Humidity Can Cause Mold Damage in Your Home
Winter months can bring humidity, and that excess humidity can cause mold damage to form inside of the homes that are not adequately equipped to deal with it. Mold damage initially grows from mold spores that have been exposed to moisture. Most people assume that the solution is to try and completely rid your home of mold spores, so the humidity levels do not matter. However, it is impossible to completely remove all traces of spores from your home and mold spores actually exist everywhere! They are microscopic and impossible to see but there are there, even in the cleanest of homes. This is natural and not out of the ordinary. However, because of these ever-present spores, mold damage can occur if humidity exists.
Avoiding mold damage in your home
The best way to avoid mold damage from forming in your home is to ensure that the conditions it needs to thrive are never present. Unfortunately, situations happen that trigger growth and it is not uncommon for mold to begin to grow right under a homeowner's nose, often unnoticed until the problem is substantial (like unseen behind walls or ceilings). What is important is that you take steps to remedy the problem as soon as you discover the mold damage, instead of leaving the problem to only get worse. Mold damage should never be left as is in your home. Not only is it unsightly, but mold can also eat away at organic materials, such as the wooden framework of a house, and cause further damage.
What can cause mold to grow
Most people don’t maintain a humid home on purpose, but a small leak, unnoticed drip behind walls, or water seeping through a roof into an attic all provide enough humidity for mold to grow. Calling a professional cleanup and restoration company like SERVPRO is the best action you can take for your home. Our IICRC-certified techs can get to work addressing the situation. After investigating the mold in home, SERVPRO can determine the cause, address the issue, and stop the mold growth. Using come disinfectant and antifungal agents, we can spray and wipe the mold right off of your walls or other infected areas to stop the spread and future issues. Afterward, SERVPRO can use advanced equipment like dehumidifiers to lower the overall humidity in your home so that mold doesn't begin to regrow immediately. To fight potential musty odors, we can use air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters to combat the musty odor mold damage causes. SERVPRO always aims to return your home to the state it was in before the damage began.
If you have mold in your home from humidity, work with SERVPRO
If you find musty mold damage inside of your home, get help as soon as possible. Use your phone and dial (602) 386-4268 to speak with a representative of SERVPRO of Central Phoenix. Day or night, our techs are always available.
Dealing with Water Damage in Your Home
No one wants to start out the new year with water damage in their home, but the rains over the past couple of weeks may have been just enough to finally cause that roof to look or water to seep through window casings and cause damage to interior walls. Water can be rough on a home, even if it’s a smaller leak. It can penetrate solid materials like concrete or blocks or make its way into any crack or crevice found on your property without you even being aware that the damage is being done. When you experience water damage from a leak, it’s important to know how to get help to address the water damage in your home, starting with finding a remediation company like SERVPRO.
What to look for in a water damage remediation company
A professional water damage repair restoration specialist can help you address water issues in your home, regardless of the cause. Highly trained technicians know what to do to repair and restore your home, regardless of how extensive the damage is. When looking for a water damage remediation company to help you should you experience water damage, look for:
- A well-established company with a good reputation
- 24-hour emergency service
- Highly trained professionals
- A variety of tools to address water damage and restoration
- Advanced water inspection skills
- A proven process that uses inspection, assessment, extraction, drying, repair, and restoration
It’s important to work with a local company that understands every step of the process needed to restore your home after water damage occurs, from assessing the situation to communicating restoration options with the homeowner to addressing the water damage in your home,
Causes for water damage in your home
SERVPRO technicians respond to a variety of water damage situations, providing customers with a solution to each one in detail. There are many reasons why a home might experience water damage, from torrential storms to overflowing bathtubs or sinks to burst pipes or an overflowing pool. There may also be issues concerning washing machines or dishwashers, another common cause of a household flood or water damage situation. A malfunctioning appliance can flood your home within minutes, leaving little time to react and causing considerable damage to your flooring, furniture, and belongings, or even leading to additional hazards that make it hard to recover. With so many ways a home may become damaged by water, it’s important to know a company you can trust should water damage occur.
Why you need an experienced water remediation company
Water damage restoration involves several steps, from assessment to removing water, to drying out the home to restoring belongings. All the situations above introduce various kinds of damage. Flooding from an storm may bring dirty water into the home. A flooded pool could bring chlorinated water into the home. A broken washing machine may flood your home with soapy or bleach-tainted water. If a water heater bursts, water, and sediment can cause significant issues. Knowing how to address the damage from the water and what kind of repair will be done is important for effective restoration. It takes specialized equipment and infrared moisture detectors to get water out and more importantly, a knowledgeable professional who knows how to use the equipment. Cleaning, deodorization, and sanitation technicians with the proper IICRC certification provide you with your best opportunity for recovery, regardless of how the damage was done. SERVPRO knows how to address any kind of water damage from beginning to end so your home is restored back to pre-water damage condition.
If you experienced water damage in your home, don’t hesitate to call the experts at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix 24/7 to get you the help you need. Call us at 602-386-4268 and we’ll be there to help you recover.
Know When to Call in a Water Remediation Company for Water Damage
Every home experiences some kind of flooding or water situation at some point. From leaving a kitchen sink unattended to an overflowing bathtub, every house gets wet at some point. If you’re there when these minor mishaps occur, you can likely stop the water and mop up the moisture before any damage is done. However, sometimes “minimal” water damage isn’t so minimal. Minimal water damage occurs on a smaller scale, such as a persistent leak from a faucet fixture that, over time, causes water damage throughout the walls, cabinetry, and flooring of your home. Addressing this damage is critical to preventing secondary effects that could prove detrimental to your home such as mold and mildew growth. It’s important to know when to call a pro when you experience water damage in your home.
Drying out your home after water damage
Drying out the water-damaged elements within your home begins with an assessment of the full scope of the damage that exists. Small water incident that you stopped almost immediately? Grab a mop to get up excess water and turn on the fans to dry out what little moisture might be left. If you experienced a small “whoops” and stopped the water before it seeped into walls, carpet, etc. you’re OK handling it on your own. Anything else needs to be addressed by professionals to avoid further damage. Our SERVPRO of Central Phoenix technicians undergo extensive training to earn their certifications through the IICRC in water damage restoration and continue these educational opportunities through in-house certification courses and applied hands-on instruction to become well-equipped for any facet of restoration they might have to address in the field. We’re experts in water damage assessment to efficiently inspect for potential concerns beyond easily visible issues.
Advanced technologies help address water damage issues
To accomplish the water damage restoration that SERVPRO does for water damage situations, we rely on the advanced technologies at our disposal. Unlike small water mishaps, more substantial leaks and floods leave behind water that’s not always visible. Our moisture detection equipment helps to show pockets of moisture the eye cannot see without tearing out materials unnecessarily. Combined with our air moving equipment and industrial-strength dehumidifiers, we can have a fast and powerful effect on drying out your home. Air movers force water embedded into materials like the cabinetry and walls, as well as other items, out into the air to get removed as a vapor by the dehumidification equipment we use, avoiding potential issues with mold and mildew that could otherwise grow from residual moisture.
We specialize in water damage cleanup
If your home experiences water damage, it’s best to call in the experts to ensure all water is removed so no future issues of mold, mildew, or odor arise. Our goal is to provide fast and professional water damage restoration services for any situation that might exist within your home. You can trust our SERVPRO of Central Phoenix technicians to utilize their training and industry-leading equipment to resolve your water damage quickly. If you have experienced water damage in your home, don’t try to address it yourself! Give us a call at (602) 386-4268 to get the help you need.
Mold Growth Mistakes to Avoid in Your Home or Office
Mold often takes home and building owners by surprise if they haven’t recently experienced flooding or other noticeable water damage. Phoenix tends to be dry so for those who recently moved to the Valley from more humid parts of the country, mold is often the last issue they think they’ll contend with. However, the buildup of indoor moisture from high relative humidity during monsoon season, plumbing issues, or roof leaks may lead to mold damage, regardless of what the weather is outside when you discover mold. If you suspect mold damage in your home or office building, avoid these mistakes to keep from making the problem worse.
The importance of addressing mold damage
It is important to take precautionary measures when dealing with mold damage in your home or office building. You want to not only get rid of the mold growth you have but keep it from getting worse or returning again at a later date. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the level of contamination and choose the right approach for the job at hand to get the best results. Our pros are trained in how to correctly deal with mold issues and mold remediation, avoiding the mistakes a homeowner or building owner may make who is not familiar with mold and how it works, and residual issues it could leave behind.
Taking appropriate precautions when dealing with mold growth
Many people who experience mold think a little bleach can resolve the issue, but that’s not necessarily the case. SERVPRO technicians are careful not to spread the mold contaminant to clean and unaffected areas, and if we must disturb the mold growth when cleaning the site, we make sure containment procedures are already in place to keep things in check. Containment also helps limit mold exposure to the occupants in the home or office. Many owners skip this step and can make matters worse, from additional growth to odor problems. We do damp wiping and HEPA vacuuming to remove and potential spores before they spread. Our technicians determine the airflow direction and clean areas towards that path, and the cleaning process starts from the structure's top towards its bottom for the best results; it’s all a part of our proven mold remediation process.
What else SERVPRO does to stop the growth and prevent damage
When drying the items and rooms in an impacted home or building, our SERVPRO technicians remove any wet objects from the area to speed up evaporation. After that, we set up dehumidifiers to lower the humidity in the room to discourage more growth. If necessary, we’ll remove damaged items that can’t be restored and dispose of safely after informing the homeowner or building owner of the situation. We do our best to restore impacted items utilizing several methods of cleaning your contents, but not everything may be salvageable if the damage is too much.
Contact SERVPRO to get the job done
At SERVPRO of Central Phoenix, we understand mold growth and know how to handle mold remediation, including odor removal. If you experience mold issues in your home, contact us 24/7 at 602-386-4268 to get the job handled.
Regular Duct Cleaning Should be Part of Your Office Building Maintenance
Most office building owners have regular maintenance done to ensure the building is clean and safe. However, one item that’s often overlooked is duct cleaning. It is especially important to have your commercial ducts cleaned. If you can’t remember the last time these were addressed, then it’s time!
Why get your building’s ducts cleaned?
Ventilation systems are often the biggest cause of poor indoor air quality, including dust and even odors. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without proper cleaning, it could be circulating odors, dust, and more. SERVPRO of Central Phoenix routinely inspects the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit of businesses all over the Valley. Keeping ducts clean can extend the life of the equipment, which can save building owners money.
How do you know when it’s time to clean your ducts?
Duct cleaning should be a part of your regular building maintenance. If you’ve never had them cleaned, have done major construction which generated dust and particles, or it’s been so long ago that you don’t remember, it may be time to clean your ducts! Why clean after construction? Dust and dirt will reside in your air ducts and just get worse over time if not cleaned out. Not sure the work was that dusty? SERVPRO will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns at your business and let you know if you’re due for a cleaning.
What is duct cleaning?
Duct cleaning typically refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans, fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing. This can help eliminate dust, pollen, odors, dirt, debris, and other contaminants. The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include and getting your ducts cleaned include:
- Help restore peak energy efficiency.
- It may help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Help reduce the potential for mold growth.
Schedule your duct cleaning today!
You can call our office to schedule your duct cleaning. SERVPRO has highly trained professionals ready to help you and your home and business get those ducts cleaned. We offer free estimates so you’ll know what the cost will be before we start the work. If you feel like you need your air ducts cleaned call a SERVPRO professional today at (602) 386-4268.
Have Functioning Smoke Alarms in Your Home to Stay Protected
Owning a home requires a lot of maintenance. It’s easy to remember cosmetic maintenance tasks such as washing windows, cleaning the house, or even changing air filters. For some reason, many homeowners who are otherwise diligent about home care overlook smoke alarms. While many homeowners know the value of smoke alarms, few take the time to make sure in working order, which can render an alarm useless. You can protect your home from fire with smoke alarms. Learn more about them and your home to stay protected.
Why have a smoke alarm in your home?
Smoke alarms play a critical role in protecting your home, your belongings, and your family. When properly installed, they can reduce the risk of fire injury by providing early detection. It can also help minimize damage to your home by providing early detection of smoke and fire, allowing for a faster reaction to the situation. The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters, and on every level of the house. Here are a few tips regarding smoke alarm installation, testing, and maintenance:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Smoke alarms should be located away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. (at least ten feet from a cooking appliance).
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. Pick the same day each month to make it easy to remember
- Replace batteries in all smoke alarms annually. If an alarm beeps, the battery is low and should be replaced right away. Traditionally, the end of Daylight Saving Time has served as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Are smoke alarms enough protection?
Smoke alarms work best when paired with a solid fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, including your family pets, to escape quickly and safely in an emergency. The Red Cross put together a helpful fire escape plan that homeowners can use and share with their families. While smoke alarms can’t prevent a fire, early detection can protect your family’s safety, alerting them to get out of the home quickly in case of fire, and possibly minimizing damage to the home by addressing the fire early and extinguishing it quickly.
If you experience a fire, contact SERVPRO
If you experience a fire in your home, contact a fire remediation company like SERVPRO of Central Phoenix once the flames are out to help address the damage done by fire, smoke, soot, and fire extinguishing materials used by the fire department. Our SERVPRO of Central Phoenix IICRC-Certified fire restoration technicians can help. We’ll address the damage and work to make your home look "Like it never even happened," addressing property damage as well as odors to help restore your home. If you experience a fire in your home, or have questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage, call SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268. We’re here 24/7 to help!
Look to SERVPRO For All Your Building Services Needs
While SERVPRO is known for our remediation services for water, fire, smoke, or mold damage, we actually offer a comprehensive suite of building services as well. That means that homeowners have a one-stop option for all their repair, remediation, and rebuilding needs. Learn why you should look to SERVPRO for all your building service needs.
SERVPRO offers it all with an in-house team
SERVPRO of Central Phoenix has been helping homeowners and commercial building owners all over the Valley with their reconstruction needs for many years. Our in-house construction specialist is a licensed and bonded KB2 contractor and can handle a variety of jobs from framing to finished carpentry and cabinets, post demolition framing to drywall installation, and even new floors and ceilings. Yes, we really can do it all! That means if you experience any kind of damage from flooding, fire, mold, our crew can handle the damage remediation first, then work on building and reconstruction as needed. We offer it all with our in-house team!
An overview of building and construction services we offer
Here is a list of all the building and reconstruction services offered by SERVPRO:
- Board Up
- Carpet Repair and Installation
- Document Drying
- Dry Cleaning
- Drywall Installation
- Drywall Removal
- Electronics Restoration
- Fine Art Restoration
- Furniture Restoration
- General Contracting
- Hardwood Floor Repair
- HVAC Services
- Linoleum Floor Repair
- Marble Floor Repair
- Move Out
- Portable Power
- Roof Tarp
- Roofing Services
- Scalable Resources
- Temporary Fencing
- Temporary Warehouse Space
- Tile Floor Repair
- Tree Removal
Why use SERVPRO for restoration and reconstruction services?
We know there are many companies that can help with reconstruction, but few that hold multiple certifications and advanced training to make sure the job is done right, from remediation through reconstruction like SERVPRO can. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration, following IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration.
Need remediation and rebuilding? Contact SERVPRO!
If you experience damage to your home or business, contact us to get the job done quickly and professionally. We’re a 24/7 service so when you need us, contact us, any time day or! We are ready to help in any kind of disaster, big or small. We have the resources to tackle any job you might have. If your home or business experiences any kind of damage, contact SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at 602-386-4268 to get the problem handled fast!
Get Help for Water Damage from A Bathroom Leak
When water begins leaking from your sink, bathtub, or shower in your home, it can create damage to the floors, walls, framing, and more, even if you do not see any signs of damage. Water leaks are often overlooked until the damage is already done. These damaging leaks can come from fixture drains or the water supply plumbing inside the wall. Faucets and plumbing valves also leak and can easily go unnoticed for long periods of time. Learn what to do if you have water damage in your bathroom from a leak.
Addressing the leak immediately
When you have a water damage situation in your Phoenix home, it needs to be addressed right away to prevent even more damage from occurring to your bathroom and beyond. It’s a smart idea to reach out to the water remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix to help you with the water cleanup and damage repairs. Our techs are thoroughly trained in water remediation and have the right equipment to take care of the job quickly and efficiently. The first step is to identify the source of the leak and stop it. Once that’s taken care of, it’s time to remove the water, which SERVPRO can handle through several types of equipment. Once we have removed any excess water, we need to begin drying the structure immediately. Warm, dehumidified air is blown into any cavities where water seeped in to expedite the drying process and guard against the growth of mold.
Handling the moisture issue
Even after visible water is gone, our job isn’t done. While we are utilizing our equipment to dehumidify the air, the moisture content is checked on a daily basis with moisture meters, including penetrating and non-penetrating types. Hygrometers can also be used to measure the moisture in the air and hydro sensors that indicate the moisture content of porous items like carpeting are utilized as well. It’s important to ensure that moisture hasn’t crept into any crevices or beneath cabinets or behind walls, so our technicians thoroughly check to ensure the job gets done. Other areas of the structure which were affected are set up with air movers and dehumidifiers as well in case there was water movement beyond the initial leak area. All affected areas are also cleaned and sanitized when drying is complete.
Contact SERVPRO to get the help you need
SERVPRO of Central Phoenix understands that during a water disaster like this, it can be stressful to see your home in such a state. Bathroom leaks can quickly get out of hand unless handled promptly and professionally We work quickly, but efficiently, to get your home back to its usual condition “Like it never even happened.” If you experience a bathroom leak, call us 24/7 at (602) 386-4268 to get the help you need.
How to Address a Mold Infestation in Your Office Building
The possibility of a mold infestation is not usually top of mind for commercial building owners since our climate typically isn’t considered conducive to a mold threat. Unfortunately, mold infestation does happen. Learn more about mold and what to do if it strikes your place of business.
Yes, Phoenix buildings can experience mold growth
While in general Phoenix has a drier climate, the truth is that commercial mold damage can happen in any Phoenix business if there are enough moisture and a source of food such as most building materials. The temperature range for most molds to grow is 68 to 86 degrees, so SERVPRO technicians know that stopping mold by adjusting the temperature is rarely an option. Even a small amount of moisture that enters a building after a substantial rain or flood can quickly turn into a mold infestation if not properly addressed, which is where SERVPRO of Central Phoenix can help.
Addressing mold damage in commercial buildings
Removing mold damage from a facility means SERVPRO’s restoration team must find and eliminate the source of a mold, not just clean out obvious indications like a black streak in a bathroom or kitchen. The only way to prevent further growth and eliminate this threat is to remove every trace of mold spores the team can find. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, as mold spores are actually present everywhere, all the time. The challenge is to keep growth from happening and causing damage.
SERVPRO technicians start with finding the moisture that allowed the first spores to expand and grow. Eliminating that forces the mold to quickly return to an inactive state. Inert mold spores also stop growing across or into surfaces. That stops damage from getting worse and prevents new damage to ceilings, walls, and floors. For any building material already penetrated by mold, the most cost-effective method is to dispose of it. Drywall is often difficult to clean and digging mold out of it quickly compromises the structural integrity. The labor cost to attempt to repair it is always more expensive than buying new panels.
What happens after damaged materials are removed
After removing all damaged material, SERVPRO technicians spray the interior of the building with an anti-fungal agent to eliminate the spores. After it dries, technicians will wipe everything down to remove the now dead spores. They may also take further measures to address any lingering musty odors that were a result of mold growth so that your commercial building returns to pre- mold infestation conditions.
While it is impossible to eliminate all mold, SERVPRO of Central Phoenix can help you remediate damage to your business and prevent growth in the future, as well as resulting odors. If you suspect a problem in your facility, call us today at (602) 386-4268. We are here for you 24/7.
Protecting Your Home During Fire Season and All Year Long
It’s been an active fire season in Arizona and across the country. While temperatures are starting to cool, there are still fire risks that homeowners should be aware of to keep their property safe. Recent rains have caused properties all around the Valley to experience a lot more over-growth this year. When the sweltering heat dried all those shrubs up, overgrowth can leave your Phoenix home or business property at risk. Here are a few ways you can protect your property from fire.
Eliminate brush and overgrowth from your property
Dead bushes, broken branches, dried weeds, leaves, and other dead plants serve as kindling and can quickly ignite under the right circumstances like an errant cigarette or other flammable objects. Eliminating them is the first thing you'll want to do to make your property safer. It is recommended that you create at least a five-foot barrier around the property that is free of any fire dangers like flammable items. Use rocks instead of grass or keep your grass short and healthy. Even healthy plants can dry up quickly under the right circumstances like a broken drip system that goes undetected until the plant expires. Play it safe and keep the brush clear.
Store firewood away from your home
Keep firewood and other lumber away from your house. As we get into the colder season, it’s tempting to stock up on firewood for cool outdoor firepits; it's best to keep the wood in a fire-resistant box or at least cover it with a tarp, keeping it a safe distance from the property at all times. Never pile up wood right up against your house; you’re just adding potential kindling to the fire! Fire remediation specialists often see this as a contributing factor to fire starting or spreading in a home. Keep it away and stay safe.
Keep your rain gutters clean
When gutters aren't cleaned regularly, they fill up with dead leaves and other potentially flammable materials which will easily spark, especially during the hot days or from a random spark from that outdoor firepit. Cleaning them regularly keeps them clean of any potentially flammable debris. Make it a habit to regularly check your rain gutters to ensure there’s no blockage or debris.
Check smoke detectors frequently
Smoke detectors are one of your home’s last lines of defense should a fire occur. Be sure to check the batteries and test the smoke detectors regularly. New smoke detectors on the market can even alert you on your phone to any fire dangers putting your property at risk so that you can take necessary precautions. A small fire or a smoldering item in your home can be prevented from turning into a full-fledged fire with fast action. Smoke detectors are critical to keeping your home safe.
The weather in Arizona has been more than a little unpredictable this year. While sizzling hot weather and monsoon lighting appear to be gone, don’t stop being diligent about fire safety in and around your home. Should you experience a fire, contact SERVPRO of Central Phoenix 24/7 at 602-386-4268. We’ll work with you to restore your home before the fire happened.