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The Work that Goes Into Phoenix Mold Damage Odor Removal

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Work that Goes Into Phoenix Mold Damage Odor Removal 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)

Water Damage Trusting Professional Restoration Services For Water Damage In Your Phoenix Home 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)

Fire Damage Characteristics of Smoke and Why Fire Damage in Your Goodyear Home Needs Professional Assistance 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 Remediation Stopping and Removing Mold Damage in Goodyear 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)

Water Damage Water Damage Experts in Phoenix 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)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage from Plumbing Problems in Your Phoenix Restaurant 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)

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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