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Phoenix's Fire Damage Cleaning Techniques Explained

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Phoenix's Fire Damage Cleaning Techniques Explained When soot residues and charred items remain after a fire, contact SERVPRO for remediation services immediately after you are in a safe area.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Three Main Soot Cleaning Methods

Whenever a fire burns inside your Phoenix home, there are several different types of damage that possibly happen. Heat and flames burn structural materials and contents sometimes forcing them to get replaced. Smoke coming from the fire can leave behind soils, soot residues, and foul smells.
If the fire damage is real severe, then many items may get removed and replaced. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Phoenix attempt to restore and clean materials and contents because it is cheaper than removal. If we use the right chemicals, we can clean and restore items that receive damage from smoke.
When removing soot left behind from a burn we often use multiple methods. Soot coming from burning different fuels has different compositions. Some soot residues are hard to remove whereas some are easily wiped off.
The type of material damaged also makes a difference when it comes to cleaning. Some surfaces soot does not adhere to real well and can be easily cleaned. Other material surfaces combing well with certain types of soot and cleaning is nearly impossible.
When cleaning soot off of different types of walls, there are three primary methods. The three main cleaning methods for removing smoke damage are dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and peroxide-based cleaning.
For light to medium non-grease based soils, dry sponges seem to work well. The sponges get used either by hand or with a long pole for high areas. The sponge is made to attract soot residues so that they stick to the sponge instead of the walls.
In some scenarios, wet cleaning methods work better. In this case, we use soapy water and rags to scrub the walls and ceilings. Wet cleaning works best when cleaning painted, wood or metal surfaces. This method works with heavy dry ash or soot residue and light to heavy oil-based residues.
When cleaning specific materials, peroxide-active cleaning methods get used. Peroxide cleaning works when removing soot from acoustical ceiling tiles. For professional assistance removing soot, call SERVPRO of East Phoenix at (602) 507-6163 24/7.
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Swift And Supportive Crime Scene Cleanup In Phoenix

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Swift And Supportive Crime Scene Cleanup In Phoenix Call SERVPRO for Crime Scene and Biohazardous Cleanups in Phoenix Homes--Done with Empathy and Caring

SERVPRO Offers Empathy and Professionalism in Restoring Homes After Criminal Activity

It is everyone’s worst nightmare -- your happy home in Phoenix turned crime scene, followed by the challenge of managing the cleanup of the aftermath. Restoring a home back to pre-incident condition requires a series of interrelated tasks, many if not all best completed by our professionals because of hazards and the emotional load in response to the crime.
When a crime occurs in a residence not only the consequences of the illegal activity but also the efforts of authorities to find and build evidence for the case can damage surfaces, fixtures, and contents of the home. In Phoenix, expert crime scene cleanup is necessary for the safety of homeowners. Our technicians have the training, the experience, the products, and the equipment to help you and your family recover from the tragedy.
Physical damage to surfaces traces to causes as varied as gunshots, vandalism, crime-fighter efforts to subdue a suspect, and many more scenarios. If death or injury occurred, blood and other bodily fluids pool and soak into carpeting and floors and spray onto walls and ceilings. Pepper spray or tear gas can compromise indoor air quality. Dusting for fingerprinting and other evidence collecting techniques leave residues and staining. SERVPRO employees train for these and other issues and know how to match strategies, cleaning products, deodorization methods, and tools to the damage done.
Particular care is crucial to avoid exposure to and the spread of blood and other fluid-borne pathogens. The SERVPRO crew on site is familiar with proper personal protective equipment protocols, cleaning up and disposing of hazardous human waste according to local health codes. Thorough cleaning and effective treatment with EPA registered disinfectants follow to ensure the future safety of your home’s inhabitants.
SERVPRO also evaluates the need to clear away and replace damaged building materials if deemed unrestorable. Our goal is to restore, but we are sensitive in these stressful situations to the fear you and your family have that even a small reminder of the crime can make it hard to feel comfort and security in your crime-damaged home. Our crew leads, and office staff work with you, the authorities, and your insurance company to achieve your feeling protected and at home again.
Should a crime in your home turn your life upside down, SERVPRO of East Phoenix is ready to assist with great skill and compassion. Call (602) 507-6163 to arrange for a speedy inspection and development of a restoration plan for this challenging circumstance.

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What to Do When You Need Water Removal Services in Phoenix as Soon as Possible

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to Do When You Need Water Removal Services in Phoenix as Soon as Possible A burst pipe can let gallons of water into your home, call SERVPRO to quickly remove the water and begin the restoration process.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Fast Water Removal Services for Your Flooded Home

Whether a burst pipe has struck your home or an appliance has malfunctioned, sometimes you may be in need of water removal services immediately. A burst pipe can pump gallons upon gallons of water into your home at an alarming rate, causing pooling water and damage the structure of your home. Before you know it, your belongings have become soaked through, and your home has become filled with ankle-deep water. Meanwhile, it is continuing to rise. Luckily, help is not far.

The first thing our office staff can do is suggest that you stop the source of water while we send our skilled technicians to address the water removal in your Phoenix home. Stopping the burst pipe from spewing water everywhere is a vital first step. If water is still flowing, it can make removing the water a pretty useless job as it would begin to flood again.

After our IICRC certified technicians stop the flow of water, we can begin to remove it from your property. SERVPRO uses advanced technology to tackle water removal, such as portable and efficient truck-operated pumps as well as wet/dry vacuums. These tools allow us to remove the water as quickly as possible from your property and limit the amount of damage done; the more time that the water stays stagnant, the more damage it can do to your home.

Once SERVPRO removes all of the water from your property, we can begin the drying process to ensure there is no residual moisture left in the structure. Our technicians can use tools like hygrometers to measure the moisture content of the atmosphere. Once we are aware of the moisture content, we can use dehumidifiers to create an ideal environment for drying and other tools like air movers to assist.

When your property needs professional water removal services, call SERVPRO of East Phoenix at (602) 507-6163. We act quickly to arrive at your property as soon as possible to begin remediation.

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SERVPRO Commercial Water Removal In East Phoenix

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Commercial Water Removal In East Phoenix SERVPRO Protects Paper Inventories in the East Phoenix Area from Water Damage

Inventory Sensitive Businesses Depend on Quick Water Extraction from SERVPRO

When flooding strikes a Phoenix business, the cost is much more than for a private residence. Besides the physical damage with the accompanying cost of cleanup, disposal, and repair, there are other losses. Each day is a loss of receipts, and if the doors remain closed for more than a few days, there is the loss of customers. In just a few weeks, the doors could close permanently.
That is why commercial water removal is so important to Phoenix businesses, especially smaller operations like print shops. With a business like this, SERVPRO restoration crews concentrate on removing standing water, drying inventory, and lowering the humidity inside the structure. Usually, we perform these tasks in a set order, but with so much paper, cardstock, and other products at risk from excess moisture, we have to begin all three as quickly as possible.
Our restoration crews bring in pumps and water extraction wands to pull water out of the structure. The commercial grade pumps are very effective and lower the water down to just an inch or two very quickly. Once the water is at this level, we switch to the wands to lower the level until it is only a thin layer over the floor surface. At this point, technicians use long-handled squeegees to push water off the floor and out the nearest exit. They follow-up this action with air movers to finish drying the surface.
At the same time, other crew members remove any inventory that is unaffected by the water to temporary storage inside or outside the structure. Then, they use more air movers to force warm air over the affected inventory to dry it. To increase the effectiveness of the air movers, we also set-up fans at exit points to draw moist air out of the structure.
Additionally, SERVPRO crew members set-up dehumidifiers to start drawing moisture from the air. Depending on the humidity level, these machines can draw over 20 gallons of water from the air and surrounding property every 24 hours.
After water floods a business, not everything is restorable to its original condition. For SERVPRO of East Phoenix, the goal is to help every print shop, factory, or donut place reopen its doors as soon as we can provide a dry, safe environment. If you need our services, call (602) 507-6163 today to find out what we can do for you.

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What Puts Desert Homes at Risk of Flood Damage in Phoenix?

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Puts Desert Homes at Risk of Flood Damage in Phoenix? Flooded areas can quickly bring water into your home. Should your property suffer from a flooding incident, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO is Standing By in the Event of Storms and Flooding in Your Area

While the desert may be hot and dry for most of the year, homes in Phoenix can experience flood damage from storms and natural disasters on rare occasions. Sometimes, these floods may result from a massive rainstorm and flash flood that can affect an entire neighborhood or community at once. In other cases, only a single unfortunate home may be the victim of a disaster. Many factors contribute to our community's relatively high risk of flood damage for how little rainfall it receives, ranging from the makeup of the desert itself to how we base our lives on that environment.

The most substantial contributing factor to the prevalence of flood damage in Phoenix and surrounding communities is the nature of the soil. Most of the Sonoran Desert naturally contains a soil composition that is high in clay and has a low tolerance for water. While other environments may be able to soak up inches of rainfall at a time, the soil here quickly becomes saturated with water, leaving additional rainfall with nowhere to go but washes and streams. While natural features are usually competent at containing the runoff water, sometimes these may overflow or fail, allowing entire streams to barrel toward unsuspecting homes and communities.

Homes in Phoenix are rarely prepared for such a disaster because of how uncommon it is here. Most homes are built on level ground and not elevated above the street or nearby washes. When floods come, flowing over flat land and avoiding high ground, many unfortunate homes are caught in the path.

Most of the city is built on relatively flat terrain, doing little to stop advancing floodwaters. Neighborhoods without regular drainage outlets are especially susceptible to flash flooding and damage from heavy rainstorms. If you are concerned that a flash flood may be coming to your home, get valuable items and your family to high ground and call up SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of East Phoenix is ready in every major storm to help Valley residents recover from floods and other disasters that may befall their homes. Call us 24/7 at (602) 507-6163.
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What SERVPRO Handles for Mold Damage in Phoenix Carpets

3/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What SERVPRO Handles for Mold Damage in Phoenix Carpets Finding mold in your carpet can cause much alarm. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and restore the damaged items.

Mold Damage Happens in Many Stages Before Turning into a Full Infestation

Carpets consistently rank as one of the most common materials and places for a home in Phoenix to get mold damage, and for a good reason. Mold takes well to the twisting fibers, organic makeup, and trapped nutrients found in ample supply even in brand-new carpeting. With just the slightest bit of added water, a colony can begin to grow and rapidly expand across the floor.
When SERVPRO technicians deal with mold in carpets, replacement is standard, as many cases may grow to irreversible stages before you ever get a chance to call us. However, there are some things we can do.

Rapid Drying
If you manage to spot the mold damage in your Phoenix home early on in its development, we may be able to stop any further problems by responding quickly and eliminating any water sources feeding the fungus. All varieties of mold require water to grow and thrive, and we can effectively stymie their spread by removing all excess moisture from the area. Depending on the circumstances, we may opt for fast, quick-drying industrial solutions for more significant water problems, or more reserved and less risky dehumidifiers and other tools that make a less drastic impact.

Limited Cleaning Solutions
Depending on the type of mold and carpeting involved, we may be able to apply any of several cleaning measures to the material in an attempt to sanitize the area and eliminate visible signs of growth. However, these treatments are typically only used when mold presence is minimal, and the materials are minimally contaminated.

Selective Replacement
If the infestation is reserved for only a small portion of the room's carpeting, we may be able to remove and replace that section alone without upending any other part of the room. We take care to match color, material, and style with an extensive catalog of materials to make the replacement patch appear seamless.

SERVPRO of East Phoenix handles all mold damage calls with care, professionalism, and quality customer service. Call us 24/7 at (602) 507-6163.
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Finding Your Bearings After a Devastating Fire to Your Phoenix Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Finding Your Bearings After a Devastating Fire to Your Phoenix Home When firefighters extinguish flames, water damage can be left behind.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Home after a Fire

Fire is never something easy to come back from, especially when it is widespread and affects multiple areas of your Phoenix home. When you are staring down the excessive damage to your house and find yourself overwhelmed with the thought of how to set things right again, this is where professional restoration services can come to your aid.

Fire damage to your Phoenix home can show itself in a multitude of ways, and they affect each homeowner differently. Communication becomes an intricate part of the restoration process after a fire because our SERVPRO professionals want to begin with the issues and effects that are the most problematic for living comfortably in your home and moving forward.

From the moment that we arrive at your home, our restoration specialists get to work on assessing which of the effects from the recent fire pose the most significant threats to a safe living and combine that with your list of priorities. Before any work can begin, holes and exterior damage to your home must get remedied. This process typically gets accomplished with the use of tarps and heavy boards over damage to roofs, walls, windows, and doorways. This preventative measure prevents further damage from the elements from exposed and vulnerable areas of your house.

With extinguishing, water damage often results from the high volumes of hydrant water that gets used to quell the flames. Extraction of this water keeps further structural damage from occurring and gives a clear starting point for our restoration team. Once the water has gotten successfully dried utilizing air movers and dehumidification equipment, we can set our sights on the effects of the fire itself.

Working to restore the damage to your home combines all the facets of restoration certification and training that our SERVPRO professionals undergo. From deodorization using our fog equipment to cleaning affected surfaces and contents using our scrubbing tools, no stone gets left unturned in the process.

There is no easy way to deal with fire damage to your home, but with the right restoration team at your disposal, you never have to go about it alone. You can always reach out to SERVPRO of East Phoenix. Our experienced professionals are available anytime you need us at (602) 507-6163.

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Water Damage From A Bathroom Leak In Your Phoenix Home

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage From A Bathroom Leak In Your Phoenix Home When water begins leaking from your bathtub or shower in your Phoenix home, it can create damage to the ceiling in the room underneath and to framing.

Water Damage From A Bathroom Leak

When water begins leaking from your bathtub or shower in your Phoenix home, it can create damage to the ceiling in the room underneath and to framing, even if you do not see any signs of it in the bathroom itself. These damaging leaks can come from fixture drains or the water supply plumbing inside the wall. Faucets and plumbing valves also leak, and can easily go unnoticed for long periods of time.

When you have a water damage situation like this in your Phoenix home, it has to be addressed right away to prevent even more damage from occurring. It is best to use the help of professionals such as our crew at SERVPRO to help you with the cleanup and repairs, as we are thoroughly trained and have the right equipment to take care of the job.

Once we have removed any excess water, we need to begin drying the structure immediately. Warm, dehumidified air is blown into any cavities where water seeped in to expedite the drying process and guard against the growth of mold.

Moisture content is checked on a daily basis with moisture meters, including penetrating and non-penetrating types. Hygrometers to measure the moisture in the air and hydro sensors to give the moisture content of porous materials like carpeting are used as well, plus snake cameras so SERVPRO staff have a visual moisture confirmation in any confined areas like under cabinets and wall cavities.

Other areas of the structure which were affected are set up with air movers and dehumidifiers. We also contain the area to minimize the volume of air being dried and expediting the drying process. These machines are monitored daily to ensure proper and fast drying of your home and are also moved around the room as needed. All affected areas are also cleaned and sanitized when drying is complete.

SERVPRO of East Phoenix understands that during a water disaster like this, it can be stressful to see your home in Arcadia, Tempe, or Biltmore in such a state. We work quickly, but efficiently, to get your home back to its usual condition when you call us at (602) 507-6163.

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How do Professionals Combat Odors After Commercial Water Damage to Your Phoenix Business?

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How do Professionals Combat Odors After Commercial Water Damage to Your Phoenix Business? Patrons don't want to smell musty air when they come to unwind with a few drinks. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Use Multiple Methods to Eliminate Smells After a Water Damage Event

One of the most significant challenges after an occurrence of water damage to your commercial property is getting rid of the damp and musty odor. It is especially important if you own a bar, a restaurant or a clothing store.

Thankfully, professional restoration experts can eliminate such odors from your property after an occurrence of commercial water damage in Phoenix. Here at SERVPRO, we use a multi-approach method to combat odors after any water damage. A variety of deodorants and odor combating techniques can eliminate the odors in no time. Here are a few methods that work the best.

Multiple method approaches
Odors often come from different sources after a water damage incident. It can be challenging to find all the sources and determine a specific method to combat them individually. However, it can be easy to use multiple methods that use various deodorants to get a better result.

Our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians use a combination of various types of deodorants that can combat most common smells after a commercial water damage event.

Various types of deodorants
Only one type of a deodorizing agent is not enough to combat smells from various sources. Different odors, both real and imaginary, need different deodorants.

Masking agents in time release beads are often used to cover up bad odors with a pleasant-smelling chemical. Professionals use these agents to combat both real and imaginary odors as well.

Pairing agents, on the other hand, combined with the odor-causing particles in the air and neutralize them. Once these agents combine with the particles in the air, they cause them to fall to the ground, which can be cleaned later on. These agents are often used in Ultra Low Volume foggers and wet foggers.

Electrically generated deodorizing agents such as Ozone gas are used after a move-out. The Ozone is a reactive molecule that can combine with the odor-causing particle and neutralize it. The technicians use this method if the odors have penetrated deeply in the surfaces.

A perfect combination of all these techniques and agents is essential to eliminate the odors from your commercial property after water damage.

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Flood Damage Experts Of Phoenix

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Experts Of Phoenix In a severe storm situation, flooding can occur, and water can seep from the outside indoors.

Flood Damage Experts

It does not happen every day, but every once in awhile severe weather quickly arrives in your neighborhood with little notice. Violent storms bring with them dangerous wind and rain combinations that can cause a considerable amount of damage to your Phoenix home. Excessive amounts of rain and high-speed winds can cause damage on their own, but when combined, watch out!

In a severe storm situation, flooding can occur, and water can seep from the outside indoors. If water starts to fill up the inside of your home, it is a good idea to call up SERVPRO's flood damage crew in Phoenix. Rainwater seeping into your home can cause much more damage to your house than you realize.

Water itself can ruin building materials and contents inside your residence. In the case of rainwater, the contamination level of the water coming into your home is a serious issue. In most cases, rainwater entering the home is considered a category two or "grey" water damage. In flooding scenarios, water comes in from the outside forcing our team to use different procedures than if the water came from a fresh source.

For example, say a flood caused your storage room to fill up with water. The water only got onto the carpet and made some boxes you had stored wet. If the water came from a fresh source or was "white," then saving the carpet and contents is a possibility using drying and extraction. However, with rainwater or "grey" water any porous materials that are wet get discarded.

In this scenario, our IICRC certified SERVPRO crew shows up at your house and extracts all of the water they can. The carpet and any of the cloth contents get recorded as a loss. The floorboard, walls and other non-porous surfaces get dried, then treated and sealed. Some of the contents are salvageable with cleaning and drying, but other contents get accounted for and tossed.

Any time a water damage scenario involves grey water, mitigating the problem with proper procedures is vital so that offensive odors do not remain inside your resident's building materials. When a flood attacks your humble abode, call SERVPRO of East Phoenix at (602) 507-6163 for 24/7 assistance.

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