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Crime Scene Cleanup for Phoenix Businesses

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Crime scene cleanup for businesses in Phoenix can be a tough task to handle alone. With a multitude of laws, regulations, and work to be done, business owners and managers have their hands full if they want to reverse any damage done without leaving permanent visual reminders of the events that could disrupt workflow or even keep a business closed indefinitely. SERVPRO offers the expertise and equipment necessary to handle clime scene cleanups while working around regulations and avoiding further damage to the building and any equipment inside.

Biohazard cleanup after a crime

One of the most important reasons to hire a specialist crime scene cleanup company for your business is to ensure that biohazards such as blood and bodily fluids are cleaned up without any risk to your employees or customers. SERVPRO technicians possess the safety equipment necessary to handle these materials with minimal risk as we follow IICRC best practices. You should never attempt to clean up these fluids yourself; always leave this type of cleanup to the professionals!

Damage restoration following a crime

Broken glass, damaged walls, and other damage all need an experienced professional to return it back to the state they were in before the crime occurred. We work with most of the materials present in local business buildings on a day-to-day basis and know the specialized treatments and repair techniques necessary to reverse damages for as little cost as possible. Our equipment and disinfecting agents are highly rated for effective cleanup and sanitation. Our pros will assess the extent of the damage and make recommendations for repair or removal as appropriate.

Working with insurance company claims

Insurance companies work with and may even recommend SERVPRO to their commercial clients because we deliver exceptional quality care with minimal risk to both the contents of your business, its equipment, and other capital investments and the structure itself. We can work with your insurance provider and help you with many of the aspects of filing a claim after a crime as far as documenting our services.

SERVPRO of Central Phoenix provides fast, certified, and professional damage cleanup and restoration services for businesses in the area. Call us at (602) 386-4268 for our help with any situation at your place of business.

Rain Isn’t the Only Damaging Element of Arizona Monsoons

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

Monsoons have officially arrived in Arizona! Whether you love the dramatic rainfall that storms bring, or dread the weather change this time of year, one thing is for sure: monsoons can bring damage to both homes and businesses. While most assume the torrential rain is the main threat of monsoons, the season is actually a trifecta of potential dangers: water, wind, and fire.

What are monsoons in Arizona?

From light sprinkles to high winds to dust storms to lightening, monsoons can bring the whole package Typically, the monsoon season in Arizona lasts between the months of June and September, bringing us our cool relief in the hot summer months. The long-term average rainfall in the state is 5.37 inches. As the monsoon arrives an increased threat of lightning comes with it. Lightning, accompanied by little rainfall, start many fires each year in homes, buildings, and outdoor areas. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) lightning causes over 22,000 fires each year. The Insurance Information Institute states that lightning strikes cost roughly $900 million in homeowner’s insurance losses each year. That is JUST lightning strikes! Add in damage from strong winds and water from torrential rains and you can imagine the damage experienced during monsoon season.

How to protect your home from storm damage

There are some steps you can take to protect your home from water, wind, and lightning strikes:

  • Use a home lightning protection system. This can include lightning rods, main conductors, grounds, bonds, or surge protectors.
  • Unplug electronics and appliances.
  • Install surge protectors/surge suppressors.
  • Be sure to check your insurance policy to make sure you have coverage for damage caused by lightning.
  • Have your roof checked prior to monsoon season to ensure there are no loose tiles that can be impacted by wind or weak areas that can let rain in
  • Bring lawn furniture and other items inside that could be picked up by heavy winds and strike the house
  • Check that the seals on your doors and windows are moisture-proof
  • Be sure your exterior landscaping pitches away from the house
  • Clear rain gutters

What to do if your home experiences storm-related damage

After any storm damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. Once the pros at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix show up, you’re in good hands! We offer a range of effective restorative tactics, including debris removal and emergency board-up or tarping by our contracting division. Our licensed contractors can also oversee the reconstruction and renovation of your property once storm mitigation is complete. Our technicians focus on every damaging effect throughout your property from air quality concerns to soot and smoke residue removal to moisture removal and preventing mold growth. We offer comprehensive restoration from the initial inspection through the final walkthrough to make the process more efficient and cost-effective for our customers.

We hope that you are never faced with storm damage, but if you are, remember that SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is available 24/7 to help. Our IICRC Certified technicians have years of experience in the field and the training to handle any storm damage situation.  Call us if you experience a lightning strike, wind damage, or water damage from a monsoon storm that causes damage to your home. Call us at 602-386-4268 to help you recover sooner!

Protecting Your Property from Flames This Fire Season

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Valley firefighters are preparing for an active brush fire season this year after all the heavy winter rain we had. Even if your home is in the “suburbs” chances are there are still areas around your neighborhood and home with shrubbery and other potentially flammable items. SERVPRO of Central Phoenix all too often sees the devastation of losing a home or place of business to fire damage when they could have been prevented. We’ve come up a few ways you can protect your property from becoming a disaster.

Look at your surroundings well before fire season starts

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. Dead pine needles, leaves, and other dead plants serve as 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.

Store firewood away from your home

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. While it might seem unlikely that it could catch fire, errant cigarette ash, firework or other fire source is all it takes for firewood to ignite, so it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Keep your gutters clean

When rain gutters aren't cleaned regularly, they fill up with dead leaves and pine needles which will easily spark especially during the sweltering summer days. Depending on how open they are, creatures can build a nest, which can be highly flammable, in these gutters. Cleaning them regularly keeps them clean of any flammable debris, and prevents the need for fire remediation down the road!

Check all smoke detectors regularly

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. Too often, firefighters tell of homes that were ablaze without warning because smoke detectors weren’t functioning. Stay safe and test those detectors!

While there’s no guarantee that your home won’t experience a fire disaster at some point, following these simple tips can help protect your home and keep you safe. If you do experience fire damage of any kind, reach out to SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at 602-386-4268 to get the help you need, 24/7.

Storm Safety for Your Phoenix Business

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Monsoons will be here before you know it, and it’s a good time to brush up on some storm safety tips for your business that you can use so you’re not caught off guard and can protect your building from damage and what to do if you need storm damage assistance.

Monsoons in Arizona and the damage they cause

Monsoons can be quite dramatic, but severe thunderstorms produce dangerously heavy winds and lightning strikes, not to mention flooding; all of which can impact your office building. Sometimes, flash flooding, power outages, and property damage can result from severe weather. Take heed of these suggestions to protect your office building.

Prepare during severe storm watches

When monsoon season is underway, residents usually get a bit of a heads up when a storm is approaching, as well as how damaging it can potentially be. When a watch is issued, it means that conditions are just right for severe storms to develop. Tune into your radio or TV frequently for up-to-date information, and use this time to prepare your office building for a storm:

  • Review the community's emergency warning system and protocols so you know what to watch for.
  • At your place of work, reiterate company policy for severe weather safety to all employees.
  • Secure loose equipment or furnishings around your building.
  • Reschedule outdoor events for better weather; don’t risk having an event even if a storm appears mild as they can build momentum easily and grow.

Once a warning is in effect, your preparations to your office building will improve safety throughout your business and hopefully avoid or minimize damage.

Stay indoors until the storm passes

Most monsoon storms move on within an hour or so or become less dangerous after the initial impact. Regardless of how long the storm takes to pass or subside, plan to stay put until the high winds, lightning, and heavy rain or hail are over. It may be tempting to tell employees to go home to shelter, but it’s best for everyone to stay put until the bulk of the storm has passed. While waiting for the danger to pass, take appropriate safety precautions:

  • Shutter doors and windows and stay away from windows, glass doors, and skylights in your office building.
  • Avoid standing near electrical equipment, including electrical telephones, and don’t work on any electronics during a storm.
  • Move away from plumbing systems that may burst.
  • Unplug any electronics as possible until storm passes, especially during lighting storms

Listen to weather updates

Experts recommend waiting about 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder before leaving the safety of your business to make your way home. While it may seem like a mild monsoon storm, lightning and other situations caused by the storm can do you harm, so don’t take unnecessary chances. Even once the storm has passed, there’s the potential for flooding, debris in roadways, downed electrical lines and more. Stay tuned to local news for updates on hazardous conditions.

Contact SERVPRO if you experience storm damage

Every year during monsoons, there are fallen trees on buildings, roofs collapsing, and flooding. It’s a good idea to have a reputable storm remediation company’s information on hand so you can get help recovering quickly for your business. SERVPRO of Central Phoenix specializes in storm damage cleanup and restoration. Available 24/7, we can help you get your home or office back to normal. Contact us at (602) 386-4268 to get the help you need.

SERVPRO Protects Your Family and Property During a Biohazard Cleanup

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

When you hear the term “biohazard” some people envision some sort of toxic environmental situation that they’ll likely never face. However, “biohazard cleanup” may include the removal of blood or other bodily functions, as well as hoarding situations or the presence of drug substances. Some kinds of cleanup are just best left to professionals. Because of the nature of the substances deposited and the training needed to eliminate them safely, the aftermath of hoarding, a health crisis, or criminal activity in your home requires professional attention. Our staff is well trained, and our equipment is designed to help you through this catastrophe.

Crime scene cleanup

If the unimaginable happens in your home, our crime scene cleanup experts can handle it. Whether a traumatic injury or death results in the need for blood or other bodily fluid removal or vandalism or drug trafficking activity surprises you when you return after a time away, we are ready to restore your home and your peace of mind. The pathogens likely present when blood and other fluids saturate your carpets, walls, furnishings, and other surfaces and possession must be removed following applicable safety and health codes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and local health inspection agencies mandate the procedures employed. SERVPRO of Central Phoenix ensures that all our employees responding to your home are fully certified and experienced in this specialized restoration area.

Drug situations in your home

It’s not uncommon for drug activity to happen when homes are left unoccupied for a length of time. If you come back to your home after a prolonged absence and find drug activity has occurred, act fast and with caution. When potent drugs such as synthetic narcotics and opioids or methamphetamines are involved at a crime scene, even casual contact may unwanted circumstances. Do not expose yourself or your family to these risks. Let our SERVPRO experts clear your home of these and other dangerous substances.

Police activity can cause a biohazard situation

Police enforcement efforts during an event may fill your home with irritants such as tear gas and pepper spray. Evidence-gathering materials can stain and damage surfaces, fixtures, and furnishings. SERVPRO crews use efficient cleaning products and methods to eradicate these residues. Deodorization strategies including advancements such as thermal or ULV foggers and hydroxyl or other oxygenation generators are sometimes necessary to return your home to its pre-crime condition.

Help with hoarding and other biohazardous situations

Family members sometimes face an uncomfortable situation if a loved one has become a hoarder. Besides being overly messy, hoarding can lead to more toxic situations when foods and other substances rot or deteriorate over time. Food and other products can lead to a biohazard situation that again requires the professional intervention of a hoarding cleanup professional. We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

SERVPRO is here to help

You deserve to be treated with respect and compassion in the aftermath of a crime committed in your home. SERVPRO employees receive sensitivity training as part of their coursework in crime scene restoration. We pledge to be there for you and your family on all levels as we help during this challenging time. Contact SERVPRO of Central Phoenix for your post-crime scene cleanup needs. We are available 24/7 at (602) 386-4268.

Getting Your Home Ready for Storm Season

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

In theory, we still have a few months before monsoon season is here, but now is the time to prepare your home. Upcoming monsoon storms will leave behind plenty of local storm damages so preparing your home beforehand makes sense. We’ve listed a few activities you can do to protect your property from the monsoon damages.

Prepare Trees for Storm Season

One of the most common hazards that occurs during a monsoon storm is the uprooting of trees. Not only that, but heavy branches being also ripped off tossed about can cause some damage too. The microbursts tend to uproot trees of any size and carry outside furniture and play equipment down the street or a neighbor’s backyard if you end up finding it at all! Not only can this cause damages to your property, but it can also cause some danger if nearby power lines are affected. Be sure that all your smaller or newly planted trees are double staked; if you’re not sure how to do that, ask a landscaper to assist you in securing those trees. You want them loose enough to give enough room for the tree to bend with the gusty winds, but secure enough to prevent them from being ripped out of the ground or broken off by powerful winds. You should also trim the more mature trees to eliminate the branches that are thinner so that the limbs will have less weight. A professional tree trimming company will know how to do that safely without damaging the tree.

Check Windows and Doors for Sealing

Now is the time to go through your home and inspect all the windows and doors for any spaces or gaps where water and dirt can seep through. If you see any space within the frames where the seal is, it’s time to replace that weather stripping, or get a professional to come in and do it for you. While a tiny gap might be tempting to ignore, even the smallest amount of water will come in through that opening and cause mold which can spread around and will require professional mold remediation and removal. Replacing the weatherstripping will also prevent the dust from getting inside and settling on all the furniture, floors, and carpet after a heavy windstorm.

Check Out Your Roof

Get up on your roof (or have a professional do it for you) and look for any loose shingles or tiles before the storm season begins. This should be done regularly throughout the monsoon season. Strong storm winds often displace shingles and tiles which leave the property vulnerable to the storm elements that could cause even more damages. Missing tiles are more than a cosmetic issue; they protect your roof so be sure to be diligent here.

Check Drainage Around Your Home

In the past, have you ever noticed any issues with the drainage patterns which cause all the water to collect into pools? If you have, get that professionally addressed before the storms come. Protecting your investment from any potential water damages is obviously in your best interest. It’s important that water drains away from your home, not puddle up against it.

Make Room in the Garage Before the Monsoon

Unsecured items outside of your property leave everyone at risk. The monsoon winds can be extremely powerful, capable of picking up objects from the ground, and carrying them somewhere else. Just make sure to clear away enough space in your garage to put bicycles and whatever else you may have unsecured on your property, like patio furniture or pool toys. If microbursts can uproot large trees, knock down brick walls, and carry trampolines down the street then they can easily swipe your furniture and other items, potentially causing even more local storm damage.

We're here to help with storm damage

Regardless of how careful you are, life still happens, and there will still be some flooding and storm damages each year. That is why SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is here if it happens to your home. Available 24/7/365 for any emergency disaster! Contact us at 602-386-4268. Our technicians are highly skilled, and well-trained and are here to help if you experience any local storm damages during this upcoming monsoon season.

Cleaning Up After a House Fire

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

After a homeowner experiences a house fire, cleaning ash and soot residues becomes essential to get a home back to normal once the initially damaged belongings are addressed or disposed of. Smoke created by a fire fills the house and leaves behind not only an odor but residue that’s difficult to clean. Soot residues discolor and ruin contents and materials inside your house, which is why it’s important to focus on ash and soot cleanup after a home fire and get professional help doing so.

Deciding to replace or clean damaged items

Replacing items inside your home can get expensive, so cleaning items instead can save you money if it’s a feasible option. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Phoenix use a variety of approaches to clean during the fire mitigation process, depending on what is damaged by soot and smoke. The purpose of cleaning smoke-related damage is to restore the materials to the conditions they were before the fire whenever possible. Depending on the items, some cleaning 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. SERVPRO professionals are well-versed in cleaning such items and the best approach to take.

Fundamentals of cleaning damaged items

There are a few fundamental elements required to address residues so that they get removed effectively. The first component of cleaning is temperature. Heat increases the speed of chemical reactions in products. SERVPRO's fire restoration technicians know how to select the best temperature based on which chemical gets used and the material being cleaned. The next component is agitation. When soot-damaged materials get disturbed, the residues get dislodged, and chemicals get distributed across the surface which can make it easier to clean. 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 are constructed to cause a reaction with the soot, therefore assisting in soot removal. The reactions that take place include dissolving, emulsifying, oxidizing, bleaching, and digesting. The last component of cleaning is time. Most chemicals need time to effectively react to the soot. The amount of time needed varies based on the product, type of residue, and the kind of surface affected by soot. Our techs know this and know how to leverage time to their benefit for the best results.

Call SERVPRO if you experience a house fire

In most situations, smoke and soot get removed the best by using a variety of approaches to cleaning. For professional help with cleaning residues call SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268 any time of the day. Our technicians will strive to restore all your possessions to pre-fire conditions to help you recover from the disaster of a house fire.

Dealing With Plumbing Leaks and The Water Damage It Causes

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Plumbing problems can result in major water damage to your home. When problems with plumbing cause excessive flooding, it requires the removal of equipment that most homeowners typically don’t own. Whether it's a slow leak or a full-scale burst pipe, the after-effects of crawlspaces, subfloor, and carpet pads that become saturated by water can cause lasting harm to a property's structure. It’s best to call in water remediation specialists to help with water removal and remediation.

How SERVPRO removes damaging water from your home

When our experts get called out to perform water cleanup, we bring the cavalry with us. Truck-mounted extraction units have stronger suction than their portable counterparts and can be vital in draining harder-to-reach areas. We usually reserve these trucks for commercial cleanups, but the large tanks they offer do come in handy for larger jobs at private properties. When it comes to removing water, we use water pumps at first, before moving in with more precise wet/dry vacuums and extraction wands. Our technicians pass a stringent training program before working in our franchises, so they understand exactly how to deal with water removal safely and thoroughly. Their training allows them to use advanced techniques to make sure moisture can be removed from even difficult-to-reach areas.

Especially tough areas to dry aren’t a challenge for us

Floorboards can be particularly difficult to dry, which is why SERVPRO uses flat lay drying techniques. A sheet is laid onto the affected surface and air circulation is applied; as the sheet inflates, water is drawn out and into the air. This technique is exceptionally useful in the removal of moisture from between floorboards or gaps in your home’s structure. It can also be effective in keeping the floorboards from warping if they aren’t completely dried. We do everything we can to dry out and retain materials whenever possible. Carpets may be pulled up, pads replaced, and subfloors inspected to ensure every ounce of moisture has been removed. All of these are notorious for retaining water undetected, so our techs make sure to do a thorough job to ensure everything is completely dry before putting them back in place.

Next steps to water removal and remediation

Once we’re sure that all water has been removed, we place rapid air-movers into the affected area to circulate hot air, which evaporates the last of the moisture. It is part of a two-step process that guards against the risk of mold or mildew buildup after a leak. The second step is to place humidifiers into the affected area and remove the evaporated moisture from the air. Once completed, our technicians remove all equipment as well as any materials that need discarding if we feel they are beyond remediation due to excessive moisture or other damage. We will always walk you through the affected area to show you where work has been completed, where items have been restored, and which items need replacing and why. We understand that replacing items can get expensive, so we work hard towards restoration rather than replacement to keep costs as low as possible for our customers. The customers are always in the loop with every step.

If you need water removal right away, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268 to get the help you need; we’re available 24/7 for water emergencies.

Knowing When It’s Time to Call in Professional Help for Water Damage

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

We’ve all been there: we let a bathtub get too full, let a kitchen sink overrun, or maybe the toilet chose the worst time possible to overflow. If you catch these events quickly and mop up the excess water, you likely have dodged any long-term water damage as long as no moisture seeped into walls, floorboards, or under cupboards. Unfortunately, sometimes 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. Or, you may have a water incident like that toilet or bathtub, but the water sat for a substantial time before you caught it. Drying this damage fully 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 professional when you experience water damage in your home.

Drying out your home

Drying out the water-damaged items within your home begins with an assessment of the full scope of the damage that exists. 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. This gives us a distinct advantage in water damage assessment to efficiently inspect for potential concerns beyond easily visible issues. What might look like minimal water damage could be much more substantial; having a professional come in and detect moisture behind walls and floorboards can be crucial in negating future damage.

Addressing water damage issues

To assist with the water damage restoration work that SERVPRO does for every water damage project we begin, we depend on the advanced technologies at our disposal. These tools help to make the restoration process more efficient and offer the homeowner peace of mind that the job is getting done correctly and thoroughly. Our moisture detection equipment is a great example of this, as these tools help to show undetected areas of moisture you can’t see without tearing out materials. The combined use of air movers and industrial-strength dehumidifiers can have a powerful effect on drying out your home. Air movers force water rooted into materials like the cabinetry and walls, as well as other items, out into the air to get removed by the dehumidification equipment. This helps avoid potential issues with mold and mildew that could otherwise grow from residual moisture.

We are the water damage

We 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 the full measure of 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, even if the water damage appears minimal. Know when to call the experts: give us a call at (602) 386-4268 to get the help you need.

Be Prepared for Power Outages Caused by Heavy Storms

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

There are a couple of times a year when Phoenix homeowners are at higher risk for a power outage. In the hottest summer months, we sometimes experience brief power outages as demand skyrockets. These outages are typically short, and power is restored quickly. The other time of year is during our monsoon season, when high winds, heavy rains, and flooding can cause havoc on our power system. Here’s how to be prepared for a power outage during storm season.

Be prepared for a power outage

Having a bit of knowledge under your belt will help you be better prepared for an outage. First, it’s always a good idea to create an emergency preparedness kit with a flashlight, batteries, and first aid supplies. Keep a spare power source available to charge cell phones and any other important devices that require power in case the outage is extensive. If you have an electric garage door opener, make sure you know where the manual release lever is located and how to operate it. There’s no reason for your car to be trapped in the garage if you know how to use the manual release lever. You might always want to have a few frozen water bottles and ice on hand to help keep perishable food cold. Learn and keep copies of your community's pre-established emergency preparedness plans. These can help you locate available shelters to provide assistance as needed if the power outage is significant or results in other damage. Create a backup plan for any essential, power-dependent medical devices that you rely on. Business owners can also prepare their businesses by having a plan in place. SERVPRO offers an emergency readiness plan to help be prepared for any disaster.

What to do during a power outage

Prioritize the use of flashlights for emergency lighting over candles. If you’re not careful, candles can cause fires, so use them with caution and never leave them unattended. Don’t open refrigerator and freezer doors closed unless absolutely necessary. An unopened freezer can keep cold for approximately 48 hours; while an unopened refrigerator can keep items cool for approximately 4 hours. Never attempt to burn charcoal indoors to cook food with. Never use an oven as a source of heat either. If the power outage is for an extended period of time, make arrangements to go to another location if necessary. Consider going to a movie theater or shopping mall that might be open around you. Consider using surge protectors in the event of a power surge; otherwise, unplug your electronics as a sudden power surge can cause permanent damage to your electronic devices. Monsoon storms are notorious for power surges! While generators can be particularly useful, talk to an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing a generator for your home. Make sure any generator you use is away from your house and don’t connect it to your home's electrical system for use inside your home.

After you experience an extended power outage

If you have any perishable food that was at 40°F for more than at least 2 hours, has a non-normal odor, color, or texture, dispose of it immediately. If food in your freezer is colder than 40°F but still has ice crystals on it, it can still be frozen again and recovered. Fully restock your emergency kit with all new supplies. Be careful when powering items back up; don’t boot up everything at once! Most importantly, take stock of what you had and what you could have used during this outage and add it to your to-do list for future power outages.

No one expects a power outage in their home. While oftentimes these outages are brief, storms can cause delays in getting power restored, so having a before, during and after plan can keep you safe and not too inconvenienced. If you experienced any damage as result of the storm, contact SERVPRO of Central Phoenix 24/7 to address your damage. Call us at 602-386-4268 to get the help you need to recover.