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Water Damage ih Phoenix property

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

When flooding happens, regardless of the source, you need a professional service with years of experience and training to return your home to normal. A quick response means less property damage and lowers replacement costs.

Significant water damage in a Phoenix home is not something many people even consider possible. We are well known for our heat and the desert (and the Suns of course) but not for rain or cresting creeks and rivers. Most damage to a home is not from those sources, however. Broken plumbing such as a leaking faucet can cause thousands of dollars in damage before the homeowner is even aware of it. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to take care of it.

First, we inspect and secure your home. Technicians check for weakened sub-floors, crumbling drywall and electrical hazards. With the inspection complete, we board up the doors, windows, and other entrances to prevent loss from the elements, theft, and vandalism.

Now, we remove any standing water. If it is two inches or higher, our team deploys a set of sump pumps to get the job done. For amounts lower than two inches across the home, we use smaller water extractors. If the power is out, we also use one of the generators we maintain in our equipment inventory to ensure continuous electrical support.

Our next step is to examine the property no longer under water. There is always some water trapped in carpets and wood floors, so our SERVPRO IICRC industry certified technicians use special vacuums designed to remove water without damaging the nape of the carpet or surface of the wood. If the standing water was high enough, there might be some amount behind the walls as well. If we find excess water, we use extraction wands to draw it out. In almost every case of standing water, we recommend removing and replacing any carpet pads. It is rarely ever cost-effective to attempt to dry them.

Next, comes examination and repair of the carpets. We look for thinning lamination and damaged seams. Since the lamination is what holds the fibers together, too much loss means that the fibers detach when vacuumed and the carpet must be replaced soon. We can repair damage seams quickly and cheaply, but if too many fibers near the seam have begun to detach, it is not cost-effective.

As we complete repairs, other technicians check the inside humidity and the moisture levels of the surrounding structural property. For high concentrations in both, we deploy commercial dehumidifiers to assist and quicken the natural drying process. Depending on the size, these machines can draw over 25 gallons of water from the air each day. We also use air movers to force airflow over surfaces to dry them and push the damp, inside air out of your home. The air movers are particularly useful with wet drywall that has not yet begun to crumble and structural property (kitchen cabinets for example) that was not under water. If we do not lower the moisture levels, physical damage continues to your home, and the threat of a mold infestation begins as well. Our goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

Our last step is to perform a final inspection with you to show what we accomplished and make certain you are satisfied with our work. At SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix, this is not just a job. Every client is also one of our neighbors. Call us today at (623) 594-6033

 

What you need to know about asbestos

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage 3 common asbestos include: chrysotile, crocidolite and amosite

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance that can be pulled into a fluffy consistency. Asbestos fibers are soft and flexible yet resistant to heat, electricity and chemical corrosion. Pure asbestos is an effective insulator and c an be mixed in to cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them strong. 

These qualities once made asbestos very viable, but unfortunately, they also make asbestos highly toxic.

Asbestos hazards may occur during manufacturing of asbestos-containing products; performing brake or clutch repairs, renovating or demolishing buildings; or cleanup from those activities. Asbestos workers have increased  changes of getting two principal types of cancer: cancer of the lung tissue and mesothelioma.

Some materials are presumed to contain asbestos if installed before 1981: thermal system insulation, roofing and siding shingles, vinyl floor tiles, plaster, cement, putties, ceiling tiles and spray coatings, industrial pipe wrapping, etc. 

Testing for asbestos also need to be perform on commercial buildings.

Smoke and Soot Removal Best Practice

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

For people who’ve experienced a fire in their home, the initial cleanup of soot and water can be only the beginning. On top of the devastation of possibly losing irreplaceable personal items and memorabilia, the process of getting the home back in living order can be filled with difficulties.

Restoring the home requires professionals who are experienced in dealing with fires and restoration of the property. The national association that certifies companies’ expertise in fire cleanup is the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. IICRC-certified companies must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

IICRC, working with the manufacturers of carpet, upholstery and fabric, works to establish the standards on how these items can be restored, whether from fire or water damage. When it comes to cleaning, restoring and inspecting that items are safe to be replaced in the home, the IICRC writes the books, so their certification of a local company offers homeowners the reassurance that the fire restoration work will be done correctly.

SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix, is IICRC-certified, and our technicians receive ongoing training in the IICRC best practices. We also understand the need for immediate response, working with your insurance agent to document the loss and items that are able to be restored versus those that are a total loss.

If you ever experience a fire and need a restoration company, look for these factors in your chosen company:

  • Proof of proper insurances and licenses
  • Their level of experience in fire-related restoration
  • Formal and recent training in specialized fire restoration work
  • IICRC Certification

For restoration of your home and its contents after a fire, Litchfield & the West Valley turn to SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix We take pride in keeping our customers informed about their restoration work, and in upholding the standards of our IICRC certification.

SERVPRO has the equipment to detect hidden water damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Water gun battles between kids is a great way to beat the summer heat in Phoenix, but children and teens sometimes forget to dump out the water in their toys before bringing them inside. These can leak, just like pipes and the underside of drains, forming puddles that then begin to harm your home.

Although the water from a few squirt guns may seem minute and of little importance, Phoenix homeowners need to know that water damage happens wherever water penetrates porous materials within a home. Water from leaks in pipes is a bigger problem because they continually have pressure behind them, forcing more water out than what a toy holds. Washing dishes in the kitchen or hands in the bathroom rarely creates any problems, but when the drain pipe comes loose from either sink's drain hole, water can drip into the cabinet.

Throughout your home, you have appliances that use water in one way or another – either to provide cold water and ice, to wash dishes or laundry, or to heat water for washing and bathing. Each of these has its own feed line and drain system. These hoses, tubes, and pipes can form leaks, weaknesses at joints and connections, or simply break, in ways very similar to the plumbing in your home.

Checking these water lines is crucial if homeowners wish to prevent water damage from happening around these appliances. The interior of appliances can also malfunction and create problems with water, so paying attention to the floor around each appliance is worthwhile. Puddles or slight dampness can indicate internal problems warranting repairs. After repairing, the appliance should be working correctly, but the water lost into your floor or carpet remains inside your home's living space.

SERVPRO is always available to assist homeowners in restoring their homes after water damage occurs. Any event that seems cleaned up and taken care of can still cause problems. This is the reason why inspecting and assessing occurs before the beginning of any work. Hidden water from a leak can continue to create problems. Using our water detection equipment takes a very short time and can provide lots of information for the homeowner and us.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix hold certificates in Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying, ensuring that your home is fully restored and protected against future incidents. Contacting us at our local number, (623) 594-6033, can put a stop to water problems that harm your home.

Smells from Fires and SERVPRO Remediation

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

If you are dealing with the after-effects of a fire in your home, one of the biggest frustrations is the smell. It can foul the air for days, weeks and even months. People never get used to a bad smell. It can make your home unlivable. The technicians here at SERVPRO know how to deodorize thoroughly, making a home smell “Like it never even happened.”

Removing the source of fire damage odors in Phoenix is the first step. Our team never tries to cover up the smell. We know we need to eliminate the cause of the smell. Without doing that, efforts to deodorize don’t stand a chance. For example, charred materials left in place continue to give off an offensive smoky scent for months. That is why our experts remove building material and debris tainted with smoke residue before starting the process of deodorization.

Once our experts take away the cause of the smell, we turn our attention to deodorization. We clean all surfaces that have residue because even tiny particles can keep giving off the stench of smoke. Did you have a kitchen fire? Then your stove, counters, vent hood and cabinets likely need a thorough scouring, using advanced cleaning agents.

After cleaning, we ventilate the area to find out if odors linger. At SERVPRO, we use state-of-the-art tools and cleansers to remove smells from your home. We tailor the method to the cause of the problem. The rule of thumb is that “like works on like” in most cases. Special fog products often work on smells caused by smoke. It follows the original path of the smoke, deodorizing as it travels through your home.

Our team not only has access to industrial strength products and the latest tools. We also have the training to use them correctly. Each technician meets the standards of the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Cerfitication).

For help with odors and other fire damage restoration, call in the experts at SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix. Available 24/7, we are strategically located to serve Phoenix and surrended areas.

Steps to Take After a Storm Damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. 

If it is safe to move around your property, photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. 

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. At SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix, we provide 24-hour emergency service. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is here to support our neighbors in putting their home back together; however, we can help. Call today at (623) 394-6033 to get started with an inspection and an estimate.

Our Technicians Arrive With Tools to Handle Both Large and Small Scale Water Damage Events

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Besides boosting productivity, extractors are becoming increasingly popular in commercial water removal in Phoenix due to operator safety. These equipment are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery, as well as removing water from floors. They are usually made up of three main components -- vacuum system, pump, and heater -- all of which come into play when cleaning carpets and upholstery.
 
The task of commercial water removal in any Phoenix business requires professional services for maximum efficiency. At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly trained, IICRC-certified technicians who can relieve you of that stress. Our services are available 24/7, every day of the year, so you can reach us anytime.
 
There are many benefits of using an industrial grade extractor for commercial water removal, but the most important one is its deep cleaning capability. Our machines are effective with both high and low pile carpet, removing as much dirt and residue as possible.
 
Additionally, using carpet extractors allows SERVPRO professionals to deep clean specific areas of the water-damaged carpet. The massive water tank that comes with most models enables us to apply a cleaning solution to the fabric, ensuring that the carpet is thoroughly clean instead of just getting the dirt up. Heating technology helps to loosen dirt and grime from individual carpet strands. With the water drying within a couple of hours, this makes it a very practical water removal process.
 
Furthermore, the presence of a long wand ensures a great all-round cleanup process and reduces the need to relocate the extractor. As such, SERVPRO water damage technicians can remove excess water from a material by merely moving with the wand. Carpet extractors typically have a wide-mouthed wand that makes it easier to get closer to the base of the carpet as best as possible, regardless of the length of the pile.
 
Water extractors can be portable or truck-mounted. The former can be taken into the building and allows access to hard-to-reach areas, but the latter is more powerful and has its own power sources. Truck-mounted extractors

Water and Moisture Removal Get Your Business Doors Re-Opened

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage is something no business owner wants. Unfortunately, it only takes one broken pipe or faulty appliance to cause significant damage to your coffee shop. You may be left reeling and wondering how you are going to get your premises dry and ready to start serving customers again. After all, a closed business is a business which is not turning a profit, and that is not helpful for your ledger.

Water damage to your Phoenix coffee shop means it is time to put in a call to SERVPRO – We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We train our technicians in line with IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards so you can rest assured they are up to date on all the most efficient water damage remediation techniques.
 
An important part of remediating water damage to your business is to set a drying goal. A drying goal establishes the condition your premises should be in by the time our team has finished working on it. Our aim is always to restore your coffee shop to the status it was in before the water damage took place.
 
A drying goal ensures that we know what our aim is and can carefully monitor the process. If for any reason we are not on track to reach our goal we can adjust our process accordingly.
 
Setting a specific goal gives you the reassurance of knowing that our technicians are committed to restoring your shop.
 
A drying goal includes establishing moisture readings for affected parts of the structure of your shop, including the floor and the walls. Our team also sets out the ideal humidity that we want to reach. Moisture content and humidity readings, when taken together, give a complete picture. We use a moisture meter to measure and track moisture content, and a thermo-hygrometer to tell us the humidity of the air.
 
Our professionals use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your coffee shop, including the floors, walls, carpet, and furniture. We monitor progress as we go and do not stop until we reach our drying goal.
 
For help with drying your shop, call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix at (623) 594-6033 today.

SERVPRO Crew Race to Dry out Your Property

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

When it comes to small amounts of flooding, much of the damage is not to the home itself, but rather to the contents inside. An overflowing kitchen sink or a cracked pipe in the laundry room does not usually result in structural problems, but it can result in hundreds or thousands of dollars in repair and replacement of furniture throughout the house.

SERVPRO has decades of experience in restoring and repairing furniture in Phoenix after it suffers flood damage. We understand the effects of flooding and how to deal with all but the worst of them.

Wood or a wood composite (i.e. particleboard) makes up most furniture. Each type of material has its uses, but each one also has drawbacks when it comes to being affected by flooding.
Wood develops two problems after exposure to floodwater. There is swelling and cracking, as well as a weakening of the joints. The other problem is spotting, which damages the finish. Our technicians can remove most water spots with one of the wood care products in our chemical inventory. For great spotting, we may have to recommend a professional refinisher to repair the damage.

The best way to deal with swelling, cracking, and joint weakness is to remove the excess moisture carefully. Too fast or too slow can cause permanent damage. Our technicians use dehumidifiers to draw out moisture and, if needed, use air movers to force warm, dry air across the surface and underneath an item to speed up the process.

Particleboard does not survive exposure to water very well. Since it makes up pieces like kitchen and bathroom cabinets and other cheaply made and replaceable items, only one side is laminated or otherwise treated to repel moisture. Since the opposite side is exposed, the treated side acts as a vapor barrier, which does not allow moisture to pass through the board, trapping the water and eventually warping the cabinets.

If there is no visible warping, our technicians may be able to lower the moisture content and restore an item made from particleboard. Since the pieces are relatively cheap, we recommend replacing them rather than investing the time and effort to keep them.

Returning your home to its pre-flooded condition requires a company with the experience and training to complete the process as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is here to support our neighbors in putting their home back together; however, we can help. Call today at (623) 394-6033 to get started with an inspection and an estimate.

SERVPRO has the equipment to detect hidden water damage

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water gun battles between kids is a great way to beat the summer heat in Phoenix, but children and teens sometimes forget to dump out the water in their toys before bringing them inside. These can leak, just like pipes and the underside of drains, forming puddles that then begin to harm your home.

Although the water from a few squirt guns may seem minute and of little importance, Phoenix homeowners need to know that water damage happens wherever water penetrates porous materials within a home. Water from leaks in pipes is a bigger problem because they continually have pressure behind them, forcing more water out than what a toy holds. Washing dishes in the kitchen or hands in the bathroom rarely creates any problems, but when the drain pipe comes loose from either sink's drain hole, water can drip into the cabinet.

Throughout your home, you have appliances that use water in one way or another – either to provide cold water and ice, to wash dishes or laundry, or to heat water for washing and bathing. Each of these has its own feed line and drain system. These hoses, tubes, and pipes can form leaks, weaknesses at joints and connections, or simply break, in ways very similar to the plumbing in your home.

Checking these water lines is crucial if homeowners wish to prevent water damage from happening around these appliances. The interior of appliances can also malfunction and create problems with water, so paying attention to the floor around each appliance is worthwhile. Puddles or slight dampness can indicate internal problems warranting repairs. After repairing, the appliance should be working correctly, but the water lost into your floor or carpet remains inside your home's living space.

SERVPRO is always available to assist homeowners in restoring their homes after water damage occurs. Any event that seems cleaned up and taken care of can still cause problems. This is the reason why inspecting and assessing occurs before the beginning of any work. Hidden water from a leak can continue to create problems. Using our water detection equipment takes a very short time and can provide lots of information for the homeowner and us.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix hold certificates in Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying, ensuring that your home is fully restored and protected against future incidents. Contacting us at our local number, (623) 594-6033, can put a stop to water problems that harm your home.

Professional Mold Remediation

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

Battling with mold growth on your own can make many to feel like it is a losing battle. Using bleach to clean mold away from surfaces, a method claimed by many people to work well is counter-productive and can be part of the reason that mold returns to the same location repeatedly.

There is no reason to continue your solo-battle against mold damage in your home. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is only a phone call away. We are ready to help you with the devastation that microbial infestations can cause, 
 
The climate in Phoenix can be dry, but mold damage can still happen to your home's interior. The tiniest drip from a water line can provide enough moisture for fungal infestations to prosper in hidden areas of your home. This shows how vital a nutrient water is for the spores.
 
Remove water from the interior environment of your home, and unwanted mold colonies find it nearly impossible to return after they have been cleaned away. Removing mold with the use of bleach fails to work as claimed because of bleach's high concentration of water and the physics involving permeability of a common material used in homes – sheets of drywall. Our IICRC trained technicians, here at SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix, can win your battle and let you relax.
 
Moisture can penetrate into the drywall, while bleach molecules are too large to do the same. While water remains inside the porous drywall, and available to mold's hyphae, all of the bleach remains on the surface, only discoloring this tough, durable, but tiny microbe, creating the illusion that the mold has been killed and removed.
 
To remove unwanted mold and prevent damage, remediation is required. During this process, any materials affected by mold damage are removed and repaired, so the area involved is completely restored, “Like it never even happened.” Hard surfaced materials such as cast iron, glass, and ceramic tiles can be cleaned and treated. These materials cannot be penetrated by fungi as it grows, but any dust or other minute debris can provide the basic surface changes to allow this to happen.
 
When an area has re-attained a normal microbe level again, treating the previously affected areas with microbe-inhibitors can prevent recurrences. This can include a special liquid that is applied like paint or simply sprayed on directly. After it has dried, it is both long-lasting, but also safe around children and pets.
 
There is no reason to continue your solo-battle against mold damage in your home. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is only a phone call away. We are ready to help you with the devastation that microbial infestations can cause, so call us, 24/7, at (623) 594-6033. Our IICRC trained technicians can win your battle and let you relax.

SERVPRO Is the Answer to Mitigation Commercial Water Damage in Your Business

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

Sprinkler systems are vital in Phoenix commercial properties, for fire protection. They save millions of dollars in insurance savings, code & ordinance compliance, and business continuity. However, as useful as they can be in minimizing fire damage, the wet mess they leave behind is like trading one disaster for another. The excess water can penetrate the walls, carpets, and various surfaces, leading to moisture damage, mold issues, and ultimately, bad odors.
 
The first step to safeguard your property is hiring a commercial water damage restoration compoany in Phoenix such as SERVPRO. As an IICRC approved franchise, we have the tools and means to address all water damage and eliminate future incidents. Our technicians are adequately equipped to assess the existing property damage and formulate a strategy to return your items to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."
 
Water damage from sprinkler systems can include standing water, mold & mildew growth, wet office materials such as upholstery and carpeting, and moisture damage on building materials such as drywall. To prevent further damage to possessions made from porous surfaces such as wood and clothing, our specialists assemble and clear these items out of the building as a pack-out if no dry staging areas are available.
 
We may have to replace some of the items, depending on the level of water damage and their ability to be salvaged. After securing the property, SERVPRO technicians commence the water removal process. This part involves using various water extraction equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, and water pumps. Fans and dehumidifiers are remarkably effective at drying the area to prevent mold and mildew development.
 
If part of the structure, such as drywall, sustained water damage, our professionals use different techniques to restore the area. In some cases, this may require additional cleaning services or construction. Indeed, drying multiple layers of drywall takes a few days. During this time, we use a moisture tester to monitor the drying process. If some of the ceiling tiles sustained water damage, we replace them most of the time. Excess water on tiles tends to leave stains and ultimately causes them to bow.
 
Water damage from a sprinkler system can have an adverse impact on your business. If it happens, you can rely on SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix for 24/7 commercial water damage restoration services. As part of your Litchfield and West Phoenix community, we can arrive promptly to salvage your property. Call us anytime at (623) 594-6033.

Getting Rid of Flood Damage

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

Residences in Phoenix that lie in lower areas can suffer flooding even when rainfall is slight. While flooding might not become extreme, the potential for chemical and biological contamination still exists. If this happens, you need to eliminate the risks to your family quickly.

Phoenix homes with flood damage can harbor a mixture of pathogens and chemical combinations that can cause illnesses. Removing these contaminants through cleaning and removal of dirty water is possible but doing so requires specialized detection instruments and removal tools. SERVPRO technicians carry both and come prepared to every job site to start the processes involved in recovering from flooding.

Your home's saturation level at the time of our arrival helps determine what equipment we use to remove the floodwater still present. Elimination of the bilk of the water must take place first. Once reasonably dry, we can begin working completing the drying process. We need to eliminate as much moisture as possible before it can evaporate and travel to other locations in your home, such as second story areas and attic spaces.

Mold and mildew proliferate after a flood, showing how high the new microbe population might be that the floodwaters carried. Keeping things dry helps prevent the spread of these pathogens. We use a combination of air blowers and heaters to increase controlled evaporation, and eliminate moisture with the use of dehumidifiers and desiccant machines. Air scrubbers pull airborne microbes out of the air, keeping them from traveling to other areas inside your home.

Even though the air is scrubbed clean, carpets and lower sections of walls remain a different scenario. These require removal whenever damaged by contaminated water. We must remove carpeting and padding so flooring underneath can receive the treatments needed to restore them to dryness. Walls are cut and removed approximately six inches above the water line, and then restored. Painting the entire wall afterward restores the walls completely.

SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix helps families recover from flood damage and many other disasters that affect their homes. Contact us at our local number, (623) 594-6033, anytime, to start our 24-hour services.

SERVPRO has the equipment to detect hidden water damage

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

Water gun battles between kids is a great way to beat the summer heat in Phoenix, but children and teens sometimes forget to dump out the water in their toys before bringing them inside. These can leak, just like pipes and the underside of drains, forming puddles that then begin to harm your home.

Although the water from a few squirt guns may seem minute and of little importance, Phoenix homeowners need to know that water damage happens wherever water penetrates porous materials within a home. Water from leaks in pipes is a bigger problem because they continually have pressure behind them, forcing more water out than what a toy holds. Washing dishes in the kitchen or hands in the bathroom rarely creates any problems, but when the drain pipe comes loose from either sink's drain hole, water can drip into the cabinet.

Throughout your home, you have appliances that use water in one way or another – either to provide cold water and ice, to wash dishes or laundry, or to heat water for washing and bathing. Each of these has its own feed line and drain system. These hoses, tubes, and pipes can form leaks, weaknesses at joints and connections, or simply break, in ways very similar to the plumbing in your home.

Checking these water lines is crucial if homeowners wish to prevent water damage from happening around these appliances. The interior of appliances can also malfunction and create problems with water, so paying attention to the floor around each appliance is worthwhile. Puddles or slight dampness can indicate internal problems warranting repairs. After repairing, the appliance should be working correctly, but the water lost into your floor or carpet remains inside your home's living space.

SERVPRO is always available to assist homeowners in restoring their homes after water damage occurs. Any event that seems cleaned up and taken care of can still cause problems. This is the reason why inspecting and assessing occurs before the beginning of any work. Hidden water from a leak can continue to create problems. Using our water detection equipment takes a very short time and can provide lots of information for the homeowner and us.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix hold certificates in Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying (ASD), ensuring that your home is fully restored and protected against future incidents. Contacting us at our local number, (623) 594-6033, can put a stop to water problems that harm your home.

We Have The Proper DIY and Professional Flood Damage Cleanup in the West Valley

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know unexpected flash flood damage is more likely to happen in areas with less annual rainfall? The reason is when the ground becomes very dry, and it hardens; it has less capacity to absorb rainwater. This surface condition causes rain to run over rather than into the soil. In heavy rainstorms or microbursts, this can quickly turn into a flash flood situation.

When flood damage occurs in your West Valley homes, some property owners choose to clean up the water and damage themselves. When it is only a little rainwater, and there are no indications the water has migrated more in-depth into the flooring or walls, in most cases the cleanup efforts are adequate.

The seriousness of a groundwater flood within the property requires professional assistance for cleanup due to the possibility of contaminants, and until tested, humans and pets should not come into contact with it.

Other differences between DIY cleanup and professional restoration services include:

DIY uses mops and household wet/dry vacs to remove water. SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment to perform thorough water extraction from every part of your home.

DIY uses household fans to dry water-affected areas; this action only addresses moisture at the surface. Our certified Applied Structural Drying Technicians use industrial air movers that are so powerful, the high-velocity airflow causes embedded moisture to rise, where it is ported away by our dehumidification equipment.

There is no way to know if water migrated behind walls or in ceilings and floors without scoping it with moisture detection equipment. If left, excessive moisture can create mold issues or foul odors in the home leading to potentially costly remediation.

Post drying, it is vital to disinfect all water-affected surfaces with antimicrobial cleaners to ensure the residence returns to sanitary conditions for habitation.

SERVPRO technicians are committed to assisting homeowners in saving as much of the structure and possessions as possible from flood damage. We perform controlled demolitions as needed to cut away damaged sheetrock and get the room ready for restorative efforts.

After the completion of restoration services, we give the homeowner a comprehensive report including before and after photos to expedite the insurance claims process.

SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix stands ready at (623) 594-6033 to help local property owners with flood damage in their homes. We are available 24/7 and arrive soon after your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Differences Between DIY and Professional Flood Damage Cleanup in the West Valley

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know unexpected flash flood damage is more likely to happen in areas with less annual rainfall? The reason is when the ground becomes very dry, and it hardens; it has less capacity to absorb rainwater. This surface condition causes rain to run over rather than into the soil. In heavy rainstorms or microbursts, this can quickly turn into a flash flood situation.

When floor damage occurs in your West Valley homes, some property owners choose to clean up the water and damage themselves. When it is only a little rainwater, and there are no indications the water has migrated more in-depth into the flooring or walls, in most cases the cleanup efforts are adequate.

The seriousness of a groundwater flood within the property requires professional assistance for cleanup due to the possibility of contaminants, and until tested, humans and pets should not come into contact with it.

Other differences between DIY cleanup and professional restoration services include:

DIY uses mops and household wet/dry vacs to remove water. SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment to perform thorough water extraction from every part of your home.

DIY uses household fans to dry water-affected areas; this action only addresses moisture at the surface. Our certified Applied Structural Drying Technicians use industrial air movers that are so powerful, the high-velocity airflow causes embedded moisture to rise, where it is ported away by our dehumidification equipment.

There is no way to know if water migrated behind walls or in ceilings and floors without scoping it with moisture detection equipment. If left, excessive moisture can create mold issues or foul odors in the home leading to potentially costly remediation.

Post drying, it is vital to disinfect all water-affected surfaces with antimicrobial cleaners to ensure the residence returns to sanitary conditions for habitation.

SERVPRO technicians are committed to assisting homeowners in saving as much of the structure and possessions as possible from flood damage. We perform controlled demolitions as needed to cut away damaged sheetrock and get the room ready for restorative efforts.

After the completion of restoration services, we give the homeowner a comprehensive report including before and after photos to expedite the insurance claims process.

SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix stands ready at (623) 594-6033 to help local property owners with flood damage in their homes. We are available 24/7 and arrive soon after your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Storm Preventative Tips

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stprms can happen quickly. Preparation is the key to minimize damage

While Phoenix on average gets significantly less water throughout the year than other parts of the country, this does not in any way imply that the capital city does not have the appropriate weather conditions to allow for flash flooding. In fact, over the course of the last several years, there have been numerous instances of this type of disaster happening to areas all across the city, but lower lying plains were hit the worst.
 
The problem with flood damage to your Phoenix home is that there is a very little warning to prepare for the incident adequately. In many cases, this has caused residents to do more to prevent this kind of home-life crisis by improving water diversion implements that exist all around the exterior of the house. When Hurricanes Irma and Harvey were sweeping across the southern part of the country, many in the city feared that whatever lingering torrential rains still due to head their way could cause these dire conditions for them or their neighbors.
 
Truthfully, preparing for such a disaster is often easier said than done. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to inspect the areas of your house that are more prone to experiencing water damage and help you to determine what might need to be repaired or replaced for the water to stay outside of your home (even in the event of forceful flash flooding).
 
Many people did not even realize that our SERVPRO team is available for smaller tasks like this, offering up our advice and expertise to keep your entire home safe and avert a potential crisis. Much like our emergency response team (that can be called at any hour of the day or night to help you in your most urgent times of need), you can also call us 24/7. We can have a professional on-site to begin assessing where the primary problem areas are and which components to thwart water penetration are not up to snuff.
 
Whether you would like your home checked for potential threats or you are currently dealing with flood damage already, you can always give SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix a call. We are available anytime at (623) 594-6033.

Top Priority is to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Business

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Customers love eating at your restairant. Don't force them to find a new favorite by not calling SERVPRO restoration professionals.

A broken pipe and the water damage that follows can be a nightmare for any business owner in Phoenix. Even a broken sink pipe with a small amount of water can cause significant damage in a small amount of time. Your restaurant is too valuable for you to have your doors closed for long, let alone even one day. Broken pipes must be fixed right away so that you do not incur additional damage and so your restaurant can operate regularly and safely.
 
Commercial water damage is a serious issue that needs attention right away. SERVPRO is always standing by to help you clean up any water damage emergency. We have the training and the tools that are needed to clean up the mess quickly and make any repairs that are necessary.
 
It is essential once water damage occurs to do proper water removal and cleanup. Water extraction is first; then we dry the affected area back out. We then thoroughly inspect the area to ensure no moisture remains inside the walls or ductwork. Omitting this step could mean the growth of mildew and mold in your building.
 
At SERVPRO, stopping the water flow is our priority. We then begin the process of extraction. We remove any standing water from your property using our high-tech extraction equipment and skilled training. Some of the water is unseen, so we use special infrared cameras to find water hiding in crawl spaces or walls. We use dehumidifiers as well to get rid of any moisture from the air and to lower the humidity. By doing this, we eliminate the risk of mold growth. 
 
We begin the drying process once the water is extracted. It is critical that everything is dry after burst pipes in your building. Our crew uses industrial fans and air movers to speed up the drying process, and we make sure all the moisture is gone.
 
Lastly, we ensure that we decontaminate and sanitize everything for the health and safety of you, your employees, and your customers.
SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix are trained professionals who can clean and repair your business in West End, Tolleson, or Homestead Terrace after water damage. Just call us right away at (623) 594-6033 when there is an issue.

How, When, and What to use for Restoration After Fire

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residents rely on SERVPRO during a fire

Like other cities, Goodyear is vulnerable to many types of disasters. One of the most common is fire. The smoke and soot that cover the surfaces of a home and its property, contaminating both, are difficult to clean and require a professional company to accomplish the task with minimal loss.

Remediating fire damage is difficult, but the alternative is to replace everything that the fire, smoke, and soot have touched. SERVPRO has years of experience in Maricopa County and knows what skills, tools, and methods are needed to preserve not just property, but memories and links to the past possessed by every homeowner.
 
Dry wiping and cleaning is our first course of action for most surfaces. Technicians use feather dusters and cloths where the contamination is a non-greasy residue and light-to-medium in amount. For thicker layers, they use dry sponges or specialized vacuums to clean surfaces.
 
Wet wiping and cleaning is our next step when dry cleaning does not remove everything. SERVPRO technicians use damp sponges and cleaning fabrics to clean off moderate-to-heavy residues with water or a mild detergent if needed.
 
Spray and Wipe is our preferred method when we need to prevent color bleeding or to fade in items like drapes and curtains. Restoration crews use spray bottles for better control of the amount of cleaning agent used on them.
 
Foam cleaning uses an agitated cleaner to apply the chemical agent with less water. Technicians force air into the cleaner which then exits the spray bottle as a foam similar to what you see in a car wash. We use this method on upholstery fabric which shrinks and pulls away from its frame if it becomes too wet.
 
Abrasive cleaning is the technique we use on rough surfaces like marble and rock. Since the surface is not affected by liquid, we use a cleaner along with a brush (plastic or wire bristles) to remove every trace of heavy smoke and soot residues. If the surface is metal, like some kitchen countertops, technicians may use a steel wool pad rather than a brush.
 
Immersion cleaning is our final method. We can only use this on items that are not affected by moisture and have a very heavy residue. Technicians fill a tank with a cleaning agent and then immerse the item in the tank. They then use sound waves to generate bubbles and force them across or through the surface of the item. This method is effective, but if it does not work, we discard the item. This is ultrasonic cleaning.
 
Restoring your home and property to a preloss condition is not simple, but hiring the right service can make the process much easier for you. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix has decades of training and experience to do just that for you. Call us today at (623) 594-6033 to get started.

Water Damage Clean up Service Costs

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

Factors Affecting Water Damage Remediation Costs

The cost of a water damage remediation project is determined by the size of the affected area and the type of water involved. Water is divided into three categories:

  • Category 1 is essentially clean water. Because it generally does not imply serious health and safety concerns, this is the least expensive type of water remediation. This type of water usually comes from a burst supply pipe or a faucet left on.
  • Category 2 is dirty water that is not seriously contaminated. This type can come from an overflowing dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Category 3 is water that is dangerously contaminated, such as raw sewage. This type of water poses serious health and safety risks and repairing damage from this kind of water is usually expensive.

The cost of the project also depends on the size of the affected area. Repairing damage in a relatively contained area will be less expensive than an entire house remediation.

Price Range For Water Damage Cleanup

The cost to fix water damage varies greatly depending on the area and type of damage. Damage from a leaky roof is usually contained to a small area and involves category 1 water. For this, you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars.

A burst pipe affecting a larger area can cost tens of thousands of dollars. This kind of water damage can affect a wider area. It also depends on whether the water came from a supply pipe with clean water or a discharge pipe with category 2 or 3 water.

Flood restoration costs range from $7,800 to $26,000, depending on the depth of the water, according to the National Flood Insurance Program.

Optional Services

Minimize the cost of water damage cleanup by starting to dry the area and your possessions within 24 hours.  Mold will begin to grow if water remains longer than 24 hours, and removing mold will incur further costs.

To minimize the area affected by water damage, shut off the water supply as soon as a leak is detected – the sooner, the better. A simple water alarm can detect moisture and automatically shut off the water supply. This costs between $50 and $150. These devices can prevent large-scale flooding from a broken appliance or water heater, saving you thousands of dollars.

Water damage tips for Businesses

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Warehouse shipping and receiving water loss

If you find yourself in a commercial disaster he first thing you should do is call SERVPRO we can dispatch right away and we will make sure you get some help.

Tips until SERVPRO arrives:

  • Shut off the water source if identified.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood block under furniture legs.
  • DO NOT use regular vacuum to remove water

When we arrive we will do a very thorough dry out and complete in a timely manner. We practice the science of drying...and we specialize in restoring your property. We are a "One Stop Shop"- A company that can dry your property, take care of your contents, and rebuild if necessary. Call us at 623-594-6033 and we will be there 24//7, 365.

SERVPRO makes it look like it nothing ever happen! Restoring business to a preloss condition is not simple, but hiring the right service can make the process much easier for you. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix has decades of training and experience to do just that for you. Call us today at (623) 594-6033 to get started.

Fire Damage Restoration Steps

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Phoenix Properties rely on SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Restoration

It can be difficult to deal with fire and some of the devastating damages it can leave behind. Without professional assistance your losses can double or triple, leaving you with a massive problem that you simply cannot afford to get into on your own.
 
When facing fire damage to your home, time plays a significant role. Even though local authorities deem your property safe to enter, you should avoid making contact, allowing traffic in and out, or access to anyone that does not understand how to treat fire-damaged materials.
 
Making the wrong choices after a fire occurs on your property can lead to unsalvageable contents, additional damage to surfaces, and reduce the chances you have of reclaiming your property successfully. Always call SERVPRO for help before allowing anyone else enter your home, we can help you avoid hazards that may exist and prevent others from further damaging your property.
 
SERVPRO technicians pay specific attention to every belonging, surface, or content found in your home. We deliver quality solutions to heat, water, smoke, soot, and ash damage produced throughout the length of a fire, taking pride in restoring many items that other companies consider a loss before even attempting restoration.
 
Your contract with SERVPRO begins the moment you make contact. Our staff gathers information during your initial call to help our technicians arrive ready to address your concerns. We provide you with quality full-service solutions to every aspect of your home’s restoration, including any repairs necessary to finish the job completely.  
 
We have a variety of cleaning and sanitization methods available that make restoring furniture, fabrics, and other household items a snap. Our technicians enjoy providing you with quality services that help you reclaim your home and attempt to make your restoration as stress-free as possible. We also offer a Pack-Out service for cleaning belongings and storing any household goods during the on-going fire damage restoration process.
 
Call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix to gain access to professional fire damage restoration services, provided by experienced technicians that offer peace of mind during an emergency. We are ready to assist you at a moments notice, call today. (623) 594-6033 

Dealing with Fire Damage

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A fire is scary and cleanup can be stressful

No matter how big or small your structure is—whether it’s a house, business, mobile home, or garage—the damage from a fire can be devastating. First things first: Take a deep breath. A fire is scary and cleanup can be stressful, but the best thing you can do now is keep a level head and take on the next steps calmly and deliberately. 

1. Contact your insurance company right away.

If you have insurance on your property, you’ll want to call them as soon as the fire is safely extinguished. The faster you file a claim, the sooner you’ll receive payment and your life can get back on track.

2. Have the damage inspected by a third-party, licensed professional.

This is why it can be in your best interest to hire a licensed contractor or structural engineer to accurately evaluate the extent of the destruction, determine the integrity of the structure, and provide an honest estimate of the overall cost of repairs.

3. Decide if you should repair or demolish and rebuild.

Once the inspection is completed and you have an accurate estimate, you’ll be able to determine whether you want to repair the damage or demolish and rebuild.

Professional Mold Remediation

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold spores can develop into colonies requiring remediation

Battling with mold growth on your own can make many to feel like it is a losing battle. Using bleach to clean mold away from surfaces, a method claimed by many people to work well is counter-productive and can be part of the reason that mold returns to the same location repeatedly.

There is no reason to continue your solo-battle against mold damage in your home. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is only a phone call away. We are ready to help you with the devastation that microbial infestations can cause, 
 
The climate in Phoenix can be dry, but mold damage can still happen to your home's interior. The tiniest drip from a water line can provide enough moisture for fungal infestations to prosper in hidden areas of your home. This shows how vital a nutrient water is for the spores.
 
Remove water from the interior environment of your home, and unwanted mold colonies find it nearly impossible to return after they have been cleaned away. Removing mold with the use of bleach fails to work as claimed because of bleach's high concentration of water and the physics involving permeability of a common material used in homes – sheets of drywall. Our IICRC trained technicians, here at SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix, can win your battle and let you relax.
 
Moisture can penetrate into the drywall, while bleach molecules are too large to do the same. While water remains inside the porous drywall, and available to mold's hyphae, all of the bleach remains on the surface, only discoloring this tough, durable, but tiny microbe, creating the illusion that the mold has been killed and removed.
 
To remove unwanted mold and prevent damage, remediation is required. During this process, any materials affected by mold damage are removed and repaired, so the area involved is completely restored, “Like it never even happened.” Hard surfaced materials such as cast iron, glass, and ceramic tiles can be cleaned and treated. These materials cannot be penetrated by fungi as it grows, but any dust or other minute debris can provide the basic surface changes to allow this to happen.
 
When an area has re-attained a normal microbe level again, treating the previously affected areas with microbe-inhibitors can prevent recurrences. This can include a special liquid that is applied like paint or simply sprayed on directly. After it has dried, it is both long-lasting, but also safe around children and pets.
 
There is no reason to continue your solo-battle against mold damage in your home. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is only a phone call away. We are ready to help you with the devastation that microbial infestations can cause, so call us, 24/7, at (623) 594-6033. Our IICRC trained technicians can win your battle and let you relax.

Flood Damage Restoration in Phoenix

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has decades of experience in restoring and repairing furniture in Phoenix after it suffers flood damage. We understand the effects of flooding and how to deal with all but the worst of them.

The best way to deal with swelling, cracking, and joint weakness is to remove the excess moisture carefully. Too fast or too slow can cause permanent damage. Our technicians use dehumidifiers to draw out moisture and, if needed, use air movers to force warm, dry air across the surface and underneath an item to speed up the process.

If there is no visible warping, our technicians may be able to lower the moisture content and restore an item made from particleboard. Since the pieces are relatively cheap, we recommend replacing them rather than investing the time and effort to keep them.

Returning your home to its pre-flooded condition requires a company with the experience and training to complete the process as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is here to support our neighbors in putting their home back together; however, we can help. Call today at (623) 394-6033 to get started with an inspection and an estimate.

Severe Phoenix Water Damage

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

When flooding happens, regardless of the source, you need a professional service with years of experience and training to return your home to normal. A quick response means less property damage and lowers replacement costs. SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to take care of it.

First, we inspect and secure your home. Technicians check for weakened sub-floors, crumbling drywall and electrical hazards. With the inspection complete, we board up the doors, windows, and other entrances to prevent loss from the elements, theft, and vandalism.

Now, we remove any standing water. If it is two inches or higher, our team deploys a set of sump pumps to get the job done. For amounts lower than two inches across the home, we use smaller water extractors. If the power is out, we also use one of the generators we maintain in our equipment inventory to ensure continuous electrical support.

Our next step is to examine the property no longer under water. There is always some water trapped in carpets and wood floors. SERVPRO technicians use special vacuums designed to remove water without damaging the nape of the carpet or surface of the wood. If the standing water was high enough, there might be some amount behind the walls as well. If we find excess water, we use extraction wands to draw it out. In almost every case of standing water, we recommend removing and replacing any carpet pads. It is rarely ever cost-effective to attempt to dry them.

Next, comes examination and repair of the carpets. We look for thinning lamination and damaged seams. Since the lamination is what holds the fibers together, too much loss means that the fibers detach when vacuumed and the carpet must be replaced soon. We can repair damage seams quickly and cheaply, but if too many fibers near the seam have begun to detach, it is not cost-effective.

As we complete repairs, other technicians check the inside humidity and the moisture levels of the surrounding structural property. For high concentrations in both, we deploy commercial dehumidifiers to assist and quicken the natural drying process. Depending on the size, these machines can draw over 25 gallons of water from the air each day. We also use air movers to force airflow over surfaces to dry them and push the damp, inside air out of your home. The air movers are particularly useful with wet drywall that has not yet begun to crumble and structural property (kitchen cabinets for example) that was not under water. If we do not lower the moisture levels, physical damage continues to your home, and the threat of a mold infestation begins as well. Our goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

Our last step is to perform a final inspection with you to show what we accomplished and make certain you are satisfied with our work. At SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix, this is not just a job. Every client is also one of our neighbors. Call us today at (623) 594-6033

Smoke damage cleanup

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

One of the most common disasters is fire. The smoke and soot that cover the surfaces of a home and its property, contaminating both, are difficult to clean and require a professional company to accomplish the task with minimal loss.

Dry wiping and cleaning is our first course of action for most surfaces. Technicians use feather dusters and cloths where the contamination is a non-greasy residue and light-to-medium in amount. For thicker layers, they use dry sponges or specialized vacuums to clean surfaces.
 
Wet wiping and cleaning is our next step when dry cleaning does not remove everything. SERVPRO technicians use damp sponges and cleaning fabrics to clean off moderate-to-heavy residues with water or a mild detergent if needed.
 
Spray and Wipe is our preferred method when we need to prevent color bleeding or to fade in items like drapes and curtains. Restoration crews use spray bottles for better control of the amount of cleaning agent used on them.
 
Foam cleaning uses an agitated cleaner to apply the chemical agent with less water. Technicians force air into the cleaner which then exits the spray bottle as a foam similar to what you see in a car wash. We use this method on upholstery fabric which shrinks and pulls away from its frame if it becomes too wet.
 
Abrasive cleaning is the technique we use on rough surfaces like marble and rock. Since the surface is not affected by liquid, we use a cleaner along with a brush (plastic or wire bristles) to remove every trace of heavy smoke and soot residues. If the surface is metal, like some kitchen countertops, technicians may use a steel wool pad rather than a brush.
 
Immersion cleaning is our final method. We can only use this on items that are not affected by moisture and have a very heavy residue. Technicians fill a tank with a cleaning agent and then immerse the item in the tank. They then use sound waves to generate bubbles and force them across or through the surface of the item. This method is effective, but if it does not work, we discard the item. This is ultrasonic cleaning.
 
Restoring your home and property to a preloss condition is not simple, but hiring the right service can make the process much easier for you. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix has decades of training and experience to do just that for you. Call us today at (623) 594-6033 to get started.

Water Damage in Avondale, AZ

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage Demolition to the walls and ceiling due to water loss.

This home in Avondale, AZ was affected by busted pipes from the shower head affecting bathroom wall, dining room wall area, ceiling and surrounded walls to be completely demolished. SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix came right after initial call. Our trained technicians, Leon Robertson and Kaisar Odeh started work immediately, advising owners of the entire mitigation process. Owners were also advise if they should file a claim or not, and whey were giving a choice to go with insurance or treat it as self-pay. Customer was very satisfied with the final effects and how quick we were able to clean up the damage. Owners were thrilled with the short clean up time and how great the our crew was!  

SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix is always here to help! We take every job seriously and we consider all of our clients as a SERVPRO family!

Secure and Safe Steps for Restoration of Fire Damaged Properties and Possessions

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Restoration Phoenix Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

It can be difficult to deal with fire and some of the devastating damages it can leave behind. Without professional assistance your losses can double or triple, leaving you with a massive problem that you simply cannot afford to get into on your own.
 
When facing fire damage to your Phoenix area home, time plays a significant role. Even though local authorities deem your property safe to enter, you should avoid making contact, allowing traffic in and out, or access to anyone that does not understand how to treat fire-damaged materials.
 
Making the wrong choices after a fire occurs on your property can lead to unsalvageable contents, additional damage to surfaces, and reduce the chances you have of reclaiming your property successfully. Always call SERVPRO for help before allowing anyone else enter your home, we can help you avoid hazards that may exist and prevent others from further damaging your property.
 
SERVPRO certified technicians pay specific attention to every belonging, surface, or content found in your home. We deliver quality solutions to heat, water, smoke, soot, and ash damage produced throughout the length of a fire, taking pride in restoring many items that other companies consider a loss before even attempting restoration.
 
Your contract with SERVPRO begins the moment you make contact. Our staff gathers information during your initial call to help our technicians arrive ready to address your concerns. We provide you with quality full-service solutions to every aspect of your home’s restoration, including any repairs necessary to finish the job completely.  
 
We have a variety of cleaning and sanitization methods available that make restoring furniture, fabrics, and other household items a snap. Our technicians enjoy providing you with quality services that help you reclaim your home and attempt to make your restoration as stress-free as possible. We also offer a Pack-Out service for cleaning belongings and storing any household goods during the on-going fire damage restoration process.
 
Call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix to gain access to professional fire damage restoration services, provided by experienced technicians that offer peace of mind during an emergency. We are ready to assist you at a moments notice, call today. (623) 594-6033 

Water and Moisture Removal Get Your Business Doors Re-Opened

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration - image of coffee shop A Phoenix Coffee Shop Gets Help from SERVPRO

Water damage is something no business owner wants. Unfortunately, it only takes one broken pipe or faulty appliance to cause significant damage to your coffee shop. You may be left reeling and wondering how you are going to get your premises dry and ready to start serving customers again. After all, a closed business is a business which is not turning a profit, and that is not helpful for your ledger.

Water damage to your Phoenix coffee shop means it is time to put in a call to SERVPRO – We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We train our technicians in line with IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards so you can rest assured they are up to date on all the most efficient water damage remediation techniques.
 
An important part of remediating water damage to your business is to set a drying goal. A drying goal establishes the condition your premises should be in by the time our team has finished working on it. Our aim is always to restore your coffee shop to the status it was in before the water damage took place.
 
A drying goal ensures that we know what our aim is and can carefully monitor the process. If for any reason we are not on track to reach our goal we can adjust our process accordingly.
 
Setting a specific goal gives you the reassurance of knowing that our technicians are committed to restoring your shop.
 
A drying goal includes establishing moisture readings for affected parts of the structure of your shop, including the floor and the walls. Our team also sets out the ideal humidity that we want to reach. Moisture content and humidity readings, when taken together, give a complete picture. We use a moisture meter to measure and track moisture content, and a thermo-hygrometer to tell us the humidity of the air.
 
Our professionals use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your coffee shop, including the floors, walls, carpet, and furniture. We monitor progress as we go and do not stop until we reach our drying goal.
 
For help with drying your shop, call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix at (623) 594-6033 today.

Flood Damage Restoration in Phoenix

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage to your home Recover from storm or flood damage with a quick call to SERVPRO. Call today so that we can come out and assess your property and the damage.

When it comes to small amounts of flooding, much of the damage is not to the home itself, but rather to the contents inside. An overflowing kitchen sink or a cracked pipe in the laundry room does not usually result in structural problems, but it can result in hundreds or thousands of dollars in repair and replacement of furniture throughout the house.

SERVPRO has decades of experience in restoring and repairing furniture in Phoenix after it suffers floor damage. We understand the effects of flooding and how to deal with all but the worst of them.

Wood or a wood composite (i.e. particleboard) makes up most furniture. Each type of material has its uses, but each one also has drawbacks when it comes to being affected by flooding.
Wood develops two problems after exposure to floodwater. There is swelling and cracking, as well as a weakening of the joints. The other problem is spotting, which damages the finish. Our technicians can remove most water spots with one of the wood care products in our chemical inventory. For great spotting, we may have to recommend a professional refinisher to repair the damage.

The best way to deal with swelling, cracking, and joint weakness is to remove the excess moisture carefully. Too fast or too slow can cause permanent damage. Our technicians use dehumidifiers to draw out moisture and, if needed, use air movers to force warm, dry air across the surface and underneath an item to speed up the process.

Particleboard does not survive exposure to water very well. Since it makes up pieces like kitchen and bathroom cabinets and other cheaply made and replaceable items, only one side is laminated or otherwise treated to repel moisture. Since the opposite side is exposed, the treated side acts as a vapor barrier, which does not allow moisture to pass through the board, trapping the water and eventually warping the cabinets.

If there is no visible warping, our technicians may be able to lower the moisture content and restore an item made from particleboard. Since the pieces are relatively cheap, we recommend replacing them rather than investing the time and effort to keep them.

Returning your home to its pre-flooded condition requires a company with the experience and training to complete the process as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is here to support our neighbors in putting their home back together; however, we can help. Call today at (623) 394-6033 to get started with an inspection and an estimate.

We Have Proper Techniques to Restore Your West Valley Home

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Differences Between DIY and Professional Flood Damage Cleanup in the West Valley

Did you know unexpected flash flood damage is more likely to happen in areas with less annual rainfall? The reason is when the ground becomes very dry, and it hardens; it has less capacity to absorb rainwater. This surface condition causes rain to run over rather than into the soil. In heavy rainstorms or microbursts, this can quickly turn into a flash flood situation.

When flood damage occurs in your West Valley homes, some property owners choose to clean up the water and damage themselves. When it is only a little rainwater, and there are no indications the water has migrated more in-depth into the flooring or walls, in most cases the cleanup efforts are adequate.

The seriousness of a groundwater flood within the property requires professional assistance for cleanup due to the possibility of contaminants, and until tested, humans and pets should not come into contact with it.

Other differences between DIY cleanup and professional restoration services include:

DIY uses mops and household wet/dry vacs to remove water. SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment to perform thorough water extraction from every part of your home.

DIY uses household fans to dry water-affected areas; this action only addresses moisture at the surface. Our certified Applied Structural Drying Technicians use industrial air movers that are so powerful, the high-velocity airflow causes embedded moisture to rise, where it is ported away by our dehumidification equipment.

There is no way to know if water migrated behind walls or in ceilings and floors without scoping it with moisture detection equipment. If left, excessive moisture can create mold issues or foul odors in the home leading to potentially costly remediation.

Post drying, it is vital to disinfect all water-affected surfaces with antimicrobial cleaners to ensure the residence returns to sanitary conditions for habitation.

SERVPRO technicians are committed to assisting homeowners in saving as much of the structure and possessions as possible from flood damage.  We perform controlled demolitions as needed to cut away damaged sheetrock and get the room ready for restorative efforts.

After the completion of restoration services, we give the homeowner a comprehensive report including before and after photos to expedite the insurance claims process.

SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix stands ready at (623) 594-6033 to help local property owners with flood damage in their homes. We are available 24/7 and arrive soon after your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Severe Phoenix Water Damage

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Clean Up in Your Phoenix Property

When flooding happens, regardless of the source, you need a professional service with years of experience and training to return your home to normal. A quick response means less property damage and lowers replacement costs.

Significant water damage in a Phoenix home is not something many people even consider possible. We are well known for our heat and the desert (and the Suns of course) but not for rain or cresting creeks and rivers. Most damage to a home is not from those sources, however. Broken plumbing such as a leaking faucet can cause thousands of dollars in damage before the homeowner is even aware of it. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to take care of it.

First, we inspect and secure your home. Technicians check for weakened sub-floors, crumbling drywall and electrical hazards. With the inspection complete, we board up the doors, windows, and other entrances to prevent loss from the elements, theft, and vandalism.

Now, we remove any standing water. If it is two inches or higher, our team deploys a set of sump pumps to get the job done. For amounts lower than two inches across the home, we use smaller water extractors. If the power is out, we also use one of the generators we maintain in our equipment inventory to ensure continuous electrical support.

Our next step is to examine the property no longer under water. There is always some water trapped in carpets and wood floors, so our SERVPRO IICRC Industry Certified Technicians use special vacuums designed to remove water without damaging the nape of the carpet or surface of the wood. If the standing water was high enough, there might be some amount behind the walls as well. If we find excess water, we use extraction wands to draw it out. In almost every case of standing water, we recommend removing and replacing any carpet pads. It is rarely ever cost-effective to attempt to dry them.

Next, comes examination and repair of the carpets. We look for thinning lamination and damaged seams. Since the lamination is what holds the fibers together, too much loss means that the fibers detach when vacuumed and the carpet must be replaced soon. We can repair damage seams quickly and cheaply, but if too many fibers near the seam have begun to detach, it is not cost-effective.

As we complete repairs, other technicians check the inside humidity and the moisture levels of the surrounding structural property. For high concentrations in both, we deploy commercial dehumidifiers to assist and quicken the natural drying process. Depending on the size, these machines can draw over 25 gallons of water from the air each day. We also use air movers to force airflow over surfaces to dry them and push the damp, inside air out of your home. The air movers are particularly useful with wet drywall that has not yet begun to crumble and structural property (kitchen cabinets for example) that was not under water. If we do not lower the moisture levels, physical damage continues to your home, and the threat of a mold infestation begins as well. Our goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

Our last step is to perform a final inspection with you to show what we accomplished and make certain you are satisfied with our work. At SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix, this is not just a job. Every client is also one of our neighbors. Call us today at (623) 594-6033

SERVPRO Can Extract Water Swiftly and Mitigate Damage to Phoenix Properties

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Clean Up in Your Phoenix Property

When flooding happens, regardless of the source, you need a professional service with years of experience and training to return your home to normal. A quick response means less property damage and lowers replacement costs.

Significant water damage in a Phoenix home is not something many people even consider possible. We are well known for our heat and the desert (and the Suns of course) but not for rain or cresting creeks and rivers. Most damage to a home is not from those sources, however. Broken plumbing such as a leaking faucet can cause thousands of dollars in damage before the homeowner is even aware of it. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to take care of it.

First, we inspect and secure your home. Technicians check for weakened sub-floors, crumbling drywall and electrical hazards. With the inspection complete, we board up the doors, windows, and other entrances to prevent loss from the elements, theft, and vandalism.

Now, we remove any standing water. If it is two inches or higher, our team deploys a set of sump pumps to get the job done. For amounts lower than two inches across the home, we use smaller water extractors. If the power is out, we also use one of the generators we maintain in our equipment inventory to ensure continuous electrical support.

Our next step is to examine the property no longer under water. There is always some water trapped in carpets and wood floors, so our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians use special vacuums designed to remove water without damaging the nape of the carpet or surface of the wood. If the standing water was high enough, there might be some amount behind the walls as well. If we find excess water, we use extraction wands to draw it out. In almost every case of standing water, we recommend removing and replacing any carpet pads. It is rarely ever cost-effective to attempt to dry them.

Next, comes examination and repair of the carpets. We look for thinning lamination and damaged seams. Since the lamination is what holds the fibers together, too much loss means that the fibers detach when vacuumed and the carpet must be replaced soon. We can repair damage seams quickly and cheaply, but if too many fibers near the seam have begun to detach, it is not cost-effective.

As we complete repairs, other technicians check the inside humidity and the moisture levels of the surrounding structural property. For high concentrations in both, we deploy commercial dehumidifiers to assist and quicken the natural drying process. Depending on the size, these machines can draw over 25 gallons of water from the air each day. We also use air movers to force airflow over surfaces to dry them and push the damp, inside air out of your home. The air movers are particularly useful with wet drywall that has not yet begun to crumble and structural property (kitchen cabinets for example) that was not under water. If we do not lower the moisture levels, physical damage continues to your home, and the threat of a mold infestation begins as well. Our goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

Our last step is to perform a final inspection with you to show what we accomplished and make certain you are satisfied with our work. At SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix, this is not just a job. Every client is also one of our neighbors. Call us today at (623) 594-6033

Secure and Safe Steps for Restoration of Fire Damaged Properties and Possessions

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Phoenix Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

It can be difficult to deal with fire and some of the devastating damages it can leave behind. Without professional assistance your losses can double or triple, leaving you with a massive problem that you simply cannot afford to get into on your own.
 
When facing fire damage to your Phoenix area home, time plays a significant role. Even though local authorities deem your property safe to enter, you should avoid making contact, allowing traffic in and out, or access to anyone that does not understand how to treat fire-damaged materials.
 
Making the wrong choices after a fire occurs on your property can lead to unsalvageable contents, additional damage to surfaces, and reduce the chances you have of reclaiming your property successfully. Always call SERVPRO for help before allowing anyone else enter your home, we can help you avoid hazards that may exist and prevent others from further damaging your property.
 
SERVPRO technicians pay specific attention to every belonging, surface, or content found in your home. We deliver quality solutions to heat, water, smoke, soot, and ash damage produced throughout the length of a fire, taking pride in restoring many items that other companies consider a loss before even attempting restoration.
 
Your contract with SERVPRO begins the moment you make contact. Our staff gathers information during your initial call to help our technicians arrive ready to address your concerns. We provide you with quality full-service solutions to every aspect of your home’s restoration, including any repairs necessary to finish the job completely.  
 
We have a variety of cleaning and sanitization methods available that make restoring furniture, fabrics, and other household items a snap. Our technicians enjoy providing you with quality services that help you reclaim your home and attempt to make your restoration as stress-free as possible. We also offer a Pack-Out service for cleaning belongings and storing any household goods during the on-going fire damage restoration process.
 
Call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix to gain access to professional fire damage restoration services, provided by experienced technicians that offer peace of mind during an emergency. We are ready to assist you at a moments notice, call today. (623) 594-6033 

SERVPRO Technicians Race to Dry Out Your Property After the Initial Call

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Recover from storm or flood damage with a quick call to SERVPRO. Call today so that we can come out and assess your property and the damage.

When it comes to small amounts of flooding, much of the damage is not to the home itself, but rather to the contents inside. An overflowing kitchen sink or a cracked pipe in the laundry room does not usually result in structural problems, but it can result in hundreds or thousands of dollars in repair and replacement of furniture throughout the house.

SERVPRO has decades of experience in restoring and repairing furniture in Phoenix after it suffers flood damage. We understand the effects of flooding and how to deal with all but the worst of them.

Wood or a wood composite (i.e. particleboard) makes up most furniture. Each type of material has its uses, but each one also has drawbacks when it comes to being affected by flooding.
Wood develops two problems after exposure to floodwater. There is swelling and cracking, as well as a weakening of the joints. The other problem is spotting, which damages the finish. Our technicians can remove most water spots with one of the wood care products in our chemical inventory. For great spotting, we may have to recommend a professional refinisher to repair the damage.

The best way to deal with swelling, cracking, and joint weakness is to remove the excess moisture carefully. Too fast or too slow can cause permanent damage. Our technicians use dehumidifiers to draw out moisture and, if needed, use air movers to force warm, dry air across the surface and underneath an item to speed up the process.

Particleboard does not survive exposure to water very well. Since it makes up pieces like kitchen and bathroom cabinets and other cheaply made and replaceable items, only one side is laminated or otherwise treated to repel moisture. Since the opposite side is exposed, the treated side acts as a vapor barrier, which does not allow moisture to pass through the board, trapping the water and eventually warping the cabinets.

If there is no visible warping, our technicians may be able to lower the moisture content and restore an item made from particleboard. Since the pieces are relatively cheap, we recommend replacing them rather than investing the time and effort to keep them.

Returning your home to its pre-flooded condition requires a company with the experience and training to complete the process as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is here to support our neighbors in putting their home back together; however, we can help. Call today at (623) 394-6033 to get started with an inspection and an estimate.

Water and Moisture Removal Get Your Business Doors Re-Opened

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage A Phoenix Coffee Shop Gets Help from SERVPRO

Water damage is something no business owner wants. Unfortunately, it only takes one broken pipe or faulty appliance to cause significant damage to your coffee shop. You may be left reeling and wondering how you are going to get your premises dry and ready to start serving customers again. After all, a closed business is a business which is not turning a profit, and that is not helpful for your ledger.

Water damage to your Phoenix coffee shop means it is time to put in a call to SERVPRO – We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We train our technicians in line with IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards so you can rest assured they are up to date on all the most efficient water damage remediation techniques.
 
An important part of remediating water damage to your business is to set a drying goal. A drying goal establishes the condition your premises should be in by the time our team has finished working on it. Our aim is always to restore your coffee shop to the status it was in before the water damage took place.
 
A drying goal ensures that we know what our aim is and can carefully monitor the process. If for any reason we are not on track to reach our goal we can adjust our process accordingly.
 
Setting a specific goal gives you the reassurance of knowing that our technicians are committed to restoring your shop.
 
A drying goal includes establishing moisture readings for affected parts of the structure of your shop, including the floor and the walls. Our team also sets out the ideal humidity that we want to reach. Moisture content and humidity readings, when taken together, give a complete picture. We use a moisture meter to measure and track moisture content, and a thermo-hygrometer to tell us the humidity of the air.
 
Our professionals use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your coffee shop, including the floors, walls, carpet, and furniture. We monitor progress as we go and do not stop until we reach our drying goal.
 
For help with drying your shop, call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix at (623) 594-6033 today.

Water Damage in Avondale, AZ

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Demolition to the walls and ceiling due to water loss.

This home in Avondale, AZ was affected by busted pipes from the shower head affecting bathroom wall, dining room wall area, ceiling and surrounded walls to be completely demolished. SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix came right after initial call. Our trained technicians, Leon Robertson and Kaisar Odeh started work immediately, advising owners of the entire mitigation process. Owners were also advise if they should file a claim or not, and whey were giving a choice to go with insurance or treat it as self-pay. Customer was very satisfied with the final effects and how quick we were able to clean up the damage. Owners were thrilled with the short clean up time and how great the our crew was!  

SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix is always here to help! We take every job seriously and we consider all of our clients as a SERVPRO family!

Differences Between DIY and Professional Flood Damage Cleanup in the West Valley

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know unexpected flash flood damage is more likely to happen in areas with less annual rainfall? The reason is when the ground becomes very dry, and it hardens; it has less capacity to absorb rainwater. This surface condition causes rain to run over rather than into the soil. In heavy rainstorms or microbursts, this can quickly turn into a flash flood situation.

When flood damage occurs in your West Valley homes, some property owners choose to clean up the water and damage themselves. When it is only a little rainwater, and there are no indications the water has migrated more in-depth into the flooring or walls, in most cases the cleanup efforts are adequate.

The seriousness of a groundwater flood within the property requires professional assistance for cleanup due to the possibility of contaminants, and until tested, humans and pets should not come into contact with it.

Other differences between DIY cleanup and professional restoration services include:

DIY uses mops and household wet/dry vacs to remove water. SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment to perform thorough water extraction from every part of your home.

DIY uses household fans to dry water-affected areas; this action only addresses moisture at the surface. Our certified Applied Structural Drying Technicians use industrial air movers that are so powerful, the high-velocity airflow causes embedded moisture to rise, where it is ported away by our dehumidification equipment.

There is no way to know if water migrated behind walls or in ceilings and floors without scoping it with moisture detection equipment. If left, excessive moisture can create mold issues or foul odors in the home leading to potentially costly remediation.

Post drying, it is vital to disinfect all water-affected surfaces with antimicrobial cleaners to ensure the residence returns to sanitary conditions for habitation.

SERVPRO technicians are committed to assisting homeowners in saving as much of the structure and possessions as possible from floor damage. We perform controlled demolitions as needed to cut away damaged sheetrock and get the room ready for restorative efforts.

After the completion of restoration services, we give the homeowner a comprehensive report including before and after photos to expedite the insurance claims process.

SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix stands ready at (623) 594-6033 to help local property owners with flood damage in their homes. We are available 24/7 and arrive soon after your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Tips for Commercial Water Damage

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Warehouse shipping and Receiving Water loss

If you find yourself in a commercial disaster he first thing you should do is call SERVPRO we can dispatch right away and we will make sure you get some help.

Tips until SERVPRO arrives:

  • Shut off the water source if identified.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood block under furniture legs.
  • DO NOT use regular vacuum to remove water

When we arrive we will do a very thorough dry out and complete in a timely manner. We practice the science of drying...and we specialize in restoring your property. We are a "One Stop Shop"-A company that can dry your property, take care of your contents, and rebuild if necessary. Call us at 623-594-6033 and we will be there 24//7, 365.

SERVPRO technicians race to dry out your property!

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to small amounts of flooding, much of the damage is not to the home itself, but rather to the contents inside. An overflowing kitchen sink or a cracked pipe in the laundry room does not usually result in structural problems, but it can result in hundreds or thousands of dollars in repair and replacement of furniture throughout the house.

SERVPRO has decades of experience in restoring and repairing furniture in Phoenix after it suffers flood damage. We understand the effects of flooding and how to deal with all but the worst of them.

Wood or a wood composite (i.e. particleboard) makes up most furniture. Each type of material has its uses, but each one also has drawbacks when it comes to being affected by flooding.
Wood develops two problems after exposure to  floodwater. There is swelling and cracking, as well as a weakening of the joints. The other problem is spotting, which damages the finish. Our technicians can remove most water spots with one of the wood care products in our chemical inventory. For great spotting, we may have to recommend a professional refinisher to repair the damage.

The best way to deal with swelling, cracking, and joint weakness is to remove the excess moisture carefully. Too fast or too slow can cause permanent damage. Our technicians use dehumidifiers to draw out moisture and, if needed, use air movers to force warm, dry air across the surface and underneath an item to speed up the process.

Particleboard does not survive exposure to water very well. Since it makes up pieces like kitchen and bathroom cabinets and other cheaply made and replaceable items, only one side is laminated or otherwise treated to repel moisture. Since the opposite side is exposed, the treated side acts as a vapor barrier, which does not allow moisture to pass through the board, trapping the water and eventually warping the cabinets.

If there is no visible warping, our technicians may be able to lower the moisture content and restore an item made from particleboard. Since the pieces are relatively cheap, we recommend replacing them rather than investing the time and effort to keep them.

Returning your home to its pre-flooded condition requires a company with the experience and training to complete the process as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is here to support our neighbors in putting their home back together; however, we can help.

Call today at (623) 594-6033 to get started with an inspection and an estimate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Water Damage Whether it Occurs in a House or an Apartment

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage - image of building Water damage occurs in apartments just as often as it does in houses. Should your apartment suffer water damage, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Many of the residents living in Phoenix rent their dwelling instead of owning their home. Both have different benefits but renting usually leaves the landlord or property manager responsible for the cost of any necessary repairs. However, when damages happen because of carelessness on the tenant's part, even when unintended, this responsibility often reverts to the tenant.

Tenants in Phoenix can rely on water removal services to help them out after forgetting to shut off a faucet or a tenant-owned appliance sprang a leak. Quickly responding to such emergencies shows responsibility on the tenant's part, which can help prevent damage to other rental units as well as your own apartment.

Damages from any action on the tenant's part often render any deposit paid at the beginning of a rental contract non-refundable. We can help you undo the damage that might cause you to lose your deposit and keep your landlord happy by extracting the water quickly. We maintain our equipment, so it is always available and in excellent working condition. Responding as soon as we get your call enables us to minimize any damage that might otherwise occur.

Our quick response and arrival to an apartment often saves the carpeting involved in the accidental overflow of water. Part of this success is because internal water often carries no or little contamination that outside sources of water carry. Interior-sourced water can pick up contaminants from items inside your home, though, such as pet boxes, powdered pesticides, and some household cleansers. We provide an appropriate response when this occurs.

Wood flooring often suffers considerably when water covers them for extended periods, but we can prevent damage through the use of heated floor mats that extract moisture and then deposit that water into attached containers. Wherever water travels within your apartment, we can track it down with our moisture readers and thermal detection units.

Understanding the many responsibilities tenants have toward other renters and their landlords, SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix wants to help in any way possible when a problem requiring water removal arises in your apartment. To receive knowledgeable and friendly technicians who can perform the work necessary, call us at (623) 594-6033. Always ready to take your call, 365 days a year, we can help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Can Extract Water Swiftly and Mitigate Damage to Phoenix Properties

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Clean Up in Your Phoenix Property

When flooding happens, regardless of the source, you need a professional service with years of experience and training to return your home to normal. A quick response means less property damage and lowers replacement costs.

Significant water damage in a Phoenix home is not something many people even consider possible. We are well known for our heat and the desert (and the Suns of course) but not for rain or cresting creeks and rivers. Most damage to a home is not from those sources, however. Broken plumbing such as a leaking faucet can cause thousands of dollars in damage before the homeowner is even aware of it. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to take care of it.

First, we inspect and secure your home. Technicians check for weakened sub-floors, crumbling drywall and electrical hazards. With the inspection complete, we board up the doors, windows, and other entrances to prevent loss from the elements, theft, and vandalism.

Now, we remove any standing water. If it is two inches or higher, our team deploys a set of sump pumps to get the job done. For amounts lower than two inches across the home, we use smaller water extractors. If the power is out, we also use one of the generators we maintain in our equipment inventory to ensure continuous electrical support.

Our next step is to examine the property no longer under water. There is always some water trapped in carpets and wood floors, so our SERVPRO IICRC Industry Certified Technicians.

use special vacuums designed to remove water without damaging the nape of the carpet or surface of the wood. If the standing water was high enough, there might be some amount behind the walls as well. If we find excess water, we use extraction wands to draw it out. In almost every case of standing water, we recommend removing and replacing any carpet pads. It is rarely ever cost-effective to attempt to dry them.

Next, comes examination and repair of the carpets. We look for thinning lamination and damaged seams. Since the lamination is what holds the fibers together, too much loss means that the fibers detach when vacuumed and the carpet must be replaced soon. We can repair damage seams quickly and cheaply, but if too many fibers near the seam have begun to detach, it is not cost-effective.

As we complete repairs, other technicians check the inside humidity and the moisture levels of the surrounding structural property. For high concentrations in both, we deploy commercial dehumidifiers to assist and quicken the natural drying process. Depending on the size, these machines can draw over 25 gallons of water from the air each day. We also use air movers to force airflow over surfaces to dry them and push the damp, inside air out of your home. The air movers are particularly useful with wet drywall that has not yet begun to crumble and structural property (kitchen cabinets for example) that was not under water. If we do not lower the moisture levels, physical damage continues to your home, and the threat of a mold infestation begins as well. Our goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

Our last step is to perform a final inspection with you to show what we accomplished and make certain you are satisfied with our work. At SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix, this is not just a job. Every client is also one of our neighbors. Call us today at (623) 594-6033

Water and Moisture Removal Get Your Business Doors Re-Opened

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage A Phoenix Coffee Shop Gets Help from SERVPRO

Water damage is something no business owner wants. Unfortunately, it only takes one broken pipe or faulty appliance to cause significant damage to your coffee shop. You may be left reeling and wondering how you are going to get your premises dry and ready to start serving customers again. After all, a closed business is a business which is not turning a profit, and that is not helpful for your ledger.

Water damage to your Phoenix coffee shop means it is time to put in a call to SERVPRO – We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We train our technicians in line with IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards so you can rest assured they are up to date on all the most efficient water damage remediation techniques.
 
An important part of remediating water damage to your business is to set a drying goal. A drying goal establishes the condition your premises should be in by the time our team has finished working on it. Our aim is always to restore your coffee shop to the status it was in before the water damage took place.
 
A drying goal ensures that we know what our aim is and can carefully monitor the process. If for any reason we are not on track to reach our goal we can adjust our process accordingly.
 
Setting a specific goal gives you the reassurance of knowing that our technicians are committed to restoring your shop.
 
A drying goal includes establishing moisture readings for affected parts of the structure of your shop, including the floor and the walls. Our team also sets out the ideal humidity that we want to reach. Moisture content and humidity readings, when taken together, give a complete picture. We use a moisture meter to measure and track moisture content, and a thermo-hygrometer to tell us the humidity of the air.
 
Our professionals use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your coffee shop, including the floors, walls, carpet, and furniture. We monitor progress as we go and do not stop until we reach our drying goal.
 
For help with drying your shop, call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix at (623) 594-6033 today.

Tips For Surviving Flash Flood Damage In The Phoenix

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms and Flash Flooding Present Dangers to Persons and Property. Call SERVPRO for Restoration and Cleanup

All of the danger surrounding flash floods can be scary. Winds can exceed 70mph forcing large amounts of rain to enter your neighborhood like a stampeding herd of wild buffalo. You may have little to no warning before freeways and highways close, trapping you in a swift-moving current of water that cares very little about your safety.

Obviously, it is important to recognize the problem, remaining informed about flood warnings throughout the Phoenix area. Flood Damage can happen fast and escape from a flash flood area can be rough. However, if you have a plan, avoid walking through moving water, or driving through flooded areas, you can safely evacuate without much of a problem.

It is possible to become trapped, unable to leave the confines of your home, making it necessary to store some supplies. Local drinking water can become contaminated by oil, gas, and sewage. Having water, food, clothing, and first aid available for each member of your family to survive for at least a week is best.

While you already understand not to drive through flooded roadways or bridges, it may not always be possible to stay on high ground. If your vehicle gets stuck, or it becomes submerged in water, remain calm, wait for your vehicle to fill with water. It can be scary, but if you wait until the vehicle is full of water, the doors open easier. You can then hold your breath, open the door, and swim to the surface. Flash flooding, without warning, can become lethal.

You are likely to be told by local authorities that it is safe to return to your home at some point. However, returning without the right support can produce drastic results. You benefit more from contacting a company like SERVPRO to provide you with flood damage restoration services. We can be the first to enter your home and assess your situation correctly.

SERVPRO has access to vast resources, equipment, and years of experience handling unfortunate situations just like these. Keep your family safe and sound, leave the recovery to those trained, never take unnecessary risks.  

Contact SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix in preparation for flash flooding in your area, we can help you prepare to survive. (623) 594-6033

Water damage in Goodyear, AZ

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Photo taken during water extraction from carpeted area.

A roof leak caused this auditorium in Goodyear, AZ to flood. This photo is taken while our technician, Leon Roberstson, is extracting water from the carpet. You can clearly see wet walls and carpet as the rain poured down the walls during this past weekend. Water covered stage and went down to carpet. Our crew has been on site since morning trying to clean up and dry up the place. Owners had to cancel their schedule for that day, but they were thrilled with effects and how quick we, at SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix were able to bring this room back to business! 

SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix is always here to help! We take every job seriously and we consider all of our clients as a SERVPRO family!

Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms and Flash Flooding Present Dangers to Persons and Property. Call SERVPRO for Restoration and Cleanup

All of the danger surrounding flash floods can be scary. Winds can exceed 70mph forcing large amounts of rain to enter your neighborhood like a stampeding herd of wild buffalo. You may have little to no warning before freeways and highways close, trapping you in a swift-moving current of water that cares very little about your safety.

Obviously, it is important to recognize the problem, remaining informed about flood warnings throughout the Phoenix area. Flood Damage can happen fast and escape from a flash flood area can be rough. However, if you have a plan, avoid walking through moving water, or driving through flooded areas, you can safely evacuate without much of a problem.

It is possible to become trapped, unable to leave the confines of your home, making it necessary to store some supplies. Local drinking water can become contaminated by oil, gas, and sewage. Having water, food, clothing, and first aid available for each member of your family to survive for at least a week is best.

While you already understand not to drive through flooded roadways or bridges, it may not always be possible to stay on high ground. If your vehicle gets stuck, or it becomes submerged in water, remain calm, wait for your vehicle to fill with water. It can be scary, but if you wait until the vehicle is full of water, the doors open easier. You can then hold your breath, open the door, and swim to the surface. Flash flooding, without warning, can become lethal.

You are likely to be told by local authorities that it is safe to return to your home at some point. However, returning without the right support can produce drastic results. You benefit more from contacting a company like SERVPRO to provide you with flood damage restoration services. We can be the first to enter your home and assess your situation correctly.

SERVPRO has access to vast resources, equipment, and years of experience handling unfortunate situations just like these. Keep your family safe and sound, leave the recovery to those trained, never take unnecessary risks.  

Contact SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix in preparation for flash flooding in your area, we can help you prepare to survive. (623) 594-6033

Tips on Commercial Water Damage

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Warehouse shipping and Receiving Water loss

If you find yourself in a commercial disaster he first thing you should do is call SERVPRO we can dispatch right away and we will make sure you get some help.

Tips until SERVPRO arrives:

  • Shut off the water source if identified.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood block under furniture legs.
  • DO NOT use regular vacuum to remove water

When we arrive we will do a very thorough dry out and complete in a timely manner. We practice the science of drying...and we specialize in restoring your property. We are a "One Stop Shop"- A company that can dry your property, take care of your contents, and rebuild if necessary. Call us at 623-594-6033 and we will be there 24//7, 365.

SERVPRO makes it look like it nothing ever happen! Restoring business to a preloss condition is not simple, but hiring the right service can make the process much easier for you. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix has decades of training and experience to do just that for you. Call us today at (623) 594-6033 to get started.

SERVPRO has the equipment to detect hidden water damage

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Small leaks can lead to severe water damage in your home, call SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

Water gun battles between kids is a great way to beat the summer heat in Phoenix, but children and teens sometimes forget to dump out the water in their toys before bringing them inside. These can leak, just like pipes and the underside of drains, forming puddles that then begin to harm your home.

Although the water from a few squirt guns may seem minute and of little importance, Phoenix homeowners need to know that water damage happens wherever water penetrates porous materials within a home. Water from leaks in pipes is a bigger problem because they continually have pressure behind them, forcing more water out than what a toy holds. Washing dishes in the kitchen or hands in the bathroom rarely creates any problems, but when the drain pipe comes loose from either sink's drain hole, water can drip into the cabinet.

Throughout your home, you have appliances that use water in one way or another – either to provide cold water and ice, to wash dishes or laundry, or to heat water for washing and bathing. Each of these has its own feed line and drain system. These hoses, tubes, and pipes can form leaks, weaknesses at joints and connections, or simply break, in ways very similar to the plumbing in your home.

Checking these water lines is crucial if homeowners wish to prevent water damage from happening around these appliances. The interior of appliances can also malfunction and create problems with water, so paying attention to the floor around each appliance is worthwhile. Puddles or slight dampness can indicate internal problems warranting repairs. After repairing, the appliance should be working correctly, but the water lost into your floor or carpet remains inside your home's living space.

SERVPRO is always available to assist homeowners in restoring their homes after water damage occurs. Any event that seems cleaned up and taken care of can still cause problems. This is the reason why inspecting and assessing occurs before the beginning of any work. Hidden water from a leak can continue to create problems. Using our water detection equipment takes a very short time and can provide lots of information for the homeowner and us.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix hold certificates in Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying, ensuring that your home is fully restored and protected against future incidents. Contacting us at our local number, (623) 594-6033, can put a stop to water problems that harm your home.

Dealing with Fire Damage

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A fire is scary and cleanup can be stressful

No matter how big or small your structure is—whether it’s a house, business, mobile home, or garage—the damage from a fire can be devastating. First things first: Take a deep breath. A fire is scary and cleanup can be stressful, but the best thing you can do now is keep a level head and take on the next steps calmly and deliberately. 

1. Contact your insurance company right away.

If you have insurance on your property, you’ll want to call them as soon as the fire is safely extinguished. The faster you file a claim, the sooner you’ll receive payment and your life can get back on track.

2. Have the damage inspected by a third-party, licensed professional.

This is why it can be in your best interest to hire a licensed contractor or structural engineer to accurately evaluate the extent of the destruction, determine the integrity of the structure, and provide an honest estimate of the overall cost of repairs.

3. Decide if you should repair or demolish and rebuild.

Once the inspection is completed and you have an accurate estimate, you’ll be able to determine whether you want to repair the damage or demolish and rebuild.

Mitigating Commercial Water Damage in Phoenix area

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Downtown Phoenix, AZ SERVPRO's water restoration services keep Phoenix stores and businesses open

Sprinkler systems are vital in Phoenix commercial properties, for fire protection. They save millions of dollars in insurance savings, code & ordinance compliance, and business continuity. However, as useful as they can be in minimizing fire damage, the wet mess they leave behind is like trading one disaster for another. The excess water can penetrate the walls, carpets, and various surfaces, leading to moisture damage, mold issues, and ultimately, bad odors.
 
The first step to safeguard your property is hiring a commercial water damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO. As an IICRC approved franchise, we have the tools and means to address all water damage and eliminate future incidents. Our technicians are adequately equipped to assess the existing property damage and formulate a strategy to return your items to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."
 
Water damage from sprinkler systems can include standing water, mold & mildew growth, wet office materials such as upholstery and carpeting, and moisture damage on building materials such as drywall. To prevent further damage to possessions made from porous surfaces such as wood and clothing, our specialists assemble and clear these items out of the building as a pack-out if no dry staging areas are available.
 
We may have to replace some of the items, depending on the level of water damage and their ability to be salvaged. After securing the property, SERVPRO technicians commence the water removal process. This part involves using various water extraction equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, and water pumps. Fans and dehumidifiers are remarkably effective at drying the area to prevent mold and mildew development.
 
If part of the structure, such as drywall, sustained water damage, our professionals use different techniques to restore the area. In some cases, this may require additional cleaning services or construction. Indeed, drying multiple layers of drywall takes a few days. During this time, we use a moisture tester to monitor the drying process. If some of the ceiling tiles sustained water damage, we replace them most of the time. Excess water on tiles tends to leave stains and ultimately causes them to bow.
 
Water damage from a sprinkler system can have an adverse impact on your business. If it happens, you can rely on SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix for 24/7 commercial water damage restoration services. As part of your Litchfield and West Phoenix community, we can arrive promptly to salvage your property. Call us anytime at (623) 594-6033.

Fire and Smoke Damage in your Goodyear Home

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen grease-fire Residents rely on SERVPRO during fire damage

How, When, and What to Use for Restoration After a Fire? SERVPRO Has the Answers

Like other cities, Goodyear is vulnerable to many types of disasters. One of the most common is fire. The smoke and soot that cover the surfaces of a home and its property, contaminating both, are difficult to clean and require a professional company to accomplish the task with minimal loss.

Remediating fire damage is difficult, but the alternative is to replace everything that the fire, smoke, and soot have touched. SERVPRO has years of experience in Maricopa County and knows what skills, tools, and methods are needed to preserve not just property, but memories and links to the past possessed by every homeowner.
 
Dry wiping and cleaning is our first course of action for most surfaces. Technicians use feather dusters and cloths where the contamination is a non-greasy residue and light-to-medium in amount. For thicker layers, they use dry sponges or specialized vacuums to clean surfaces.
 
Wet wiping and cleaning is our next step when dry cleaning does not remove everything. SERVPRO technicians use damp sponges and cleaning fabrics to clean off moderate-to-heavy residues with water or a mild detergent if needed.
 
Spray and Wipe is our preferred method when we need to prevent color bleeding or to fade in items like drapes and curtains. Restoration crews use spray bottles for better control of the amount of cleaning agent used on them.
 
Foam cleaning uses an agitated cleaner to apply the chemical agent with less water. Technicians force air into the cleaner which then exits the spray bottle as a foam similar to what you see in a car wash. We use this method on upholstery fabric which shrinks and pulls away from its frame if it becomes too wet.
 
Abrasive cleaning is the technique we use on rough surfaces like marble and rock. Since the surface is not affected by liquid, we use a cleaner along with a brush (plastic or wire bristles) to remove every trace of heavy smoke and soot residues. If the surface is metal, like some kitchen countertops, technicians may use a steel wool pad rather than a brush.
 
Immersion cleaning is our final method. We can only use this on items that are not affected by moisture and have a very heavy residue. Technicians fill a tank with a cleaning agent and then immerse the item in the tank. They then use sound waves to generate bubbles and force them across or through the surface of the item. This method is effective, but if it does not work, we discard the item. This is ultrasonic cleaning.
 
Restoring your home and property to a preloss condition is not simple, but hiring the right service can make the process much easier for you. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix has decades of training and experience to do just that for you. Call us today at (623) 594-6033 to get started.

FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION STEPS FOR RESTORING THE PROPERTY

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Restoration Restoring Kitchen Fire Damage Furniture

You should never try to remediate your property on your own after a fire. SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoexnix, a fire damage restoration professional has the experience needed to observe the proper fire restoration process to make your home safe again.

There are certain processes professionals use when rebuilding a house after a fire and repairing fire damage, and as a homeowner, knowing what these processes look like is helpful.

1. CONFIRM THE PROPERTY IS STABILIZED AND IS SAFE TO ENTER

The first step of a remediation professional is to confirm that the property is safe to enter. They’ll check for signs of structural damage that compromises the home and carefully inspect the property from the outside before opening the door.

2. MINIMIZE DAMAGE

Smoke and soot can cause damage even after the fire has been extinguished. You and the professionals working in your home should be cautious of soot staining, mold and mildew, rust and corrosion and the air quality in the home.

3. REMOVE SOOT AND DEBRIS

Before any water damage or fire damage restoration processes can begin, all debris and soot must be removed from the home.

4. REMOVE PERSONAL POSSESSIONS TOO DAMAGED TO RESTORE

Any items that are too damaged to repair should be removed from the home.

5. ELIMINATE EXCESS WATER AND DRY WET SURFACES

Professionals should clean up any standing water as soon as possible before running other water restoration equipment.

6. BEGIN DEODORIZING, DEEP CLEANING AND REMOVING STAINS

It’s important to consider what items should be deep cleaned and restored and what items are too damaged and should be replaced instead.

Call SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix for more details at 623-594-6033!

Professional Mold Remediation

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold spores can develop into colonies requiring remediation

Battling with mold growth on your own can make many to feel like it is a losing battle. Using bleach to clean mold away from surfaces, a method claimed by many people to work well is counter-productive and can be part of the reason that mold returns to the same location repeatedly.

There is no reason to continue your solo-battle against mold damage in your home. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is only a phone call away. We are ready to help you with the devastation that microbial infestations can cause, 
 
The climate in Phoenix can be dry, but mold damage can still happen to your home's interior. The tiniest drip from a water line can provide enough moisture for fungal infestations to prosper in hidden areas of your home. This shows how vital a nutrient water is for the spores.
 
Remove water from the interior environment of your home, and unwanted mold colonies find it nearly impossible to return after they have been cleaned away. Removing mold with the use of bleach fails to work as claimed because of bleach's high concentration of water and the physics involving permeability of a common material used in homes – sheets of drywall. Our IICRC trained technicians, here at SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoexni, can win your battle and let you relax.
 
Moisture can penetrate into the drywall, while bleach molecules are too large to do the same. While water remains inside the porous drywall, and available to mold's hyphae, all of the bleach remains on the surface, only discoloring this tough, durable, but tiny microbe, creating the illusion that the mold has been killed and removed.
 
To remove unwanted mold and prevent damage, remediation is required. During this process, any materials affected by mold damage are removed and repaired, so the area involved is completely restored, “Like it never even happened.” Hard surfaced materials such as cast iron, glass, and ceramic tiles can be cleaned and treated. These materials cannot be penetrated by fungi as it grows, but any dust or other minute debris can provide the basic surface changes to allow this to happen.
 
When an area has re-attained a normal microbe level again, treating the previously affected areas with microbe-inhibitors can prevent recurrences. This can include a special liquid that is applied like paint or simply sprayed on directly. After it has dried, it is both long-lasting, but also safe around children and pets.
 
There is no reason to continue your solo-battle against mold damage in your home. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is only a phone call away. We are ready to help you with the devastation that microbial infestations can cause, so call us, 24/7, at (623) 594-6033. Our IICRC trained technicians can win your battle and let you relax.

10 Facts About Storms That Will Make You Run for Cover

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Storm over the city MOTHER NATURE IS THE PLANET'S MOST POWERFUL SUPER-VILLAIN

Mother Nature swoops in with a big surprise—one that's often perplexing, terrifying, or even downright deadly. To that end, here are first 10 interesting tidbits about downpours, cloudbursts, blizzards, deluges, tornadoes, hurricanes, and any other type of storm you—or Mother Nature—could possibly think of.

1. A 1995 Storm in Texas Had Hailstones as Big as Softballs

2.One Blizzard in Iran, in 1972 Buried Entire Villages with No Survivors

3. From July 25 through September 23, 2001 blood Red Rain Poured Down on India for a Summer

4. In September 2017, A Heatwave in California Once Turned Grapes into Raisins  

5.Once, Earth Got as Cold as Mars. The coldest temperature ever reported was in Antarctica on August 20, 2010. The temperature fell to -135.8°F, or -94.7°C.

6. America is the World's Tornado Capital. The United States averaged 1,274 tornadoes per year in the last decade, most of which happen in spring.

6. Greenland is the Windiest Place on Earth. According to satellite data, winds reach 44.7 mph 16 percent of the year and 29 percent of the winter.

7. Mild Autumn Weather Leads to Bigger Spiders Indoors

8. You Can Calculate How Far Away You are from Lightning. Just count the number of seconds that pass between a flash of lightning and the thunder that follows, then divide that number by five. The result equals how many miles away you are from where lightning just struck.

9. There's Such a Thing as Water Tornadoes. Tornadic waterspouts are what they sound like, a tornado over a body of water. They generally begin over land in connection with a thunderstorm, then move out over the water.

10. A Sandstorm Once Buried a Force of 50,000. In 525 B.C.E., Cambyses, the son of Cyrus the Great, sent 50,000 soldiers from Thebes to attack the Oasis of Siwa and destroy the Oracle at the Temple of Amun after local priests refused to legitimize his claim to Egypt. After walking for seven days in the desert, the soldiers drowned in a sandstorm. 

Categories of Water Damage

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage backup This flooded bathroom was caused by a sewage backup - Category 3 water

Water damage restoration is often prefaced by a loss assessment and evaluation of affected materials. The damaged area is inspected with water sensing equipment such as probes and other infrared tools in order to determine the source of the damage and possible extent of areas affected.

In addition to identifying the classes of water loss, it is also important to identify the state of the water effecting the damaged materials. Simply put, how clean or dirty is it? There are three categories of water damage:

Category 1: Sanitary Liquids

These liquids are from sanitary sources such as faucets and toilet tanks, but they can quickly degrade into category two liquids.

Category 2: Grey Water

These liquids come from sources such as dishwashers, washing machines, sink drains, and toilet overflow (urine only), and contain contaminants that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested.

Category 3: Black Water

These grossly unsanitary liquids include sewage backup, feces contaminated toilet overflow, flooding from rivers or streams, and bacteria laden stagnant liquid, and can cause severe illness or death if ingested.

Fire Damage Requires Professional Restoration Services

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom fire Smoke will not stay contained in one area. Even if the door is shut, the smoke can contaminate the entire home.

While many electrical outlets today contain safety features to prevent electric shock when used in the bathroom, humid conditions can still damage wiring. Residents in Phoenix should pay attention to sparks coming from outlets when plugging in hair dryers and curling irons. An electrician can determine the exact cause and possibly prevent a fire from happening.

However, if your Phoenix home sustains fire damage because of bathroom wiring catching fire before you could call an electrician, SERVPRO can help undo the mess. Charred materials such as bathroom cabinets, walls, and ceilings making up your bathroom's structure cannot safely remain. Our technicians remove such materials by pulling them out and bagging them so they cannot contaminate anything else in your home.

Some fixtures in bathrooms contain plastic, which melts easily at higher temperatures. We remove these, also, including any damaged sinks, tubs, or shower stalls. While mirrors and glass doors often survive a fire, the frames, unless metal, might perish. Depending on the way a mirror's hanging system attached it to the wall, breaking during a fire often happens when the frame gives way. The same holds true for sliding glass doors. Removing every tiny sliver keeps the area safe.

Smoke from an enclosed fire does not stay contained in the area, even if the bathroom door remained shut. This smoke can contaminate an entire home before the firefighters arrive to put out the flames. Our IICRC-cerfified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) is skilled at repairing and restoring such situations.

Fire in the bathroom can also create problems when water fixtures melt and allow water to run nonstop. This water can create additional problems. We want to assure you that no matter how complex a small fire turns out, in the end, we are prepared to handle everything. We want to make your bathroom, and home, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is always ready to help those in our area recover from disasters of any size. Having a home that is safe and free of fire damage or other problems helps protect the health and safety of the occupants. Please call our 24-hour service line at (623) 594-6033 for technicians who care about you and your family.

Monsoon - Dust Storm and Flash Flood Preparation

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Monsoon Season Monsoon season is approching!

1. Inspect Your Roof - Have your roof thoroughly to ensure it's ready to bear the brunt of the monsoon's fury. Have any discernible cracks and holes patched up. It is best to handle any problem areas now at the beginning of the season. Also, be sure to check for hidden areas where water might build up and breakthrough.

2. Prep Plants and Trees - If you have any large (big) trees, trim an wieldy branches that could potentially snap off or damage your property. Also it is best to have trees thinned as this limits wind resistance so that strong monsoon winds cane more easily pass through.

3. Protect Your Car - You will be likely driving in the rain quite a bit over the coming month, so start early preparing your car for the monsoon season. Start with check tire tread, tire pressure, install new windshield wipers, check brake pads, and headlights.

4. Check Your Home's Drainage - Pay special attention to your yard., If your yard slopes towards your home and you notice water build up, you may want to have a landscaper redirect the water flow. Also it is best to check your gutters to ensure they are flowing, high winds tend to bring a lot of loose yard debris that could clog the gutters. Sometimes you are able to get roof and gutter repair as a package deal. 

5. Monsoon Season Means Toads and Frogs - With the heavy rains of the monsoon bring out the Sonoran Desert Toad also known as Colorado River Toads. It is important to remember and/or be aware that they can be dangerous to children and pets. They are considered the largest toads in the U.S. There are risks with these toads it is important to be aware and keep children and pets at a distance. The Sonoran Desert Toad poses a serious threat to pets. They release a poison that can kill a pet in as few as 15 minutes. Young children may also put their fingers in their mouths after picking one up which can lead to hallucinations and other health problems.

Storm and water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home. 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (623) 594-6033

Smells from Fires and SERVPRO Remediation

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Odor Some Fire & Smoke Related Smells in Phoenix Are Not Pleasant

If you are dealing with the after-effects of a fire in your home, one of the biggest frustrations is the smell. It can foul the air for days, weeks and even months. People never get used to a bad smell. It can make your home unlivable. The technicians here at SERVPRO know how to deodorize thoroughly, making a home smell “Like it never even happened.”

Removing the source of fire damage odors in Phoenix is the first step. Our team never tries to cover up the smell. We know we need to eliminate the cause of the smell. Without doing that, efforts to deodorize don’t stand a chance. For example, charred materials left in place continue to give off an offensive smoky scent for months. That is why our experts remove building material and debris tainted with smoke residue before starting the process of deodorization.

Once our experts take away the cause of the smell, we turn our attention to deodorization. We clean all surfaces that have residue because even tiny particles can keep giving off the stench of smoke. Did you have a kitchen fire? Then your stove, counters, vent hood and cabinets likely need a thorough scouring, using advanced cleaning agents.

After cleaning, we ventilate the area to find out if odors linger. At SERVPRO, we use state-of-the-art tools and cleansers to remove smells from your home. We tailor the method to the cause of the problem. The rule of thumb is that “like works on like” in most cases. Special fog products often work on smells caused by smoke. It follows the original path of the smoke, deodorizing as it travels through your home.

Our team not only has access to industrial strength products and the latest tools. We also have the training to use them correctly. Each technician meets the standards of the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Cerfitication).

For help with odors and other fire damage restoration, call in the experts at SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix. Available 24/7, we are strategically located to serve Phoenix and surrended areas.

What you need to know about asbestos

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Types of asbestos 3 common asbestos include: chrysotile, crocidolite, and amosite

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance that can be pulled into a fluffy consistency. Asbestos fibers are soft and flexible yet resistant to heat, electricity and chemical corrosion. Pure asbestos is an effective insulator and can be mixed in to cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them strong. 

These qualities once made asbestos very viable, but unfortunately, they also make asbestos highly toxic.

Asbestos hazards may occur during manufacturing of asbestos-containing products; performing brake or clutch repairs, renovating or demolishing buildings; or cleanup from those activities. Asbestos workers have increased  changes of getting two principal types of cancer: cancer of the lung tissue and mesothelioma.

Some materials are presumed to contain asbestos if installed before 1981: thermal system insulation, roofing and siding shingles, vinyl floor tiles, plaster, cement, putties, ceiling tiles and spray coatings, industrial pipe wrapping, etc. 

Testing for asbestos also need to be perform on commercial buildings. 

Preparing for the Possibility of Flood Damages in Phoenix

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Storm preparation Storms can happen quickly. Preparation is key to minimizing damage. Contact SERVPRO for remediation or preparation assistance.

While Phoenix on average gets significantly less water throughout the year than other parts of the country, this does not in any way imply that the capital city does not have the appropriate weather conditions to allow for flash flooding. In fact, over the course of the last several years, there have been numerous instances of this type of disaster happening to areas all across the city, but lower lying plains were hit the worst.
 
The problem with flash flood damage to your Phoenix home is that there is a very little warning to prepare for the incident adequately. In many cases, this has caused residents to do more to prevent this kind of home-life crisis by improving water diversion implements that exist all around the exterior of the house. When Hurricanes Irma and Harvey were sweeping across the southern part of the country, many in the city feared that whatever lingering torrential rains still due to head their way could cause these dire conditions for them or their neighbors.
 
Truthfully, preparing for such a disaster is often easier said than done. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to inspect the areas of your house that are more prone to experiencing water damage and help you to determine what might need to be repaired or replaced for the water to stay outside of your home (even in the event of forceful flash flooding).
 
Many people did not even realize that our SERVPRO team is available for smaller tasks like this, offering up our advice and expertise to keep your entire home safe and avert a potential crisis. Much like our emergency response team (that can be called at any hour of the day or night to help you in your most urgent times of need), you can also call us 24/7. We can have a professional on-site to begin assessing where the primary problem areas are and which components to thwart water penetration are not up to snuff.
 
Whether you would like your home checked for potential threats or you are currently dealing with flood damage already, you can always give SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix a call. We are available anytime at (623) 594-6033.

Water and Moisture Removal Get Your Business Doors Re-Opened

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water and moisture removal A Phoenix Coffee Shop Gets Help from SERVPRO

Water damage is something no business owner wants. Unfortunately, it only takes one broken pipe or faulty appliance to cause significant damage to your coffee shop. You may be left reeling and wondering how you are going to get your premises dry and ready to start serving customers again. After all, a closed business is a business which is not turning a profit, and that is not helpful for your ledger.

Water damage to your Phoenix coffee shop means it is time to put in a call to SERVPRO – We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We train our technicians in line with IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards so you can rest assured they are up to date on all the most efficient water damage remediation techniques.
 
An important part of remediating water damage to your business is to set a drying goal. A drying goal establishes the condition your premises should be in by the time our team has finished working on it. Our aim is always to restore your coffee shop to the status it was in before the water damage took place.
 
A drying goal ensures that we know what our aim is and can carefully monitor the process. If for any reason we are not on track to reach our goal we can adjust our process accordingly.
 
Setting a specific goal gives you the reassurance of knowing that our technicians are committed to restoring your shop.
 
A drying goal includes establishing moisture readings for affected parts of the structure of your shop, including the floor and the walls. Our team also sets out the ideal humidity that we want to reach. Moisture content and humidity readings, when taken together, give a complete picture. We use a moisture meter to measure and track moisture content, and a thermo-hygrometer to tell us the humidity of the air.
 
Here at SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix, our professionals use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your coffee shop, including the floors, walls, carpet, and furniture. We monitor progress as we go and do not stop until we reach our drying goal.
 
For help with drying your shop, call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix at (623) 594-6033 today.

Water Damage Cleanup and Service Cost

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage The cost to fix water damage varies greatly depending on the area and type of damage.

Factors Affecting Water Damage Remediation Costs

The cost of a water damage remediation project is determined by the size of the affected area and the type of water involved. Water is divided into three categories:

  • Category 1 is essentially clean water. Because it generally does not imply serious health and safety concerns, this is the least expensive type of water remediation. This type of water usually comes from a burst supply pipe or a faucet left on.
  • Category 2 is dirty water that is not seriously contaminated. This type can come from an overflowing dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Category 3 is water that is dangerously contaminated, such as raw sewage. This type of water poses serious health and safety risks and repairing damage from this kind of water is usually expensive.

The cost of the project also depends on the size of the affected area. Repairing damage in a relatively contained area will be less expensive than an entire house remediation.

Price Range For Water Damage Cleanup

The cost to fix water damage varies greatly depending on the area and type of damage. Damage from a leaky roof is usually contained to a small area and involves category 1 water. For this, you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars.

A burst pipe affecting a larger area can cost tens of thousands of dollars. This kind of water damage can affect a wider area. It also depends on whether the water came from a supply pipe with clean water or a discharge pipe with category 2 or 3 water.

Flood restoration costs range from $7,800 to $26,000, depending on the depth of the water, according to the National Flood Insurance Program.

Optional Services

Minimize the cost of water damage cleanup by starting to dry the area and your possessions within 24 hours.  Mold will begin to grow if water remains longer than 24 hours, and removing mold will incur further costs.

To minimize the area affected by water damage, shut off the water supply as soon as a leak is detected – the sooner, the better. A simple water alarm can detect moisture and automatically shut off the water supply. This costs between $50 and $150. These devices can prevent large-scale flooding from a broken appliance or water heater, saving you thousands of dollars.

Secure Steps for Restoration of Fire Damaged Properties

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Restoration Phoenix Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

It can be difficult to deal with fire and some of the devastating damages it can leave behind. Without professional assistance your losses can double or triple, leaving you with a massive problem that you simply cannot afford to get into on your own.
 
When facing fire damage to your home, time plays a significant role. Even though local authorities deem your property safe to enter, you should avoid making contact, allowing traffic in and out, or access to anyone that does not understand how to treat fire-damaged materials.
 
Making the wrong choices after a fire occurs on your property can lead to unsalvageable contents, additional damage to surfaces, and reduce the chances you have of reclaiming your property successfully. Always call SERVPRO for help before allowing anyone else enter your home, we can help you avoid hazards that may exist and prevent others from further damaging your property.
 
SERVPRO technicians pay specific attention to every belonging, surface, or content found in your home. We deliver quality solutions to heat, water, smoke, soot, and ash damage produced throughout the length of a fire, taking pride in restoring many items that other companies consider a loss before even attempting restoration.
 
Your contract with SERVPRO begins the moment you make contact. Our staff gathers information during your initial call to help our technicians arrive ready to address your concerns. We provide you with quality full-service solutions to every aspect of your home’s restoration, including any repairs necessary to finish the job completely.  
 
We have a variety of cleaning and sanitization methods available that make restoring furniture, fabrics, and other household items a snap. Our technicians enjoy providing you with quality services that help you reclaim your home and attempt to make your restoration as stress-free as possible. We also offer a Pack-Out service for cleaning belongings and storing any household goods during the on-going fire damage restoration process.
 
Call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix to gain access to professional fire damage restoration services, provided by experienced technicians that offer peace of mind during an emergency. We are ready to assist you at a moments notice, call today. (623) 594-6033 

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Damage and Offer Expert Preventative Tips

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage to your home Storms can happen quickly. Preparation is key to minimizing damage. Contact SERVPRO for remediation or preparation assistance.

While Phoenix on average gets significantly less water throughout the year than other parts of the country, this does not in any way imply that the capital city does not have the appropriate weather conditions to allow for flash flooding. In fact, over the course of the last several years, there have been numerous instances of this type of disaster happening to areas all across the city, but lower lying plains were hit the worst.
 
The problem with flood damage to your Phoenix home is that there is a very little warning to prepare for the incident adequately. In many cases, this has caused residents to do more to prevent this kind of home-life crisis by improving water diversion implements that exist all around the exterior of the house. When Hurricanes Irma and Harvey were sweeping across the southern part of the country, many in the city feared that whatever lingering torrential rains still due to head their way could cause these dire conditions for them or their neighbors.
 
Truthfully, preparing for such a disaster is often easier said than done. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to inspect the areas of your house that are more prone to experiencing water damage and help you to determine what might need to be repaired or replaced for the water to stay outside of your home (even in the event of forceful flash flooding).
 
Many people did not even realize that our SERVPRO team is available for smaller tasks like this, offering up our advice and expertise to keep your entire home safe and avert a potential crisis. Much like our emergency response team (that can be called at any hour of the day or night to help you in your most urgent times of need), you can also call us 24/7. We can have a professional on-site to begin assessing where the primary problem areas are and which components to thwart water penetration are not up to snuff.
 
Whether you would like your home checked for potential threats or you are currently dealing with flood damage already, you can always give SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix a call. We are available anytime at (623) 594-6033.

Finding Water Damage

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

With the warmer months looming in front of us, preparing our homes and ourselves can engage using many different activities in our Phoenix homes. Locating decorations and seasonal clothing can take us to places in our homes that we rarely occupy.

Phoenix residents who find signs of water damage during these transitional times should regard them as having at least two primary warning signs. Firstly, a water source that should not exist is present in your home, and secondly, other damage most likely exists but remains hidden from your view. Our courteous and highly trained staff assists many homeowners with similar situations, mitigating the current damage and preventing future problems.

Secondary water damage, such as mold and mildew, can also create problems for homeowners. Having these two varieties of microorganism in your home and growing out of control can cause both adverse health effects and structural damage. Other types of water damage include the ongoing deterioration of drywall, ceilings, carpeting, and the development of musty smells. The dust can increase ina home with water damage because of the disintegration actively happening. As fibers in furniture break down, fragments of the cloth become airborne and settle everywhere.

Highly trained and experienced, SERVPRO technicians are dedicated individuals who enjoy working with homeowners to protect their homes and belongings equally. Knowing how each material in a home can suffer when exposed to water helps make our job possible, and with excellent results overall.

Seeing paint that seems to have started peeling recently, or stains on walls, can pinpoint where the accumulation of moisture exists, but finding the source of that water can provide us with the means to protect your home from future, ongoing problems. We use moisture-sensitive detection units to locate the places where water, even in tiny amounts, comes from inside your residence. Many times, the locations discovered are minor problems with simple fixes.


SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix and their employees want to help you protect your home from any harmful event, including water damage. Whenever you find a situation in your home that needs professional attention, contact us at (623) 594-6033 for our 24-hour services.

Our Technicians Arrive With Tools to Handle BOTH Large and Small Scale Water Damage Events

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Besides boosting productivity, extractors are becoming increasingly popular in commercial water removal in Phoenix due to operator safety. These equipment are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery, as well as removing water from floors. They are usually made up of three main components -- vacuum system, pump, and heater -- all of which come into play when cleaning carpets and upholstery.
 
The task of commercial water removal in any Phoenix business requires professional services for maximum efficiency. At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly trained, IICRC-certified technicians who can relieve you of that stress. Our services are available 24/7, every day of the year, so you can reach us anytime.
 
There are many benefits of using an industrial grade extractor for commercial water removal, but the most important one is its deep cleaning capability. Our machines are effective with both high and low pile carpet, removing as much dirt and residue as possible.
 
Additionally, using carpet extractors allows SERVPRO professionals to deep clean specific areas of the water-damaged carpet. The massive water tank that comes with most models enables us to apply a cleaning solution to the fabric, ensuring that the carpet is thoroughly clean instead of just getting the dirt up. Heating technology helps to loosen dirt and grime from individual carpet strands. With the water drying within a couple of hours, this makes it a very practical water removal process.
 
Furthermore, the presence of a long wand ensures a great all-round cleanup process and reduces the need to relocate the extractor. As such, SERVPRO water damage technicians can remove excess water from a material by merely moving with the wand. Carpet extractors typically have a wide-mouthed wand that makes it easier to get closer to the base of the carpet as best as possible, regardless of the length of the pile.
 
Water extractors can be portable or truck-mounted. The former can be taken into the building and allows access to hard-to-reach areas, but the latter is more powerful and has its own power sources. Truck-mounted extractors are designed for both restorative cleaning and water removal in a water damage scenario.
 
Flooding can occur anytime and cause immense water damage. When it happens, SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is just a short distance away and can respond quickly with commercial water removal equipment like the extractor. Call us today at (623) 594-6033.

Water damage in Goodyear, AZ

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded auditorium in Goodyear, AZ Photo taken during water extraction from carpeted area.

A roof leak caused this auditorium in Goodyear, AZ to flood. This photo is taken while our technician, Terron Davis is extracting water from the carpet. You can clearly see wet walls and carpet as the rain poured down the walls during this past weekend. Water covered stage and went down to carpet. Our crew has been on site since morning trying to clean up and dry up the place. Owners had to cancel their schedule for that day, but they were thrilled with effects and how quick we, at SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix were able to bring this room back to business! 

SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix is always here to help! We take every job seriously and we consider all of our clients as a SERVPRO family!

Water damage in Avondale, AZ

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Dining room wall demo Demolition to the walls and ceiling due to water loss.

This home in Avondale, AZ was affected by busted pipes from the shower head affecting bathroom wall, dining room wall area, ceiling and surrounded walls to be completely demolished. SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix came right after initial call. Our trained technicians, Terron Davis and Ruber Sigala started work immediately, advising owners of the entire mitigation process. Owners were also advise if they should file a claim or not, and whey were giving a choice to go with insurance or treat it as self-pay. Customer was very satisfied with the final effects and how quick we were able to clean up the damage. Owners were thrilled with the short clean up time and how great the our crew was!  

SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix is always here to help! We take every job seriously and we consider all of our clients as a SERVPRO family!

Tips for Commercial Water Damage

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial water loss Commercial offices aftermath of the water loss

If you find yourself in a commercial disaster he first thing you should do is call SERVPRO we can dispatch right away and we will make sure you get some help.

Here are few tips until SERVPRO arrives:

  • Shut off the water source if identified.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood block under furniture legs.
  • DO NOT use regular vacuum to remove water

When we arrive we will do a very thorough dry out and complete in a timely manner. We practice the science of drying...and we specialize in restoring your property. We are a"One Stop Shop"-A company that can dry your property, take care of your contents, and rebuild if necessary. Call us at 623-594-6033 and we will be there 24//7, 365.

Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Roar Closure caused by flooding Storms and Flash Flooding Present Dangers to Persons and Property. Call SERVPRO for Restoration and Cleanup

All of the danger surrounding flash floods can be scary. Winds can exceed 70 mph forcing large amounts of rain to enter your neighborhood like a stampeding herd of wild buffalo. You may have little to no warning before freeways and highways close, trapping you in a swift-moving current of water that cares very little about your safety.

Obviously, it is important to recognize the problem, remaining informed about flood warnings throughout the Phoenix area. Flood damage can happen fast and escape from a flash flood area can be rough. However, if you have a plan, avoid walking through moving water, or driving through flooded areas, you can safely evacuate without much of a problem.

It is possible to become trapped, unable to leave the confines of your home, making it necessary to store some supplies. Local drinking water can become contaminated by oil, gas, and sewage. Having water, food, clothing, and first aid available for each member of your family to survive for at least a week is best.

While you already understand not to drive through flooded roadways or bridges, it may not always be possible to stay on high ground. If your vehicle gets stuck, or it becomes submerged in water, remain calm, wait for your vehicle to fill with water. It can be scary, but if you wait until the vehicle is full of water, the doors open easier. You can then hold your breath, open the door, and swim to the surface. Flash flooding without warning, can become lethal.

You are likely to be told by local authorities that it is safe to return to your home at some point. However, returning without the right support can produce drastic results. You benefit more from contacting a company like SERVPRO to provide you with flood damage restoration services. We can be the first to enter your home and assess your situation correctly.

SERVPRO has access to vast resources, equipment, and years of experience handling unfortunate situations just like these. Keep your family safe and sound, leave the recovery to those trained, never take unnecessary risks.  

Contact SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix in preparation for flash flooding in your area, we can help you prepare to survive. (623) 594-6033

SERVPRO has the equipment to detect hidden water damage

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Pipe leak damage Small leaks can lead to severe water damage in your home, call SERVPRO to remediate the damage

Water gun battles between kids is a great way to beat the summer heat in Phoenix, but children and teens sometimes forget to dump out the water in their toys before bringing them inside. These can leak, just like pipes and the underside of drains, forming puddles that then begin to harm your home.

Although the water from a few squirt guns may seem minute and of little importance, Phoenix homeowners need to know that water damage happens wherever water penetrates porous materials within a home. Water from leaks in pipes is a bigger problem because they continually have pressure behind them, forcing more water out than what a toy holds. Washing dishes in the kitchen or hands in the bathroom rarely creates any problems, but when the drain pipe comes loose from either sink's drain hole, water can drip into the cabinet.

Throughout your home, you have appliances that use water in one way or another – either to provide cold water and ice, to wash dishes or laundry, or to heat water for washing and bathing. Each of these has its own feed line and drain system. These hoses, tubes, and pipes can form leaks, weaknesses at joints and connections, or simply break, in ways very similar to the plumbing in your home.

Checking these water lines is crucial if homeowners wish to prevent water damage from happening around these appliances. The interior of appliances can also malfunction and create problems with water, so paying attention to the floor around each appliance is worthwhile. Puddles or slight dampness can indicate internal problems warranting repairs. After repairing, the appliance should be working correctly, but the water lost into your floor or carpet remains inside your home's living space.

SERVPRO is always available to assist homeowners in restoring their homes after water damage occurs. Any event that seems cleaned up and taken care of can still cause problems. This is the reason why inspecting and assessing occurs before the beginning of any work. Hidden water from a leak can continue to create problems. Using our water detection equipment takes a very short time and can provide lots of information for the homeowner and us.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix hold certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WTR) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD), ensuring that your home is fully restored and protected against future incidents. Contacting us at our local number, (623) 594-6033, can put a stop to water problems that harm your home.

SERVPRO is the answer to mitigating commercial water damage in your business

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Phoenix, AZ Phoenix, AZ Downtown

Sprinkler systems are vital in Phoenix commercial properties, for fire protection. They save millions of dollars in insurance savings, code & ordinance compliance, and business continuity. However, as useful as they can be in minimizing fire damage, the wet mess they leave behind is like trading one disaster for another. The excess water can penetrate the walls, carpets, and various surfaces, leading to moisture damage, mold issues, and ultimately, bad odors.
 
The first step to safeguard your property is hiring a commercial water damage restoration company in Phoenix such as SERVPRO. As an IICRC approved franchise, we have the tools and means to address all water damage and eliminate future incidents. Our technicians are adequately equipped to assess the existing property damage and formulate a strategy to return your items to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."
 
Water damage from sprinkler systems can include standing water, mold & mildew growth, wet office materials such as upholstery and carpeting, and moisture damage on building materials such as drywall. To prevent further damage to possessions made from porous surfaces such as wood and clothing, our specialists assemble and clear these items out of the building as a pack-out if no dry staging areas are available.
 
We may have to replace some of the items, depending on the level of water damage and their ability to be salvaged. After securing the property, SERVPRO technicians commence the water removal process. This part involves using various water extraction equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, and water pumps. Fans and dehumidifiers are remarkably effective at drying the area to prevent mold and mildew development.
 
If part of the structure, such as drywall, sustained water damage, our professionals use different techniques to restore the area. In some cases, this may require additional cleaning services or construction. Indeed, drying multiple layers of drywall takes a few days. During this time, we use a moisture tester to monitor the drying process. If some of the ceiling tiles sustained water damage, we replace them most of the time. Excess water on tiles tends to leave stains and ultimately causes them to bow.
 
Water damage from a sprinkler system can have an adverse impact on your business. If it happens, you can rely on SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix for 24/7 commercial water damage restoration services. As part of your Litchfield and West Phoenix community, we can arrive promptly to salvage your property.

Call us anytime at (623) 594-6033

SERVPRO technicians race to dry out your property !

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When it comes to small amounts of flooding, much of the damage is not to the home itself, but rather to the contents inside. An overflowing kitchen sink or a cracked pipe in the laundry room does not usually result in structural problems, but it can result in hundreds or thousands of dollars in repair and replacement of furniture throughout the house.

SERVPRO has decades of experience in restoring and repairing furniture in Phoenix after it suffers flood damage. We understand the effects of flooding and how to deal with all but the worst of them.

Wood or a wood composite (i.e. particleboard) makes up most furniture. Each type of material has its uses, but each one also has drawbacks when it comes to being affected by flooding.
Wood develops two problems after exposure to floodwater. There is swelling and cracking, as well as a weakening of the joints. The other problem is spotting, which damages the finish. Our technicians can remove most water spots with one of the wood care products in our chemical inventory. For great spotting, we may have to recommend a professional refinisher to repair the damage.

The best way to deal with swelling, cracking, and joint weakness is to remove the excess moisture carefully. Too fast or too slow can cause permanent damage. Our technicians use dehumidifiers to draw out moisture and, if needed, use air movers to force warm, dry air across the surface and underneath an item to speed up the process.

Particleboard does not survive exposure to water very well. Since it makes up pieces like kitchen and bathroom cabinets and other cheaply made and replaceable items, only one side is laminated or otherwise treated to repel moisture. Since the opposite side is exposed, the treated side acts as a vapor barrier, which does not allow moisture to pass through the board, trapping the water and eventually warping the cabinets.

If there is no visible warping, our technicians may be able to lower the moisture content and restore an item made from particleboard. Since the pieces are relatively cheap, we recommend replacing them rather than investing the time and effort to keep them.

Returning your home to its pre-flooded condition requires a company with the experience and training to complete the process as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is here to support our neighbors in putting their home back together; however, we can help.

Call today at (623) 394-6033 to get started with an inspection and an estimate.

Water damage in your Phoenix property

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

 Water damage at your Phoenix home Rely on SERVPRO for wter extraction and clean up in your Phoenix property.

When flooding happens, regardless of the source, you need a professional service with years of experience and training to return your home to normal. A quick response means less property damage and lowers replacement costs.

Significant water damage in a Phoenix home is not something many people even consider possible. We are well known for our heat and the desert (and the Suns of course) but not for rain or cresting creeks and rivers. Most damage to a home is not from those sources, however. Broken plumbing such as a leaking faucet can cause thousands of dollars in damage before the homeowner is even aware of it. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to take care of it.

First, we inspect and secure your home. Technicians check for weakened sub-floors, crumbling drywall and electrical hazards. With the inspection complete, we board up the doors, windows, and other entrances to prevent loss from the elements, theft, and vandalism.

Now, we remove any standing water. If it is two inches or higher, our team deploys a set of sump pumps to get the job done. For amounts lower than two inches across the home, we use smaller water extractors. If the power is out, we also use one of the generators we maintain in our equipment inventory to ensure continuous electrical support.

Our next step is to examine the property no longer under water. There is always some water trapped in carpets and wood floors, so our SERVPRO IICRC industry certified technicians use special vacuums designed to remove water without damaging the nape of the carpet or surface of the wood. If the standing water was high enough, there might be some amount behind the walls as well. If we find excess water, we use extraction wands to draw it out. In almost every case of standing water, we recommend removing and replacing any carpet pads. It is rarely ever cost-effective to attempt to dry them.

Next, comes examination and repair of the carpets. We look for thinning lamination and damaged seams. Since the lamination is what holds the fibers together, too much loss means that the fibers detach when vacuumed and the carpet must be replaced soon. We can repair damage seams quickly and cheaply, but if too many fibers near the seam have begun to detach, it is not cost-effective.

As we complete repairs, other technicians check the inside humidity and the moisture levels of the surrounding structural property. For high concentrations in both, we deploy commercial dehumidifiers to assist and quicken the natural drying process. Depending on the size, these machines can draw over 25 gallons of water from the air each day. We also use air movers to force airflow over surfaces to dry them and push the damp, inside air out of your home. The air movers are particularly useful with wet drywall that has not yet begun to crumble and structural property (kitchen cabinets for example) that was not under water. If we do not lower the moisture levels, physical damage continues to your home, and the threat of a mold infestation begins as well. Our goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

Our last step is to perform a final inspection with you to show what we accomplished and make certain you are satisfied with our work. At SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix, this is not just a job. Every client is also one of our neighbors. Call us today at (623) 594-6033

Flooded home in Phoenix, AZ

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Pre-mitigation dinning room This damaged dinning room was caused by a upstairs flooded bathtub

We all know that children always have crazy ideas around the house, and this home in Phoenix was no difference. Entire first floor was damage to bathtub overflow. This photo shows the mess that was left behind. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix was called in to clean up the aftermath! Our highly trained technicians were there in no time to start the mitigation process. Owner was devastated not knowing what will happen next, but with a quick response and explanation of all our mitigation procedures he was able to relax knowing that all will be back to normal within days. Our communication with insurance adjusters was also on point and customer was always included in it!

Customer was thrilled with the final effects and how quick we were able to clean up the damage. 

SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix is always here to help! We take every job seriously and we consider all of our clients as a SERVPRO family!

Steps to Take After a Storm Damage

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage to the roof This broken roof was caused by a heavy wind and storm

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. 

If it is safe to move around your property, photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. 

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. At SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix, we provide 24-hour emergency service.

Categories of Water Damage

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Sewage backup - CAT 3 This flooded bathroom was caused by a sewage backup - Category 3 water

In addition to identifying the classes of water loss, it is also important to identify the state of the water effecting the damaged materials. Simply put, how clean or dirty is it? There are three categories of water damage:

Category 1: Sanitary Liquids

These liquids are from sanitary sources such as faucets and toilet tanks, but they can quickly degrade into category two liquids.

Category 2: Grey Water

These liquids come from sources such as dishwashers, washing machines, sink drains, and toilet overflow (urine only), and contain contaminants that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested.

Category 3: Black Water

These grossly unsanitary liquids include sewage backup, feces contaminated toilet overflow, flooding from rivers or streams, and bacteria laden stagnant liquid, and can cause severe illness or death if ingested.

Dealing with Fire Damage

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After Fire damage A fire is scary and cleanup can be stressful

No matter how big or small your structure is—whether it’s a house, business, mobile home, or garage—the damage from a fire can be devastating. First things first: Take a deep breath. A fire is scary and cleanup can be stressful, but the best thing you can do now is keep a level head and take on the next steps calmly and deliberately. 

1. Contact your insurance company right away.

If you have insurance on your property, you’ll want to call them as soon as the fire is safely extinguished. The faster you file a claim, the sooner you’ll receive payment and your life can get back on track.

2. Have the damage inspected by a third-party, licensed professional.

This is why it can be in your best interest to hire a licensed contractor or structural engineer to accurately evaluate the extent of the destruction, determine the integrity of the structure, and provide an honest estimate of the overall cost of repairs.

3. Decide if you should repair or demolish and rebuild.

Once the inspection is completed and you have an accurate estimate, you’ll be able to determine whether you want to repair the damage or demolish and rebuild.

Common Causes of Commercial Building Fires

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Electrical Malfuncion Electrical system malfuncion can cause a lot of damage. Having follow-up preventative checks every few years is a good idea.

1. Cooking/Kitchen Appliances

Year after year, cooking fires remain at the top of the list as a cause of non-residential fires with 25% to 30% of those fires being cooking-related. 

2. Arson/Intentional

Arson, or an intentional fire, is the next common cause of a non-residential fire, with roughly 10% of fires occurring from arson.

While you can’t prevent arson completely, you can take precautions to limit the damage and opportunities:

  • Make sure trash cans are emptied every day.

  • If possible, keep dumpsters away from the building so a dumpster fire can’t spread to the building.

  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed to make them harder to set on fire and so arsons can’t use them for cover while setting a fire.

  • Put up motion detection cameras or lights in dark or normally unused areas so any fires can be caught and put out faster.

  • Install smoke/fire curtains near the doorways of the areas most likely to be used for arson.

3. Human Error/Unintentional

Some examples of an unintentional fire include cigarettes being improperly discarded, employees leaving heating equipment too close to walls or flammable surfaces, forgetting to blow out a candle, keeping a messy workstation or improper use of electrical devices (e.g. extension cords).

5. Electrical Malfunction

About 7% of fires are linked to an electrical system malfunction, often due to problems with wiring in the building. These fires are more likely to occur in older buildings with questionable wiring.

Fire Drills: Not Just for School!

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Run a Home Fire Drill Know Your Way Out! Run a Home Fire Drill twice a year, every year!

Fire drills are a big part of being safe in school, they prepare you for what you need to do in case of fire. 

But what if there was a fire where you live? Would you know what to do? It is great top talk about emergency plans, but its even be3tter if you practice them , like the fire drills you have at school. Having a fire drill at home gives everyone a chance to see how they would react in a real emergency. Your family should practice this drill twice a year, every year. 

A good rule of thumb during a home fire drill is to see if your family can safely get out the house using the escape routes and meet outside at the same place within 3 minutes. Flor an extra challenge, you might try variations, like pretending that the front door was blocked and you couldn't get out that way. 

Know Your Way Out

An escape plan can help every member of a family get out of a burning house. The idea is to get outside quickly and safely. Smoke from a fire can make it hard to see where things are, so it's important to learn and remember the different ways out of your home. How many exits are there? How do you get to them from your room? It's a good idea to fave your family draw a map of the escape plan. 

What you need to know about asbestos

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

identify asbestos as chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, etc. 3 common asbestos include: chrysotile, crocidolite, and amosite

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance that can be pulled into a fluffy consistency. Asbestos fibers are soft and flexible yet resistant to heat, electricity and chemical corrosion. Pure asbestos is an effective insulator and c an be mixed in to cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them strong. 

These qualities once made asbestos very viable, but unfortunately, they also make asbestos highly toxic.

Asbestos hazards may occur during manufacturing of asbestos-containing products; performing brake or clutch repairs, renovating or demolishing buildings; or cleanup from those activities. Asbestos workers have increased  changes of getting two principal types of cancer: cancer of the lung tissue and mesothelioma.

Some materials are presumed to contain asbestos if installed before 1981: thermal system insulation, roofing and siding shingles, vinyl floor tiles, plaster, cement, putties, ceiling tiles and spray coatings, industrial pipe wrapping, etc. 

Testing for asbestos also need to be perform on commercial buildings. 

Beware of Fire Damage Not Covered by Insurance

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Damage caused by an arson fire

There are many types of fires that can destroy your commercial building, and some of them are probably covered under your insurance policy. However, fire damage can result from different types of special circumstances, so an insurance adjuster is often sent to evaluate the scene and determine if your building is covered. Understanding the fire exclusions in most insurance policies can help you prevent your West Valley, property from incurring those types of damages.

Unusual Circumstances

Many commercial fire result from unusual circumstances, and some of those are covered under most standard policies. This can include events caused by some of the following:

  • Electrical malfunctions
  • Lightning strikes
  • Defective machines

If the source of the fire is determined to be unintentional, the fire damage will probably be covered, and that is good news for the commercial building or property owner.

Coverage Exclusions

Commercial policies often provide separate coverage for the building and business within. For this reason, property owners may be surprised that part of the building and surroundings are often not included in the standard insurance coverage. Here are a few examples of common exclusions:

  • Vehicles, even in parking garages
  • Pavement, sidewalks and parking lots
  • Foundations, including substructures
  • Walls, except as part of the building

Separate policies are available for each of these exclusions, and property owners can purchase the endorsements in almost all areas of the country.

Purposeful Destruction

Another exclusion is arson. A claim for damage resulting from someone intentionally setting a blaze inside the building will almost always be denied, and depending on the circumstances, may also be prosecuted.

If you want to protect your commercial building from fire damage, call in a fire mitigation expert to examine the property and look for possible problems. You can also contact your insurance agent about additions or endorsements to the policy to cover more of your property after a fire. Protecting yourself against a possible destructive fire in a proactive way can help prevent future loss.

We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your West Valley Home

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Differences Between DIY and Professional Flood Damage Cleanup in the West Valley

Did you know unexpected flash flood damage is more likely to happen in areas with less annual rainfall? The reason is when the ground becomes very dry, and it hardens; it has less capacity to absorb rainwater. This surface condition causes rain to run over rather than into the soil. In heavy rainstorms or microbursts, this can quickly turn into a flash flood situation.

When flood damage occurs in your West Valley  homes, some property owners choose to clean up the water and damage themselves. When it is only a little rainwater, and there are no indications the water has migrated more in-depth into the flooring or walls, in most cases the cleanup efforts are adequate.

The seriousness of a groundwater flood within the property requires professional assistance for cleanup due to the possibility of contaminants, and until tested, humans and pets should not come into contact with it.

Other differences between DIY cleanup and professional restoration services include:

DIY uses mops and household wet/dry vacs to remove water. SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment to perform thorough water extraction from every part of your home.

DIY uses household fans to dry water-affected areas; this action only addresses moisture at the surface. Our certified Applied Structural Drying Technicians use industrial air movers that are so powerful, the high-velocity airflow causes embedded moisture to rise, where it is ported away by our dehumidification equipment.

There is no way to know if water migrated behind walls or in ceilings and floors without scoping it with moisture detection equipment. If left, excessive moisture can create mold issues or foul odors in the home leading to potentially costly remediation.

Post drying, it is vital to disinfect all water-affected surfaces with antimicrobial cleaners to ensure the residence returns to sanitary conditions for habitation.

SERVPRO technicians are committed to assisting homeowners in saving as much of the structure and possessions as possible from flood damage. We perform controlled demolitions as needed to cut away damaged sheetrock and get the room ready for restorative efforts.

After the completion of restoration services, we give the homeowner a comprehensive report including before and after photos to expedite the insurance claims process.

 SERVPRO of Litchfield/ West Phoenix stands ready at (623) 594-6033 to help local property owners with flood damage in their homes. We are available 24/7 and arrive soon after your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage Clean up Service Costs

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Factors Affecting Water Damage Remediation Costs

The cost of a water damage remediation project is determined by the size of the affected area and the type of water involved. Water is divided into three categories:

  • Category 1 is essentially clean water. Because it generally does not imply serious health and safety concerns, this is the least expensive type of water remediation. This type of water usually comes from a burst supply pipe or a faucet left on.
  • Category 2 is dirty water that is not seriously contaminated. This type can come from an overflowing dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Category 3 is water that is dangerously contaminated, such as raw sewage. This type of water poses serious health and safety risks and repairing damage from this kind of water is usually expensive.

The cost of the project also depends on the size of the affected area. Repairing damage in a relatively contained area will be less expensive than an entire house remediation.

Price Range For Water Damage Cleanup

The cost to fix water damage varies greatly depending on the area and type of damage. Damage from a leaky roof is usually contained to a small area and involves category 1 water. For this, you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars.

A burst pipe affecting a larger area can cost tens of thousands of dollars. This kind of water damage can affect a wider area. It also depends on whether the water came from a supply pipe with clean water or a discharge pipe with category 2 or 3 water.

Flood restoration costs range from $7,800 to $26,000, depending on the depth of the water, according to the National Flood Insurance Program.

Optional Services

Minimize the cost of water damage cleanup by starting to dry the area and your possessions within 24 hours.  Mold will begin to grow if water remains longer than 24 hours, and removing mold will incur further costs.

To minimize the area affected by water damage, shut off the water supply as soon as a leak is detected – the sooner, the better. A simple water alarm can detect moisture and automatically shut off the water supply. This costs between $50 and $150. These devices can prevent large-scale flooding from a broken appliance or water heater, saving you thousands of dollars.

Soot and Smoke Removal Best Practice

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Garage / Laundry area recently damaged by fire in Sun City, Az Pre-Mitigation.

For people who’ve experienced a fire in their home, the initial cleanup of soot and water can be only the beginning. On top of the devastation of possibly losing irreplaceable personal items and memorabilia, the process of getting the home back in living order can be filled with difficulties.

Restoring the home requires professionals who are experienced in dealing with fires and restoration of the property. The national association that certifies companies’ expertise in fire cleanup is the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. IICRC-certified companies must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

IICRC, working with the manufacturers of carpet, upholstery and fabric, works to establish the standards on how these items can be restored, whether from fire or water damage. When it comes to cleaning, restoring and inspecting that items are safe to be replaced in the home, the IICRC writes the books, so their certification of a local company offers homeowners the reassurance that the fire restoration work will be done correctly.

SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix is IICRC-certified, and our technicians receive ongoing training in the IICRC best practices. We also understand the need for immediate response, working with your insurance agent to document the loss and items that are able to be restored versus those that are a total loss.

If you ever experience a fire and need a restoration company, look for these factors in your chosen company:

  • Proof of proper insurances and licenses
  • Their level of experience in fire-related restoration
  • Formal and recent training in specialized fire restoration work
  • IICRC Certification

For restoration of your home and its contents after a fire, Litchfield & the West Valley turn to SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix. We take pride in keeping our customers informed about their restoration work, and in upholding the standards of our IICRC certification.

What Can You Do After Flooding

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Undetected water leak causes mold in a Waddell, AZ home

Tips in How to Remove Water in Your Home

Whether from storms or broken pipes, excess water can be a problem. It can cause immediate troubles, such as water damage to your belongings, but can also lead to issues such as mold. It’s key to clean up all water and moisture immediately and properly. Here are tips for removing excess water in your Litchfield Park, Az, home.

Water Poses Threats

The most immediate threat posed by household flooding is waterlogged belongings. Even an inch of water can have a devastating impact on floors, furniture, electronics and more. But there can be other issues long term, including:

  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Insect infestation
  • Odors

These things can be expensive to fix after the fact, so it’s best to take the steps to avoid their occurrence in the first place. Fortunately, that can be relatively easy.

Get Rid of Excess Water

You may need a professional cleaner to completely get rid of all of the water, but you can set yourself up for success by removing what you can immediately. Use mops and highly absorbent towels to blot out as much as possible and minimize water damage.

Remove Valuables

Unplug and remove electronics. Next, remove furniture and other portable items like lamps, artwork and even books. There are professionals that specialize in restoring these types of items, and the faster you remove them from the water, the higher the odds they can be restored.

Dry What You Can

Take cushions and upholstery items somewhere to dry. Hang wet fabrics such as rugs outside. If it’s summertime, turn on the air conditioning to help the room dry out as much as possible.
Even an inch of flooding in your home can cause major water damage. While contacting water removal pros is the best way to restore your home, you can take immediate steps to minimize damage. Use these water cleanup tips, and you’ll keep the worst flood damage at bay.

What Is Biohazard Cleanup and Decontamination?

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Any substance that contains or can transmit a biological hazard poses a significant health risk. For this reason, you should never attempt to clean a biohazard on your own. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Prevent Cross-Contamination

Prevent the spread of biohazards during the removal and disinfection process.

Remove the Biohazard

Properly dispose of materials contaminated with biohazards including drywall, wood, and carpeting.

Clean, Deodorize, and Disinfect

Clean, deodorize, and disinfect the area to prevent the spread of contaminants.

Rebuild and Restoration

Rebuild the affected area to its original condition.

Common Biohazards

• Blood
• Bodily Fluids
• Biological Material
• Medical Waste
• Unattended Deaths
• Suicides / death accidents
• Homicides
• Crime Scenes
• Illegal Drug Labs
• Drug Paraphernalia
• Meth Labs
• Chemical Waste
• Toxic Chemicals
• Animal Waste and Feces
• Rodents and Nuisance Animals

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

For Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration, turn to SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix

7 Most Common Types of Mold Found In Homes

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on a hot water heater pedestal in a garage

Dampness, warmth, lack of direct light, and poor ventilation almost inevitably make your home affected by mold. While there are many types of household mold (fungi), most of them are toxic and should be removed as soon as possible by a professional mold remediation company.

Remember, while mold colonies thrive in your home, the health of inhabitants and the integrity of home structures gradually decline. Understanding of how to distinguish between the most common types of mold will help you recognize the problem and correctly assess the hazards. 

Hazard Classes of Common Mold Types Found in Homes

All types of indoor mold are grouped into 3 hazard classes in view of the associated health risk. 

Hazard Class A molds are highly hazardous and directly impact health. Presence of Class A mold in your home requires immediate action and extreme caution.

Hazard Class B fungi are less hazardous. Still, prolonged exposure to this type of mold causes allergic reactions and symptoms like itchy eyes, rashes, chronic cough, headaches and tiredness. 

Hazard Class C molds do not pose a risks to health, but they still cause damage to the structures, on which they thrive. Thus, they still need to be removed from households.

Most Common Types of Household Mold

Cladosporium 

Cladosporium, recognized by mottled black and green appearance, is one of the most widespread types of mold. It is notorious for triggering asthmatic attacks and a variety of allergic reactions. It is common on wet wallpapers and window frames, carpets, HVAC insulation, and fiberglass air ducts. This type of mold is airborne and thrives in both warm and cold conditions, which make it rather difficult to remove.

Aspergillus

Aspergillus is a hazard class A type of mold that is commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms, on mattresses and carpets, as well as in air conditioning systems. Aspergillus matures in just three days darkening to various shades of brown, black, green or yellow. This type of mold causes eye and ear infections and serious respiratory conditions including asthma.

Stachybotrys

Stachybotrys is more familiar as black mold - a hazard class A mold that appears in areas that remain wet or damp for a longer period of time. Black mold grows on cellulose materials and is most commonly found on wallpapers, and wood. Stachybotrys causes sever health problems, including migraines, depression, fatigue, persistent cough, difficulty breathing and tightening in the chest, nose bleeds and pulmonary bleeding in infants.

Mucor 

Mucor grows in thick white or grayish patches. This type of household mold is often found near the air conditioning, HVAC systems and ducting where it takes advantage of of condensation moisture or on old damp carpets. Mucor affects the respiratory system and causes flu-like symptoms. The most severe health problem associated with this mold is Mucormycosis that can damage the sinuses, lungs and even the brain. 

Acremonium

Acremonium is a toxic hazard class A mold. This type of fungi has a distinct fouls smell, is pink, grey, orange or white in color, and turns from a moist mold to a powdery substance. It is typical of areas where condensation is present(near humidifiers, cooling coils, window sealants, etc.). Exposure to Acremonium is associated with serious bone marrow and immune system problems. It is also a known carcinogen with the potential to impair brain functions. 

Aureobasidium

Aureobasidium is a hazard class B allergenic mold that can be typically found behind wallpapers on painted or wooden surfaces. As Aureobasidium grows and ages, it's color changes from pink and brown to dark brown. This type of mold causes eye, skin and nail infection. Touching Aureobasidium with bare skin can result in a rash and dermatitis.

Trichoderma 

Trichoderma is an allergenic mold type thriving in moist areas. It can be distinguished by woolly green patches over a white color mold. Trichoderma is common of carpets, damp upholstery, in air conditioning filters and HVAC system ducts. Health hazards include pulmonary and liver infections. At the same time Trichoderma causes severe damage to building materials making structures rot and crumble. . 

Tips For Staying Cool Outside In The Arizona Summer Heat

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  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Wear clothes made of light, breathable fabrics.
  • Limit your physical exertion.
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for long periods.
  • Stay in shaded areas when possible.
  • Wrap a wet towel around your head and neck for instant cooling relief.
  • When possible, work outside during the mornings when the sun hasn't reached its peak yet.
  • Avoid drinking caffeine and/or sugary beverages.
  • Certain types of medication may increase the risk of heat-related illness.
  • Wear light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight.
  • If you're working outside during the summer, take a short 5-10 minute break every hour.

And finally a must in keeping your pet(s) cool during the hot Arizona summers is having plenty of water on hand for them. Pets will drink more often in the heat, so make sure they have plenty of water available. Putting ice cubes in the water helps them cool down even faster too!

Preparing For Monsoon Season

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1. Inspect Your Roof - Have your roof thoroughly to ensure it's ready to bear the brunt of the monsoon's fury. Have any discernible cracks and holes patched up. It is best to handle any problem areas now at the beginning of the season. Also, be sure to check for hidden areas where water might build up and breakthrough.

2. Prep Plants and Trees - If you have any large (big) trees, trim an wieldy branches that could potentially snap off or damage your property. Also it is best to have trees thinned as this limits wind resistance so that strong monsoon winds cane more easily pass through.

3. Protect Your Car - You will be likely driving in the rain quite a bit over the coming month, so start early preparing your car for the monsoon season. Start with check tire tread, tire pressure, install new windshield wipers, check brake pads, and headlights.

4. Check Your Home's Drainage - Pay special attention to your yard., If your yard slopes towards your home and you notice water build up, you may want to have a landscaper redirect the water flow. Also it is best to check your gutters to ensure they are flowing, high winds tend to bring a lot of loose yard debris that could clog the gutters. Sometimes you are able to get roof and gutter repair as a package deal. 

5. Monsoon Season Means Toads and Frogs - With the heavy rains of the monsoon bring out the Sonoran Desert Toad also known as Colorado River Toads. It is important to remember and/or be aware that they can be dangerous to children and pets. They are considered the largest toads in the U.S. There are risks with these toads it is important to be aware and keep children and pets at a distance. The Sonoran Desert Toad poses a serious threat to pets. They release a poison that can kill a pet in as few as 15 minutes. Young children may also put their fingers in their mouths after picking one up which can lead to hallucinations and other health problems.

What is a Monsoon

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Every summer, Southern Arizona experiences a weather phenomenon known as monsoon season. From approximately June 15th to September 30th, monsoon season is marked by intense rain, lightning shows and thick dust storms.

While the rain provides a welcome relief from the usual summer heat, the high winds and thunderstorms that accompany this weather shift often create treacherous conditions. Dust storms and flash floods are prevalent during this time of year, making it exceedingly important to be prepared.

The word "monsoon" comes from the Arabic "mausim" which means "a season." 

Our monsoon is the most pronounced in southern Arizona and becomes more marginal over northern Arizona. Statistically, we consider it a "monsoon day" when the average daily dew point is 55 degrees or higher. This can easily be measured and give us a way of comparing one year to another. 

The Work that Goes Into Phoenix Mold Damage Odor Removal

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you can see the mold producing the musty odor or it remains hidden, SERVPRO is up to the task of remediating the damage.

SERVPRO Understands Eliminating Mold Odor Starts With Removing the Source of the Mold


Odors from mold damage in Phoenix can leave your home smelling and feeling unclean, poorly-maintained, and older than its real age to visitors and residents alike. If the problem gets bad enough, musty smells can start to become overbearing and glaringly evident in multiple rooms. Long-term air conditioning use throughout most of the year further distributes the odors, allowing them to become pervasive across the entire home, in some cases. Further complicating matters is the resistance of spores to many ordinary deodorants and odor masks. Complete removal of bad smells from your home requires an expert, targeted treatment like those provided by SERVPRO.

How Our Process Works
To effectively combat odors from mold damage in Phoenix, we need to use a variety of advanced, industrial-strength tools and machines. Large-scale air filtration devices allow us to scrub spores and other contaminants from the air, simultaneously decreasing odors and reducing the risk of incurring health effects as a result of the mold. However, many odor particles are too small for these machines to combat, and must be attacked with fogging machines that spread a deodorizing fog into every nook and cranny in the area. For most rooms, we use industrial-scale thermal foggers, but we also bring ultra-low volume foggers for tight spaces.

Why The Process is So Advanced
Many household odors can be eliminated with only a few cleaning supplies and tools, leaving many homeowners confused when these tools do not work for mold odors. Different species of mold produce different types of odors, many of which are resistant to conventional household cleaning products.

Even those that can be effectively eliminated with standard products are typically replaced quickly by a still-active patch of growth. Eliminating foul smells for good requires both our far-reaching odor elimination tactics and our work against the source of growth itself.

SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix protects homeowners in the local area from mold damage and its complications. Call us for services or a quote at (623) 594-6033.
 
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Trusting Professional Restoration Services For Water Damage In Your Phoenix Home

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Burst Water Pipes Lead to Damage in Phoenix Area Homes, Contact SERVPRO for Water Removal and Cleanup

Phoenix Area Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal and Cleanup Services

Your Phoenix home might get well maintained year-round by your persistent efforts of precautionary measures and preventative approaches. Even with your dedication to the high quality of your house, there is always the distinct possibility that you could suffer a water emergency by causes that are entirely out of your control. With fast reactions, you can prevent your house from suffering flood damage, but that does not mean that it does not still require professional restoration services to return to normal.  
 
With the varying degrees of water damage that could affect your Phoenix residence, you might find yourself unprepared for what you face when the time comes. Typically, one of the most likely sources of this damage comes from aging plumbing in the walls of your home. If you still have metal materials that make up the bulk of your indoor piping, an influx of pressure at the appropriate time could cause a section to rupture, or connections to fail.  
 
Fortunately, our SERVPRO technicians get specially trained to handle all manner of water damage that could present itself in your home and have the most effective means of restoring these areas. We get to work right away in establishing the far reaches of the water damage that you face, and ensuring that the supply of this water has gotten disconnected until repairs and restoration can get completed.  
 
With indoor plumbing, a lot of these pipes are hidden in the walls and in between the floors of your house to stay out of sight. Unfortunately, this fact puts these structural materials in line to take the brunt of the damage when a pipe bursts. While drying and cleaning surfaces can sometimes salvage them and bring them back to their normal conditions, there are also times where the damage is too severe, and the materials must get removed via controlled demolition efforts. This process prepares your home for reconstruction to follow the restoration.  
 
There is nothing that can adequately prepare you for water damage to your home. The best that you can do in these situations is to trust in the expertise and professionalism of SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix. Our certified technicians can work to restore your home and return it to normal as quickly as possible. Give us a call today at (623) 594-6033.

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Characteristics of Smoke and Why Fire Damage in Your Goodyear Home Needs Professional Assistance

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Heat, Smoke and the Fire Damage to Goodyear Homes Gets All Cleaned Up and Restored by SERVPRO

Flames and the Resulting Smoke Damage Are No Match for SERVPRO

Your Goodyear kitchen is the center of all activity in your home. It serves to nourish your family, plus you can entertain your friends here and even sneak a midnight snack. The heart of any home is your kitchen, so a fire here can be especially devastating. Even a small blaze has the potential to create a significant interruption in your daily activities.

Experiencing a fire and fire damage in your Goodyear home can be devastating and overwhelming. Even if the fire was small, you have many losses to deal with including soot and smoke and possibly water from putting out the fire. Plus, your daily life is interrupted. Our SERVPRO staff understands how stressful these situations can be, so we are always standing by to help you out after a fire.
 
During a fire, smoke and soot particles settle on and adhere to surfaces. Restoration is removing these residues. Understanding how smoke behaves during a fire helps us to know how to find the most massive deposits of smoke residues and how to remove them. The two factors about how smoke reacts have to do with temperature – the surrounding surface temperature and how hot the smoke is.
 
SERVPRO techs understand that convection refers to air movement transferring heat. Hot air is forced up since it is not as dense as colder air. As it does so the cooler air displaces, the warmer air as it settles downwards. As the fire burns, it pulls in the colder air at lower levels and warms it. It then rises and forces air close to the ceiling to flow downwards. As the fire burns, this pattern continues, which results in a constant movement and circulation of air in a room or building, which are convection currents.
 
Hot smoke usually moves toward colder surfaces. Known as hot goes to cold, this is the law of minimum energy. As hot air rises, the colder air around surfaces which are not very warm falls and is replaced by smoky, warm air coming into contact with the colder surface. Therefore, hot smoke travels toward the colder surfaces of windows, outside walls, closets, closed drawers, and unheated rooms.
 
Because SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix technicians understands how smoke and soot travel throughout your home in Fairfield, Tolleson, or Hideaway during a fire, we can thoroughly clean it up. Just give us a call at (623) 594-6033 as soon as the flames are out so we can restore your home.

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Stopping and Removing Mold Damage in Goodyear

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold infestations spread quickly. Contact SERVPRO should you see or smell one in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand BOTH What Causes a Mold Infestation and the Steps to Take Towards Not Only Remediating But Preventing Another One

Goodyear is not the first city that comes to mind when someone thinks of mold. An infestation is thought to happen in cities that could be damp, dank, and cold. The facts of the problem are very different, but very simple as well.
 
SERVPRO understands that mold damage in Goodyear, or anywhere else, occurs when mold spores grow into a large enough colony that expands through a home. It can cause structural and personal property loss, as well as health problems in some people unless the homeowner treats and removes it quickly. The factors that provide for mold spores to begin growing are temperature, food, and moisture.
 
Since mold grows in a range of 68 to 86 degrees, it can grow in any home in Arizona that uses air conditioning. That makes stopping mold by raising or lowering the temperature extremely difficult. The same is true with attempts of removing the source of food. Mold feeds and grows very well on drywall and other, common building materials. While removing infested panels stops further growth, it does not stop it at the source.
 
Moisture is that source. Without enough water, mold spores remain inert. Drying up and removing the moisture source forces active mold back into the inert state, which makes it easier to clean and remove. Most water sources are small enough so that SERVPRO technicians can remove them with cloths and sponges. We then use air movers to blow warm, dry air over the damp surfaces, so new mold growth does not start.
 
With the water gone, we get rid of the inert mold with physical scraping and removing materials so infested that we cannot remove the spores without destroying the item. After technicians dispose of the last item, we use vacuums with HEPA filters to clean up any loose spores that may have settled on surfaces of the affected area.
 
Mold damage goes almost unnoticed compared to other disasters. When left untreated for too long, it can cost as much to restore your home as it would from a fire or flood. If you have or suspect mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix at (623) 594-6033 today.
 
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Water Damage Experts in Phoenix

3/11/2018 (Permalink)

Wet insulation needs to be properly dried out before mold appears. Should your home face water damage after an incident, contact SERVPRO immediately.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Experience to Thoroughly Dry Out Your Property After an Incident

Nobody ever plans it, but accidents do happen. Sometimes disasters come in the form of a pipe leaking in your Phoenix townhouse. Whenever a pipe breaks, water gets into your townhome and causes damage.
 
During this type of situation, it is a possibility that building materials and contents inside your home get negatively affected. Whenever a pipe breaks inside your building, it is wise to call SERVPRO's professional water damage crews in Phoenix.
 
The first step to mitigating a problem inside your home is to repair the problem at its source. Our crews first make sure that there is not any more water leaking into the structure. Then our specialists assess the damage caused by the leak.
 
After our team determines all of the areas affected, we extract any water present. After all standing water gets removed, we use specialized equipment to extract more from carpet and hard surface floors. The next step in the mitigation process is the drying procedure.
 
It is possible in some cases that moisture causes damage to your building's structure. Sometimes building materials such as drywall and insulation get too wet, and removal becomes necessary. In other cases, building materials get dried out back to normal moisture levels.
 
One building material inside a structure that possibly gets damage when pipes break is insulation. Moisture lessens the insulating power of the insulation inside your walls. At times, water mats the insulation and causes the materials' "R" value to drop.
 
Some types of insulation like fiberglass easily get dried without ruining its effectiveness. Other types of insulation such as cellulose and Rockwool get destroyed and removing the material becomes mandatory. When drying out walls with fiberglass insulation, our experts at SERVPRO pull your baseboard and drill holes into the drywall behind it so that air can get to the insulation located behind the wall.
 
When you call experts in to mitigate your problem, it often prevents you from being forced to replace contents and building materials. When dealing with any damage to your home, it is smart to call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix at (623) 594-6033 for help 24/7.
 
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Commercial Water Damage from Plumbing Problems in Your Phoenix Restaurant

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Leaking plumbing can cause extensive damage requiring a professional restoration company like SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Restore Your Building after Plumbing Problems

Leaky pipes and fixtures in your Phoenix restaurant are common causes of water damage. In cases which are extreme, leaking pipes can erode soil underneath the foundation of your building and supportive piers, which can cause the whole structure to crack or shift. Besides high water bills, plumbing leaks can cause a variety of issues including structural damage. Drywall can become waterlogged, and flooring and subfloors can also be damaged by prolonged exposure to moisture.

When your restaurant in Phoenix has experienced plumbing problems that have created commercial water damage, it must be attended to right away to avoid more damage and to keep you, your workers, and your customers safe. At SERVPRO, we have all the necessary tools and training to help you out and get your business back on track.

Once we arrive at your building, the first step we take is to survey and assess the extent of the damage. We ensure the work area is safe and document any damage for insurance claims to be filed on your behalf.

SERVPRO staff uses heavy-duty extraction equipment to efficiently and quickly remove all the standing water. After this is done, any loose debris or ruined property can be removed safely. We use advanced dehumidifying and drying equipment to make sure all the excess moisture in your property is removed. This step is essential, as it prevents the growth of mold.

Any damage to your structure is then repaired, and if needed we work alongside professional contractors to do so. If there was no significant damage, we could also make small repairs.

We do a final sweep of the affected area to make sure walls, floors, ceilings and the entire area are free of water damage and debris. We also sanitize the area to make it safe again for everyone.

SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix understands that disruption to your business in Tolleson, Litchfield Park, or Goodyear causes lost money and time. Therefore, when you contact us at (623) 594-6033, we work quickly to get everything in order again.

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Hyde Park's Fire Damage Specialists

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Whenever there is a fire in your home, it is important to contact professionals that know how smoke effects a home.

Fire Damage

Accidents happen, and sometimes a small fire breaks out inside your Hyde Park condominium. Even if the fire gets put out quickly, the smoke from the blaze still causes damage. In many fire scenarios, smoke causes more damage to the home than the actual flames do.

Whenever there is a fire in your home, it is important to contact professionals that know how smoke effects a home. SERVPRO's fire damage experts in Hyde Park are IICRC certified and know about how smoke behaves inside a structure. Knowing how smoke behaves helps our team find all of the places where smoke residues reside.

During a fire smoke and soot particles find different places in your home to settle. Sometimes soot hides in places that are not visible at first sight. SERVPRO's restoration crews know that two factors of smoke behavior deal with temperature. The temperature of the smoke and the temperature of the surrounding surfaces are two main factors that affect where soot settles inside a building.

The temperature of the smoke decides where soot created by it settles inside a dwelling. Hot air always rises above and replaces cold air because it is not as dense. The act of heat transferring through air movement is known as convection. The longer a fire burns, the more the heat wants to move upward inside the structure.

As everyone knows if you are ever in an indoor fire you are supposed to get low to the ground because smoke rises. Soot collects first on the ceiling directly above the fire source. Smoke then moves into other rooms from the tops of doorways.

Another factor that effects where smoke moves inside a home are the temperature of the surrounding surfaces. Due to convection, soot from the smoke firsts sticks to surfaces that have a colder temperature. Sometimes closets have smoke damage on the ceiling because the temperature is lower inside the closet than other places in the house.

Our experts know how to track where smoke travels during a structure fire. If your home ever suffers smoke damage, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix at (623) 594-6033 for help 24/7.

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Flood Damage Cleanup for Your Phoenix Home

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and Storms Happen in Phoenix, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Equipment, Experience, and Skilled SERVPRO Technicians Remedy Property Damages

When your home in Phoenix becomes flooded with heavy rains, it can be a huge hassle. Water starts to smell rancid quickly and can rot and warp the materials which hold your home together. It can also allow mold and mildew to grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Yes, it is wise to reactive quickly for a remedy.
 
Water and flood damage in your Phoenix home can be overwhelming and devastating. Before you know it, your home and all your possessions could be underwater, and your life turned upside down. Stressful times and big jobs like this require the assistance of professionals like SERVPRO who are trained to clean up a disaster like this.
 
When we arrive at your home, we secure your property as necessary and start the mitigation process to stop the source of water if possible and prevent more damage from happening. We walk you through each step of the restoration before we begin anything, so you understand what is going on at all times.
 
Any personal belongings in the areas affected are moved to a safe and suitable location while we work on the rest of the home. If any of the items need restoring, it can be done in this offsite area as well.
 
SERVPRO staff then begin pumping out the standing water with truck-mounted pumps. Once the excess water is taken care of, we tear out any materials which were damaged such as flooring and drywall. Doing so preps your home for the rebuilding step later on. We also spray an antimicrobial solution to disinfect the contaminated areas.
 
The final steps involve cleaning the entire affected area to make sure it is safe to navigate and to further prepare for the rebuilding process. We use the help of professional contractors for the rebuilding step to ensure your home gets fully restored to its condition before the loss. "Like it never even happened."
 
SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix is dedicated to making sure your home in West End, Tolleson, or Avondale is thoroughly dried, restored, and rebuilt when needed. Just get in touch with us at (623) 594-6033 as soon as you can so we can help you get your life back to normal.

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Bathroom Wiring Can Cause Fire Damage in Phoenix Residences

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke will not stay contained in one area. Even if the door is shut, the smoke can contaminate the entire home.

Big or Small, Fire Damage Requires Professional Restoration Services

While many electrical outlets today contain safety features to prevent electric shock when used in the bathroom, humid conditions can still damage wiring. Residents in Phoenix should pay attention to sparks coming from outlets when plugging in hair dryers and curling irons. An electrician can determine the exact cause and possibly prevent a fire from happening.

However, if your Phoenix home sustains fire damage because of bathroom wiring catching fire before you could call an electrician, SERVPRO can help undo the mess. Charred materials such as bathroom cabinets, walls, and ceilings making up your bathroom's structure cannot safely remain. Our technicians remove such materials by pulling them out and bagging them so they cannot contaminate anything else in your home.

Some fixtures in bathrooms contain plastic, which melts easily at higher temperatures. We remove these, also, including any damaged sinks, tubs, or shower stalls. While mirrors and glass doors often survive a fire, the frames, unless metal, might perish. Depending on the way a mirror's hanging system attached it to the wall, breaking during a fire often happens when the frame gives way. The same holds true for sliding glass doors. Removing every tiny sliver keeps the area safe.

Smoke from an enclosed fire does not stay contained in the area, even if the bathroom door remained shut. This smoke can contaminate an entire home before the firefighters arrive to put out the flames. Our IICRC-certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) is skilled at repairing and restoring such situations.

Fire in the bathroom can also create problems when water fixtures melt and allow water to run nonstop. This water can create additional problems. We want to assure you that no matter how complex a small fire turns out, in the end, we are prepared to handle everything. We want to make your bathroom, and home, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is always ready to help those in our area recover from disasters of any size. Having a home that is safe and free of fire damage or other problems helps protect the health and safety of the occupants. Please call our 24-hour service line at (623) 594-6033 for technicians who care about you and your family.

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Water Removal for a Soaked Phoenix Apartment

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage occurs in apartments just as often as it does in houses. Should your apartment suffer water damage, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Water Damage Whether it Occurs in a House or an Apartment

Many of the residents living in Phoenix rent their dwelling instead of owning their home. Both have different benefits but renting usually leaves the landlord or property manager responsible for the cost of any necessary repairs. However, when damages happen because of carelessness on the tenant's part, even when unintended, this responsibility often reverts to the tenant.

Tenants in Phoenix can rely on water removal services to help them out after forgetting to shut off a faucet or a tenant-owned appliance sprang a leak. Quickly responding to such emergencies shows responsibility on the tenant's part, which can help prevent damage to other rental units as well as your own apartment.

Damages from any action on the tenant's part often render any deposit paid at the beginning of a rental contract non-refundable. We can help you undo the damage that might cause you to lose your deposit and keep your landlord happy by extracting the water quickly. We maintain our equipment, so it is always available and in excellent working condition. Responding as soon as we get your call enables us to minimize any damage that might otherwise occur.

Our quick response and arrival to an apartment often saves the carpeting involved in the accidental overflow of water. Part of this success is because internal water often carries no or little contamination that outside sources of water carry. Interior-sourced water can pick up contaminants from items inside your home, though, such as pet boxes, powdered pesticides, and some household cleansers. We provide an appropriate response when this occurs.

Wood flooring often suffers considerably when water covers them for extended periods, but we can prevent damage through the use of heated floor mats that extract moisture and then deposit that water into attached containers. Wherever water travels within your apartment, we can track it down with our moisture readers and thermal detection units.

Understanding the many responsibilities tenants have toward other renters and their landlords, SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix wants to help in any way possible when a problem requiring water removal arises in your apartment. To receive knowledgeable and friendly technicians who can perform the work necessary, call us at (623) 594-6033. Always ready to take your call, 365 days a year, we can help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Commercial Water Damage From Burst Pipes in Your Phoenix Restaurant

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Customers love eating at your restaurant. Don't force them to find a new favorite by not calling SERVPRO water damage restoration professionals.

Our Technicians' Top Priority is to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Business

A broken pipe and the water damage that follows can be a nightmare for any business owner in Phoenix. Even a broken sink pipe with a small amount of water can cause significant damage in a small amount of time. Your restaurant is too valuable for you to have your doors closed for long, let alone even one day. Broken pipes must be fixed right away so that you do not incur additional damage and so your restaurant can operate regularly and safely.
 
Commercial water damage in your Phoenix business is a serious issue that needs attention right away. SERVPRO is always standing by to help you clean up any water damage emergency. We have the training and the tools that are needed to clean up the mess quickly and make any repairs that are necessary.
 
It is essential once water damage occurs to do proper water removal and cleanup. Water extraction is first; then we dry the affected area back out. We then thoroughly inspect the area to ensure no moisture remains inside the walls or ductwork. Omitting this step could mean the growth of mildew and mold in your building.
 
At SERVPRO, stopping the water flow is our priority. We then begin the process of extraction. We remove any standing water from your property using our high-tech extraction equipment and skilled training. Some of the water is unseen, so we use special infrared cameras to find water hiding in crawl spaces or walls. We use dehumidifiers as well to get rid of any moisture from the air and to lower the humidity. By doing this, we eliminate the risk of mold growth.
 
We begin the drying process once the water is extracted. It is critical that everything is dry after burst pipes in your building. Our crew uses industrial fans and air movers to speed up the drying process, and we make sure all the moisture is gone.
 
Lastly, we ensure that we decontaminate and sanitize everything for the health and safety of you, your employees, and your customers.
 
SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix are trained professionals who can clean and repair your business in West End, Tolleson, or Homestead Terrace after water damage. Just call us right away at (623) 594-6033 when there is an issue.

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Mold Damage Can Happen in Phoenix

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Spore Remediation Improves Indoor Air Quality -IAQ-Call SERVPRO to Help Protect Your Phoenix Home

Call SERVPRO to Your Phoenix Property for Mold Remediation

In the right mix of conditions, mold can become a threat in every Phoenix household. Since mold does not attract attention like a fire or flood, it is often overlooked and untreated until a colony of spores has grown throughout a room or even an entire home. If not dealt with quickly, mold can cause as much damage and cost as much in repair and replacement as any other disaster.
 
Phoenix mold damage only begins when the spores are in the right temperature range of 68 to 86 degrees, have enough water to expand from their inert state, and have a source of food. The most straightforward method SERVPRO uses to stop mold growth is to eliminate the source of water. Without it, the mold colony quickly goes dormant again which makes it easier to clean and remove.
 
We are more than just another area contractor. Our personnel has specialized training and tools designed to find and isolate a mold infestation, disinfect the surface mold, and clean the air. Then, we eliminate the water source, clean the mold off surfaces and property, and dispose of all affected property that we cannot clean or it is not cost effective to do so.
 
Even with everything that SERVPRO can do to remove mold, the best method to deal with it is to prevent it. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) published suggestions to prevent mold growth, and we have adopted several of them for our technicians and customers to identify and follow.
 
Never install carpets laundry rooms and bathrooms. The humidity is higher than anywhere else in the house, and the chance for leaks is higher than in other rooms which encourages mold. If you must have carpets, use smaller rugs that you can remove, wash, and dry on a regular schedule.
 
Clean your bathroom with an anti-fungal agent every time. Bleach is one of the strongest anti-fungal chemicals available and should be the primary one in any cleaner you purchase.
 
There are household paints available that contain mold-inhibitors. They do not stop mold spores completely, but the chemicals prevent them from using the painted materials as a food source. They are especially useful in bathrooms.
 
Finally, make sure your ventilation is adequate. Bathroom ceiling exhaust fans are useful to eliminate excess humidity as well as odors.
 
Stopping mold is important, but preventing it from starting can save you hundreds or even thousands in restoration costs. If you need our help to clean out a mold colony or want more information on how to keep one from forming in your home, call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix at (623) 594-6033 today.

Information on the Phoenix and Litchfield Park Areas by clicking here.

Commercial Preventative Maintenance Raffle

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Submit Your Name into the Raffle by emailing us at Office@SERVPROwestphoenix.com

We are going to kick off the new year on a exciting note. We are now offering a Preventative Maintenance package to all of our customers. Each package will be different to fit your personal needs. But this month in particular we are raffling a year off at no cost to ONE (1) Commercial business. 

What this one will include is:

  • 2 Areas of Carpet Cleaning per Quarter
    • Up to 500 SQ FT
  • 2 Spot treatment Visits
  • 250$ Worth of Equipment usage on a need be basis. 
    • For Example, If you have an odor in one of your restrooms that you just cant get out we will come set a machine and get that odor removed for you. 
  • Updated ERP for you and your staff to be aware of all of the Shut off Valves and such in case of an emergency. 
  • Discounted Monthly Cleaning Rates

Bronx borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

The Fire quickly spread through the four-story building in the Bronx Tuesday morning. At least 12 people were injured. (FDNY)

New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro (NY'-groh) says all of the seven adults and nine children hurt in a Bronx fire are expected to be OK.

Investigators believe the fire started in a first-floor furniture store around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Residents from the apartments above fled, including a man who ran outside with no shirt and no shoes. Nearby, icicles hung from power lines.

Resident Erica Ortiz told WCBS that a window guard blocked a fire escape. She says she tried to kick it open, to no avail.

Over 200 firefighters battled the blaze.

The blaze comes only days after the deadliest residential fire to hit New York City in at least a quarter century swept through a Bronx apartment building, killing 12 people.

"I woke up my husband, my kids and said listen there's a fire in the building," a woman who lived at the address told ABC7NY. "By the time we opened the door in the hallway, there was black smoke."

Preparing for the Possibility of Flood Damages in Phoenix

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storms can happen quickly. Preparation is key to minimizing damage. Contact SERVPRO for remediation or preparation assistance.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Damage and Offer Expert Preventative Tips

While Phoenix on average gets significantly less water throughout the year than other parts of the country, this does not in any way imply that the capital city does not have the appropriate weather conditions to allow for flash flooding. In fact, over the course of the last several years, there have been numerous instances of this type of disaster happening to areas all across the city, but lower lying plains were hit the worst.
 
The problem with flash flood damage to your Phoenix home is that there is a very little warning to prepare for the incident adequately. In many cases, this has caused residents to do more to prevent this kind of home-life crisis by improving water diversion implements that exist all around the exterior of the house. When Hurricanes Irma and Harvey were sweeping across the southern part of the country, many in the city feared that whatever lingering torrential rains still due to head their way could cause these dire conditions for them or their neighbors.
 
Truthfully, preparing for such a disaster is often easier said than done. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to inspect the areas of your house that are more prone to experiencing water damage and help you to determine what might need to be repaired or replaced for the water to stay outside of your home (even in the event of forceful flash flooding).
 
Many people did not even realize that our SERVPRO team is available for smaller tasks like this, offering up our advice and expertise to keep your entire home safe and avert a potential crisis. Much like our emergency response team (that can be called at any hour of the day or night to help you in your most urgent times of need), you can also call us 24/7. We can have a professional on-site to begin assessing where the primary problem areas are and which components to thwart water penetration are not up to snuff.
 
Whether you would like your home checked for potential threats or you are currently dealing with flood damage already, you can always give SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix a call. We are available anytime at (623) 594-6033.

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Fire in Phoenix Condo

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Condo in Flames as FF try to calm it down

SOURCE: AZ FAMILY & CBS 5

Initial reports were that the fire was in a clubhouse on the north side of the pool. Firefighters were able to quickly locate and extinguish that fire. While controlling that fire they noticed smoke coming from the clubhouse on the south side as well. 

The fire on the south side did a 'flash-over'. This means that everything on the inside of the structure reached a high temperature at the same time, creating a flare up. 

Subervi said a flash-over is one of the most dangerous conditions of a fire, but that crews were not inside the structure as there were no residents inside. 

"It is a clubhouse, so the life safety profile was very low. Crews still did a quick search and they're putting water on the fire at this time," Subervi said.

The fire has now been contained and is under investigation. 

 

Valley has been Dry for some time...

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Photo in Yuma AZ to see the pollution

If you are form the valley and you know what Monsoon is you know that this monsoon season was a huge let down. Not just in regards to our line of work but the air and the pollution have been absolutely horrible. 

You can see directly in front of you but if you look off to a distance you can see the yuck that we are all breathing in. 

High pressure off the coast of Southern California will slowly move eastward and be centered directly over Arizona Saturday through the New Year. This will mean continued light winds across the Valley through the forecast period with high temperatures in the mid-70's. The only noticeable change in the weather will be a few high clouds moving over the region on New Year's Day. This weather pattern does not bring good news when it comes to air quality across Phoenix. PM-10 and PM-2.5 will both remain elevated with air quality only getting worse heading into the New Year. For New Year's weekend, 

Facts about storms

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Batteries & Flashlights are a MUST

Facts about storms

 

About 3,000 hailstorms occur annually in the United States, and hail that develops during severe storms can reach softball size. An average of 1,000 tornadoes a year causes $1.1 billion in property damage, 1,500 injuries and 80 deaths. Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms, and while the vast majority of them are weak and short in duration, they can cause significant damage. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), about 2 percent of tornadoes fall under the most violent classification, meaning they can reach wind speeds of 205 miles per hour or more.

Please make sure to always have plenty of water and some extra flashlights and batteries laying around in case of a rare event like a blackout in the Valley.

Call SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix, in the event that you do not know what to do. One of our Technicians can guide you through it. 

REALITY OF "TREATING MOLD YOURSELF"

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Buckeye Home highly affected by Black Mold

These are the five basic principles of all successful mold removal and mold remediation projects:

    1. Safety – Protect all workers and occupants.
    2. Assessment – Make a preliminary assessment, an assessment during mold remediation and an assessment after mold remediation.
    3. Contamination Control – Prevent cross-contamination and the spread of mold from contaminated areas to areas absent of or with less contamination.
    4. Source Removal – Physically remove the mold at its source.
    5. Moisture Removal – Eliminate the moisture problem that caused the mold outbreak.
    When we hear people say they want to just take care of it, things to think about are not just money costing items that are avoidable, they are dangerous. If proper containment is not set , it can spread.
    Mold clearance test should be performed at the end of the Remediation as well.
    Treating mold with bleach will not kill it like you want it too for it to be safe and not grow back. 

The Responsibility of a Homeowner in a Water Loss.

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

It seems obvious, but the absolute first thing you do when encountering a pipe burst and water pouring through your home is turn off the water. You need to have at your disposal a water meter wrench(you can get this for less then $20.00 at your local hardware store). Some houses and most commercial properties have a main water shut off valve inside the house, but most do not, and its important to train everyone from teenagers to seniors how to use the wrench to cut off your water meter. The difference between a  500 gallon water loss and a 50,000 gallon water loss can be enormous. Next call us, SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix at 623-594-6033 and your insurance agent. We can refer a competent plumbing company  to repair any damage to water pipes. If you call a plumber first, please beware of those who offer to have "someone they trust" come to remove the water and dry out the house. In Arizona it is not unusual for an independent water restoration company to pay referral fees up to $1,000 to the plumber who gets them the job. This fee is added to the cost of the job, which will ultimately drive up insurance rates. Our goal is to return your house to pre-Loss conditions as affordably as possible. Just remember this: We are...faster to any disaster.

"Water, Water Everywhere/ Nor any Drop to Drink"

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

These famous lines from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Poem, "The rhyme of ancient mariner" are spoken by a sailor on a becalmed ship in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by salt water and speak to the desperation one feels when events are out of control. We at SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix are familiar with helping property owners that feel that way and can help them get back in control with our experienced technicians and our state of the art drying equipment. We practice the science of drying...and we specialize in restoring your property. We are a"One Stop Shop"-A company that can dry your property, take care of your contents, and rebuild if necessary. Call us at 623-594-6033 and we will be there 24//7, 365.

Water Damage in Avondale AZ

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix  is the leading provider for Water damage claims in the Phoenix area. We have completed Large Commercial fire/smoke damage jobs and We have completed small Residential fire/smoke damage jobs. No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Litchfield / West/ Phoenix Locally owned and operated right here West Phoenix Area, we are there when you need us. We have 24 hour on call service to assist you with your fire/smoke claim day or night. We also specialize in the cleaning/deodorizing/storing of your contents when the structure is a total loss. Please call us today at 623-594-6033 to learn more about this service.

What does it matter if I dry a water loss or not?

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

In the 90's Mold became the Cause Celeb, especially that strain of "Black" Mold, Stachybotrys, that struck fear in the hearts of thousands of Americans.  Even though that hysteria has passed, it is no joking matter to have mold growing in your home.  It is true that mold spores are everywhere, but for mold to grow you have to have two things: 1)food; and 2) water.  There is very little you can do to remove all "food" sources in a house, but you can eliminate the water factor.  When you have a water loss, it is incredibly important to completely dry the area affected so mold will not grow.  If you call SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix at 623-594-6033, we will make sure your house is dry and if you have mold, we can remove it.

Arizona firefighters ordered to California to assist with Fire

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Ventura County Fire Department

It took less than 48 hours for California to call upon fire crews from Arizona to help with a fast-moving wildfire raging across Ventura County and assist on other fires burning in the state. Today, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management received orders to send 25 engines and five task force leaders, for a total of 125 firefighters, to California. The firefighters will preposition once they arrive in California and then will be assigned to wherever they are most needed. All the Arizona crews will be used as strike teams. Strike teams are in high demand now, since most wildland firefighters are seasonal and likely have already been laid off for the winter. Strike teams can assist in multiple ways, by working the front lines of the fire, by acting as relief to firefighters that have been on the fire since day one, and as structure protection. There are multiple fires burning in Southern California. The Thomas Fire, the biggest of all the fires, started Monday evening and has quickly grown to more than 50,000 acres fanned by flames and very dry conditions. 

Tips for Commercial Water Damage

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Warehouse shipping and Receiving Water loss

If you find yourself in a commercial disaster he first thing you should do is call SERVPRO we can dispatch right away and we will make sure you get some help.

Tips until SERVPRO arrives:

  • Shut off the water source if identified.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood block under furniture legs.
  • DO NOT use regular vacuum to remove water

When we arrive we will do a very thorough dry out and complete in a timely manner. We practice the science of drying...and we specialize in restoring your property. We are a"One Stop Shop"-A company that can dry your property, take care of your contents, and rebuild if necessary. Call us at 623-594-6033 and we will be there 24//7, 365.

Assistance with Hurricane Harvey

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

One of our Crews headed out to Texas

Our Franchise recently assisted in Sugar Land TX for Hurricane Harvey. We traveled for a day and a haf with 250 pieces of equipment and got there just in time. Most of our customers had not yet gained access to their homes when we arrived so we were able to properly prepare for the rush once their neighborhood had opened up. We serviced as many people as we could and we even needed to rent more equipment while we were there. The Residents of Sugar Land, TX were so upbeat and positive although they just experienced tragedy. 

We practice the science of drying...and we specialize in restoring your property. We are a"One Stop Shop"-A company that can dry your property, take care of your contents, and rebuild if necessary.

Stay alert for Mold damage

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold behind Kitchen Cabinets from prior water damage un treated

Black mold - the words alone are enough to make you cringe. It's the last thing you need in your home. Any mold can cause problems for people who are allergic, of course, but those molds referred to as "black" or "toxic" are particularly dangerous. Chances are, if the conditions inside your home are hospitable to mold, you're going to have it. If you suspect the mold is "black" or toxic, however, consider hiring a professional to remove it for you.

Call SERVPRO today for a Free Evaluation

We practice the science of Drying and restoration needs...and we specialize in restoring your property. We are a"One Stop Shop"-A company that can dry your property, remove the mold, take care of your contents, and rebuild if necessary.

Cleaning Fire and Smoke Damage in Goodyear

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Residents Rely on SERVPRO During a Bad Year for Fires in Goodyear

How, When, and What to Use for Restoration After a Fire? SERVPRO Has the Answers

Like other cities, Goodyear is vulnerable to many types of disasters. One of the most common is fire. The smoke and soot that cover the surfaces of a home and its property, contaminating both, are difficult to clean and require a professional company to accomplish the task with minimal loss.

Remediating Goodyear fire damage is difficult, but the alternative is to replace everything that the fire, smoke, and soot have touched. SERVPRO has years of experience in Maricopa County and knows what skills, tools, and methods are needed to preserve not just property, but memories and links to the past possessed by every homeowner.
 
Dry wiping and cleaning is our first course of action for most surfaces. Technicians use feather dusters and cloths where the contamination is a non-greasy residue and light-to-medium in amount. For thicker layers, they use dry sponges or specialized vacuums to clean surfaces.
 
Wet wiping and cleaning is our next step when dry cleaning does not remove everything. SERVPRO technicians use damp sponges and cleaning fabrics to clean off moderate-to-heavy residues with water or a mild detergent if needed.
 
Spray and Wipe is our preferred method when we need to prevent color bleeding or to fade in items like drapes and curtains. Restoration crews use spray bottles for better control of the amount of cleaning agent used on them.
 
Foam cleaning uses an agitated cleaner to apply the chemical agent with less water. Technicians force air into the cleaner which then exits the spray bottle as a foam similar to what you see in a car wash. We use this method on upholstery fabric which shrinks and pulls away from its frame if it becomes too wet.
 
Abrasive cleaning is the technique we use on rough surfaces like marble and rock. Since the surface is not affected by liquid, we use a cleaner along with a brush (plastic or wire bristles) to remove every trace of heavy smoke and soot residues. If the surface is metal, like some kitchen countertops, technicians may use a steel wool pad rather than a brush.
 
Immersion cleaning is our final method. We can only use this on items that are not affected by moisture and have a very heavy residue. Technicians fill a tank with a cleaning agent and then immerse the item in the tank. They then use sound waves to generate bubbles and force them across or through the surface of the item. This method is effective, but if it does not work, we discard the item. This is ultrasonic cleaning.
 
Restoring your home and property to a preloss condition is not simple, but hiring the right service can make the process much easier for you. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix has decades of training and experience to do just that for you. Call us today at (623) 594-6033 to get started.

More about this city here, meet the fire chief.

Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services in Phoenix

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Dries Water Wet Homes in Phoenix, We Don't Do Dogs

SERVPRO Expedites the Drying Process to Reduce Damage by Water and Moisture

Your property is likely to deteriorate and after a damaging water incident and therefore it is advisable to seek restoration services as a resident of Phoenix. Trained technicians work towards mitigating any further damage that your water-damaged property and structures are likely to suffer. Below we are bringing to your attention some of the duties that the trained crews perform during the restoration process.
 
Water damage restoration technicians in Phoenix understand the drying theory, and that is why certified companies like SERVPRO succeed in their work. The time that a structure takes to dry is affected by four key factors, namely: temperature, air movement, humidity and the amount of water that should evaporate. The drying process seeks to seek an equilibrium, and that is why moisture migrates from wet to dry surfaces. We dry to hasten that process.
 
Heat must be available to increase the rate of drying since the heated air holds much moisture. Whenever the desired temperature is not present, SERVPRO technicians heat the air with the use of portable heaters. As evaporation takes place, moisture fills the surrounding and dehumidification follows. Our technicians from SERVPRO adopt a Balanced Drying System - that comprises of a closed system and an open system - to balance the two processes.
 
Under the open system, the moisture within the structure is allowed to mix with dry air - which is usually outside the structure. For that to occur, restorers ventilate the area by using air movers or fans, and opening windows is also an option. For the method to work, the inside air should have more moisture than what the outside air has.
 
When using the closed system, closing off the affected area from the outside air is necessary. Then specialized equipment is used to do dehumidification of the air within the structure. By using air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and air movers, the process is made possible, and it is easy to conduct thorough drying after that.
 
SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix readily offers assistance to all mold, fire, water, and storm damage disasters with the urgency they deserve. Call us at (623) 594-6033 to be served by a trusted industry leader.

The big city in the desert, click here.
 

Using Extractors For Commercial Water Removal in Phoenix

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians extract water from the top and from underneath water damaged carpets. Water extractors aid in achieving the goal of drying.

Our Technicians Arrive With Tools to Handle BOTH Large and Small Scale Water Damage Events

Besides boosting productivity, extractors are becoming increasingly popular in commercial water removal in Phoenix due to operator safety. These equipment are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery, as well as removing water from floors. They are usually made up of three main components -- vacuum system, pump, and heater -- all of which come into play when cleaning carpets and upholstery.
 
The task of commercial water removal in any Phoenix business requires professional services for maximum efficiency. At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly trained, IICRC-certified technicians who can relieve you of that stress. Our services are available 24/7, every day of the year, so you can reach us anytime.
 
There are many benefits of using an industrial grade extractor for commercial water removal, but the most important one is its deep cleaning capability. Our machines are effective with both high and low pile carpet, removing as much dirt and residue as possible.
 
Additionally, using carpet extractors allows SERVPRO professionals to deep clean specific areas of the water-damaged carpet. The massive water tank that comes with most models enables us to apply a cleaning solution to the fabric, ensuring that the carpet is thoroughly clean instead of just getting the dirt up. Heating technology helps to loosen dirt and grime from individual carpet strands. With the water drying within a couple of hours, this makes it a very practical water removal process.
 
Furthermore, the presence of a long wand ensures a great all-round cleanup process and reduces the need to relocate the extractor. As such, SERVPRO water damage technicians can remove excess water from a material by merely moving with the wand. Carpet extractors typically have a wide-mouthed wand that makes it easier to get closer to the base of the carpet as best as possible, regardless of the length of the pile.
 
Water extractors can be portable or truck-mounted. The former can be taken into the building and allows access to hard-to-reach areas, but the latter is more powerful and has its own power sources. Truck-mounted extractors are designed for both restorative cleaning and water removal in a water damage scenario.
 
Flooding can occur anytime and cause immense water damage. When it happens, SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is just a short distance away and can respond quickly with commercial water removal equipment like the extractor. Call us today at (623) 594-6033.

For more information about the City of Phoenix, Arizona visit:  https://www.phoenix.gov/visitors

Getting Rid Of Flood Damage In Phoenix

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Phoenix homes with flood damage can harbor a mixture of pathogens and chemical combinations that can cause illnesses.

Getting Rid Of Flood Damage

Residences in Phoenix that lie in lower areas can suffer flooding even when rainfall is slight. While flooding might not become extreme, the potential for chemical and biological contamination still exists. If this happens, you need to eliminate the risks to your family quickly.

Phoenix homes with flood damage can harbor a mixture of pathogens and chemical combinations that can cause illnesses. Removing these contaminants through cleaning and removal of dirty water is possible but doing so requires specialized detection instruments and removal tools. SERVPRO technicians carry both and come prepared to every job site to start the processes involved in recovering from flooding.

Your home's saturation level at the time of our arrival helps determine what equipment we use to remove the floodwater still present. Elimination of the bilk of the water must take place first. Once reasonably dry, we can begin working completing the drying process. We need to eliminate as much moisture as possible before it can evaporate and travel to other locations in your home, such as second story areas and attic spaces.

Mold and mildew proliferate after a flood, showing how high the new microbe population might be that the floodwaters carried. Keeping things dry helps prevent the spread of these pathogens. We use a combination of air blowers and heaters to increase controlled evaporation, and eliminate moisture with the use of dehumidifiers and desiccant machines. Air scrubbers pull airborne microbes out of the air, keeping them from traveling to other areas inside your home.

Even though the air is scrubbed clean, carpets and lower sections of walls remain a different scenario. These require removal whenever damaged by contaminated water. We must remove carpeting and padding so flooring underneath can receive the treatments needed to restore them to dryness. Walls are cut and removed approximately six inches above the water line, and then restored. Painting the entire wall afterward restores the walls completely.

SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix helps families recover from flood damage and many other disasters that affect their homes. Contact us at our local number, (623) 594-6033, anytime, to start our 24-hour services.

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Removing Phoenix Mold Damage

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

If you spot or smell mold, it has already grown significantly and you should contact SERVPRO to professionally and thoroughly remediate the damage.

Inspection and Remediation of Mold Damage in Your Home

With our year-round high temperatures, many homeowners and residents believe mold is not a problem in Phoenix. The reality is that mold can survive and grow at higher temperatures as long as it has a source of moisture and food.

Since altering the temperature is a difficult process, stopping mold damage in a Phoenix home requires removal of either the moisture or food sources. By the time we are called in, residents have either seen mold behind a washing machine or under a sink. In some cases, they smell that telltale musty odor only mold produces. In both cases, that means the mold has already grown significantly. SERVPRO response teams use a combination of visual inspections, the latest technology and years of experience in demolition and restoration to return a home to its pre-infestation condition.

First, we have to determine just how far the mold has grown. Technicians use an air content meter to find the highest concentration of mold in an infested room and then follow it to the source. We visually confirm the origin point, sometimes needing to go behind a wall or into an attic to find the source of moisture that allowed the first spores to expand and grow.

We remove the moisture source to stop further growth. In our typically dry area, the source is usually a pipe or connection that has come loose or rusted out if the plumbing is older and not a pool of rainwater. SERVPRO technicians are licensed and perform most of the same tasks as a plumbing service without the need to call in a second agency. After we stopped the water, we spray the affected area with an anti-fungal agent to kill any active spores that have not returned to an inert state from a lack of moisture.

Now for the food source. Drywall and other building material is a particular favorite of mold. If the growth is light, we spray an anti-fungal and then wipe off the mold spores. If the mold has grown into the material, we remove and replace it. Cutting into drywall is difficult, and the increased labor usually costs more than just buying and installing new panels.

If you can see any signs of mold, or if you can detect that signature, musty odor, contact SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix today at (623) 594-6033. From an initial inspection to a final walk-through, we are here to help you return your home to its original, clean state.

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Finding Water Damage In Your Phoenix Home Just Before Winter

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Secondary water damage, such as mold and mildew, can also create problems for homeowners.

Finding Water Damage

With the colder months looming in front of us, preparing our homes and ourselves can engage using many different activities in our Phoenix homes. Locating decorations and seasonal clothing can take us to places in our homes that we rarely occupy.

Phoenix residents who find signs of water damage during these transitional times should regard them as having at least two primary warning signs. Firstly, a water source that should not exist is present in your home, and secondly, other damage most likely exists but remains hidden from your view. Our courteous and highly trained staff assists many homeowners with similar situations, mitigating the current damage and preventing future problems.

Secondary water damage, such as mold and mildew, can also create problems for homeowners. Having these two varieties of microorganism in your home and growing out of control can cause both adverse health effects and structural damage. Other types of water damage include the ongoing deterioration of drywall, ceilings, carpeting, and the development of musty smells. The dust can increase ina home with water damage because of the disintegration actively happening. As fibers in furniture break down, fragments of the cloth become airborne and settle everywhere.

Highly trained and experienced, SERVPRO technicians are dedicated individuals who enjoy working with homeowners to protect their homes and belongings equally. Knowing how each material in a home can suffer when exposed to water helps make our job possible, and with excellent results overall.

Seeing paint that seems to have started peeling recently, or stains on walls, can pinpoint where the accumulation of moisture exists, but finding the source of that water can provide us with the means to protect your home from future, ongoing problems. We use moisture-sensitive detection units to locate the places where water, even in tiny amounts, comes from inside your residence. Many times, the locations discovered are minor problems with simple fixes.

SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix and their employees want to help you protect your home from any harmful event, including water damage. Whenever you find a situation in your home that needs professional attention, contact us at (623) 594-6033 for our 24-hour services.

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Handling Fire Damage Odors in Phoenix

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Some FIre & Smoke Related Smells in Phoenix Are Not Pleasant

Smells from Fires and SERVPRO Remediation

If you are dealing with the after-effects of a fire in your home, one of the biggest frustrations is the smell. It can foul the air for days, weeks and even months. People never get used to a bad smell. It can make your home unlivable. The technicians here at SERVPRO know how to deodorize thoroughly, making a home smell “Like it never even happened.”

Removing the source of fire damage odors in Phoenix is the first step. Our team never tries to cover up the smell. We know we need to eliminate the cause of the smell. Without doing that, efforts to deodorize don’t stand a chance. For example, charred materials left in place continue to give off an offensive smoky scent for months. That is why our experts remove building material and debris tainted with smoke residue before starting the process of deodorization.

Once our experts take away the cause of the smell, we turn our attention to deodorization. We clean all surfaces that have residue because even tiny particles can keep giving off the stench of smoke. Did you have a kitchen fire? Then your stove, counters, vent hood and cabinets likely need a thorough scouring, using advanced cleaning agents.

After cleaning, we ventilate the area to find out if odors linger. At SERVPRO, we use state-of-the-art tools and cleansers to remove smells from your home. We tailor the method to the cause of the problem. The rule of thumb is that “like works on like” in most cases. Special fog products often work on smells caused by smoke. It follows the original path of the smoke, deodorizing as it travels through your home.

Our team not only has access to industrial strength products and the latest tools. We also have the training to use them correctly. Each technician meets the standards of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

For help with odors and other fire damage restoration, call in the experts at SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix. Available 24/7, we are strategically located to serve Phoenix, Avondale, and Tolleson.

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Preventing Mold Damage After a Flood in Phoenix

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold infestations spread quickly throughout your home. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for remediation services right away after damage.

SERVPRO Starts the Mold Remediation Process by Determining the Source of Mold and Drying Out Your Property

Whether your home flooded from a storm, water line break, or anything else, getting things dry should be near the top of your list of priorities. Otherwise, your home may begin to develop mold growth. Mold can make a bad situation worse, covering surfaces in hazardous and unsightly patches and colonies. Worse, Phoenix mold damage is virtually impossible to remove without professional tools and training, leading to greater costs for you in the restoration process. Here are a few quick tips to slow the spread of mold in the aftermath of a flood.
 
Dry Everything Quickly
 
The most important catalyst for mold damage in Phoenix is water. Excess water is what allows mold to grow, especially in the dry atmosphere and climate of the Sonoran Desert. In the aftermath of a flood, your home is probably soaked, giving mold spores all the water they need to grow and spread around the home. Take initial steps toward dryness as soon as possible, and be sure to contact a professional mitigation service like SERVPRO to implement a thorough drying procedure as quickly as possible.
 
Stop Your HVAC System
 
If you find mold in your home, stopping your HVAC system may help to prevent it from spreading to other rooms. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems circulate air and mold spores alike throughout your home, quickly propagating a mature mold colony. Do note, however, that this may be inadvisable in the summer months when turning off the air conditioning could cause your home to overheat.
 
Call a Professional
 
Even if any visible water evaporates quickly, there may still be hidden patches of moisture soaked into materials or hidden behind objects around your home. SERVPRO technicians use thermal imaging technology to determine if your home is truly dry or not and to find any potential centers of mold growth. Without a thorough search, your home could be developing a mold colony that remains hidden behind a wall until it is too late.
 
SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix has years of experience dealing with mold damage and knows the best steps in both preventing and treating mold in the home. If you find mold in your home, call us right away at (623) 594-6033.

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Water Damage in Your Phoenix Residence Comes from Leaks and Drips

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Small leaks can lead to severe water damage in your home, call SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO has the equipment to detect hidden water damage

Water gun battles between kids is a great way to beat the summer heat in Phoenix, but children and teens sometimes forget to dump out the water in their toys before bringing them inside. These can leak, just like pipes and the underside of drains, forming puddles that then begin to harm your home.

Although the water from a few squirt guns may seem minute and of little importance, Phoenix homeowners need to know that water damage happens wherever water penetrates porous materials within a home. Water from leaks in pipes is a bigger problem because they continually have pressure behind them, forcing more water out than what a toy holds. Washing dishes in the kitchen or hands in the bathroom rarely creates any problems, but when the drain pipe comes loose from either sink's drain hole, water can drip into the cabinet.

Throughout your home, you have appliances that use water in one way or another – either to provide cold water and ice, to wash dishes or laundry, or to heat water for washing and bathing. Each of these has its own feed line and drain system. These hoses, tubes, and pipes can form leaks, weaknesses at joints and connections, or simply break, in ways very similar to the plumbing in your home.

Checking these water lines is crucial if homeowners wish to prevent water damage from happening around these appliances. The interior of appliances can also malfunction and create problems with water, so paying attention to the floor around each appliance is worthwhile. Puddles or slight dampness can indicate internal problems warranting repairs. After repairing, the appliance should be working correctly, but the water lost into your floor or carpet remains inside your home's living space.

SERVPRO is always available to assist homeowners in restoring their homes after water damage occurs. Any event that seems cleaned up and taken care of can still cause problems. This is the reason why inspecting and assessing occurs before the beginning of any work. Hidden water from a leak can continue to create problems. Using our water detection equipment takes a very short time and can provide lots of information for the homeowner and us.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix hold certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD), ensuring that your home is fully restored and protected against future incidents. Contacting us at our local number, (623) 594-6033, can put a stop to water problems that harm your home.

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Sprinkler Water Damage Restoration Services in Pheonix Stores

9/3/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Water Restoration Services Keep Phoenix Stores and Businesses Open

SERVPRO Is the Answer to Mitigating Commercial Water Damage in Your Business

Sprinkler systems are vital in Phoenix commercial properties, for fire protection. They save millions of dollars in insurance savings, code & ordinance compliance, and business continuity. However, as useful as they can be in minimizing fire damage, the wet mess they leave behind is like trading one disaster for another. The excess water can penetrate the walls, carpets, and various surfaces, leading to moisture damage, mold issues, and ultimately, bad odors.
 
The first step to safeguard your property is hiring a commercial water damage restoration company in Phoenix such as SERVPRO. As an IICRC approved franchise, we have the tools and means to address all water damage and eliminate future incidents. Our technicians are adequately equipped to assess the existing property damage and formulate a strategy to return your items to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."
 
Water damage from sprinkler systems can include standing water, mold & mildew growth, wet office materials such as upholstery and carpeting, and moisture damage on building materials such as drywall. To prevent further damage to possessions made from porous surfaces such as wood and clothing, our specialists assemble and clear these items out of the building as a pack-out if no dry staging areas are available.
 
We may have to replace some of the items, depending on the level of water damage and their ability to be salvaged. After securing the property, SERVPRO technicians commence the water removal process. This part involves using various water extraction equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, and water pumps. Fans and dehumidifiers are remarkably effective at drying the area to prevent mold and mildew development.
 
If part of the structure, such as drywall, sustained water damage, our professionals use different techniques to restore the area. In some cases, this may require additional cleaning services or construction. Indeed, drying multiple layers of drywall takes a few days. During this time, we use a moisture tester to monitor the drying process. If some of the ceiling tiles sustained water damage, we replace them most of the time. Excess water on tiles tends to leave stains and ultimately causes them to bow.
 
Water damage from a sprinkler system can have an adverse impact on your business. If it happens, you can rely on SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix for 24/7 commercial water damage restoration services. As part of your Litchfield and West Phoenix community, we can arrive promptly to salvage your property. Call us anytime at (623) 594-6033.

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SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration in Phoenix

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can restore your property by using six different cleaning methods specific to the surfaces of your damaged items.

Six methods for fire damage restoration

No two fires are alike; each one causes different damage based on what burned, how much oxygen was present and how hot everything burned. Even within a single fire, many various types of smoke and residue damages require multiple cleaning methods.

Restoring property in Phoenix homes after fire damage is not a quick task. SERVPRO has decades of experience in dealing with returning homeowners to their residences as safely and rapidly as possible. We use six methods developed over those years and are backed by a nationwide support network.

Dry Cleaning is the first method we use. Much of the residue damage after a Phoenix home fire is light-to-medium, and our technicians can usually clean the residue off surfaces using dusting cloths and feather dusters. If there are particulates (pieces larger than dust), they use dry sponges or commercial vacuum cleaners.

Wet Cleaning is for medium-to-heavy residues. Our technicians use water, for the most part, to clean with cloths and sponges. If this proves insufficient, they repeat with a mild chemical cleaner.

Spray and Wipe is a method we use on materials that can be damaged by saturation with water or cleaners. Our certified technicians dampen the surface using a spray bottle and wipe it down with a white cloth. This method gives our work crews better control applying the product on upholstery and wood surfaces.

Foam Cleaning is used on fabrics to prevent shrinking and fading colors. Technicians stir up a chemical foam in a bucket and then apply it with an upholstery brush, agitating the residue on the surface. If we need to force more air into the foam, technicians use a pump-up sprayer to reduce the chance of damage. 

Abrasive Cleaning uses chemical cleaners on heavy residues with rough surfaces like stone or brick that are not easily damaged. If there are deep cuts or grooves on the surface, technicians may use scrubbing pads or even steel wool.

Immersion Cleaning is exactly that. For an item that is already saturated and has heavy residues over most of its surface, we place it in an ultrasonic tank of chemical cleaner. We then use sound waves to force bubbles of the cleaner through and across the surfaces. Depending on the item and the thickness of the residue; immersion can take from one to several hours.

Restoring property can be a lengthy process, but it is more often cheaper than replacing fire damaged items. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix understands that there is also the sentimental factor to consider with inherited items. If you need our help in Avondale, Phoenix, and Tolleson, call us today at (623) 594-6033

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Tips For Surviving Flash Flood Damage In The Phoenix Area

8/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storms and Flash Flooding Present Dangers to Persons and Property. Call SERVPRO for Restoration and Cleanup

Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup

All of the danger surrounding flash floods can be scary. Winds can exceed 70mph forcing large amounts of rain to enter your neighborhood like a stampeding herd of wild buffalo. You may have little to no warning before freeways and highways close, trapping you in a swift-moving current of water that cares very little about your safety.

Obviously, it is important to recognize the problem, remaining informed about flood warnings throughout the Phoenix area. Flood Damage can happen fast and escape from a flash flood area can be rough. However, if you have a plan, avoid walking through moving water, or driving through flooded areas, you can safely evacuate without much of a problem.

It is possible to become trapped, unable to leave the confines of your home, making it necessary to store some supplies. Local drinking water can become contaminated by oil, gas, and sewage. Having water, food, clothing, and first aid available for each member of your family to survive for at least a week is best.

While you already understand not to drive through flooded roadways or bridges, it may not always be possible to stay on high ground. If your vehicle gets stuck, or it becomes submerged in water, remain calm, wait for your vehicle to fill with water. It can be scary, but if you wait until the vehicle is full of water, the doors open easier. You can then hold your breath, open the door, and swim to the surface. Flash flooding, without warning, can become lethal.

You are likely to be told by local authorities that it is safe to return to your home at some point. However, returning without the right support can produce drastic results. You benefit more from contacting a company like SERVPRO to provide you with flood damage restoration services. We can be the first to enter your home and assess your situation correctly.

SERVPRO has access to vast resources, equipment, and years of experience handling unfortunate situations just like these. Keep your family safe and sound, leave the recovery to those trained, never take unnecessary risks.  

Contact SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix in preparation for flash flooding in your area, we can help you prepare to survive. (623) 594-6033

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No Reason to Live with Mold Damage in Your Phoenix Home

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Spores Can Develop into Colonies Requiring Remediation to Your Phoenix Area Home

Professional Mold Remediation is the Solution to Infestations

Battling with mold growth on your own can make many to feel like it is a losing battle. Using bleach to clean mold away from surfaces, a method claimed by many people to work well is counter-productive and can be part of the reason that mold returns to the same location repeatedly.
 
The climate in Phoenix can be dry at times, but mold damage can still happen to your home's interior. The tiniest drip from a water line can provide enough moisture for fungal infestations to prosper in hidden areas of your home. This shows how vital a nutrient water is for the spores.
 
Remove water from the interior environment of your home, and unwanted mold colonies find it nearly impossible to return after they have been cleaned away. Removing mold with the use of bleach fails to work as claimed because of bleach's high concentration of water and the physics involving permeability of a common material used in homes – sheets of drywall.
 
Moisture can penetrate into the drywall, while bleach molecules are too large to do the same. While water remains inside the porous drywall, and available to mold's hyphae, all of the bleach remains on the surface, only discoloring this tough, durable, but tiny microbe, creating the illusion that the mold has been killed and removed.
 
To remove unwanted mold and prevent damage, remediation is required. During this process, any materials affected by mold damage are removed and repaired, so the area involved is completely restored, “Like it never even happened.” Hard surfaced materials such as cast iron, glass, and ceramic tiles can be cleaned and treated. These materials cannot be penetrated by fungi as it grows, but any dust or other minute debris can provide the basic surface changes to allow this to happen.
 
When an area has re-attained a normal microbe level again, treating the previously affected areas with microbe-inhibitors can prevent recurrences. This can include a special liquid that is applied like paint or simply sprayed on directly. After it has dried, it is both long-lasting, but also safe around children and pets.
 
There is no reason to continue your solo-battle against mold damage in your home. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is only a phone call away. We are ready to help you with the devastation that microbial infestations can cause, so call us, 24/7, at (623) 594-6033. Our IICRC trained technicians can win your battle and let you relax.

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Why A Drying Goal Matters After Water Damage To Your Phoenix Coffee Shop

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

A Phoenix Coffee Shop Gets Help from SERVPRO

Water and Moisture Removal Get Your Business Doors Re-Opened

Water damage is something no business owner wants. Unfortunately, it only takes one broken pipe or faulty appliance to cause significant damage to your coffee shop. You may be left reeling and wondering how you are going to get your premises dry and ready to start serving customers again. After all, a closed business is a business which is not turning a profit, and that is not helpful for your ledger.

Water damage to your Phoenix coffee shop means it is time to put in a call to SERVPRO – We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We train our technicians in line with IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards so you can rest assured they are up to date on all the most efficient water damage remediation techniques.
 
An important part of remediating water damage to your business is to set a drying goal. A drying goal establishes the condition your premises should be in by the time our team has finished working on it. Our aim is always to restore your coffee shop to the status it was in before the water damage took place.
 
A drying goal ensures that we know what our aim is and can carefully monitor the process. If for any reason we are not on track to reach our goal we can adjust our process accordingly.
 
Setting a specific goal gives you the reassurance of knowing that our technicians are committed to restoring your shop.
 
A drying goal includes establishing moisture readings for affected parts of the structure of your shop, including the floor and the walls. Our team also sets out the ideal humidity that we want to reach. Moisture content and humidity readings, when taken together, give a complete picture. We use a moisture meter to measure and track moisture content, and a thermo-hygrometer to tell us the humidity of the air.
 
Our professionals use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your coffee shop, including the floors, walls, carpet, and furniture. We monitor progress as we go and do not stop until we reach our drying goal.
 
For help with drying your shop, call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix at (623) 594-6033 today.

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Flood Damage Restoration in Phoenix

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Recover from storm or flood damage with a quick call to SERVPRO. Call today so that we can come out and assess your property and the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Race to Dry Out Your Property After the Initial Call

When it comes to small amounts of flooding, much of the damage is not to the home itself, but rather to the contents inside. An overflowing kitchen sink or a cracked pipe in the laundry room does not usually result in structural problems, but it can result in hundreds or thousands of dollars in repair and replacement of furniture throughout the house.

SERVPRO has decades of experience in restoring and repairing furniture in Phoenix after it suffers flood damage. We understand the effects of flooding and how to deal with all but the worst of them.

Wood or a wood composite (i.e. particleboard) makes up most furniture. Each type of material has its uses, but each one also has drawbacks when it comes to being affected by flooding.
Wood develops two problems after exposure to floodwater. There is swelling and cracking, as well as a weakening of the joints. The other problem is spotting, which damages the finish. Our technicians can remove most water spots with one of the wood care products in our chemical inventory. For great spotting, we may have to recommend a professional refinisher to repair the damage.

The best way to deal with swelling, cracking, and joint weakness is to remove the excess moisture carefully. Too fast or too slow can cause permanent damage. Our technicians use dehumidifiers to draw out moisture and, if needed, use air movers to force warm, dry air across the surface and underneath an item to speed up the process.

Particleboard does not survive exposure to water very well. Since it makes up pieces like kitchen and bathroom cabinets and other cheaply made and replaceable items, only one side is laminated or otherwise treated to repel moisture. Since the opposite side is exposed, the treated side acts as a vapor barrier, which does not allow moisture to pass through the board, trapping the water and eventually warping the cabinets.

If there is no visible warping, our technicians may be able to lower the moisture content and restore an item made from particleboard. Since the pieces are relatively cheap, we recommend replacing them rather than investing the time and effort to keep them.

Returning your home to its pre-flooded condition requires a company with the experience and training to complete the process as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is here to support our neighbors in putting their home back together; however, we can help. Call today at (623) 394-6033 to get started with an inspection and an estimate.

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Getting Quality Solutions To Fire Damage In Your Phoenix Area Home

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Phoenix Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

Secure and Safe Steps for Restoration of Fire Damaged Properties and Possessions

It can be difficult to deal with fire and some of the devastating damages it can leave behind. Without professional assistance your losses can double or triple, leaving you with a massive problem that you simply cannot afford to get into on your own.
 
When facing fire damage to your Phoenix area home, time plays a significant role. Even though local authorities deem your property safe to enter, you should avoid making contact, allowing traffic in and out, or access to anyone that does not understand how to treat fire-damaged materials.
 
Making the wrong choices after a fire occurs on your property can lead to unsalvageable contents, additional damage to surfaces, and reduce the chances you have of reclaiming your property successfully. Always call SERVPRO for help before allowing anyone else enter your home, we can help you avoid hazards that may exist and prevent others from further damaging your property.
 
SERVPRO IICRC industry certified technicians pay specific attention to every belonging, surface, or content found in your home. We deliver quality solutions to heat, water, smoke, soot, and ash damage produced throughout the length of a fire, taking pride in restoring many items that other companies consider a loss before even attempting restoration.
 
Your contract with SERVPRO begins the moment you make contact. Our staff gathers information during your initial call to help our technicians arrive ready to address your concerns. We provide you with quality full-service solutions to every aspect of your home’s restoration, including any repairs necessary to finish the job completely.  
 
We have a variety of cleaning and sanitization methods available that make restoring furniture, fabrics, and other household items a snap. Our technicians enjoy providing you with quality services that help you reclaim your home and attempt to make your restoration as stress-free as possible. We also offer a Pack-Out service for cleaning belongings and storing any household goods during the on-going fire damage restoration process.
 
Call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix to gain access to professional fire damage restoration services, provided by experienced technicians that offer peace of mind during an emergency. We are ready to assist you at a moments notice, call today. (623) 594-6033 

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Severe Phoenix Water Damage Get Help

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Clean Up in Your Phoenix Property

SERVPRO Can Extract Water Swiftly and Mitigate Damage to Phoenix Properties

When flooding happens, regardless of the source, you need a professional service with years of experience and training to return your home to normal. A quick response means less property damage and lowers replacement costs.

Significant water damage in a Phoenix home is not something many people even consider possible. We are well known for our heat and the desert (and the Suns of course) but not for rain or cresting creeks and rivers. Most damage to a home is not from those sources, however. Broken plumbing such as a leaking faucet can cause thousands of dollars in damage before the homeowner is even aware of it. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to take care of it.

First, we inspect and secure your home. Technicians check for weakened sub-floors, crumbling drywall and electrical hazards. With the inspection complete, we board up the doors, windows, and other entrances to prevent loss from the elements, theft, and vandalism.

Now, we remove any standing water. If it is two inches or higher, our team deploys a set of sump pumps to get the job done. For amounts lower than two inches across the home, we use smaller water extractors. If the power is out, we also use one of the generators we maintain in our equipment inventory to ensure continuous electrical support.

Our next step is to examine the property no longer under water. There is always some water trapped in carpets and wood floors, so our SERVPRO IICRC industry certified technicians

use special vacuums designed to remove water without damaging the nape of the carpet or surface of the wood. If the standing water was high enough, there might be some amount behind the walls as well. If we find excess water, we use extraction wands to draw it out. In almost every case of standing water, we recommend removing and replacing any carpet pads. It is rarely ever cost-effective to attempt to dry them.

Next, comes examination and repair of the carpets. We look for thinning lamination and damaged seams. Since the lamination is what holds the fibers together, too much loss means that the fibers detach when vacuumed and the carpet must be replaced soon. We can repair damage seams quickly and cheaply, but if too many fibers near the seam have begun to detach, it is not cost-effective.

As we complete repairs, other technicians check the inside humidity and the moisture levels of the surrounding structural property. For high concentrations in both, we deploy commercial dehumidifiers to assist and quicken the natural drying process. Depending on the size, these machines can draw over 25 gallons of water from the air each day. We also use air movers to force airflow over surfaces to dry them and push the damp, inside air out of your home. The air movers are particularly useful with wet drywall that has not yet begun to crumble and structural property (kitchen cabinets for example) that was not under water. If we do not lower the moisture levels, physical damage continues to your home, and the threat of a mold infestation begins as well. Our goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

Our last step is to perform a final inspection with you to show what we accomplished and make certain you are satisfied with our work. At SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix, this is not just a job. Every client is also one of our neighbors. Call us today at (623) 594-6033

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