Is Your Commercial Building Prepared for Any Kind of Emergency
If you own an office building, fire safety and overall preparedness should be a priority for you, regardless of the size of the building. Being prepared with the right equipment and a well-thought-out emergency plan can save money and possibly even lives in the event of a fire or other emergency. Take a moment to see if your office building is prepared by considering the information below.
Have fire extinguishers at the ready
When trying to avoid potential fires at work, make sure that the building has the appropriate amount of fire extinguishers to sufficiently cover the entire building. Extinguishers need to be tested on a regular basis to make sure they always work correctly. This also applies to all fire suppression systems like an automatic sprinkler system. Your local fire department can assist you in testing and will happily provide recommendations on what would work best for your office building. Be sure all of the building’s extinguishers are clearly accessible throughout the building should an emergency occur. Taking additional time to find an extinguisher during an emergency can result in further damage or worse.
Check your smoke and fire alarms on a regular basis
Smoke and fire alarms are essential to fire protection and damage control for commercial buildings of any kind. Installing them is great, but they need to be inspected often to maintain functionality; otherwise, you may find them non-functional when you need them most. There are many options for smoke and fire alarms, from hard-wired to wireless. Once you have a smoke and fire alarm system in place, make sure there is an action plan should the alarm sound off and occupants know what to do to stay safe and exit the building if necessary. Be sure to have an exit map clearly posted throughout the building so people know how to exit the building safely.
Practice ongoing safety training
An often overlooked but important aspect of safety preparedness is safety training for both homeowners and business owners. Including a fire safety training course in your workplace will empower building occupants to know exactly what they do should an emergency of any kind occurs, from fire to flooding to a gas leak, etc. It’s a good idea to contact your local fire department for information on available safety courses that you can use in your place of business.
Have emergency exit lighting to provide additional safety
Emergency exit signs that light up should be installed throughout the property to direct people to safety during a fire alarm or other emergency in the office building. Make sure that the emergency exit is clear of anything that could get in the way as people try to exit the building. Having appropriate lighting is also especially useful when remediation specialists arrive to clean up after the disaster.
Have an established evacuation plan
It’s imperative to schedule your commercial building to be inspected for any potential fire code issues or other issues that could hinder overall preparedness. The fire department will do it for free. Have regular fire drills and educate employees so that they are familiar with how to work the fire equipment, how to detect a gas leak, etc. You may also want to invest in an emergency readiness plan to make sure your building is prepared for any issue that may come along. SERVPRO’s ERP is an effective way to plan for any emergency for your office building.
It’s important to ensure that your office building is prepared for any emergency at any time. Reach out to the disaster recovery pros at SERVPRO of East Phoenix to learn how we can help. Contact us at 602-507-6163 to get more information today.
Plan Ahead to Protect Your Home from Next Year’s Monsoons
With monsoon season behind us, it’s easy to relax and not think about damaging storms until next year when they roll around again. However, the best way to keep your home protected from damaging storms is to plan ahead and protect your home now. Here’s how.
Secure your trees and trim where needed
One of the most common hazards that occurs during a monsoon storm is the uprooting of trees as well as heavy branches being ripped off and crashing into homes and cars. These trees and branches can cause considerable damage to your home or your neighbor’s home. If you’re just planting new trees, be sure that all your smaller or newly-planted trees are double-staked down loosely enough to give enough room for the tree to bend with the gusty winds, but secure enough to prevent them from being ripped out of the ground or broken off by the powerful winds. You should also trim the more mature trees to eliminate the branches that are thinner so that the limbs will have less weight. See exposed tree roots? Add additional soil and rock cover to keep roots from becoming saturated next storm season and uprooting the whole tree.
Make sure your windows and doors are well-sealed
Before the next storm hits, go through the home, and inspect all the windows and doors for any spaces or gaps where water and dirt can get in through. If you see any space within the frames where the seal is, it’s time to replace that weather stripping. Be meticulous as even the smallest amount of water will come in and cause mold which can spread around and will require professional mold remediation and removal. This simple and relatively inexpensive step can save you from awfully expensive repairs so be prepared and do it before the next storm rolls in.
Inspect your roof
After an especially active monsoon season, several roofs are in need of some attention. It’s a good idea to get up on your roof and look for any loose shingles or tiles before the next storm comes around. This should be done regularly throughout the monsoon season but equally important is doing it after the season to get any needed repairs done. Displaced shingles and tiles leave your roof vulnerable to storm elements that could cause even more damages. Undetected damage can cause serious issues even if a small rain shower hits next so get up there and check out your roof or find a professional to do it for you.
Fix those drainage issues now
If you’ve noticed issues with the drainage patterns which cause all the water to collect into pools, it’s time to get those fixed. Get those issues professionally addressed before the storms come again next season. Drainage patterns only worsen over time and can lead to flooding of your property or your home.
While monsoon season has passed for the year, making these quick inspections and easy fixes can save you from potential damage the next time a large storm rolls in. If your home suffered from damage from a recent storm, contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix. We’ll come to your home and address the issue immediately, and work with you to ensure your home is protected from additional storm damage in the future. Call us at 602-507-6163 and get the help you need.
You Have Mold in Your House: Now What?
It’s been a wet monsoon season and although the season is now officially over, rain is still in the forecast, which brings an elevated level of moisture to the air. Mold loves moisture and it is more likely to grow in damp conditions. Since mold spores exist everywhere (even in the cleanest of homes!), it’s not too difficult for mold to grow and quickly become an issue. If you find mold damage in your home, it’s best to contact a professional like SERVPRO of East Phoenix to handle it. However, many people choose to ignore the issue and let it progress or try to deal with it on their own. If you find mold in your home, learn what to do and what to avoid. You’ll save time, money, and headaches by approaching mold issues correctly.
Mold Doesn’t Disappear on Its Own
One of the most important reasons to call a professional mold remediation service for mold damage to your home is that the mold problem cannot be solved without intervention; it won’t simply disappear on its own! The impacted area must be dried, cleaned, sanitized, and possibly repainted or rebuilt if the mold infestation is significant. If this isn’t done, mold spores can continue to grow and spread to other parts of the home, oftentimes completely undetected as it grows behind walls and other dark, out of the way places in your home. Such undetected growth can lead to real damage to your home. The best time to call SERVPRO of East Phoenix is when the damage is relatively new to keep damage and expense at a minimum. Mold doesn’t go away on its own and needs to be addressed quickly. Call in the pros!
Cleaning Mold Up Yourself Can Make the Issue Worse
Trying to eradicate mold damage on your own can be detrimental to the home. Even if you remove all visual signs of mold growth in your home, it is almost impossible to eliminate airborne mold spores and hidden pockets of growth without advanced tools and cleaning products. SERVPRO uses advanced moisture detection tools to identify patches of mold behind walls and surfaces and air scrubbers to filter as many spores out of the environment as possible. When homeowners try to tackle mold growth on their own through extensive cleaning, they’re likely only going to eliminate the mold growth they see, leaving undetected mold spores behind to continue to grow, often unnoticed until the damage is substantial. What you don’t see is just as damage as what you do see.
Moldy Smells Need to Be Correctly Addressed
Long after a mold colony is removed, the strong, musty odors it may have caused can remain in a home if not correctly addressed. These odors can take years to leave your home on their own and can grow unpleasant over time. SERVPRO technicians use industrial-strength chemical fogging machines to neutralize odor molecules, even if they are embedded deep within the walls and floors of your home. Finding and eliminating mold is only part of the problem if your home experiences mold. Odor removal is an important step that shouldn’t be overlooked. SERVPRO of East Phoenix can help.
SERVPRO of East Phoenix specializes in mold damage remediation services. For our expert help with mold growth and odors in your home, give us a call at (602) 507-6163. We’re available 24/7 to help you with your mold issues and get your home back to normal.
Staying Safe After Water Damage in Your Home
There are several things that can go wrong in your home, causing significant water damage. Whether a burst pipe has struck your home, you let the bathtub overflow, or an appliance has malfunctioned, sometimes you may be in need of water removal services as quickly as possible. While water damage is distressing, the most important thing is to protect yourself and your home. Here’s how to stay safe after your home experiences water damage.
When water damage happens
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. Your home may even become filled with ankle-deep water causing a dangerous situation for you and your belongings. It’s critical to act fast when you experience water damage of any kind. Allowing the water to sit while you try to clean it up yourself puts you at risk of falling and your possessions at risk of further damage. It’s important to call professionals in to stop the water damage and extract the water quickly and thoroughly.
Call SERVPRO water remediation specialists
When you contact SERVPRO, the first thing we’ll do is suggest that you stop the source of water while we send our skilled technicians to start water removal in your Phoenix home. If you have a broken pipe, stopping the burst pipe from gushing water everywhere is a critical step. If water is still flowing, it’s important to get that under control if you can. Likely we’ll recommend turning the water off at the main if you’re unable to address the portion of the pipe burst. It’s a temporary shut-off until help arrives. If you’re unable to do so, our techs can help when we arrive.
When help arrives
After our IICRC certified technicians stop the flow of water or if you were able to do it prior to our arrival, 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.
Work with water remediation professionals for water damage
If you experience water damage to your property and need professional water removal services, call SERVPRO of East Phoenix at (602) 507-6163. We’re ready to respond 24/7 and will act quickly to arrive at your property as soon as possible to begin remediation.
Addressing Mold Growth in Your Attic
With wet monsoon months in Phoenix, having a leak in your roof can cause problems; sometimes undetected until the damage is substantial. If there is a leak in your roof, water can get into your attic and damage structural components. Attics tend to have higher relative humidity and air temperature (heat rises!) than most other areas of the house, creating an ideal environment for mold growth. Here’s how it happens and what to do.
Moisture in your attic
If enough unchecked moisture gets into your attic, mold can develop on the inside of the plywood that forms the roof. If you have mold damage inside your home's attic, the microbes can spread inside the air ducts, and spores can travel throughout the house. The challenge is that most homeowners aren’t regularly up in their attic to notice this is happening, which is why it’s a good idea to check your attic after substantial rains like those that occur during monsoon season.
What happens once dampness happens in your attic
Once mold gets noticed inside the attic, specific procedures can be taken to remediate the problem. To start, any air intakes that go into the main living area of the house are sealed as well as access doors to protect the home. Depending on the severity of mold growth, the contaminated wood inside the attic can be sanded down to get rid of mold growth on the surface. Air scrubbers get put inside the attic to pull particles out of the air during the sanding stage. When sanding the affected materials, our IICRC certified technicians always follow approved procedures and abide by all government rules and regulations. Our pros endeavor to keep dust to a minimum by extracting the impacted air in the work area and putting it through a HEPA filter. After sanding is complete, our technicians clean up any leftover debris or dust particles. The attic and surrounding impacted areas are then sprayed down with an anti-microbial chemical to prevent future growth. In severe cases, a sealant paint gets sprayed inside the attic to inhibit mold spores from developing in the future. Our techs are diligent about following a proven mold remediation process to get the job done.
Work with SERVPRO for mold remediation
If you suspect mold in your attic, it’s best to call in the professionals at SERVPRO of East Phoenix at (602) 507-6163. We are available 24/7 to assist you in addressing the source of the mold and working to clean up your attic to prevent any further damage.
A Small Kitchen Leak Can Lead to Big Problems If Not Addressed
Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be the two most common rooms in a hone when it comes to water damage from leaks or floods. While the first reaction may be to grab a mop and clean up the mess, the water damage you don’t see is what can cause the most damage. Here’s why you should contact a water remediation pro if you experience water damage in your kitchen.
What happens when water floods your kitchen
When your home's kitchen faucet, sink or drain leaks, water damage can develop behind it, running seeping into a cabinet's interior, down the back of the wall, or underneath it into the subfloor. This can lead to problems with microbes growing out of control, causing mold growth and potentially musty odors. Water never disappears on its own, and surface water is only the visible issue at hand. Even if something dries out after a spill, that water merely went into the air, only to reappear elsewhere in the form of condensation. Until then it stays suspended as increased humidity in the house, which may result in musty odors. All of these circumstances can lead to additional damage if not appropriately addressed by a professional.
How SERVPRO technicians address water damage
The technicians at SERVPRO can help you protect your home from all types of water damage before they become a reality. First addressing the source of the water damage, to stop further water from flooding the kitchen, technicians get to work assessing the damage, drying out the area, and inspecting the level of damage for restoration efforts. Solving the problem involving your kitchen flood, be that a broken pipe, broken refrigerator ice maker, leaky faucet or worse, prevents additional water from entering your home. Drying your home out prevents existing moisture from continuing to damage your home with mold and musty odors. Repairing any damage, which may include replacing drywall or flooring damaged by water, is the last step of our proven water restoration process. For each step of the process, SERVPRO utilizes a variety of equipment on hand to ensure the job is done correctly and completely to prevent further damage from occurring. Our trained technicians always keep homeowners informed every step of the way, so they know exactly what to expect.
Contact SERVPRO for water remediation help
SERVPRO of East Phoenix assists homeowners to deal with water damage whenever it affects their homes and causes property loss. Call us at (602) 507-6163 to reach our 24-hour customer service line.
Addressing Lingering Odors After Water Damage to Your Business
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 long after the water is gone. Regardless of the kind of business you have, your building is at risk during monsoons. Here’s how to address the lingering odors after the water is gone.
What causes odors once the water is removed?
When your business suffers water damage from torrential monsoon rains, the immediate need is to address the source of water, and then remove the water as quickly as possible. SERVPRO water remediation specialists know how to come in and assess the situation quickly, moving into action to get all the water out of a business and address any damage such as wet carpet, drywall or furniture. However, one this work is done, SERVPRO techs still have work to do, as lingering dampness may have caused odors that need to be addressed.
Odor removal specialists
Why do odors remain after the water is gone? Depending on how long the water sat, mold may have grown, causing a damp and musty smell. SERVPRO professional restoration experts can eliminate such odors from your property after an occurrence of commercial water damage. 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. We use a combination of various types of deodorants that can combat most common smells after a commercial water damage event.
Various deodorants address odors
Typically, one type of 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. A perfect combination of all these techniques and agents is essential to eliminate the odors from your commercial property after water damage.
Work with SERVPRO for all your water damage and odor removal needs
If your business suffers water damage that results in lingering odors, call SERVPRO of East Phoenix today at (602) 507-6163 to discuss your restoration needs with one of our professionals. We’re here 24/7 to help you get your business back to normal as quickly as possible.
Dealing with Mud and Debris in Your Flood Damaged Home
Monsoons can bring a significant amount of water surging through an area in a short period of time. While most homeowners equate flooding with water damage, flood damage from monsoons also bring the high risk of mud and debris damage to your home. Learn more about monsoon flood damage and what to do if it happens to you.
Monsoon damage risks
Many monsoon-related floods carry large amounts of dirt and mud with them wherever they go, creating a mess if these waters breach your home. Mud is often one of the most visible signs from Phoenix monsoons; it can crust floors, walls, furniture, and anything else in its reach. Dirt may also work its way into various nooks and crannies in the home, creating pockets of grime and sludge that require deep cleaning to eliminate. SERVPRO East Phoenix has all the tools and training necessary to deal with mud damage, providing monsoon flood victims with relief when they need it most. Work with a storm damage remediation specialist in a monsoon flood situation.
How SERVPRO deals with monsoons mud and debris
Mud and debris are our top priorities in addition to water removal whenever we respond to a monsoon flooding situation. Responding quickly is critical to remove mud and debris effectively since mud can harden and form crusty shells that are difficult to remove and can leave behind significant damage. If contacted immediately following monsoon flood damage, we have a better chance of arriving before the mud dries and hardens to the point of causing significant issues. If the mud and muck is damp enough, we may be able to remove most of it with washing and scrubbing procedures. To eliminate all signs of mud and dirt in the home, we usually need to employ more in-depth cleaning procedures. We are armed with an array of professional cleaning solutions, tools, and machines that bring industrial cleaning strength to homes and small businesses in the area. Whether the dirt is stuck between floorboards, trapped in tile grout, or soaked into wallpaper, we have treatments and techniques to restore and repair many surfaces and materials without entirely replacing them. For sensitive objects such as electronics and jewelry, we work with local experts to get your belongings the care they require without damaging them any further.
If you experience monsoon flood damage, work with SERVPRO
If your home experiences flood damage after a monsoon storm, contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix as quickly as possible so we can get to work removing the water as well as mud and debris from your home. We’re available 24/7 to assist you, so don’t hesitate to contact us at 602-507-6163.
Why Mold Growth is an Ongoing Homeowner Concern During Monsoons
There is an unmistakable odor that accompanies mold growth, and when a homeowner first detects a scent, chances are that mold growth has already taken hold. While many Arizona homeowners assume that mold issues only happen to homes in the Midwest and other more humid areas of the country, the fact is that mold growth can be an issue in the Phoenix area as well. Learn why mold growth is an ongoing homeowner concern during monsoons.
The presence of mold spores in your home
No matter how meticulous you keep your home, there is a surprising fact that most people don’t realize: mold spores are present everywhere, all the time, indoors and outdoors. It’s not a sign that a home isn’t clean; it’s simply of a fact of nature. The challenge is when excessive moisture or humidity is introduced into a home, as can happen during a flood, undetected leak, or monsoons, mold growth can occur. The key is to keep moisture at bay which can be difficult during monsoons.
How monsoons contribute to mold growth in homes
Monsoons are an unusual type of storm because of how much water gets distributed in such a short period of time. When monsoons dump a bunch of water, the ground surrounding the home may not be able to adequately absorb the water, which can cause seepage into walls if the grading of the home doesn’t appropriately divert water away from the house. Tiny unseen cracks in window casings and sills are another source of unseen water accumulation that can result in mold. Roofs take a real beating in the Phoenix summer heat, and unseen cracks, missing tiles and worn materials may allow water to seep unseen into attics and behind walls. All of these situations can result in mold growth during monsoons. If mold occurs, you’ll need mold remediation experts to address the situation.
What to do if you suspect mold in your home
As mentioned previously, that notorious musty odor is a dead giveaway of potential mold growth in your home, as are small spots on walls and ceilings. However, if you don’t see either of these but experienced even minimal water damage to your home during a monsoon, you may be at risk for mold growth. To ensure your home doesn’t have any undetected mold growth as a result of water damage, contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix. Available 24/7, our technicians can come out and thoroughly inspect your home, remove any water that may be present, can address any mold issues that they may find. Leave mold growth to the experts. Call SERVPRO at 602-507-6163 to help with mold growth today.
Cleaning Your Office Building’s Air Ducts is a Good Idea
Most homeowners are aware of the importance of air duct cleaning. Unfortunately, not all office building owners are as diligent as they should be when it comes to cleaning air ducts. Learn why cleaning ducts on a regular basis is a good idea.
What is air duct cleaning?
Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensation drip pans, fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing. If not properly maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen, or other debris.
Why air duct cleaning is important for office buildings
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Making it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business building is a good idea to prevent the accumulation of dust, pollen, and other debris in your ducts. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it may be time to inspect them to see if it’s time for a cleaning. This is especially true if your system is running constantly during hot summer months, or if you recently did renovations that created a significant amount of dust. If you haven’t cleaned your system and its vents, it could be circulating one or more of the following:
- Dirt and debris
Cleaning your air ducts helps restore peak efficiency of your system, can prevent odors, and can help reduce the potential of mold growth. Not sure if you need a cleaning? If you see excessive dirt around your air returns, it’s a good idea to contact SERVPRO!
Contact SERVPRO for your air duct cleaning
SERVPRO of East Phoenix can routinely inspect the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC) in your commercial building. Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe. When its time to clean your office building’s air ducts contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix cleaning professionals at (602) 507-6163.