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Fire Damage Cleanup After Lightning Strikes Your Phoenix Home

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup After Lightning Strikes Your Phoenix Home When lightning strikes your home, it is likely fires will start in the attic and inside the walls.

SERVPRO is Here to Help When Fire Damage Strikes

If you realize your home in Phoenix has been hit by lightning, you should call the fire department. It is common for fires to start in the attic and inside walls of homes when lightning strikes directly. These fires inside enclosed spaces might not be visible when they first start. Often, lightning which passes through a house branches and uses more than one path to ground at a time. It can jump from one conductive path to another as well.

Lightning can quickly start a fire and create fire damage to your Phoenix home. Once the fire is out, the damage can continue due to smoke and soot. SERVPRO can help you clean up this soot covering in your home and prevent additional damages. Once you contact us, we waste no time in getting to your home to help you.

Some soot residues are more straightforward to clean than others. Each fire goes through stages and crates both dry and wet smoke. Wet smoke is usually more difficult to clean.

More kinds of materials can be restored when exposed to dry smoke than wet. Dry smoke residues contain fewer aerosols and deposit small, dry particles on surfaces. It also does not stain surfaces as deeply as wet smoke, plus the odor is not as pungent. SERVPRO staff use cleaning procedures that are less aggressive to get rid of residues from dry smoke.

Restoration, when wet smoke residues are present, is more difficult, as they are harder to clean. Wet smoke usually has a high number of aerosols like solvents, varnishes, and other liquid components. During a slow-burning fire, air currents do not drive the smoke from the fire’s heat. Wet smoke also moves slowly and has time to get into crevices and enclosed areas which generally would not get contaminated by a fire that is burning fast.

Many times, contents exposed to wet smoke and a smoldering fire cannot be restored. Aerosols found in wet smoke penetrate and stain finished surfaces, and unfinished surfaces absorbed and entrap the residues.

SERVPRO of Central Phoenix knows how to clean up all kinds of smoke residues, so your home in Encanto, Midtown Phoenix or Camelback East is thoroughly restored after a fire. Just get in touch with us at (602) 386-4268 as soon as the fire is out.

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Cleaning And Removing Mold Damage In Phoenix

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning And Removing Mold Damage In Phoenix Cleaning and removing mold is important to the health of your home and family.

Cleaning And Removing Mold

After cleaning up from one disaster, mold can cause further problems for Phoenix homes and residents. In a rush to remove water or smoke odors, homeowners often miss or ignore the first signs of mold growth.

Untreated mold damage in Phoenix homes can result in extensive repair costs. Worse, mold can cause adverse health effects in residents with existing respiratory problems. SERVPRO technicians have the training and tools to remove this threat to your home while working carefully to remediate the effects of and clean the mold spores from structural property such as drywall and wooden wall framing.

Mold spores become a threat when they have enough moisture to expand and extend hyphae to find a food source. A favorite source is drywall panels; they are in every home, and while they make an excellent building material for interior walls, it is also very vulnerable to mold spore hyphae. Ceiling tiles and insulation are also easily consumed.

If we catch the mold growth quickly enough, SERVPRO technicians can clean to remove mold from building material. There may be some minor pitting, but that does not affect the integrity of the material. If there is any risk of mold coming back, we spray an anti-fungal agent on every affected surface. Once the agent dries, we repaint the affected panels or tiles, so they look new.

If the mold has penetrated far into panels or tiles, even spraying an anti-fungal agent can be enough moisture to cause the item, particularly drywall, to crumble. When the integrity is this compromised, the only safe action to take to the home is to remove it.

Wall framing is much more resistant to mold, but since we rarely see behind drywall panels, a growth goes unnoticed for longer and has more time to infest the wood. Unless we are dealing with a home that was unoccupied for an extended period, our technicians can remove the mold without replacing the frame pieces. If the spores have not penetrated too deeply, we can even sand down the surface slightly. As with the tiles and panels, we spray every affected surface with an anti-fungal agent and allow it to dry before hanging new panels on them.

Cleaning and removing mold is important to the health of your home and family. SERVPRO of Central Phoenix has over twenty years helping homeowners return to a safe, clean environment. If you need our services, call us today at (602) 386-4268.

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Aging Pipes In Your Phoenix Home Could Create Water Damage

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Aging Pipes In Your Phoenix Home Could Create Water Damage Pressure and Ruptured Water Pipes Can Lead to Damage in Phoenix Properties

Pressure Can Lead to a Call for SERVPRO When Plumbing Ruptures in Your Phoenix Home

When you think of indoor plumbing rupturing, most people consider excessively cold weather that freezes pipes. While this might not affect Phoenix homes, the area is still susceptible to water main breaks. When this occurs, and the portion of main is shut down to repair the break, air can enter the line. Depending on the quality of your backflow prevention system in your house, this air can enter your indoor plumbing quickly and provide a lot of pressure.
 
There are a plenty of Phoenix homes that become susceptible to water damage from events like these, and a bad enough break could ultimately affect numerous homes at once. For many houses, the indoor plumbing is sufficient to handle this added pressure for as long as it exists until air can work back out of the piping, but with older or improperly installed plumbing, this could lead to a water emergency for your home.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians have seen all manner of water damage, and we have the tools and expertise to clean up the mess for you. The process starts with eliminating the root of the problem, which means initially cutting the supply of water into your home via the primary service line valve. Shutting off the supply ensures that further damage does not occur and that your water utility bill does not skyrocket due to excessive demand pulling through the meter.
 
Depending on the severity of the damage that is visible when entering your home, our SERVPRO professionals get to work with our wide range of tools and equipment. Extraction of the water is often accomplished using wet-vacs, offering spot specific control for water removal efforts. Depending on where the break occurred, your drywall could be damaged and in need of repair as well. The assessment of repairs and further restoration requirements happens alongside our drying efforts with air movers and dehumidification equipment.
 
Many people are not aware of the condition or strength of their indoor plumbing until it fails. If you have any manner of a water emergency, do not hesitate to call our experienced team of professionals at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix. You can reach us 24/7 at (602) 386-4268.

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When You Need Water Removal At Your Phoenix Gas Station

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial When You Need Water Removal At Your Phoenix Gas Station Clogs and floods happen in service places which are open 24 hours a day. If your gas station or other store suffers flooding, contact SERVPRO quickly.

Our Team Arrives Quickly to Dry Out Any Water Damaged Areas of Your Business

When you have a 24-hour establishment like a Phoenix gas station, you cannot account for the wear and tear on the equipment that you use, especially when it has to be running continuously. It also means that some regions of your small building, such as the restrooms, are going to see a lot of action throughout the day. While your staff might work hard to keep up with the traffic that utilizes these facilities, you can never account for when one of these toilets decides to overflow from being backed up.
 
The resulting overflow of water can quickly make an insurmountable mess to not only the bathroom itself, but the floors of the entire gas station main areas. These dire circumstances create a situation that calls for fast-acting water removal services to your Phoenix business, and our SERVPRO team is the one to call. While you might have to initially shut down your business to account for the unsanitary and unsightly conditions that have ensued, our team can work to ensure that your doors are not staying closed for very long.
 
The first step is removing the source of the problem, meaning that our SERVPRO team is going to get the water shut off to the bathroom while the restoration efforts begin. With higher volumes that are likely present by now, our professionals bring out pumps to efficiently pull all of the water from the floors and begin to see about the extent of the remaining damage as the affected area gets thoroughly dried with air movers.
 
In these situations, it is common to disinfect and clean all of the areas that the water was touching before we removed it. After this process, our experienced team brings out deodorizing foggers which eradicate the lingering smell from the premises. This technology bonds with the odor molecules in the air and neutralizes it, rather than just attempting to mask the foul smell with a more powerful aroma.
 
You cannot account for the kind of problems that could demand water removal services to your 24-hour gas station, but if you are ever in need of such professional assistance, you can give SERVPRO of Central Phoenix a call. We can be reached 24/7 at (602) 386-4268.
 
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Trusted Fire Damage Options For Residents Of Phoenix

12/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Trusted Fire Damage Options For Residents Of Phoenix Cleaning your property the right way is extremely important for restoration. Contact our SERVPRO technicians to come out and assess the fire damage.

Our Team is Trained in ALL Aspects of Fire Damage Remediation

As a resident of Phoenix, it is advisable to know the right steps to take once your property suffers a fire damage incident. Different levels of fires require different restoration measures, and as a result, it is advisable to contact licensed service providers to mitigate further damage. These are professionals who are IICRC certified and use relevant tools and procedures to restore your contents.

There are three kinds of fire damages that any resident of Phoenix is likely to experience - minor, medium and major fire damages. Each is associated with varying amounts of smoke residues, affects different areas, and the severity of the disaster differs. While wet or dry cleaning can be enough to restore minor fire damages, extensive procedures may be required when restoring specific fire disasters. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect your property to determine the extent of the damage before conducting appropriate restoration procedures.

Cleaning is one of the procedures that may be recommended. Before this procedure can start, it is essential to know the kind of residues, the surface they are resting on, and how to find, remove and dispose of them. After pretesting and inspecting the residues, a technician can choose the right restoration method to use.

After our SERVPRO technicians have identified the residues, they capture and remove them using specialized techniques such as vacuuming and dissolving. When a fire burns, it gives off smoke residues that attach to the surrounding surfaces. When these residues are loosely attached to an area, removing them using vacuuming might be an option. Before performing vacuuming, our qualified technicians always ensure the area is dry.

When the residues are firmly attached to the surface, dissolving them may be necessary. We use cleaning products to dissolve the particles and later on flush, rinse and dry the area once it is clean. After the cleaning process, SERVPRO technicians follow the local requirements to dispose of the particles.

SERVPRO of Central Phoenix has several options to mitigate mold, fire, storm and water damage disasters. Call us at (602) 386-4268 to be served by a proven industry leader.

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Flood Damaged Homes in the Phoenix Area Require Drying and Cleaning to Restore Habitable Conditions

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damaged Homes in the Phoenix Area Require Drying and Cleaning to Restore Habitable Conditions Protect Your Phoenix Area Home from Flooding with SERVPRO'S Help

Removal of Storm Water and Contaminants Are Crucial for a Safe Home

When flooding happens, people are often surprised and shocked at the amount of damage that happens inside their homes. Phoenix residents whose homes flood because of new floodplains or nearby construction need to get their homes dried out and cleaned quickly. Otherwise, several other problems can quickly develop and cause future problems and expenses.

Homes in Phoenix that suffer from flood damage can become habitable again with the proper steps. Drying out an affected home is only half of the battle in saving a home. Flooding brings in untold amounts of debris full of pathogens and chemicals that can cause infections and other medical issues. We eliminate these and sanitize your flooded home so that you can live in it again safely.

To dry out your home, we use pumps for any remaining water. We treat saturated areas by heating them and increasing the circulation of the air around them. This includes all surfaces, and even though ceilings may never touch floodwaters, evaporation causes them to become saturated, also. Personal belongings can be transported to our site for temporary storage and to receive treatment that dries them out and then sanitizes them, removing any pathogens and other contaminants.

Sanitizing your home's interior keeps things safe for your family when they return home. Some items in your home require their removal and replacement because of the inability of any known methods to adequately clean them. These include carpeting, mattresses, and many food products, including those inside your refrigerator.

Carpeting cannot remain after a flood because of the ability of pathogens and other microbes to adhere to the many fibers in the carpet. Mattresses can harbor pathogens much the same way that carpet can. Food items, again, can hold microbes in tiny areas that defy even the best cleaning techniques. Safety and caution first.
 
To clean and sanitize your home we use the latest methods available. We want to ensure that your home protects you and your family. At SERVPRO of Central Phoenix, we have the tools and equipment to help us put our skills and training to work for you. Call us at (602) 386-4268 whenever you have flood damage or other disaster-related situations in your home.

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Water Damage To Your Phoenix Home Due To Appliance Failure

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage To Your Phoenix Home Due To Appliance Failure Broken Hoses and Clogged Machines Cause Water Damage in Phoenix

Call SERVPRO for Water Cleanup in Your Phoenix Property

The appliances in your house are meant to make your life much more comfortable. Gone are the days where you have to tote your clothes down to the river and wash them by hand. Progress has replaced this former way of life with conveniences like the washing machine. Manufacturers are building these appliances better than they ever were in the past, yet washing machines are not impervious to breaking down or malfunctioning. Even loose connections could spell big trouble for the laundry room and surrounding areas of your Phoenix home.
 
A broken or ruptured washing machine hose is a common cause of water damage in Phoenix homes. The commonality of this problem does not imply that a broken hose is the only culprit, however. Older appliances are more susceptible to breaking down internally, and bushings and bearings failing to do their job can result in an equally damaging scenario.
 
If you find that your washing machine is malfunctioning and pouring water onto the floor, you need to act quickly. The first thing that you need to do is to shut off the water supply to the machine by following the lines on the back of the appliance to the plumbing fixtures. Shut off both water lines, regardless if only one is causing the issue. Your next step is to call us at SERVPRO.
 
Our experienced team responds quickly in these kinds of emergency situations to help get the water cleaned up quickly. Fast responses prevent further damages to adjoining areas of your laundry room and keep the overall restoration process the most concise that it can be. Once the water supply has been shut off, our SERVPRO professionals can get to work on removing the water. Removal is accomplished through many different tools, from full-sized pump trucks to more economical vacuuming and portable pump solutions.
 
Your satisfaction is a priority, so our specialists ensure that you are brought in to consult through every phase of the restoration process. Your input is an essential aspect of completing restoration and helps our team to finish their job to the high standards you would expect.
 
While you cannot plan for an appliance to malfunction, you can plan for the experienced professionals you call in the event of a water emergency. Trust us here at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix, and give us a call anytime at (602) 386-4268.

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How Mold Damage Starts In Phoenix

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Mold Damage Starts In Phoenix The key catalyst for any mold colony's growth is water.

How Mold Damage Starts

The key catalyst for any mold colony's growth is water. Mold requires a source of excess water to start growing and maintain reproductive rates, and should quickly jump at any opportunities it finds in your home. There are many ways that water can get into your home in Phoenix and cause mold damage, but not all may come to mind even after you find the mold that resulted from them. These are some of the top ways that Valley homes develop mold damage from excess water.

Leaks And Drips
One of the easiest ways to develop mold damage in Phoenix is through leaks and drips in your home. Leaks are caused by loosened or cracked pipes, malfunctioning appliances, holes in the home exterior, and other potential factors. If you ever find a new leak in your home, try to identify its source and patch up the problem as quickly as possible to prevent the issue from blooming into a much more significant mold damage disaster.

Interior Floods
Small flooding events such as overflowing tubs, busted water lines or appliances, and other spills can quickly become a huge deal if mold starts to grow as a consequence of them. When water remains in materials around the home for too long, it encourages mold growth across the entire damp surface of an object. This is one of the top causes of mold damage in carpeting.

High Relative Humidity
Ideally, your home should be below 40% relative humidity at all times. Because we are in Arizona, this issue is much easier to deal with than elsewhere in the country, but you still need to be mindful in your home. If the building has an HVAC issue, this may also lead to higher humidity and encourage relatively rapid mold growth.

SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is available 24/7 to respond to individuals in the area with severe damage to their homes. Call us at (602) 386-4268 to find out more about how we can help.

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How We Remove Water from Offices in Phoenix Faster and More Efficient Than Ever Before

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How We Remove Water from Offices in Phoenix Faster and More Efficient Than Ever Before SERVPRO technicians know that your personnel need a clean, mold free environment to work in. That is why we are fast to arrive on the scene to begin.

Quick Water Removal in a Business Setting Goes a Long Way Towards Secondary Damage Prevention

It is no secret that speed is critical when removing water from Phoenix office buildings. Faster water removal helps to prevent mold damage, reduce effects of standing water, control humidity, and influences a host of other considerations that could otherwise cost your company thousands in restoration costs. SERVPRO has multiple systems in place that help us to respond faster and with better efficacy to business calls in the local area, granting us a reputation as one of the Valley's most well-qualified and reliable damage restoration companies.
 
Industrial-Grade Water Extraction
 
If your Phoenix office building needs standing water removal services, our selection of powerful and capable extraction tools guarantees that the process can be as fast as possible. Water extractors operate as portable, specialized pumps designed to remove water from an area as quickly as possible. With their help, SERVPRO technicians make short work of any remaining standing water in the building, on the ground floor or otherwise.

The ERP System
 
The SERVPRO ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) system allows you to create a customized, extensive profile for your company that may be used by us in a time of need. If the building takes damage while you have a profile in our ERP system, all it takes to call for our help is the press of a button. Enabling functions in the web-based ERP system allows us to respond faster, better understand the situation, and do more of the work for you in a disaster.
 
24/7 Mitigation Service
 
We have personnel ready and waiting to receive and respond to your calls at all hours, to ensure that as little time as possible passes between your initial call and our response. Our 24/7 schedule allows us to react quickly even in the earliest hours of the morning and prevent water from accumulating and remaining for hours longer than necessary. Call us at any hour and our technicians should arrive on-site within four hours of your contact.
 
SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is a locally-owned franchise with national resources that provides emergency damage mitigation and restoration services to property owners in the local area. Call us at (602) 386-4268.

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Tips on Preventing and Mitigating Water Damage in Phoenix

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips on Preventing and Mitigating Water Damage in Phoenix SERVPRO Tip for Phoenix Properties--Prevent Water Damage with Clean Gutters

Phoenix Properties Benefit from Proactive Inspections and Awareness

SERVPRO has expert advisors and the necessary expertise to recommend some of the ways and means of mitigating water damage in your Phoenix home.

When excess water accumulates in your Phoenix home, it may cause major damages.  These range from the weakening of the foundations to the peeling off of paints, to the damage of fabrics, and furnishings. To mitigate these conditions effectively, SERVPRO recommends that you equip yourself with some tactics and ideas. This is because these dangers may often happen rapidly, and as such, require swift responses. Protecting your home after water intrusion by extraction and restoration is a cornerstone of our business.

SERVPRO recommends that you clean your roof gutters and downspouts often. You should do this, especially in the spring and summer months when the amount of precipitation is naturally higher. This is to minimize the clogs and the resultant side effects.
You should never attempt to pour grease down your sink. The grease can clog the sink and drainage. In so doing, it can impede the smooth flow of water and back up the water causing damage.

Taps or faucets that are not entirely closed are common causes of excess water in the home. Before retiring for the night or leaving the house for work, counter-check to ensure that all of them are completely shut off.

SERVPRO also suggests that you ensure that the rest of your plumbing is intact at all times. Be sure that they have no leaks, perforations, or other issues that may occasion water spillages. Replace old drain hoses from washing machines, inspect supply lines for leaks, and always periodically inspect your water heater for leaks or rust which can indicate an impending problem.

SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is always ready and willing to be of help to restore and clean up any damaging water event. Just give us a call via the hotline (602) 386-4268 anytime 24/7.

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