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FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION STEPS FOR RESTORING THE PROPERTY

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Restoration Restoring Kitchen Fire Damage Furniture

You should never try to remediate your property on your own after a fire. SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoexnix, a fire damage restoration professional has the experience needed to observe the proper fire restoration process to make your home safe again.

There are certain processes professionals use when rebuilding a house after a fire and repairing fire damage, and as a homeowner, knowing what these processes look like is helpful.

1. CONFIRM THE PROPERTY IS STABILIZED AND IS SAFE TO ENTER

The first step of a remediation professional is to confirm that the property is safe to enter. They’ll check for signs of structural damage that compromises the home and carefully inspect the property from the outside before opening the door.

2. MINIMIZE DAMAGE

Smoke and soot can cause damage even after the fire has been extinguished. You and the professionals working in your home should be cautious of soot staining, mold and mildew, rust and corrosion and the air quality in the home.

3. REMOVE SOOT AND DEBRIS

Before any water damage or fire damage restoration processes can begin, all debris and soot must be removed from the home.

4. REMOVE PERSONAL POSSESSIONS TOO DAMAGED TO RESTORE

Any items that are too damaged to repair should be removed from the home.

5. ELIMINATE EXCESS WATER AND DRY WET SURFACES

Professionals should clean up any standing water as soon as possible before running other water restoration equipment.

6. BEGIN DEODORIZING, DEEP CLEANING AND REMOVING STAINS

It’s important to consider what items should be deep cleaned and restored and what items are too damaged and should be replaced instead.

Call SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix for more details at 623-594-6033!

Professional Mold Remediation

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold spores can develop into colonies requiring remediation

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.

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, 
 
The climate in Phoenix can be dry, 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. Our IICRC trained technicians, here at SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoexni, can win your battle and let you relax.
 
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.

10 Facts About Storms That Will Make You Run for Cover

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Storm over the city MOTHER NATURE IS THE PLANET'S MOST POWERFUL SUPER-VILLAIN

Mother Nature swoops in with a big surprise—one that's often perplexing, terrifying, or even downright deadly. To that end, here are first 10 interesting tidbits about downpours, cloudbursts, blizzards, deluges, tornadoes, hurricanes, and any other type of storm you—or Mother Nature—could possibly think of.

1. A 1995 Storm in Texas Had Hailstones as Big as Softballs

2.One Blizzard in Iran, in 1972 Buried Entire Villages with No Survivors

3. From July 25 through September 23, 2001 blood Red Rain Poured Down on India for a Summer

4. In September 2017, A Heatwave in California Once Turned Grapes into Raisins  

5.Once, Earth Got as Cold as Mars. The coldest temperature ever reported was in Antarctica on August 20, 2010. The temperature fell to -135.8°F, or -94.7°C.

6. America is the World's Tornado Capital. The United States averaged 1,274 tornadoes per year in the last decade, most of which happen in spring.

6. Greenland is the Windiest Place on Earth. According to satellite data, winds reach 44.7 mph 16 percent of the year and 29 percent of the winter.

7. Mild Autumn Weather Leads to Bigger Spiders Indoors

8. You Can Calculate How Far Away You are from Lightning. Just count the number of seconds that pass between a flash of lightning and the thunder that follows, then divide that number by five. The result equals how many miles away you are from where lightning just struck.

9. There's Such a Thing as Water Tornadoes. Tornadic waterspouts are what they sound like, a tornado over a body of water. They generally begin over land in connection with a thunderstorm, then move out over the water.

10. A Sandstorm Once Buried a Force of 50,000. In 525 B.C.E., Cambyses, the son of Cyrus the Great, sent 50,000 soldiers from Thebes to attack the Oasis of Siwa and destroy the Oracle at the Temple of Amun after local priests refused to legitimize his claim to Egypt. After walking for seven days in the desert, the soldiers drowned in a sandstorm. 

Categories of Water Damage

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage backup This flooded bathroom was caused by a sewage backup - Category 3 water

Water damage restoration is often prefaced by a loss assessment and evaluation of affected materials. The damaged area is inspected with water sensing equipment such as probes and other infrared tools in order to determine the source of the damage and possible extent of areas affected.

In addition to identifying the classes of water loss, it is also important to identify the state of the water effecting the damaged materials. Simply put, how clean or dirty is it? There are three categories of water damage:

Category 1: Sanitary Liquids

These liquids are from sanitary sources such as faucets and toilet tanks, but they can quickly degrade into category two liquids.

Category 2: Grey Water

These liquids come from sources such as dishwashers, washing machines, sink drains, and toilet overflow (urine only), and contain contaminants that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested.

Category 3: Black Water

These grossly unsanitary liquids include sewage backup, feces contaminated toilet overflow, flooding from rivers or streams, and bacteria laden stagnant liquid, and can cause severe illness or death if ingested.

Fire Damage Requires Professional Restoration Services

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom fire Smoke will not stay contained in one area. Even if the door is shut, the smoke can contaminate the entire home.

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-cerfified 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.

Monsoon - Dust Storm and Flash Flood Preparation

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Monsoon Season Monsoon season is approching!

1. Inspect Your Roof - Have your roof thoroughly to ensure it's ready to bear the brunt of the monsoon's fury. Have any discernible cracks and holes patched up. It is best to handle any problem areas now at the beginning of the season. Also, be sure to check for hidden areas where water might build up and breakthrough.

2. Prep Plants and Trees - If you have any large (big) trees, trim an wieldy branches that could potentially snap off or damage your property. Also it is best to have trees thinned as this limits wind resistance so that strong monsoon winds cane more easily pass through.

3. Protect Your Car - You will be likely driving in the rain quite a bit over the coming month, so start early preparing your car for the monsoon season. Start with check tire tread, tire pressure, install new windshield wipers, check brake pads, and headlights.

4. Check Your Home's Drainage - Pay special attention to your yard., If your yard slopes towards your home and you notice water build up, you may want to have a landscaper redirect the water flow. Also it is best to check your gutters to ensure they are flowing, high winds tend to bring a lot of loose yard debris that could clog the gutters. Sometimes you are able to get roof and gutter repair as a package deal. 

5. Monsoon Season Means Toads and Frogs - With the heavy rains of the monsoon bring out the Sonoran Desert Toad also known as Colorado River Toads. It is important to remember and/or be aware that they can be dangerous to children and pets. They are considered the largest toads in the U.S. There are risks with these toads it is important to be aware and keep children and pets at a distance. The Sonoran Desert Toad poses a serious threat to pets. They release a poison that can kill a pet in as few as 15 minutes. Young children may also put their fingers in their mouths after picking one up which can lead to hallucinations and other health problems.

Storm and water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home. 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (623) 594-6033

Smells from Fires and SERVPRO Remediation

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Odor Some Fire & Smoke Related Smells in Phoenix Are Not Pleasant

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 IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Cerfitication).

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 and surrended areas.

What you need to know about asbestos

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Types of asbestos 3 common asbestos include: chrysotile, crocidolite, and amosite

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance that can be pulled into a fluffy consistency. Asbestos fibers are soft and flexible yet resistant to heat, electricity and chemical corrosion. Pure asbestos is an effective insulator and can be mixed in to cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them strong. 

These qualities once made asbestos very viable, but unfortunately, they also make asbestos highly toxic.

Asbestos hazards may occur during manufacturing of asbestos-containing products; performing brake or clutch repairs, renovating or demolishing buildings; or cleanup from those activities. Asbestos workers have increased  changes of getting two principal types of cancer: cancer of the lung tissue and mesothelioma.

Some materials are presumed to contain asbestos if installed before 1981: thermal system insulation, roofing and siding shingles, vinyl floor tiles, plaster, cement, putties, ceiling tiles and spray coatings, industrial pipe wrapping, etc. 

Testing for asbestos also need to be perform on commercial buildings. 

Preparing for the Possibility of Flood Damages in Phoenix

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Storm preparation Storms can happen quickly. Preparation is key to minimizing damage. Contact SERVPRO for remediation or preparation assistance.

While Phoenix on average gets significantly less water throughout the year than other parts of the country, this does not in any way imply that the capital city does not have the appropriate weather conditions to allow for flash flooding. In fact, over the course of the last several years, there have been numerous instances of this type of disaster happening to areas all across the city, but lower lying plains were hit the worst.
 
The problem with flash flood damage to your Phoenix home is that there is a very little warning to prepare for the incident adequately. In many cases, this has caused residents to do more to prevent this kind of home-life crisis by improving water diversion implements that exist all around the exterior of the house. When Hurricanes Irma and Harvey were sweeping across the southern part of the country, many in the city feared that whatever lingering torrential rains still due to head their way could cause these dire conditions for them or their neighbors.
 
Truthfully, preparing for such a disaster is often easier said than done. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to inspect the areas of your house that are more prone to experiencing water damage and help you to determine what might need to be repaired or replaced for the water to stay outside of your home (even in the event of forceful flash flooding).
 
Many people did not even realize that our SERVPRO team is available for smaller tasks like this, offering up our advice and expertise to keep your entire home safe and avert a potential crisis. Much like our emergency response team (that can be called at any hour of the day or night to help you in your most urgent times of need), you can also call us 24/7. We can have a professional on-site to begin assessing where the primary problem areas are and which components to thwart water penetration are not up to snuff.
 
Whether you would like your home checked for potential threats or you are currently dealing with flood damage already, you can always give SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix a call. We are available anytime at (623) 594-6033.

Water and Moisture Removal Get Your Business Doors Re-Opened

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water and moisture removal 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.
 
Here at SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix, 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.