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Hidden Water Leak Brings Enthusiastic Mold

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden Water Leak Brings Enthusiastic Mold Mold within a wall from a hidden leak in a Central Phoenix home

A hidden water leak within your wall will leave you with an overwhelming amount of mold if it goes untreated for a time. You may not even know you have a hidden water leak within your wall for a while and when you finally go to have it taken care of, mold, mold and more mold is found. It’s purple, black, and orange and now it demands to have a professional mold remover to remediate.

So how are you supposed to know if and when you have a hidden water leak behind your wall? Let’s go over some subtle red flags that will help you identify if you have one.

  • Prime conditions for mold is moisture and darkness which are generally behind walls and under the floors. If a pipe starts leaking behind a wall mold will grow and spread. If you spot mold in an unexpected place where water doesn't typically collect, you may have a hidden water leak.
  • Paint or wallpaper peeling off from walls
  • Mysterious mildew smell
  • Ceiling or wall that is cracking or buckling with water-stains
  • A wall that has a weird stain for no reason at all

If you don’t see any of these red flags, there is an alternative way to find out if you have a hidden water leak within your wall. Here’s what you do.

  • Turn off all appliances that use water
  • Go to your water meter and write down the number of gallons used by your household.
  • Wait about 3 hours or more and during this time refrain from using any water at all.
  • Look at the water meter again and if the number has increased, then you’ve got a hidden water leak.

The effects of mold on people can be quite serious. Especially for those with compromised respiratory issues like asthma or mold allergies. Mold from a hidden water leak requires a professional mold remediator and remover like our techs at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix.

Author, Chris Butas
Project Manager at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix

Chris Butas is our Senior Estimator and Commercial Project Manager and has been with SERVPRO of Central Phoenix for over 15 years. Chris is IICRC certified as a WRT in water damage restoration and has experience in all types of floods and water damages.

Common Causes of Indoor Flooding & Water Damages

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Indoor flooding that causes water damage to your Phoenix home is one of the worst scenarios you can go through as a homeowner. Water is constantly flowing into your home through sinks, toilets, tubs and washing machines leaving you at risk for a flooded home should something break or malfunction.

With indoor flooding being the leading cause of water damage, learning the top common causes and ways to prevent such a disaster is essential to protecting your investment. First and foremost, it’s important to keep a list of phone numbers handy to your trusted plumber, a water mitigation company, like SERVPRO of Central Phoenix, and your insurance company.

Broken or Leaky Pipes

A leaky pipe is a huge red flag that indoor flooding could easily happen at any given moment. It only takes minutes to flood your home causing major damages that will require the need for water damage repairs. Broken pipes in your walls can cause hidden floods creating the ideal environment for mold, leaving you in need of mold remediation.

Clogged Sewer or Drain Pipes

A clogged up sewer or drain pipe may not seem too threatening at the time, but those clogs can easily cause your sinks, tubs and toilets to overflow and cause a huge disaster of damages which will need sewage cleanup and restoration. It’s always best to play it safe and refer to your plumber to maintain your sewer and drain pipes when needed.

Malfunctioning Washing Machine Hose

A common problem with washing machines is a faulty intake hose, which are responsible for bringing in the water to the machine. A leaky intake hose can quickly flood your home, leaving you in a panic. You can install a machine valve shutoff kit, but there’s still no guarantee your machine will not flood.

Indoor flooding and water damage happens to homes in Phoenix all too often, and though you cannot control it, it’s important to do all you can to prevent it from happening. If you do find yourself in need of flood and water damage restoration services in Phoenix, call SERVPRO of Central Phoenix, available 24/7 for emergency services. Our certified technicians utilize state of the art techniques to restore your property back to its preloss condition and we will work along with your insurance company.

Author, Chris Butas
Project Manager at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix

Chris Butas is our Senior Estimator and Commercial Project Manager and has been with SERVPRO of Central Phoenix for over 15 years. Chris is IICRC certified as a WRT in water damage restoration and has experience in all types of floods and water damages.

Phoenix Infectious Disease Cleanup and Disinfecting

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Health and safety are paramount to a person’s livelihood in Phoenix, Arizona. Infectious disease control, like MRSA and C. diff (Clostridium difficile) prevention, is a primary factor in maintaining the health and safety of those we love and everyone else in the general public. The idea of dealing with an infectious disease outbreak is overwhelming requiring a local Phoenix unique bio-hazard cleanup professional.

Bio-hazardous situations that were brought on by bacteria, viruses and infectious diseases are a very serious problem risking everyone's health. Many times these particular pathogens can not be seen by the naked eye, therefore making the bio cleanup nearly impossible for those not experienced in it. When it comes to decontaminating surfaces and airborne Infectious diseases, it’s important to call on a professional.

Technicians like the ones at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix are licensed by the State of Arizona. They are well trained and skilled in bio-hazard remediation, including disinfecting communicable diseases and come with a lot of experience.

Infectious Diseases & Bio-hazard Cleanup

All infectious diseases make up a bio-hazard situation as well as all bio-hazard situations make up of infectious diseases. It’s paramount to get the most experienced and skilled bio-hazard cleanup crew like the ones here at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix, who are certified and follow OSHA’s blood borne pathogen regulations.

The Bio-hazard Cleanup Procedure

The process of a bio-hazard cleanup requires diligence and thorough attention with the appropriate equipment and cleaning chemicals. Removing all traces of biologic material and disinfecting the areas are key in addition to deodorizing. After that, testing the affected areas to be sure that they are free of pathogens is also necessary.

Finally performing a disease control prevention strategy moving forward will help support a healthy and safe atmosphere.

5 Ways to Protect Phoenix Property From Active Brush Fire Season

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Phoenix Valley firefighters are preparing for an active brush fire season this year after all the heavy winter rain we had. In fact, recent strong winds are signaling to the Phoenix Fire Department that the start of brush fire season is approaching.

Washes and alleyways all around the Valley are seeing a lot more over-growth this year. When the sweltering heat dries all those shrubs up, these washes and alleyways now act as corridors that can carry a fire blocks away, leaving your Phoenix home or business property at risk.

SERVPRO of Phoenix all too often sees the devastation of losing a home or place of business to fire damage when, unfortunately they could have been prevented. We’ve come up with the top 5 ways you can protect your property from becoming a disaster.   

1. Eliminate Brush and Shrubbery Around Property

Dead pine needles, leaves and other dead plants serve as a kindling, like when you're attempting to start a fire. Eliminating them is the first thing you'll want to do. It is recommended that you create at least a five-foot barrier around the property that is free of any fire dangers. Use rocks instead of grass or keep your grass short and healthy.

2. Store Firewood Away From Building Structure

Keep firewood and other lumber away from the building structure. 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.

3. Keep Gutters Clean

When gutters aren't cleaned regularly, they fill up with dead leaves and pine needles which will easily spark especially during the hot summer days. Cleaning them regularly keeps them clean of any fire-worthy debris.

4. Check All Smoke Detectors

Be sure to check on 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.

5. Always Choose Fire-resistant Roofing and Paneling

Although it may be a bit pricey, ridding your building structure of any wooden shingles or wood paneling on the outside of your property could save you overall from property fire damage.

Phoenix Flooding, Monsoons, Broken Pipes, Punctured Roof? Call SERVPRO to Mitigate the Damage

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Phoenix Flooding, Monsoons, Broken Pipes, Punctured Roof? Call SERVPRO to Mitigate the Damage Carpet Restoration and Removal Post Flooding in Phoenix--Professionally Done by SERVPRO

How Flood from an Appliance Damages Your Phoenix Home Affects Carpeting

Some of the most noticeable effects of water damage that happen to carpet and rugs throughout your home are obvious. As they are made from porous and sensitive materials, most carpets are built without significant protection against water and flood intrusion. When a broken pipe spews water that submerges a carpet, it begins to undergo permanent changes that create lasting visual deficiencies in that section of your home's flooring. SERVPRO technicians are skilled at mitigating costs by replacing as little damaged material as possible, but after some of these effects, at least partial restoration features in many of our jobs.

Shrinking Carpets
One of the most obvious ways that carpet in your Phoenix home can sustain flood damage is through shrinkage of the material. As water fills the porous spaces between the fibers that compose your carpeting, those spaces expand and stretch out farther than they would when dry. As the water dries out, the gaps close again but may shrink far beyond what may be required to return to normal. Shrinking carpets also pull on tack strips and any other structural elements attached to the floor. In the case of the shrinkage being caused by groundwater flooding, then the wet materials must be discarded.

Bacterial and Fungal Growth
The longer it takes to remove water from your carpet, the more opportunities microbes such as mold and bacteria have to start to grow and form colonies in your home. Because these can sometimes cause health effects, they should be taken seriously and handled by a certified remediation company like SERVPRO.

Color Bleed
The pigments used in many carpets and rugs can begin to break down and bleed into nearby materials when soaked in water. A fast response is critical to ensure that all relevant materials can be separated and any existing discoloration can be rectified or at least stymied. SERVPRO responds Faster To Any Size Disaster to ensure that time-sensitive issues such as color bleeding cause as little damage as possible to your home.

SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is a fully certified provider of home damage mitigation and restoration services. Call us 24/7 for emergency help at (602) 386-4268.

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Introducing the Simple Way to Phoenix Fire Damage Remediation Success

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Introducing the Simple Way to Phoenix Fire Damage Remediation Success Odors can remain in the debris and in the walls of your home after a fire. Contact SERVPRO for effective fire damage remediation.

SERVPRO has the Equipment to Tackle Fire Odor in Phoenix

The only thing worse than fire damage in a home is being reminded of it every time you enter a room and smell those faint smoke odors left behind. That is why it is crucial, even with a minor fire, to have your home professionally restored so the unpleasant smell of soot can also be removed.

SERVPRO was called to mitigate fire odor in a Phoenix home left behind by a frying mishap in the kitchen. The smoke and soot damage was not severe, but as with most protein-type fires, the pungent odor was strong.

When SERVPRO technicians arrived, there were still tell-tale signs of the fire due to the discolored walls and ceiling area around the stove. Odor-causing particles can hide in the smoke residue, and it is important to remove. Our technicians used wet sponges with our deodorizing cleaning solutions to wipe away the traces on the walls and other surfaces affected by smoke and soot.

Protein fires are particularly tough to clean because the protein-rich fibers in foods such as meat or eggs burn as a nearly invisible mist and coats everything in the general vicinity with a fine layer that is difficult to see but has a scent. Worse, porous items such as upholstery on kitchen chairs, soak it up and require deep cleaning to remove the odor.

We have numerous techniques and methods for odor control, and we apply them depending on the unique circumstances and the level of treatment needed. The odor left in the kitchen was still potent even after thoroughly hand cleaning the affected parts of the room. One of our most powerful pieces of odor control equipment is an ozone machine which as the name implies, generates ozone. When ozone comes into contact with odor-causing molecules, oxidation happens, and the odor is removed at the molecular level.

Fire odor can be a terrible reminder of a fire in your kitchen. Call SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268; we have the equipment and expertise to eliminate odors left behind by fire damage.

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SERVPRO Understands That Flood Removal Needs To Happen Fast In Phoenix

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Understands That Flood Removal Needs To Happen Fast In Phoenix Our team has the training, expertise, and advanced equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Flood Removal in Phoenix Attic Needs Fast Action

Water from a storm doesn't have to spread over a large part of the home to cause flood damage. A water intrusion in a small area can do several types of damage ceilings, walls, flooring, wet objects and the potential for mold growth.

When a roof gets damaged in a Phoenix home and water enters the attic space, flood removal needs to happen as quickly as possible to mitigate damage. Sometimes when space is limited, we have to get creative to get the job done. If the repair to the roof is not done during the time our technicians are working, they can apply a temporary barrier to prevent any additional water from entering until the repair is completed.

Standing water needs to be removed to halt any further damage to the home and contents. SERVPRO technicians can use long hose attachments on extractors to get rid of the standing water in the attic that is too small to bring much equipment into.

Soaked insulation is removed so moisture is not retained. We position air movers and dehumidifiers to move air out and lower moisture as fast as possible. If the ceiling below the attic is showing signs of water saturation, technicians can drill weep holes to assist with drying. We use moisture probes to determine how far reaching the water intrusion was so there is no potential of mold growth from untreated areas.

After drying, SERVPRO technicians wipe down the affected areas to sanitize and inhibit the growth of bacteria and microbes. If affected drywall cannot be saved through our drying techniques, damaged sagging drywall is removed for safety. Often drying is enough to eliminate odors left from water. If there are any residual odors, we have the resources to neutralize them thoroughly.

SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is available 24/7 at (602) 386-4268 when you need flood removal from your home. The faster the process starts, the faster our expert technicians can make it "Like it never even happened."

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After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Central City Phoenix Home, Call Our Experts Right Away!

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Central City Phoenix Home, Call Our Experts Right Away! Professional services are a sure way of getting your home back to its preloss condition.

Tackling Staining During Water Cleanup In Central City Phoenix

Residential water spills require professional assistance to limit staining to furniture as well as guarding against secondary mold growth. Excess water in the home can be the result of a leak after heavy rainfall, a split pipe or a malfunctioning appliance. In some cases, the amount of liquid can cause problems with your subfloor or move underneath fittings. We have trained technicians who can help to clean staining and remove water.

One of the primary jobs we do is water cleanup in Central City Phoenix homes. SERVPRO equips our staff with a full range of chemical cleaning agents that can help to get your property back to preloss condition. Full sterilization using products like chlorine can pose a risk to your indoor air quality which is why we mainly use sanitizers, disinfectants, and antimicrobial treatments to keep your property safe during service.

All types of water contain some microbes. In the circumstances of a burst pipe or broken appliance these microbes can cause odors and staining; mainly if the water is stagnant. Other times, odor particles are released from furnishings which are loosened after coming into contact with moisture. Using a combination of cleaning sanitizers and drying techniques SERVPRO can limit the presence of odors in the home.

The first stage of the process is to clean staining from fabrics or walls while the surface texture is still wet. The likelihood of a successful restoration of upholstery is higher before stains are allowed to set. Using agitative cleaning methods, alongside foam cleaning for sensitive fabrics SERVPRO can target the damage before it becomes a permanent issue.

The second stage of the process is to dry the affected area thoroughly. Lingering odors commonly dissipate once the area is dry. We use portable extraction units to remove and dry water. Dehumidifiers can help to replace moisture with drier air as well as removing it from fabrics. Finally, we can use spray deodorizer on surfaces to ensure the offending odor is neutralized while they dissipate.

Professional services are a sure way of getting your home back to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268 to arrange service.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Phoenix Flood Removal Services

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Phoenix Flood Removal Services When you are faced with flood damage to your home we are ready and waiting 24/7 to help you with all your restoration needs.

Flood Removal in Phoenix Attic Needs Fast Action

Water from a storm does not have to spread over a large part of the home to cause flood damage. A water intrusion in a small area can do several types of damage ceilings, walls, flooring, wet objects and the potential for mold growth.

When a roof gets damaged in a Phoenix home and water enters the attic space, flood removal needs to happen as quickly as possible to mitigate damage. Sometimes when space is limited, we have to get creative to get the job done. If the repair to the roof is not completed during the time our technicians are working, they can apply a temporary barrier to prevent any additional water from entering until the repair is finished.

Standing water needs to be removed to halt any further damage to the home and contents. SERVPRO technicians can use long hose attachments on extractors to get rid of the standing water in the attic that is too small to bring much equipment into.

We position air movers and dehumidifiers to move air out and lower moisture as fast as possible. If the ceiling below the attic is showing signs of water saturation, technicians can drill weep holes to assist with drying. We use moisture probes to determine how far reaching the water intrusion was so there is no potential of mold growth from untreated areas.

After drying, SERVPRO technicians wipe down the affected areas to sanitize and inhibit the growth of bacteria and microbes. If affected drywall cannot be saved through our drying techniques, damaged sagging drywall is removed for safety. Often drying is enough to eliminate odors left from water. If there are any residual odors, we have the resources to neutralize them thoroughly.

SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is available 24/7 at (602) 386-4268 when you need flood removal from your home. The faster the process starts, the faster our expert technicians can make it "Like it never even happened."

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Trusted Fire Damage Options For Residents Of Phoenix

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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