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Water Damage in Your Phoenix Residence Comes from Leaks and Drips

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Your Phoenix Residence Comes from Leaks and Drips 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)

Commercial Sprinkler Water Damage Restoration Services in Pheonix Stores 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)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration in Phoenix 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)

Storm Damage Tips For Surviving Flash Flood Damage In The Phoenix Area 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 Remediation No Reason to Live with Mold Damage in Your Phoenix Home 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)

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

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration in Phoenix 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)

Fire Damage Getting Quality Solutions To Fire Damage In Your Phoenix Area Home 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)

Water Damage Severe Phoenix Water Damage Get Help 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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What does it matter if I dry a water loss or not?

10/10/2016 (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.