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Current Commercial Building Fire Code - Is Yours Up to Date?

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Current Commercial Building Fire Code - Is Yours Up to Date? Phoenix Commercial Property Fire

60 to 80 percent of businesses that experience a structural fire never recover from fire damage that the commercial building is left with. So it’s imperative that you keep up to date with the latest community fire code, not only to protect from such disasters, but to avoid being fined as well.

The City of Phoenix updates the fire code annually and is currently reviewing the 2018 International Fire code for 2019. Unfortunately, many commercial property owners do not update their fire disaster prevention methods when these updates are made.

Some of the more common code violations following the latest updates are:

  • Failure to install sprinklers in buildings that now require them.
  • Fire exits are not maintained up to code standards
  • Failure to install fire alarms where they are now required
  • Appropriate signage is not updated
  • Fire prevention equipment has not been updated to support structural changes to the building (fire department hook-ups, sprinklers, alarms, and extinguishers).

These relatively simple things should be taken more seriously when it comes to protecting your investment from a tragic fire. Did you know that you can call your local fire department and request to have a voluntary inspection?  A firefighter will come out and designate fire hazards in your building prior to the official inspector who could violate these hazards leaving you with costly fees.

So, if your commercial property experiences a fire despite code compliance, SERVPRO of East Phoenix immediately responds 24/7/365 with mitigation, restoration and reconstruction services "Like it never even happened."

Does Black Mold Have to be Removed Professionally?

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Phoenix home owners and home buyers bewareblack mold is toxic and it does require being removed professionally. In fact black mold is normally referred to as toxic black mold, simply because it is extremely toxic to humans.

With the Phoenix monsoon season approaching, Stachybotrys chartarum, a type of toxic black mold, should be something you know about. The toxicity is due to the mycotoxins that Stachybotrys chartarum produces. The micotoxins are microscopic, so if you are not a mold remediation professional, the toxic black mold is very hard to completely eradicate in addition to being dangerous to your health. You'll want a fast response when it comes to toxic black mold remediation

Hire a Professional for Toxic Black Mold Removal

The mycotoxins can take many years for the human body to break down. In fact, they are known to have been found in the human body for up to 9 years after the initial exposure. Getting a professional mold remediation service provider in Phoenix if you think you have toxic black mold in your home is probably a good idea.

Toxic black mold mycotoxins can cause some very undesirable symptoms and health issues to those who breathe the air around it. Common health issues associated with toxic black mold include respiratory problems, fatigue, mental impairment, immune system suppression, skin inflammation and damage to the body’s internal organs.

A Professional Mold Remover Is Protected

What does toxic black mold look like? Well, it’s a gelatinous greenish-black substance with a very slimy texture. However, it can be dry and powdery too, should the water source be cut off from the toxic black mold's colony.

So the answer is pretty clear. Yes, if you find black mold in your home or a home you are looking to buy in Phoenix, get a professional mold inspector to address the issue effectively and promptly, like SERVPRO of East Phoenix and our certified techs who are available 24/7, with prompt response time. We will make it like it never even happened.

Author Chris Butas
SERVPRO of East Phoenix Project Manager

Chris Butas has been with SERVPRO of East Phoenix for more than 15 years as a Senior Estimator and Commercial Project Manager and is an industry authority on mold,  including toxic black mold. Chris is IICRC certified as a WRT in water damage restoration and has provided many mold remediation services leaving him with years of experience and undeniable skill.

Prevent Flood Water Damage by Fixing the Toilet

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

When you hear that constant, running noise coming from your toilet, be warned and fix it as soon as you can, or you will eventually be risking expensive water damage caused by a flooding toilet.

Typically, that annoying sound is the result of something simple, like a small part that just isn't functioning properly, so it's very helpful to have some understanding of how a toilet tank works, so if needed, you can fix it yourself, therefore avoiding any flooding of your home.

A flooded bathroom can be unnecessarily pricey. The techs at SERVPRO of East Phoenix see it all to much, a leaky toilet running up the water bill while wasting too much water. With a septic system and a leaky toilet, there is a good chance that an overflowing toilet was the cause of the water leak and a steady flow of water will flood the septic tank while causing the drain to fail leading to a high priced repair bill. So, SERVPRO of East Phoenix has some tips on preventing water damage caused by a malfunctioning toilet tank.

No Water Damage When You Adjust the Toilet Fill Valve

Adjustments to the fill valve are needed if the toilet stops flushing due to not having enough water in the tank. Sometimes the valve is set too high and the water won't shut off leaving you with more than a flooded bathroom. Use a flat-head screwdriver to turn the screw on the top of the fill valve clockwise so that the float raises to increase the amount of water needed for the valve to shut off. Or turn the screw counterclockwise to lower the arm, decreasing the amount of water needed to shut off the valve.

Old Toilet Flapper Causing Bathroom Flood?

Replacing a leaky toilet flapper is generally an easy project. If a flapper is over 5 years old, it's time to change it in order to avoid the cost and havoc with an flapper that's all warped from age. If the flapper less than 5 years old, look around the rubber surface for slime or debris and wipe it clean with wash-rag. Trim any excess chain if it is inhibiting the proper way the flapper is supposed to sit. The trained professionals here at SERVPRO of East Phoenix urge you NOT use chlorine tablets in your tank as this will warp the flapper in no time.

Malfunctioning Flush Valve Leads to Water Damage

Over time, the flush valve will become corroded and warped causing water to slowly leak into the bowl which in turn causes the tank to refill. There are all kinds of tutorial online on how to replace a warped toilet flush valve, but be sure to first turn off the water supply to the toilet by turning the valve next to the base of the toilet while holding the toilet handle down so that the tank drains of all water.

Our IICRC Certified Professionals Are Prepared To Handle Your Phoenix Flood Damage

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our IICRC Certified Professionals Are Prepared To Handle Your Phoenix Flood Damage Flash floods can dump high volumes of water into basements. We have the equipment to remove the contaminated black stormwater.

Flooding from Monsoon Season in the Greater Phoenix Area

The monsoon season through Phoenix provides much of the minimal rainfall that the area receives on an annual basis, though this short period in the year can also bring about violent storms that can compromise the structural integrity of many homes throughout the region. Once trees have fallen into roofs or through windows, or Spanish tile or shingles have gotten removed with high winds, vulnerabilities exist for runoff and monsoon rainfall to exploit.

As a team that has been proudly serving the Phoenix area for many years, we have considerable experience with flood damage relief that can result during certain points of the year. We have a team of professionals that stays ready to handle these emergencies and even the combined efforts of multiple brands and their IICRC-certified technicians and collective equipment that can help us to address large loss incidents that occur in the area with some of the larger square footage properties that exist throughout the city.

We have multiple contractors licensed through the state of Arizona that can respond alongside our rapid response team in the event of an emergency. These experienced professionals can work to provide temporary repairs for roofing and exposed areas like broken windows to prevent floodwater and direct rainfall from penetrating unabated. With these temporary repairs in place, our SERVPRO technicians can get to work on the necessary mitigation that can keep costs lower for our customers and reduce restoration time.

We understand that often the damage has already occurred to the inside of a home by the time that our contractors have addressed the vulnerabilities to the construction. We can work quickly to address the standing water or the saturation of exposed elements to prevent the need for demolition and reconstruction when possible.

Throughout monsoon season in Arizona, many homeowners have to prepare for the unpredictability of potentially violent storms that can leave their property facing flood damages. Our SERVPRO of East Phoenix team can respond quickly to help with emergency repairs and effective mitigation solutions. Give our team a call anytime at (602) 507-6163.

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How SERVPRO Uses Restorative Cleaning to Remediate Fire Damage in Phoenix

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Uses Restorative Cleaning to Remediate Fire Damage in Phoenix SERVPRO has what it takes to restore your fire damaged home.

Crucial Steps During Fire Cleanup in Phoenix that Lead to a Positive Outcome

Cleaning up property after a fire incident is essential to remove debris and other wastes left by the fire. A home is no longer a comfortable place with such debris spread all over its confines. Restorative cleaning, on the other hand, provides a cheaper fix compared to replacement. There is a need to take several steps for a proper cleaning exercise in Phoenix.  

Flames and heat scorch many items leaving a considerable amount of debris to deal with during fire cleanup in Phoenix. Collecting and removing the items from the property is not difficult. However, some items might only be covered in soot and not physically damaged, so it is necessary to sort them to avoid throwing out salvageable items. Our SERVPRO technicians sort the affected contents into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items. We dispose of unsalvageable items then clean up the questionable and salvageable ones.  

Smoke residues accumulate on various surfaces. Sometimes they also penetrate beyond the surface because the heat from the fire opens up pores allowing convection currents to drive them further. Capturing and removing such residues requires different actions including agitation, chemical action and in some cases temperature to speed up the process. Our SERVPRO technicians use dry cleaning methods such as wiping with a sponge or vacuuming the affected areas. We also use wet cleaning approaches that utilize professional cleaning agents and equipment such as pressure washers.  

It is common for bad odors to linger after cleaning up fire-damaged properties. In some cases, it is possible to remove the smell by ventilating the property. However, most cases require elaborate deodorization efforts. Our SERVPRO technicians combine multiple approaches to deal with all malodors. We can spray chemical deodorizers directly on odor causing materials to prevent odor molecules from escaping into the air. Fogging the affected property helps release deodorizers in tiny particles, which penetrate materials just like the malodors and then neutralize them by changing their chemical composition. We also use special deodorization equipment such as Ozone and Hydroxyl generators.  

To make your property habitable again after fire damage, call SERVPRO of East Phoenix to help you clean it up. You can reach us at (602) 507-6163 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Professionals Restore Phoenix Homes After Water Damage

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How SERVPRO Professionals Restore Phoenix Homes After Water Damage Don't try and fix things yourself this can lead to more damages in your home. Our certified technicians are available 24/7 to help you.

SERVPRO - Water Damage Restoration For Phoenix Neighborhoods

Phoenix homeowners rarely consider water a disaster. Lack of water and the sun turning their home to ash in the summer, yes, but never have so much water that it damages their home.

Phoenix homes are as vulnerable to faulty plumbing so water damage does happen. When it does, SERVPRO response teams can return them to a dry, clean condition, ready for occupation once more.

After removing any standing water, our team members look more closely at floors and walls. Most plumbing problems do not put a large amount of water across the home, but if it happens over a weekend or longer period when no one is present, wood floors and other materials can absorb enough to cause them to warp, crack, and crumble after water damage.

A wood floor can be a beautiful aspect of any home interior, but it can be at risk. SERVPRO technicians use a moisture meter to see if there is too much water and if there is, takes steps to remove it. They lift boards to use a hose and vacuum to draw out any water trapped in the sub-floor. After that, they dry any affected floorboards with two devices, a dehumidifier, and an air mover.

With the dehumidifier, they carefully draw moisture out of the surrounding air. Reducing the humidity level increases natural evaporation. Technicians can adjust the temperature and flow of the air mover to force out moisture from the wood without causing any splitting or cracking of the wood.

For walls, our team members often have to remove and replace drywall panels when they absorb too much water. It is an excellent building material, but panels can dissolve and crumble in place when they become soaked. If they did not absorb too much, our technicians direct the flow of an air mover across the panels to carefully dry them while still in place. If needed, technicians remove the floor trim and drill holes to allow for water drainage and then use a hose to direct the flow from an air mover behind the wall to dry out both the panels and the wall framing.

These first steps help SERVPRO of East Phoenix return every home to a safe, livable condition once more. If your water heater failed, or a pipe split recently, call us at (602) 507-6163 so we can do the same for you.

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Some Steps Towards Fire Damage Remediation Success in Phoenix

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Some Steps Towards Fire Damage Remediation Success in Phoenix Team SERVPRO can help homeowners with all aspects of fire damage remediation including the insurance claims. Call us today.

Fire Damage Insurance Claims for Your Phoenix Home

Fires can present many effects throughout your Phoenix home that are too challenging for homeowners to address on their own safely. With a rapid response from trained professionals like ours, we can offer effective mitigation solutions that can not only reduce the time restoration as a whole takes to complete but also reduces your out of pocket expenses. As a full-service company, we can offer effective mitigation, reconstruction, and restoration, ensuring that all phases of fire recovery happen immediately following the last through the completion of the project.

One of the most challenging aspects of fire damage restoration in Phoenix for many homeowners is the red tape of getting a damage claim approved through their insurance provider. Our SERVPRO team can also help in this regard, as we are preferred restoration specialists for many of the insurance companies throughout our area, and have worked closely with all local and major insurance companies to help our customers get the restoration and mitigation work their properties require.

It is often recommended to reach out to our SERVPRO professionals even before you speak to your insurance provider about filing a damage claim. Our estimator and IICRC-certified restoration technicians can arrive quickly, 24-hours a day, to begin a thorough inspection and assessment of your damaged property. By cataloging both damages and loss, as well as taking photographs as evidence of the present damage, our team can provide your insurance company with the documentation required to approve a damage claim you file.

In addition to helping the claim to get more quickly approved, we can begin mitigation work in your home immediately with our initial arrival. This approach ensures that you and your property do not wait for the effective mitigation that can protect contents and unaffected areas of your home that could become damaged in the time after extinguishment.

Many steps are necessary to restore your home after a fire, but with the right help from qualified professionals like our SERVPRO of East Phoenix team, things can happen much more quickly. If you want to make fire damages “Like it never even happened.” give our rapid response team a call 24/7 at (602) 507-6163.

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Utilize the Fire Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Phoenix Area Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Utilize the Fire Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Phoenix Area Home Phoenix Fire, Smoke, and Odor Restoration Are Cornerstones of SERVPRO Services

Contact SERVPRO for Fast and Dependable Fire & Smoke Restoration Services

Fire can leave behind a significant amount of smoke and residue damage, some of which appears as though it may be beyond repair. However, it might help to know that with the right equipment and training, a professional restoration technician can remove damage from a majority of the contents in your Phoenix home, preventing loss and efficiently returning things to normal after an accident occurs.

If you live in the Phoenix area and find yourself suffering from fire damage on your property, we can help. Our FST technicians specialize in the restoration of your property and belongings after a fire, making it easier for you to get the help you deserve as quickly as possible. We also work with your insurance company and assist you with filling out required paperwork for your claim, relieving stress involved in incidents such as these while providing you with caring professionals who are on your side. 

Whether you have a small fire in your kitchen or a significant structural fire, SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians can perform a variety of services that help get things under control fast. Our services go above and beyond, we pay close attention to personal belongings and perform any necessary repairs to complete the job as quickly and efficiently as possible. We can also provide a pack-out service to store and clean your possessions off-site.

With qualified professionals in every field, SERVPRO provides you with a full-service solution to fire damage on your property. We use cleaning and restoration methods designed to remove smoke and soot residues before they have a chance to cause further damage to surfaces found in your home. Your walls, floors, ceiling, furniture, cabinets, and other contents all receive the proper attention needed to return them to a quality pre-damage condition. "Like it never even happened."

Your local SERVPRO has an entire Green Fleet, fully stocked, ready to deploy at a moments notice, making our 24/7 emergency service, Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our technicians take pride in providing each member of our local community with the assistance needed to recover quickly, helping you make informed decisions that reduce your stress while saving you money and disruptions.

SERVPRO of East Phoenix has qualified professionals standing by to assist anytime, day or night. Call our offices, today. (602) 507-6163

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Access To Mold Damage Mitigation Services That Help You Maintain Your Phoenix Area Home Properly

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Access To Mold Damage Mitigation Services That Help You Maintain Your Phoenix Area Home Properly  Phoenix Homes with Mold Damage Call on SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Can Reduce Treatment Time and Costs with Fast Mold Remediation

After discovering mold on your Phoenix area property, you might wonder if calling a professional remediation company is necessary, or if everyone is over-reacting. Well, considering that some species of mold can cause health effects, we tend to lean more towards dealing with the problem quickly, rather than leaving anything to chance. 

Mold damage can make your Phoenix-area property look more like a war zone than a happy home and the longer you wait to address the situation, the longer the remediation process can take. Under some circumstances, you may even find yourself looking for temporary housing, which would leave anyone annoyed, depressed, and concerned.

Unfortunately, the dangers are real. Even though mold is a naturally occurring fungus, used by our environment to recycle a variety of materials back into our ecosystem, larger concentrations may cause harm. Mold only needs water, air, and a food source to begin a growth cycle in your home, making it somewhat easy for this problem to exist.

Since oxygen is everywhere and your home is made up of several organic materials, it only takes a small water leak, spill, or accident to get things started. SERVPRO technicians help you understand how to make your home healthier, by improving ventilation and controlling the relative humidity found in your home. Your indoor humidity level should remain below 50% at all times, even when you are on vacation or away for extended periods.

You can avoid spending considerable amounts of money having your home tested for mold. The species of mold that exists in your home is not relevant regarding remediation. It is better to have your home inspected by a qualified professional, like SERVPRO’s IICRC certified mold remediation technicians, who have the personnel, equipment, and experience to show you where mold starts and help you learn how to react if or when you find it. 

SERVPRO mold remediation services help you control your indoor living environment and prevent mold growth from returning. If you contact us at the earliest signs of mold growth in your home, you can ensure minimal disruption to your daily life.

Contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix for help getting mold damage in your home under control, today. (602) 507-6163 

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Water Removal in Phoenix Preserves and Protects You and Your Property

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Water Removal in Phoenix Preserves and Protects You and Your Property  SERVPRO Removes and Cleans Carpets in Phoenix After Water Leaks

Call on SERVPRO for Extraction and Cleanup After Problems in Your Phoenix Home

Whether it is a residential or commercial property, water damage can be very frustrating, and you need to remove it promptly. Ensuring your residence is completely dry when you are not working with a company like SERVPRO can be challenging.

Phoenix has encountered a lot of water removal problems in the recent past. These issues often disrupt your daily operations and the comfortable feeling of your premises. You may have tried to contain this problem on your own and quickly found out how frustrating that can be. The secret lies in using the right equipment which you probably do not have stored in your garage.
 
At SERVPRO, we use a lot of air moving equipment because of their effectiveness. Let us take the example of water removal from your carpet, any other method can take a lot of time and may not produce good results. The air movement equipment, however, increases evaporation primarily by creating airflow on the surface level, forcing the moisture into the air and capturing it with dehumidifiers. This process is not only safe and reliable, but also pretty fast. 
 
Apart from the type of equipment we use, the chemical products at SERVPRO are safe and environmentally friendly. Some of the chemicals you use at home are also not active enough to kill all the different varieties of bacteria and fungi. You need professional service to ensure your premise is cleared of any impurities and does not affect your health.

One of the primary reasons why water removal is a nightmare to many is the lack of a reliable extraction equipment. Naturally, the first step to cleaning is removing water from your floors. Extractors from SERVPRO included wet-vacs, portable pumps and truck-mounted equipment for large volume extraction. The portable extractor is excellent for accessing areas that are hard to reach. 
 
SERVPRO of East Phoenix is your best solution as far as water removal is concerned. With our qualified staff, you are guaranteed excellence services at the best possible price. Call us today at (602) 507-6163 and let us take care of your water removal needs.

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