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Top 5 Things To Do Before Storm Damages in Phoenix, Arizona

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Top 5 Things To Do Before Storm Damages in Phoenix, Arizona Local Storm Damages in Phoenix, Arizona

The Monsoon storms will leave behind plenty of local storm damages so preparing your home or commercial property beforehand makes perfect sense. The microbursts tends to uproot trees of any size and carry outside furniture and play equipment down to another neighborhood. So, SERVPRO of East Phoenix has come up with the top things you can do to save your property from the monsoon local storm damages.

1- Secure your Trees to Prevent Storm Damages

One of the most common hazards that occurs during a monsoon storm is the uprooting of trees along with heavy branches being ripped off and flown all around. Not only can this cause more damages to your property, but it can also cause some serious danger power lines are affected.

Be sure that all your smaller or newly-planted trees are double-staked down loosely. You want them loose 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.

2- Before any Storm Damages, Check all Windows and Doors

Go through home or commercial property 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 because even the smallest amount of water will come in and cause mold which can spread around and will require professional mold remediation and removal.

Replacing the weather stripping will also prevent the dust from getting inside and settling on all the furniture, floors and carpet.

3 - More Storm Damages with Bad Roofing

Get up there on the roof and look for any loose shingles or tiles prior to the local monsoon storms coming and causing any damages. In fact, this should be done regularly throughout the monsoon season. Those monsoon winds often displace shingles and tiles which leave the property vulnerable to the storm elements that could cause even more damages.

4 - Drainage Patterns and Storm Damages

In the past, have you ever noticed any issues with the drainage patterns which causes all the water to collect into pools? If you have, get that professionally addressed before the storms come. For homes, flood damage is not covered by the standard home owner’s policy, so protecting your investment from any potential water damages is obviously in your best interest.

5 - Make Room in the Garage Before the Monsoon Storms

So, if you are one of those people who uses their garage as a storage unit, packed full of things that leave virtually no room to park a bicycle, let alone a vehicle then this one’s for you! Leaving unsecured items outside of your property leaves everyone at risk. The monsoon winds can be extremely powerful, capable of picking up objects from our out of the ground, carrying them somewhere else.

Just make sure to clear away enough space in your garage to put bicycles and whatever else you may have unsecured on your property, like patio furniture or pool toys.

If microbursts can uproot large trees, knock down brick walls, and carry trampolines down the street then they can easily swipe your furniture and other items, potentially causing even more local storm damage.

Storm Damage Restoration Professionals in Phoenix, Arizona 

So, there you have it, the top 5  things to do before the monsoon storms cause damage to your Phoenix, Arizona property. However, life still happens, and their will still be some flooding and storm damages each year. That is why SERVPRO of East Phoenix is here. Available 24/7/365 for any emergency disaster! Just call 602-507-6163

Our technicians are highly skilled, well-trained and certified and are here to help if you experience any local storm damages during this monsoon season.


Chris Butas
Senior Estimator / Commercial Project Manager
SERVPRO of East Phoenix

Chris is our authority in storm damage restorations for both residential and commercial properties. He is IICRC certified as a WRT (Water Damage Restoration Technician) and has been in the industry for more than 25 years, with the last 15 at SERVPRO of East Phoenix.

Can an Air Purifier Eliminate Mold Spores?

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can an Air Purifier Eliminate Mold Spores? Mold growth in East Phoenix home.

Using an air purifier to eliminate mold spores in your home can actually help. Mold and mildew can make for some pretty uncomfortable conditions in your Phoenix home and can also affect the value. Being one of the biggest investments, doing everything you can to preserve the value is key. Utilizing an air purifier or air filtration system can help you eliminate mold spores before they are able to spread.

Mold Can Grow Anywhere

Mold spores are microscopic and easily reproduce when they float on the currents of air. If you see a spot in your home that has mold growth, you can be sure that mold spores are constantly attempting to travel those air currents in order to grow elsewhere. Take a good look throughout your home and check for any mold growth. Look closely at places that have wet spots like bathrooms, kitchens, attics crawlspaces and garages.

Air Filtration Systems Catch Mold Spores

Stopping mold spores from spreading to other moist surfaces is ideal, making it easier to stop mold growth elsewhere. Not all air purifiers function the same, so when looking to purchase a new one, find one with a HEPA filter. The HEPA filter is made specifically to capture the microscopic mold spores, removing them from the air.

Some filtration systems work better on mold than others so when eliminating mold spores use the advances of technology available today. Some purifiers come with a sensor that will alert when mold is detected automatically starts catching the mold spores in the air. 

If you continue to see excessive mold growth in multiple areas of your home, it’s time to call in the mold experts at SERVPRO of East Phoenix. Available 24/7 for your mold emergencies, call 602-507-6163.

When Can I Resume My Business After a Flood?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial When Can I Resume My Business After a Flood? Commercial Flood Damages in Phoenix

After a commercial flood has left your building with water damage, one of the first nagging questions will be, when can I resume business? Ultimately it depends on the severity of the water damage, but your local Phoenix restoration cleanup company will let you know. Most have a process in place that they go through in order to make the property safe again. But not all the stages in this process are safe for your return.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup

The water damage cleanup stage is not a safe time for you to return. Typically the flood water becomes contaminated with nasty bacteria leaving behind a dangerous health hazard. During this stage it’s better if all employees and employers stay away.

Commercial Demolition and Reconstruction After Flood Damages

After a flood damage, there may be some reconstruction required which starts with demolition. This is where any part of the property affected by the flood is removed which includes any drywall, carpeting, insulation and furniture. This stage is not safe for business to resume yet.

Sterilization of Commercial Building

The sterilization stage of the property starts with a deep scrub and disinfecting all throughout the property’s affected areas. To make sure it is all sanitized, this sage includes the use of some strong cleaning chemicals, which also makes it unsafe for business to resume.

Reconstruction to Commercial Property After Flood

During the reconstruction stage after a commercial flood, it may be safe enough to resume business, but there will be some challenges. This stage has the rebuilding and replacing of all the property and items that were compromised during the flood and demolition.

Flood Damage Restoration for Commercial Properties

Flood waters often get contaminated by bacteria making it very unsafe for humans to be around. It’s always in your best interest to call a Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration company like SERVPRO of East Phoenix

Storm Damage - What to do before Adjuster Arrives

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage - What to do before Adjuster Arrives Storm Damages in Phoenix, Az

Though the monsoon storms are a little late this year, there’s no doubt that they will hit several Phoenix, Az areas, leaving behind some severe storm damages to homes and commercial properties.

Storm Damages in Phoenix, Az

Though you may already have flood or storm insurance, deducing the amount of damage to your home or commercial property will favor you in the end. It’s no surprise that insurance adjusters are busy come monsoon season, so being prepared prior to their arrival will save the both of you time and headaches.

Documenting Damage from Storm 

Assuming that your first call was to your insurance company, your second call should be to your local storm damage restoration company, like SERVPRO of East Phoenix. Storm damage companies understand the process well and will help guide you through the process, letting you know what to expect.

Calling your damage restoration company second will benefit you in the following ways:

  1. You’ll receive an initial assessment of storm damages
  2. There will be less time between initial damage and water extraction, preventing further damages
  3. You’ll have an itemized list of everything damaged by the storm, which you will need for the insurance claim
  4. You’ll have photos of any of noted damages, which will help improve your ability to get the claim accepted

Storm Damage Assistance

Any monsoon season leaves adjusters overwhelmed which may compromise their time and ability to get to you quickly. By preparing prior to their arrival with the storm damage documentation, along with having contacted the storm damage cleanup company, your adjuster will have an easier time getting things done and will be happier about doing them.

Storm and flood damage restoration companies are ready for an emergency situation all the time, so the chances of them getting to you quicker than the adjuster are high.

If you want to improve your chances of getting your claim accepted even more, take some video of the property affected by the storm and collect any receipts for damaged items, if you have them available. Video is especially important if it has been a few days between when the storm hit and the restoration process because by then, mold may have started growing. Now you’ll need to have mold remediation and removal.

Storm Damage Experts

SERVPRO of East Phoenix is the leader in the storm damage restoration industry that you know and trust. We take the services we provide very seriously and our customers are important always important to us. Diligently up-to-date with the training and certificates, our techs are not only skilled and experienced, but they have a lot of compassion.

Available for storm damage emergencies 24/7, SERVPRO of East Phoenix responds Faster to Any Size Disaster! Call 602-507-6163 if you experience any flood or storm damages this monsoon season.

Commercial Buildings - Top Reasons for Water Damages

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

Having to deal with water damages in your commercial building because of a common reason can be a nightmare, especially when ceasing productivity to close it down is necessary for the water damage repairs and restorations.

However, fortunately SERVPRO of East Phoenix in Az is the water damage and cleanup company you can trust and depend on to help repair any and all water damages within your commercial building while restoring business assets that have been compromised.

Prevent Common Water Damages in Commercial Property

The plumbing systems in commercial properties carry large quantities of water to and from the building on a daily basis leaving the property more susceptible to water damages. When a pipe bursts, the flooding will come and cause all kinds of damages. 

Improper disposal of paper products within a commercial building is very common and happens to be one of the main causes of water damage caused by a sewer or toilet backup that requires a nasty sewage cleanup. This requires immediate action from your trusted water repair company.

Fire sprinklers are necessary when keeping up-to-date with the local Phoenix Fire Code, but if the sprinklers go off due to a malfunction within the system, they sure can cause some costly water damages. Be sure to regularly have the sprinkler system inspected and maintained by a professional in order to prevent this issue from happening.

A business owner shouldn’t have to find water damages in their commercial building for any of these reasons, but it still happens. SERVPRO of East Phoenix is available 24/7 for immediate emergency response for any and all water damages in your Phoenix commercial building. Call 602-386-4268.

Best Smoke Alarm - Protect from Fire Damage

6/29/2019 (Permalink)

The best smoke alarms are a crucial asset when it comes to protecting both residential and commercial properties in Phoenix from fire damages. There is no better time to update your smoke alarm system then the present, so which system will serve your needs the best? We’ve got the answer for you here.

Smoke alarms may not be able to prevent any fires but they can prevent anyone from getting hurt and the need later for any fire damage restorations. With all the smoke alarms on the market today, here’s what you need to know.

Smart Smoke Alarm Before Fire Damage Happens

Smart smoke alarms function just like any other alarm, but it is unique in that it sends alerts to your phone, even when you’re away from the property. Alerts of any smoke detected and to let you know when it’s time to change the batteries. They also alert to any internal operating issues going on. The Nest comes with a Split-Spectrum Sensor, and tests itself automatically. You can stay safe for up to a decade.

Dual-Sensor Protects from Fire Damages

Both Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are at the top of their game for detecting different types of fires and a dual-sensor smoke alarm does both. The Kidde Hardwire Smoke Detector will help in protecting your property from fire damages. It comes with a 9V battery backup in case of a power outage.

No Fire Damages with the Smoke Alarm with Security System

The Vivint Smoke Alarm has you covered when attempting to avoid any issues concerning smoke and fire. A smoke and carbon monoxide detector interconnected with your security system, also with a back up battery pack seems to cover every base.

At SERVPRO of East Phoenix, we understand that fire damages still happen, and we are there to mitigate fire and smoke damages and restore your residential or commercial property to it’s pre loss condition in a short amount of time. 

If you ever have to deal with smoke and fire damages, call SERVPRO of East Phoenix602-386-4268 for immediate emergency fire restoration services 24/7. We got you covered.

Monsoon Brings Storm Damage in Phoenix, Az

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Our weather in Phoenix, AZ will soon be experiencing some significant monsoon storms and these storms will come and go for the next few months, leaving people all over the valley in need of recovery from storm damages. The monsoon storms bring with them lots of dust, wind and rain, but dust in particular can be a nuisance, especially when it rolls in like one giant wall called a haboob.

Haboobs generally appear out of the blue with rushes of winds known as micro-bursts. These micro-bursts are very strong and move quickly, scurrying through the valley, leaving behind homes and properties that now require costly storm damage repairs.

Local Storm Damage

Though many dangers that come with the monsoon season are obvious, both residential and commercial properties are at risk from storm damages and even fire damages.

Taking precautions now, before the storms begin could save you costly damages, not to mention the headaches. First, put a stop to any airflow within the property by closing all doors, windows and air vents. Be sure that anything that can move outside is secured some how or put it some place where the winds can’t blow them somewhere else.

Storm Damage Contractors in Phoenix

Watch our very own Tony Baird go over some helpful tips for the monsoon season on

At SERVPRO of East Phoenix, we get all kinds of calls regarding the damages from the storms and we’ve seen and done it all. With customer satisfaction being at the top of our list, local valley residents and property owners continue to come to SERVPRO of East Phoenix for storm damage restorations and more. Our techs are certified and skilled always ready to help with any mitigation, remediation, abatement, cleanup, and reconstruction services.

Available 24/7 for immediate emergency service, give us a call if you experience any storm damages this monsoon season at 602-507-6163.

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.