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Your Cleaning Staff May Be Causing Mold Damage in Your Phoenix Business

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Cleaning Staff May Be Causing Mold Damage in Your Phoenix Business Mold can spread very quickly under certain conditions. Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate a mold infestation on your business property.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Remediate a Mold Infestation That Has Spread

On-staff cleaning or housekeeping services allow you to manage your cleaning needs for your Phoenix business directly. For many routine cleaning issues, this can be a good option, responsive and right on-site. Some problems such as microbial infestation can be a challenge, more than your in-house staff can manage. Calling on our specialized mold remediation crew can be the solution.
 
Mold damage in a Phoenix business always links to moisture. Your cleaning crews use water-based cleaning solutions throughout your commercial property. As long as these cleaners dry out properly, the risk of mold damage due to their use is minimal. When surfaces air dry, however, and even a small puddle or a few drops of water remain, opportunistic mold spores begin to grow in as little as 4 to 48 hours. Our workers see these effects of honest cleaning efforts on many mold abatement jobs and encourage an emphasis on drying during a cleaning routine as a deterrent after we complete remediation.
 
When your staff notices the signs of mold growth, such as visible staining or a musty smell, their vigorous response can worsen the condition. Without the mold remediation training SERVPRO technicians receive, your housekeepers might attempt to use only a diluted bleach solution to fight the mold. On a porous surface or joint such as drywall or grout, the watered down bleach saturates the material, actually feeding the mold growth with more moisture. The bleach lightens a mold stain but does not kill the entire colony, the living part of which can resume growth. Mold behind surfaces is undiscovered and multiplies unimpeded.
 
Feeling they conquered the mold outbreak, your cleaning staff moves on to another space. Each of your cleaning employees unwittingly can carry moldy debris from place to place on rags, sponges, buckets, and even their feet and clothing. SERVPRO mold remediation crews are familiar with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols, the first of which is containment. Our team does all possible to prevent mold problems from spreading due to our efforts.
 
To contain mold damage, we use physical barriers and have negative pressure air scrubbers available to filter and exhaust the moldy debris during remediation where infestations are significant. After SERVPRO contains the area, we remove mold from surfaces and then employ an EPA registered antimicrobial to inhibit future growth. If porous materials appear infiltrated with the mold hyphae, we remove affected sections and dispose of them along with the other debris, following local and state codes.
 
Do not let a minor mold infestation in your business spiral out of control because of an inadequate response. SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is ready to assess and plan for successful mold remediation. Call us at (602) 386-4268.

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How Storm Damages Can Allow Flooding In Your Phoenix Home

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Storm Damages Can Allow Flooding In Your Phoenix Home Damages to this roof resulted in flood damage inside the home in several areas.

Damages to your home can allow rainwater to invade your home.

Often when homeowners think of flooding, they envision their entire neighborhood combatting several inches of water. As much of a possibility as this might be in light of certain conditions, this is not always the end all for flooding occurring in your Phoenix residence. In fact, something as simple as some storm damages to the exterior of your home could have large volumes of water penetrating into various areas in your house and spreading out to cause significant issues.

While you might not be able to visualize the kind of damage that could occur to your home to cause this kind of phenomenon, it is not as far-fetched as you might believe. High winds can shear off siding and shingles from a roof, just as torrential downpours can break limbs off of large trees on your property. With just a modest opening, flood damages can quickly appear in your Phoenix home amid a severe storm.

From the moment that water starts to work its way inside of your home, it does not take long for this water to spread out over as much of the affected areas as it can. The ideal thing for any homeowner to do in this situation is to reach out to our SERVPRO professionals to give them an opportunity to reach your home quickly and work to prevent the situation from getting any worse.

One of the initial things that must happen is the damage needs to get repaired to the exterior of your home. Whether portions of the roof or siding require replacement, large openings prevent restoration from occurring. Once this situation has gotten resolved, the extraction and drying can follow suit and steps officially begin to restore your home back to pre-water loss conditions.

Storm damages have been a contributing factor to many instances of flooding in the area over the years. Fortunately, you can depend on our SERVPRO of Central Phoenix restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess and set things right. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (602) 386-4268.

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Choosing The Right Removal Approach For Mold Colonies In Your Phoenix Residence

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation  Choosing The Right Removal Approach For Mold Colonies In Your Phoenix Residence SERVPRO can tackle any type of mold infestation in your Phoenix home.

SERVPRO is The Right Choice When it Comes to Mold Remediation

Phoenix homeowners can all agree that it gets rather hot throughout the area through a good portion of the year. Be mindful of the extensive cooling of your home, however, as condensation along with warmer temperatures could allow for mold growth in your home. While this might seem unreasonable to some homeowners, it is a lot simpler than you might believe to meet the necessary conditions for microbial and mold growth inside your residence.

Mold damage itself can appear in a multitude of ways, but most homeowners worry about the process of removing mold from their Phoenix homes. While this can be an involved process, to say the least, our SERVPRO professionals get uniquely trained in the most effective approaches for remediation and must get certified to the high standards of the IICRC before they can join our applied microbial remediation technician team.

From the moment that this team gets dispatched out to a home, our technicians work quickly to assess the full scope of the damage that your home faces and the appropriate equipment necessary to remove the colony and restore the damage to your home. This initial inspection is thorough, ensuring that nothing gets missed or overlooked and that you have ample opportunity to express your concerns and priorities for the team that works in your house.

Depending on the type of mold, as well as the type of surface or material it has seated inside, different approaches get taken to remove the colonies. Sometimes sanding is the best approach, while soda blasting is ideal for porous structural components with mold damages. The method chosen is based on what the technicians believe to be most effective and the conditions of the house and its occupants.

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Mold remediation is a process that most homeowners should never have to fully understand. Our SERVPRO of Central Phoenix mold remediation technicians can help you through every step of this process, and also work to provide the means of preventing the same occurrence in the immediate future. Our emergency response team is standing by 24/7 at (602) 386-4268.

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Fire Damage Technicians In Phoenix Explain Different Types Of Smoke Residues

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Technicians In Phoenix Explain Different Types Of Smoke Residues Phoenix Smoke & Fire Damage? Contact SERVPRO for Cleanup, Restoration, and Odor Removal

The Nature of Soot and Smoke Dictate the Cleanup Method Utilized by SERVPRO for Phoenix Area Properties

Whenever a fire burns at your residence in Phoenix, heat, flames, and smoke can all damage items and cause problems. Building materials close to the source of the burn can suffer charring and heat damage. Smoke created by particles that do not entirely combust can travel throughout a building leaving behind, soils, soot residues, and unpleasant smells.

Residues vary according to what fuels burned in the fire. When restoring fire damage in Phoenix, multiple cleaning methods get implemented to remove the different types of soils. Other factors change the kind of residues that exist on surfaces after a burn including the rate of combustion and the amount of oxygen present during the fire.
 
Structural burns create smoke that is either wet, dry or a combination of the two. Many blazes generate various amounts of wet and dry smoke during different phases of the fire. The two types of smoke have different properties. Therefore our SERVPRO technicians utilize several techniques when cleaning.
 
Generally, soot residues left behind by wet smoke is more challenging to remove. Wet smoke is created when oxygen-starved, slow-burning fires, and smoldering take place. Synthetic materials such as foam, plastic, or rubber also tend to create wet smoke.
 
Wet smoke contains a higher number of aerosols such as varnishes, solvents, and other liquid components. With slow-burning fires, wet smoke does not get pulled by heat. Wet smoke can travel further and into deep cracks and crevices where smoke from a fast burning fire would not have gone.
 
Many times contents that get affected by wet smoke get ruined and must be replaced. Wet smoke can permanently discolor plastic items. Aerosols inside the smoke can penetrate and permanently stain finished surfaces. Wet smoke can also penetrate deep into unfinished surfaces causing permanent damage. For these reasons thermal fogging, when possible, recreates the path of the circulated smoke and soot and combines and neutralizes the odors inherent in these particles.
 
Materials that got affected by dry smoke during a blaze are the areas where cleaning and restoring is possible. Dry smoke is created when fires that burn natural materials like wood get plenty of oxygen and burn fast and hot. Dry smoke contains fewer aerosols and consists of dry particles that can be wiped of using dry sponges or water-based chemicals.
 
The combination of the two kinds of smoke change what can be saved with cleaning and what cannot. Call SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268 24/7 for a professional solution.

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Panicking Is Not an Option When You Face Water Damage In Phoenix

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Panicking Is Not an Option When You Face Water Damage In Phoenix When water damage happens in your own home, it can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Remediates Water Damage in Your Home After an Inspection 

Whether the result of water damage in your home is plumbing leaks or flooding, you need the right expertise and equipment to salvage your contents and return it to its preloss state. Professionals in the industry undergo specialized training that enables them to inspect and extract the water using the right techniques. When we are working on your Phoenix home, we document everything and at the end perform an analysis to determine whether all is back to normal.
 
Once you call our SERVPRO team, we conduct an inspection and assessment to determine the degree of water damage in your Phoenix home. During this step, we identify the source of the moisture and stop it if it is still flowing. We also look at the type - it can be black, gray or clean water - and settle on the most appropriate restoration process. To determine the degree of moisture penetration in your structure, we can use moisture meters and sensors.
 
When doing water extraction, our SERVPRO technicians use pumps as well as portable and truck-mounted water extractors. If the amount of water is massive; we may decide to use powerful truck-mounted systems. In most cases, the amount of space on the site determines the type of equipment we employ during water extraction. When necessary, we perform minor demolitions to create enough space.
 
After removing the water, it is time for our SERVPRO team to dry your structure. We set up air movers to enhance water loss through evaporation to the surrounding air. As they add moisture to the surrounding, the humidity rises, and there is need to extract the vapor from the air by using dehumidifiers through a process known as dehumidification. During the restoration, we track and monitor the content of moisture and stop once we reach the standard levels.
 
SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is an industry leader in storm, mold, fire and water damage cleaning and restoration. Call us at (602) 386-4268 irrespective of the time of the day, and we can restore your home to its preloss condition.
 
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The Service You Hope To Never Need -- Crime Scene Cleanup In Phoenix

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard The Service You Hope To Never Need -- Crime Scene Cleanup In Phoenix SERVPRO Provides Biohazardous Cleanups at Crime Scenes in the Phoenix Area

For Compassionate and Professional Crime Scene Cleanup Call SERVPRO


Bad luck or bad choices -- either or both of these circumstances can land a Phoenix homeowner in a complicated situation. A crime committed on your property would become your problem even if you were uninvolved. Substances and debris need clearing and cleaning, and you do not have the training or the expertise. Consider working with one of our crime scene cleanup crews to set your home and your life back to rights.
 
Your Phoenix crime scene cleanup scenario is unique. Perhaps you discovered a family member was making or dealing in drugs. The paraphernalia, the ingredients, and finished products can be lethal to touch or inhale even by accident. Maybe a home invasion ended in an injury or death of victim or perpetrator. Blood and bodily fluids must be cleaned after a body is removed or a stricken person is taken by ambulance. The circumstance could be a suicide or unattended death, and the discovery of either may take days. Odors and decay complicate an already horrifying scene. We can help.
 
Blood and fluid-borne pathogens are to be presumed part of the debris after a violent injury or death. SERVPRO crime scene cleanup technicians receive advanced training following OSHA, EPA, and local health rules. Not only will we remove the hazardous human waste and substances, but we also have the products registered by the EPA to deep clean and disinfect the area.
 
If it took time to find the crime scene, the remains might be covered in decay and mold. Odors can be stifling and nearly impossible to eradicate. SERVPRO crew members take each crime scene challenge on step by step to remove the debris, sanitize and clean the space and use modern deodorization technology that neutralizes the stench on a molecular level. If necessary, we create zones to keep microbial infestations and pathogens away from your living areas using negative pressure air scrubbers. Our crew is clad in personal protective equipment and take no chances that could spread hazardous materials.
 
Even the tiniest amount of some illegally traded and used drugs can harm or even kill. For you and your loved ones to feel confident that you can live in the home again, every minute particle of the chemicals used and remaining must be eliminated. SERVPRO crime scene cleanup specialists have the tactics and tools to achieve this.
 
Finally, it is likely you and your family did not expect or ask for this nightmare, but you are charged with finding a solution. SERVPRO technicians treat customers and their families dealing with crime scene struggles with respect and compassion. Our services are discrete and professional.
 
SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is there for members of our community wrestling with the aftermath of violent crime or tragedy and the after effects needed to be cleaned from your home. Call (602) 386-4268 andy time of the day or night for our sensitive yet competent and speedy services.

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What to Do When a Storm Floods Your Phoenix Basement Entertainment Center and Causes Damage

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do When a Storm Floods Your Phoenix Basement Entertainment Center and Causes Damage SERVPRO Helps Phoenix Residents Recovery Their Entertainment and Rec Rooms After Flooding

Spare On-Going Water Problems from Storm Damage by Calling SERVPRO Immediately

Storms with aggressive winds can bring flood damage to your home relatively quickly. Before you can stop it, a window has broken, and water has spilled into your basement entertainment area, soaking expensive furniture, the carpeting, and your electronics. The longer that the flood water sits stagnant in your home, the more damage it can do to the structure and your belongings. Do not consider your options for an extended period as waiting can cause further damage to your home. Fortunately, there is professional help nearby to take your call.

Our technicians can arrive at your Phoenix home to remove the damaging flood waters as swiftly as possible. Once we arrive, we can investigate the damage and then begin to apply the most appropriate method of remediation. Our technicians can use conventional tools such as industrial-quality wet/dry vacuums and truck-operated pumps to remove the flood waters from your home. Using these tools allows our technicians to remove the water as quickly as possible from your home so we can inspect and address the damage that it has caused.

SERVPRO can clean up any debris that has found its way into your home, including foliage, rocks, and human-made objects from the outside. Our technicians can inspect your belongings and help you catalog what you have lost. SERVPRO strives to return your entertainment center to its preloss state by attempting to remove any stains from your home that the flood brought.

After cleanup, our technicians can focus on drying out any areas of your basement that are excessively moist. We can measure the humidity in your home through tools like moisture meters. Once we have a reading, we can set up our advanced drying equipment. Drawing the water out of your home and belongings is all about creating a moisture-free environment, which encourages evaporation. Our technicians can use axial fans, air movers, dehumidifiers, and other tools to achieve this.

When your home suffers flood damage, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268. 24/7, we can send our technicians to your home to help make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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What You Can Do When You Find Mold Damage in Your Phoenix Home

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What You Can Do When You Find Mold Damage in Your Phoenix Home Discovering mold growth in your home can be scary, but by calling SERVPRO you can rest assured the damage will be thoroughly and safely remediated.

SERVPRO Safely Cleans Up and Removes Mold Damage from Your Home

The last way that any person wants to spend their day is discovering that their home has mold damage. The truth about mold is that spores are everywhere and they are usually harmless. However, when they attach to a surface and then feed off of the surrounding moisture, the spores can become a severe problem. The spores grow and, eventually, multiply. Fortunately, professional help is not far and can remediate the mold in your home.

The spores, which were once invisible and small, have transformed into a mold patch that is damaging your Phoenix home. While mold may not seem harmful to the naked eye, it can cause health effects, and it also can slowly eat away at the organic materials that make up the structure of your home. It is vital to rid your home of it, immediately. The quicker the mold is dealt with, the better.

SERVPRO can send its IICRC-certified technicians to inspect your home and then quarantine the areas impacted by mold damage. It is essential to section off the infected areas of your home, as the remediation process can spread the spores. Once we section off your home, we can begin the process of removing the mold-infected porous materials and cleaning the non-porous ones.

SERVPRO can make sure to not only remediate the mold damage but also dry any areas of your home that are excessively moist. Additionally, our technicians can use advanced technology to deal with the musty odors that mold causes. We use devices such as air scrubbers to neutralize the smelly particles and return a fresher scent to your home once they go through the filtering process. SERVPRO strives to restore your home back to its pre-mold condition, including how the environment smells.

When your home has been struck by mold damage, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268. Day or night, we can take your call and send our technicians out as soon as possible to get the remediation process started.

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Commercial Water Removal Techniques In Phoenix

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Techniques In Phoenix Keep Your Phoenix Coffee Shop High and Dry by Calling SERVPRO for Water Extraction

SERVPRO Strives to Extract Water While Your Business Remains Operational

If you ever have a water damage problem inside your Phoenix coffee shop, there are a few techniques professionals use to mitigate the problem. The first and most important step is to secure the area. Next, the initial source of the issue gets repaired.
 
The next step that gets taken is to extract all of the water from the structure as quickly as possible. SERVPRO's commercial water removal technicians in Phoenix then use equipment to dry the materials and contents inside the coffee shop. The final stage of the drying process is the cleaning and deodorization.
 
After the structure gets secured and the source of the problem gets fixed we begin the extraction process. The purpose of extraction is to vacuum up as much water inside the coffee shop as possible while keeping your business open. We can extract water in small sections at a time so that we do not impede foot traffic.
 
Depending on the situation various types of water removal equipment gets implemented. In most cases, a truck-mounted extractor gets used, but in other scenarios, a portable one is more efficient. Depending on the surfaces affected, we use either light-weight extraction wands or heavy-duty extraction tools. Some extraction tools get operated by a SERVPRO technician standing on top of and riding the device; we call this unit a Rover. These heavy-duty extraction systems use the body weight of the operator to compress the carpet making it easier to vacuum up water.
 
If there are more than two inches of standing water present, a submersible pump gets used for sucking up the water. Upon final water removal, we then dry out the remainder of the moisture. We complete the drying process by creating the best environment to speed up the evaporation method.
 
When we dry out a structure, different types of equipment get used depending on the situation. In most scenarios, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up in a way that uses dry air from the dehumidifiers to circulate hot, dry air around the affected room. The drying process also sometimes gets completed a small section at a time so that only a portion of your business is blocked off.
 
After moisture levels return to preloss conditions, the final cleaning and deodorization stage takes place. We make sure that your coffee shop remains a clean and good-smelling environment to attract coffee drinkers. For help from the experts, call SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268 24/7.

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Fire Damage Specialists Out of Phoenix

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Specialists Out of Phoenix After a fire, some items will require cleaning and some will need to be properly disposed of. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Four Fundamental Elements When Cleaning Soot Damage


Whenever a fire starts at your Phoenix home, cleaning soot residues becomes essential. Smoke created by a fire fills the building and leaves behind soils. Soot residues discolor and ruin contents and building materials inside your house.
 
Replacing materials inside your home gets expensive, so cleaning materials instead can save your insurance company money. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Phoenix use various elements of cleaning during the mitigation process. The purpose of cleaning smoke-related damage is to restore the materials to the conditions they were before the fire.
 
When cleaning a variety of principles and elements of cleaning get used. Some principles and methods work better in certain situations than others. The type of cleaning used depends on the kind of materials that got burned and the type of materials soot damaged.
 
There are four fundamental elements required to suspend residues so that they get removed. The first element of cleaning is temperature. Heat increases the speed of chemical reactions in products. SERVPRO's restoration technicians always select the best temperature based on which chemical gets used and the material being cleaned.
 
The next element is agitation. When soot-damaged materials get agitated, the residues get dislodged, and chemicals get distributed across the surface. When cleaning smoke-damaged surfaces, we agitate the surface with towels, brushes, air and water pressure, and sonic vibrations from ultrasonic machines.
 
Soot residues also get cleaned through chemical action. Most chemicals get designed to cause a reaction with the soot, therefore assisting in its removal. The reactions that take place include dissolving, emulsifying, changing pH, oxidizing, bleaching, and digesting.
 
The last element of cleaning that gets used by professionals is time. Most chemicals need time to appropriately react to the soot and work efficiently. The amount of time needed varies based on the product, type of residue and the kind of surface affected by soot.
 
In most scenarios, soot gets cleaned the best by using a variety of elements and principles of cleaning. For professional help with cleaning residues call SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268 any time of the day.

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