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Water Damage in Avondale, AZ

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Other differences between DIY cleanup and professional restoration services include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips for Commercial Water Damage

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Warehouse shipping and Receiving Water loss

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

Tips until SERVPRO arrives:

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

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

SERVPRO technicians race to dry out your property!

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Recover from storm or flood damage with a quick call to SERVPRO.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO Can Extract Water Swiftly and Mitigate Damage to Phoenix Properties

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water and Moisture Removal Get Your Business Doors Re-Opened

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage A Phoenix Coffee Shop Gets Help from SERVPRO

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

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

Tips For Surviving Flash Flood Damage In The Phoenix

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water damage in Goodyear, AZ

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Photo taken during water extraction from carpeted area.

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

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

Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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