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Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services in Phoenix

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services in Phoenix 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.

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Using Extractors For Commercial Water Removal in Phoenix

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Using Extractors For Commercial Water Removal in Phoenix 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.

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Getting Rid Of Flood Damage In Phoenix

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Getting Rid Of Flood Damage In Phoenix 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)

Mold Remediation Removing Phoenix Mold Damage 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)

Water Damage Finding Water Damage In Your Phoenix Home Just Before Winter 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)

Fire Damage Handling Fire Damage Odors in Phoenix 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 Remediation Preventing Mold Damage After a Flood in Phoenix 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)

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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