emergency repairs, 24/7, and provide you with a stress-free restoration process from start to finish. Give us a call to begin your property's recovery, today. (480) 503-2090
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Flood Damage in Phoenix After a Storm
Clogged gutters fail to keep a large amount of water away from your home. Maintain your gutters and should you have damage, call SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians Remediate the Aftermath of a Storm as Well as Offer Prevention Tips
Rain does not come our way often, but when it does, the results can be quick and disastrous. The landscape around our city is not conducive to run-off from sudden storms, so the local government has installed a drain system that normally deals with the aftermath effectively.
Even so, storm related flood damage in Phoenix still happens to homes every year. Once the downpour is over, the effects can be mild (soggy area rugs) to devastating (loss of walls and floors). SERVPRO is ready with a highly trained team of technicians and years of experience to restore each home to its original condition.
Since the rain strikes so quickly, it rapidly pools into any low area. It applies in particular to households in the pathway of the flood. As the water rises, carpets and floors become soaked. If it rises fast enough, drywall and other building materials are affected before the rain stops, and natural draining can begin to take place.
That is why it is so important to call us immediately at the first sign of a problem. Not only can we put our people in place to operate pumps, but we can also lay in sandbags before the rain stops to redirect the flood water away from home. Every gallon of water we can prevent from entering keeps it from affecting the structure and any personal property. Prevention reduces costs regarding manpower, hours on the job and the amount of equipment needed to finish the job.
Saving our customers money and perhaps even the sight of their home under water is also why we offer an inspection to head off problems. Some of the flood related problems are the result of poorly maintained rain gutters and home drain systems. By repairing these problems (or sometimes installing a new system) we can prevent small issues from becoming big problems.
It is hot and dry now, but there is rain expected later this week. 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 flood damage in your home in the future, call us today at (480) 503-2090 to schedule an inspection.
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Hotel Owners Facing Water Damage In The Phoenix Area Survive
Having water damage in a hotel has to be one of the worst fears for any manager or property owner.
Facing Water Damage
Having water damage in a hotel has to be one of the worst fears for any manager or property owner. Any incident involving water on an upper floor can easily affect rooms two floors below. Water moves in mysterious ways and makes it into small areas that do significant damage.
It is crucial for owners of a hotel facing water damage in the Phoenix area to have connections with local restoration companies that help provide you with the services necessary to get water movement under control quickly. Without a prior relationship, you may find yourself facing far greater problems as they develop over time.
Knowing which company to turn to or what to do as an emergency unfolds on your property can make an immeasurable difference in some of the losses you suffer. As your regular employees evacuate guests and make preparations for the remainder of their stay, SERVPRO technicians move in to locate the origin of the problem, making necessary repairs, and getting water out of the way.
With someone like SERVPRO available 24-hours a day, you gain access to resources you simply cannot afford to keep on-hand. We provide you with industrial-grade water extractors, infrared moisture detectors, air movers, air scrubbers, and all the drying equipment you could need to get water under control on your property.
SERVPRO has several years of experience providing customers just like you with the restoration services they need. We understand how to perform our services with as little disruption to your businesses operations as possible. Our technicians cordon off work areas with the proper signs to protect anyone who might come near while performing fast, efficient services to get things back to normal as promptly as possible.
Give your property its best shot at surviving emergency situations, cut down on confusion, and limit losses that develop over time. With the amount of time you put into providing customers with a quality experience, you deserve to experience it yourself.
Contact SERVPRO of Phoenix for additional information about available services or help to schedule your initial inspection, today (480) 503-2090.
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Practical Help After Crime Scene Disturbance In Phoenix
Phoenix Does Not Compute for Crime Scene Cleanup without SERVPRO
Biohazardous Chemicals and Compounds Are Safely Cleaned Up and Removed by Skilled SERVPRO Techicians
The stress of dealing with criminal activity in your home need not be exacerbated by a do it yourself cleanup. Because the substances needing disposal are often dangerous or difficult for a layperson to manage, it is best to engage a professional service. SERVPRO offers compassionate and properly trained technicians to put your home back in order.
A home invasion cut mercifully short by watchful neighbors calling 911 still leaves you with crime scene cleanup at your Phoenix home. You and your family are safe but terrified. The terror feels like it may never end as your living areas were damaged first by the accused and then further disrupted by the police intervening and then completing their investigation. Our trauma and crime scene abatement team knows and follows applicable Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and rules when cleaning and restoring your house.
If ever you needed SERVPRO to come through on our promise to make it “Like it never even happened,” crime scene cleanup is near the top of the list. Biohazards like blood and dangerous and irritating chemicals suddenly permeate your home, and you have neither the knowledge nor the energy to deal with their appropriate removal. Specialized training readies our crews to seek out all the debris scattered throughout your home due to the crime and the police actions and follow up. We take all precautions to manage every cleanup aspect relating to the crime and its aftermath. Knowing what you or your family endured is motivation to clear away every scrap of evidence that the unthinkable took place in your home.
Damage from fights, debris from firearms or other weapons, bodily fluids from victims or perpetrators alike, and the whole gambit of police evidence gathering materials end up bagged and taken from your premises. Carpets cleaned, walls washed, holes filled in and touched up with paint go a long way to restoring a sense of control and peace even after disruptive or deadly force shatters your quiet enjoyment of your home.
SERVPRO of Phoenix has the training, technicians, and equipment to set you and your family on the path to trauma recovery. Call us at (480) 503-2090 day or night for fast, professional help from our kind and efficient team.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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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.
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Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.
Here are the key principles homeowners should know about sewage back-ups:
Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.
Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.
It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly. This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too. There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.
Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work.
Why use a certified technician
Why use a certified technician?
Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. Certified restorers have the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their pre-loss condition.
Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.
More than just removing excess water, certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to pre-loss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.
Certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.
SERVPRO of Phoenix is extremely proud to count the following clients among our list of satisfied local and national associates:
- State Farm
- Safeco/Liberty Mutual
- American Family
- Met Life
- Arizona State University
- Maricopa County Community Colleges
- Grand Canyon University
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You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office.
When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Phoenix for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.
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The Facts About Cleaning Smoke Damage After a House Fire
The Facts About Cleaning Smoke Damage After a House Fire
Many homeowners think that they can clean-up smoke damage to their home after it has been burned in a fire. Unfortunately, that is never a good idea. Cleaning up smoke and soot damage requires professionals to do the job.
Bring in the Fire Damage Pros
First off, a house that has been burned in a fire is typically not safe to enter or spend time in. The integrity of walls and floors may have been damaged, along with other hazards. It’s important not to enter the home until professionals tell you it is safe to do so.
While you should not undertake trying to clean up smoke and soot damage from a house fire yourself, you should get the professionals into your as soon as possible. Ash and smoke, if left untreated, will cause corrosion, discoloration and a lingering powerful and offensive odor. Ash, specifically, will start causing damage and discoloration almost immediately and the damage may be permanent and irreversible. Anything that was made of plastic will begin discoloring within minutes. Metals will easily tarnish and corrode and fiberglass will begin to yellow.
If you get fire damage restoration professionals in soon enough after a house fire, they can mitigate or eliminate the smoke and ash damage from the fire and prevent further damage to your property. Unfortunately, if you don’t get the pros in early, the damage becomes worse and worse and the costs to repair will begin to skyrocket within just a few weeks!
Know Who to Hire
Many companies claim to be fire damage restoration specialists, but they may not actually have the proper training and certification to do the job. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the primary oversight agency for the industry. Companies recognized, registered and certified by the IICRC will have taken extensive coursework to earn their certification.
What a Trained and Certified Fire Damage Restoration Professional Does
A trained and certified fire damage restoration professional will first identify all affected materials and the source of odors, if possible. They will be extremely thorough. They will identify what can be salvaged and cleaned and what cannot be and must be completely replaced. They will then begin the clean-up process by removing built-up ash residue. Once the ash is cleaned, they can better identify the sources of odors, which they will treat with special detergents made to neutralize the odors. Once fire damaged materials are treated, they will be sealed to prevent future odors from emitting into your home.
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TAKE THESE STEPS TO PREVENT FROZEN PIPES THIS WINTER
TAKE THESE STEPS TO PREVENT FROZEN PIPES THIS WINTER
If you’ve never experienced the disasters frozen pipes can cause, such as bursting and flooding, you probably don’t pay much mind to taking care of your water pipes. But ask anyone who has ever dealt with frozen pipes, and they’ll tell you the preventative maintenance is definitely worth it. In a modern age where almost everything is climate controlled, it’s easy to forget that pipes run through spaces that can get chilly enough for them to freeze.
Frozen pipes can cause costly water damage.
The last thing you want is costly water damage caused by burst pipes. So make sure you take the following steps in order to prevent frozen pipes this winter.
Preventing Frozen Pipes and Water Damage
Be well-versed in these steps, and you won’t have to worry about a pipe catastrophe when the temperatures drop.
Insulate: Insulating the spaces your pipes run through, such as attics, crawl spaces and basements will prevent those spaces from dropping below freezing. If you can’t insulate the spaces, consider insulating your pipes. Insulation is the easiest step of preventative maintenance against frozen pipes.
Climate Control: If you leave your home for an extended period of time, you might think to turn off the heat if no one will be there. However, if temperatures drop low enough, your home can become cool enough for frozen pipes. So if you do leave, keep the thermostat on at least 55°F so that you don’t come back to unsightly water damage.
Faucets: When you know temperatures are below freezing outside, open your facets just a bit to allow them to drip. Running water through the pipes will help prevent them from freezing.
Seal: Make sure your doors, windows, and foundation are sealed against air leaks. Besides driving your energy bill up, letting the warm air out can let the temperature drop low enough (in some areas) for pipes to freeze.
Why you should call a professional restoration company for water damage.
A water damage restoration service is the kind of professional that no one wants to call, but when they are needed, it is important not to delay. Homeowners know that moisture is often the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space, and taking advantage of every little crack and structural problem. No matter how moisture gets into the building, the response should be the same. Bring in a certified firm as soon as possible to clean the home, dry it, and ensure there are no lingering health threats once the moisture is gone.
If water has entered the home through a contaminated source, don’t try to handle it on your own. Floods and sewage backflows contain a cocktail of deadly bacteria, viruses and fungi, and even momentary skin contact can leave a person seriously ill. A certified water damage restoration service not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, they have the protective equipment to remain free from harm.
Restoration technicians have a lot of technology at their disposal. These include powerful vacuums and pumping systems, high volume air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture meters, and a number of detergents formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats. While the technicians work on the building, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also destroy all mold and microbial colonies. This is the only way to ensure a home is safe to live, and a business safe to work in; any other cleaning method is a dangerous gamble.
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Unaddressed Water leak
Mold growth between sheetrock and built in Cabinet
A little bit of leaking moisture behind a sheetrock wall can cause a lot of damage over time. SERVPRO of Phoenix found this mold behind a built in pantry, the damage had spread to wood flooring before it was found.
Disaster Preparedness Profiles for your business
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Let us help you create a proactive, facility profile ahead of any property loss. Time is always of the essence in dealing with an emergency loss, particularly water intrusion, during the crucial early stages. Call to day to schedule an appointment for a walk through which documents the critical elements of your facility operation before any needs arise. Call 480 503 2090.
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Sometimes water damage is not obvious with the naked eye. Here we use an infrared camera to detect moisture behind the wall. Our advanced equipment and techniques allow for a complete inspection and assessment of a loss site.
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