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Hyde Park's Fire Damage Specialists

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hyde Park's Fire Damage Specialists 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)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Cleanup for Your Phoenix Home 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)

Fire Damage Bathroom Wiring Can Cause Fire Damage in Phoenix Residences 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 Water Removal for a Soaked Phoenix Apartment 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)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage From Burst Pipes in Your Phoenix Restaurant 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 Remediation Mold Damage Can Happen in Phoenix 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.

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Commercial Preventative Maintenance Raffle

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Preventative Maintenance Raffle 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)

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

Storm Damage Preparing for the Possibility of Flood Damages in Phoenix 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)

Fire Damage Fire in Phoenix Condo 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.