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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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Preparing for the Possibility of Flood Damages in Phoenix

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for the Possibility of Flood Damages in Phoenix Storms can happen quickly. Preparation is key to minimizing damage. Contact SERVPRO for remediation or preparation assistance.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Damage and Offer Expert Preventative Tips

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.

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Valley has been Dry for some time...

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Valley has been Dry for some time... Photo in Yuma AZ to see the pollution

If you are form the valley and you know what Monsoon is you know that this monsoon season was a huge let down. Not just in regards to our line of work but the air and the pollution have been absolutely horrible. 

You can see directly in front of you but if you look off to a distance you can see the yuck that we are all breathing in. 

High pressure off the coast of Southern California will slowly move eastward and be centered directly over Arizona Saturday through the New Year. This will mean continued light winds across the Valley through the forecast period with high temperatures in the mid-70's. The only noticeable change in the weather will be a few high clouds moving over the region on New Year's Day. This weather pattern does not bring good news when it comes to air quality across Phoenix. PM-10 and PM-2.5 will both remain elevated with air quality only getting worse heading into the New Year. For New Year's weekend, 

Facts about storms

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Facts about storms Batteries & Flashlights are a MUST

Facts about storms

 

About 3,000 hailstorms occur annually in the United States, and hail that develops during severe storms can reach softball size. An average of 1,000 tornadoes a year causes $1.1 billion in property damage, 1,500 injuries and 80 deaths. Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms, and while the vast majority of them are weak and short in duration, they can cause significant damage. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), about 2 percent of tornadoes fall under the most violent classification, meaning they can reach wind speeds of 205 miles per hour or more.

Please make sure to always have plenty of water and some extra flashlights and batteries laying around in case of a rare event like a blackout in the Valley.

Call SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix, in the event that you do not know what to do. One of our Technicians can guide you through it. 

Assistance with Hurricane Harvey

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Assistance with Hurricane Harvey One of our Crews headed out to Texas

Our Franchise recently assisted in Sugar Land TX for Hurricane Harvey. We traveled for a day and a haf with 250 pieces of equipment and got there just in time. Most of our customers had not yet gained access to their homes when we arrived so we were able to properly prepare for the rush once their neighborhood had opened up. We serviced as many people as we could and we even needed to rent more equipment while we were there. The Residents of Sugar Land, TX were so upbeat and positive although they just experienced tragedy. 

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.

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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Tips For Surviving Flash Flood Damage In The Phoenix Area

8/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips For Surviving Flash Flood Damage In The Phoenix Area Storms and Flash Flooding Present Dangers to Persons and Property. Call SERVPRO for Restoration and Cleanup

Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flood Damage Restoration in Phoenix

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration in Phoenix Recover from storm or flood damage with a quick call to SERVPRO. Call today so that we can come out and assess your property and the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Race to Dry Out Your Property After the Initial Call

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

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

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

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

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

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

Returning your home to its pre-flooded condition requires a company with the experience and training to complete the process as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is here to support our neighbors in putting their home back together; however, we can help. Call today at (623) 394-6033 to get started with an inspection and an estimate.

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