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Keeping Your Business Protected During Storm Season
Monsoons will be here before you know it, and it’s a good time to brush up on some storm safety tips for your business that you can use so you’re not caught off guard and can protect your building from damage and what to do if you need storm damage assistance.
Monsoons in and the damage they cause
Monsoons can be quite spectacular, but severe thunderstorms produce alarmingly heavy winds and lightning strikes, not to mention flooding; all of which can impact your office building. Sometimes, flash flooding, power outages, and property damage can result from such weather. Take note of these suggestions to protect your office building.
Prepare during the monsoon season
When monsoon season is happening, residents and businesses alike usually get a bit of a heads up when a storm is approaching, as well as how damaging it can potentially be. When a watch is issued, it means that conditions are right for substantial storms to develop. Tune into your radio or TV often for up-to-date information, and use this time to prepare your office building for a storm:
- Review the community's emergency warning system and procedures so you know what to watch for.
- At your business, go over company policy for severe weather safety with all employees.
- Secure loose equipment, signage, or furnishings around your building.
- Don’t hold an event even if a storm appears mild as they can build momentum easily and grow.
Once a warning is in effect, your preparations to your office building will improve safety throughout your business and hopefully avoid or minimize damage.
Stay indoors during the storm
Most monsoon storms move on within an hour or so or become less dangerous after the initial impact. Regardless of how long the storm takes to pass or subside, plan to stay put until the high winds, lightning, and heavy rain or hail are over. It may be tempting to tell employees to go home to shelter, but it’s best for everyone to stay put until the bulk of the storm has passed. While waiting for the danger to pass, take appropriate safety precautions:
- Close doors and windows and stay away from windows, glass doors, and skylights in your office building.
- Avoid standing near electrical equipment, including electrical telephones, and don’t work on any electronics during a storm.
- Move away from plumbing systems that may burst.
- Unplug any electronics as possible until the storm passes, especially during lightning storms
Pay attention to weather updates
While it may seem like a mild monsoon storm, lightning and other situations caused by the storm can do you harm, so don’t take unnecessary chances by walking or driving around during a storm if possible. Even once the storm has passed, there’s the potential for flooding, debris in roadways, downed electrical lines, and more. Stay tuned to local news for updates on hazardous conditions.
Contact SERVPRO if you experience monsoon damage
It’s a good idea to have a reputable storm remediation company’s information on hand during monsoon season so you can get help recovering quickly for your business. SERVPRO of East Phoenix specializes in storm damage cleanup and restoration. Available 24/7, we can help you get your home or office back to normal. Contact us at (602) 507-6163 to get the help you need.
What to Do if Your Office Building is Infested with Mold
There’s a lot to consider when owning an office building. The possibility of a mold infestation is not usually top of mind for commercial building owners since our climate typically isn’t considered conducive to a mold threat. Unfortunately, mold infestation does happen to home and office buildings alike, for many reasons. Learn more about mold infestation and what to do if it strikes your place of business.
Office buildings can experience mold growth
While in general Phoenix has a drier climate and is less conducive to excessive mold growth, commercial mold damage can happen in any Phoenix business if there are enough moisture present and a source of food such as most building materials. Even a small amount of moisture that enters a building after a substantial rain or flood can quickly turn into a mold infestation if not properly addressed, which is where SERVPRO of East Phoenix can help.
Tackling mold damage in commercial buildings
Removing mold growth from a building means SERVPRO’s restoration team must find and eliminate the source of a mold. The only way to prevent further growth and eliminate the threat of future mold infestations is to remove every trace of mold spores the team can find. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, as mold spores are actually present everywhere, all the time. The challenge is to keep growth and infestation from happening and causing damage. SERVPRO technicians start with finding the moisture that allowed the first spores to expand and grow. Eliminating that pushes the mold to return to an inactive state because again, mold spores are everywhere, so total elimination of spores won’t happen. Inactive mold spores also stop growing across or into surfaces, which stops damage from getting worse and prevents new damage to ceilings, walls, and floors. For any building material already infiltrated by mold, the most cost-effective method is to dispose of it. Drywall is often difficult to clean and digging mold out of it quickly compromises the structural integrity. SERVPRO will make the assessment and inform the building owner before any actions to remove materials are made.
After infested materials are removed
After removing all damaged material, our technicians spray the interior of the building with an anti-fungal agent to eliminate the spores as much as possible. After it dries, technicians will then wipe everything down to remove the now dead spores. If the odor has become an issue because of mold infestation, they will address any lingering musty odors that were a result of mold growth so that your commercial building returns to pre- mold infestation conditions. As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of East Phoenix is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors.
Let SERVPRO help with office mold issues
While it is impossible to eliminate all mold, SERVPRO of East Phoenix can help you remediate damage to your business and prevent growth in the future, as well as resulting odors. If you suspect a problem in your facility, call us today at (602) 507-6163.
Handling a Water Disaster in Your Phoenix Business
Heavy December rains in the Phoenix area put many homes and businesses alike at risk of possible water damage. Whether a small leak through a compromised roof or a substantial flood that impacts a showroom floor, a water disaster in a place of business needs to be addressed quickly to minimize damage.
Why addresses water damage quickly is important for businesses
While water damage to a home or business is equally frustrating, the impact can be even more substantial for businesses. If the damage causes a business to close or scale back until the damage is addressed, the costs can add up. 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 businesses, especially smaller operations that may not be able to survive extended periods of time without business. Many businesses are still recovering from an unprecedented year of challenges, so water damage needs to be resolved quickly to get the business up and running. SERVPRO water remediation professionals concentrate on removing standing water, drying inventory, and lowering the humidity inside the structure to prevent mold and mildew damage, and the odors that can accompany that. We typically perform these tasks in a set order to get the best results. Our water restoration process is tried and true.
SERVPRO’s water restoration approach for businesses
Our trained restoration crews bring in pumps and water extraction wands to pull water out of the structure. The commercial-grade pumps are highly 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. In conjunction with this effort, other techs 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 technicians set up dehumidifiers to start drawing moisture from the air. Depending on the humidity level. After water floods a business, not everything is restorable to its original condition. SERVPRO professionals will keep business owners informed on the extent of the damage, what is salvageable, what needs reconstruction, and what items are considered a loss.
Let SERVPRO help you through water damage to your business
For SERVPRO of East Phoenix, the goal is to help every business impacted by water damage reopen its doors as soon as we can provide a dry, safe environment. If you need our services, call (602) 507-6163 to find out what we can do for you. We’re available 24/7 to help your business recover from water damage.
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.
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.
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.
Know How to Recover Quickly After Disaster Strikes Your Business
Business owners know that the unexpected will eventually happen. Putting business emergency plans in place are key to navigating disastrous events, such as flooding from a broken pipe, mold, or fires. Being prepared for downtime, lost revenue and other negative effects can make or break a business so the more you know, the faster you can recover.
Planning ahead for possible disasters
Although some things are unavoidable, having a strong understanding of potential risks, what they may mean to the business, and how to bounce back is necessary to prevent substantial loss. Every business is different and may face different issues that could result in an interruption or complete shutdown. Along with potential environmental problems, such as flooding, the human factor also needs to be considered such as fire or arson. Once the risks are known, it is easier to figure out which may be preventable or at least mitigated. Analyzing the risks includes calculating their costs. Factors that come into play include lost income, additional expenses for property loss and repairs, and possible penalties if you are liable for the damage experienced. Insurance is easy to forget about until it is needed. If large water damage occurs, do you know what will and won’t be covered? Do you know a water remediation company to call?
What to do if disaster strikes your business
Even with all the planning, disasters can strike, as they’re not completely unavoidable. With a plan in place, facing emergencies will be a little more manageable. The plan to minimize losses does require immediate action. Once you file a claim, contacting a damage mitigation and restoration company is the next step. Along with finding the source of the problem, water removal and drying process should be started as soon as possible. Calling in trained disaster professionals like SERVPRO can help the recovery process happen quicker.
Call SERVPRO for your business recovery
Running a business comes with many unknowns but figuring out how to deal with a loss doesn’t have to be one of them. Creating a plan of action and knowing the possible risks may minimize claim losses and get your business back to operating "Like it never even happened." If your business experiences a disaster, contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix immediately to get the recovery process started and your business back on track. We can be reached 24/7 at 602-507-6163.
Professional Fire Remediation is Crucial to Recover from a Commercial Fire
Every building is potentially at risk of fire damage. A fire can close the doors of your Phoenix property for an extended amount of time, or for good but professional fire remediation can help get your business up and running again after a fire.
Working with fire remediation professionals
We understand how commercial fire damage can affect your business, but thanks to several years of experience, we have a highly-trained team of IICRC-industry certified professionals who can help return your business to normal operations, quickly. SERVPRO understands the urgency involved in protecting your business and provides you with every service necessary to help you minimize any damages your facility might experience. Our technicians work on the fire, and smoke damage found throughout your property, ensuring that every area gets checked and cleaned thoroughly.
How SERVPRO can help your business recover
With access to advanced equipment, SERVPRO technicians remove smoke damage to carpeting, walls, ceilings, electronics, wood, furniture, paperwork, as well as any machinery, appliances, or other equipment that helps maintain operations for your business. We also have extensive experience in the decontamination of HVAC systems and ductwork, helping remove allergens and soot that may linger after a fire. SERVPRO technicians specialize in recovering vital information through our document and electronics restoration services. We can help save furniture, electronic fixtures, and equipment while cleaning and deodorizing the entire building with a wide range of wet, and dry-cleaning methods based on what the circumstance requires. We inspect your entire facility, remove all fire-damaged materials, and work diligently to limit any losses you might experience from the flames of the fire or the chemicals used to extinguish the fire. We also offer reconstruction services for more significant damages.
A full range of fire remediation services
By providing a full range of specialized services, we help you get your business back on track as soon as possible. All our customers receive a customized fire remediation approach, unique to their situation, that help return the property to a quality pre-damage condition. Our technicians are also trained to minimize any interruptions to your businesses' normal operations, helping you continue offering services, if possible. SERVPRO of East Phoenix is qualified to perform both interior and exterior reconstruction services on your property. We can handle any emergency repairs, 24/7, and provide you complete fire remediation and restoration process from start to finish. Give us a call at 602-507-6163 to begin your property's recovery today if you experience a fire at your place of business.
Have a Plan for Your Business Before You Suffer Water Damage
Business owners have choices when it comes to managing commercial water damage. The first is to wait until something catastrophic happens, and then deal with it, hoping for the best. The second is to take the opportunity to work with SERVPRO to design a plan to anticipate your issues and put in place a plan of practical solutions ahead of any troubles.
When water damage occurs in your business
Operating a business is tough if commercial water damage occurs. Whether you own a restaurant, a retail enterprise, or manage an event center, your responsibility is to keep the doors open and provide the services or products you promise your clientele. Unfortunately, a broken pipe or appliance malfunction sends water surging through your business, possibly closing you down until the experts to arrive to get the situation handled. Without a plan, that can waste precious time. SERVPRO suggests working on a proactive blueprint to streamline the assistance we can offer to get you back in business fast.
What does a disaster response plan include?
SERVPRO creates a comprehensive disaster response action strategy for water damage only with significant input from you. Our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We take the time to visit your company and to talk with you to assess your needs and understand how you deliver your goods or services. The assessment is free of charge but allows us to make a range of suggestions to limit your risk if your commercial space does experience a water damage event. Our experienced project manager walks through your business and sketches out your layout, including vital information like utility shutoff locations. We gather information, take pictures, and determine how we best meet your needs if your site is water damaged.
How SERVPRO’s ERP works
You take an additional step to increase our knowledge by completing your business’s profile on the SERVPRO ERP mobile app. On the app, indicate that SERVPRO of East Phoenix is your preferred provider. List any vendors and contractors who have essential information about your equipment and systems. Designate employees or others whom you allow to act on your behalf if you are unavailable during the water crisis. Gathering all this information is critical to a fast and effective response if a water emergency occurs.
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Phoenix are by your side during a commercial water emergency. Be prepared by developing an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile we can use if the worst happens. Call us at (602) 507-6163 to get started.
What to Do When Your Rental Property Floods
Large properties such as apartment buildings usually present unique challenges even when dealing with simple water problems. The costs of fixing damages from a burst water pipe in a condo, for example, can run up to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Why? Unlike other standalone properties, the leaking water in a condo or other property with shared walls can seep from the upper unit to the ones below it damaging ceilings and walls. In addition, some units might be left unoccupied for extended periods, and if the leak originates from such a unit, the water might run longer before anyone notices, exacerbating the damage even more. Here’s what to do when your rental property floods.
Steps to take when your commercial property floods
The steps taken during commercial water removal in Phoenix impact the success and to some extent, the cost involved when water damage occurs. Faster extraction of water from the property after detecting the source and fixing it is the key to a positive outcome. When you call SERVPRO of East Phoenix, our trained technicians combine different techniques for effective water removal. For standing water on the floors, we use portable or truck mounted extractors, but in case it is more than two inches deep, we can use submersible pumps to ensure faster extraction.
The water removal process can cause some damages if not done correctly. A wet carpet is 50% weaker so our SERVPRO team is careful when extracting water because this might damage the carpet. For glued down-carpets, we often find an extraction wand more effective while for carpets with a thick pad, we use a heavier tool to complete the removal faster. Having professionals with knowledge in water damage remediation is crucial to avoiding additional damage.
What happens once the water is removed
Although extraction of water is essential in the earlier stages of the removal process, relying on it alone cannot dry the property thoroughly. Since above average moisture levels can also cause problems, we try to ensure the property is dry to preloss conditions. In this final phase, we use drying tools such as dehumidifiers, air movers and drying mats. The drying mats are particularly useful when working on wooden floors. This helps to ensure there are no lingering issues from the water damage, such as odor or mildew. Our technicians are trained to follow specific procedures to not only remove the water, but ensure the cause is addressed and the damage is completely handled before we call a job done.
Contact SERVPRO for all your water flood needs
By taking the right steps, it is possible to remove water from commercial spaces fast enough to avoid extra problems or costs. If you experience a flood in your commercial property, contact SERVPRO of Phoenix at (602) 507-6163.
Stop Water Damage in Your Restaurant Before It Starts
Phoenix restaurants have been hit hard by the recent COVID situation, and are just now opening their doors to welcome back patrons and start generating revenue again. Nothing can be more devastating for a restaurant than to experience water damage that forces the business to close yet again. Here are a few tips to stop water damage in your restaurant before it starts.
Use your commercial dishwasher properly
Dishwashers are notorious for causing floods in restaurants. While they’re designed to be a convenience that can wash dishes while you attend to cooking and serving, there are a few tips to follow to ensure they don’t cause a flood. It is tempting to put lots of dishes and utensils in the dishwasher to get more clean in each load. However, overcrowding can cause flooding which can lead to water damage. An over-filled dishwasher is much more likely to leak. It is better to do a couple of smaller loads than trying to fit everything into one big load. Make sure every staff member knows which detergent is best. Always use a dishwashing detergent, and always follow the manufacturer instructions. The incorrect dishwashing detergent or too much of the correct cleaning agent might cause suds or even a blockage.
Keep dishwashers and sinks well-maintained
Loose hinges, misaligned door latches, or broken seals, can all cause leaks in dishwashers. Simply adjusting and tightening a few screws may fix the problem. However, if it is not possible to right the door or seal, it is better to replace the appliance. Hoses and drains in dishwashers and sinks can develop cracks or other wear over time. Constant use might corrode hoses make a hole, and aging hoses can become unstable or cease to fit properly. Check all the components of the sink and dishwasher regularly and replace it at the first sign of wear and tear.
Don’t be careless with water
While it’s true that “a watched pot never boils”, an unattended pot being filled with water will likely flood every time! Make sure your staff knows that any time there running water being used, filling a sink, or filling a pot, they should never walk away until the water is turned off. That simple step can help prevent water damage in your restaurant.
Water damage can be devastating for restaurants. In the event of a leak, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with cleanup. We extract water from your premises and use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the surrounding area so you can resume business as soon as possible. If you experience any kind of water damage, reach out to SERVPRO of East Phoenix 24/7 at 602-507-6163.
Being Prepared for Any Disaster Can Protect Your Phoenix Business
No business owner ever plans on a disaster to strike, but you can prepare for it. In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. Learn more about SERVPRO’s ERP and how you can protect your business.
What is an ERP?
The SERVPRO ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including items such as emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. When disaster strikes, the more you and your employees are prepared with information, the more damage can be avoided, and recovery time can be improved.
How does the ERP work?
Knowing what to do and who to call in advance and having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and gets you back in the building following a disaster, such as damage after a monsoon flood. The ERP is available online using your computer or a tablet. You can download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information anytime. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your businesses are "Ready for whatever happens." The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile system is a web-based interface designed to quicken our response times to business emergency calls. The system was designed to help save the business owner's time and money, allowing your doors to re-open more quickly. The system requires the uploading of relevant information that completes and personalizes your business profile. Upon your request, one of our representatives will help you complete your profile at no cost.
Disaster recovery when you need it
SERVPRO of East Phoenix is there to help with all aspects of disaster recovery. The ERP will help you plan ahead and be prepared for the unexpected, and our highly trained restoration specialists can help with whatever damage you encountered, from water to fire to mold or any other disaster. Work with us to get an ERP in place and keep our information handy in case of an emergency. We are available to help with any kind of situation 24/7. Contact us at 602-507-6163. We are always here to help!
Tips to Protect Your Business from an Electrical Fires
Unfortunately, many fires that occur at businesses are caused by electrical issues; many which could have been prevented with a little maintenance and diligence. Here at SERVPRO of East Phoenix, we have a few tips to protect your business from an electrical fire.
Regular inspection is the key to prevention
One of the most important steps you can take is to have your business inspected for any hazardous situations that could cause an electrical fire. A licensed electrician can help to keep you, your employees, and your business property safe by letting you know what needs to be done after a thorough assessment. One example is to replace wiring in an older building; a common cause of electrical fires and not easily spotted by business owners. Make a commitment to do this and protect your business.
Cords and plugs are a common source of fire
A common cause of electrical fires in businesses and homes is an electrical cord, plug, or damaged outlet causing a spark and leading to fire. If these items are found to be tattered, frayed, or otherwise worn out or even worse, showing burn signs, they should be replaced immediately. Surprisingly, these too can be overlooked because they are often under desks and behind furniture and can go undetected. Cords in poor condition can overheat or cause a spark, which can lead to a full-blown fire. Replacing damaged cords is a simple and relatively inexpensive protect against electrical fires. Faulty wiring is yet another hazard, and if a flickering lamp or sparking outlet is something you are experiencing, contact a licensed electrician your area to make the necessary repairs. If anything that conducts electricity feels warm to the touch, have your electrician check it out to see if it needs to be replaced. When was the last time you looked at ALL your electrical cords and plugs? Now is the time!
Businesses are all about connectivity nowadays, and it seems like everything needs to be plugged in somewhere at some point to work. Tempting as it may be, take steps to avoid overloading your outlets. Just because the socket is empty, you should not add multiple sockets to an outlet to help run more machines. Overburdened sockets are a risk factor for an electrical fire. The United States Fire Administration recommends that you buy power strips equipped with internal overload protection; this feature will ensure that a strip shuts off its power supply as soon as it becomes overloaded, helping prevent fire damage. Be frugal about how much you try to plug in to your outlets!
Space heaters are a possible fire source
While you would think space heaters aren’t such an issue in Arizona, they are, especially in office building where frigid A/C temperatures tempt people to tuck a small space heater under their desk for relief. The challenge is that any appliance that plugs in can be dangerous if not used carefully, and space heaters are often a culprit. Flammable materials such as paper, cardboard, and rugs need to be watched and kept away from any equipment that produces heat or can overheat. Take a look under your office desks: do you see heaters next to file boxes? Time to clear an area around that space heater for safety!
SERVPRO of East Phoenix can help with any fire damage remediation issues you may have. We are available 24/7 to help you.
Tips for Fire Prevention in Your East Phoenix Business
A fire can cause severe damage to business equipment, materials, and structures. As a business owner, focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention, and employee education for fire safety can help reduce your chance of fire and smoke damage. Here are some tips to help prevent fires in your East Phoenix business.
Look for fire hazards at your business
A good first step for fire prevention is to look around your business and find potential fire hazards. The National Fire Protection Association offers publications on fire safety codes for businesses. You may also want to contact the Phoenix fire department and ask them to come out and do an evaluation of your business for recommendations on how to make your office safer for possible fires.
Have the right equipment on hand
Having the proper fire protection equipment in your business is essential to prevent fires as well as keeping damage to a minimum should a fire break out. Automatic sprinkler systems are a good way to prevent fires from causing too much damage should a fire start. Of course, it’s critical to have detectors and fire extinguishers on every floor of your office building and to ensure they’re in working order. There’s more than one type of smoke detector, so be sure and do your research to know what type is best for your business. All employees should be aware of the locations of fire extinguishers on each floor in case they should need access to one in an emergency. A multipurpose extinguisher will douse most small fires with ease without shorting out your electronics. It’s also a good idea to equip your employees with an emergency kit stocked with items like bottled water, a flashlight, and an escape mask to fight against smoke inhalation in case of a fire.
Have a plan
Does your business have an emergency exit map clearly posted for all employees and visitors to see? Though exits may seem obvious during working hours, smoke and fire greatly inhibit visibility and these maps are critical. In larger buildings, post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. Never include elevators in an evacuation plan; always use the stairs. Businesses with disabled employees should develop a detailed evacuation for those employees needing additional assistance in an emergency. Make sure your employees know what to do if there's a fire, including calling 911. Conduct a fire drill at leastonce a year to keep employees aware of your workplace fire safety protocol. Establish meeting points for employees, as well as keeping all your safety plans, equipment, and information updated.
Other fire prevention tips for the office
Keep all your business appliances (such as kitchen appliances) away from combustible materials, like paper or cloth. If possible, unplug these appliances at the end of the day as most business fires occur after typical operating hours. Avoid excessive wiring where wires and plugs clutter around one outlet, as it could lead to an overload. In case of fire injuries, your employees should be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit, which should be kept where possible hazards can occur most, such as in the kitchen. SERVPRO of East Phoenix offers other fire damage tips should a fire occur.
While fire prevention can help cut down your risk of fire, it doesn’t mean they still can’t happen at any time. If your business should have a fire occur, trust the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Phoenix to help you recover from the devastating event. We offer 24/7 service. Call us at (602) 507-6163.
Work with Highly Trained Professionals for Your Phoenix Commercial Cleaning Needs
SERVPRO is a household name that people know and trust for all their residential disaster cleanup services such as fire damage restoration, mold remediation and more. What many people may not know is that SERVPRO of East Phoenix offers commercial cleaning services too? SERVPRO offers commercial cleaning solutions for businesses of all sizes, so now you can call us for your residential and commercial cleaning need!
Commercial cleaning services you can trust
Common wear and tear happen gradually in your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you can call SERVPRO of East Phoenix for prompt and professional service. Our services can help in removing odor problems or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, so your workspace look its very best. The everyday commercial cleaning services we offer include air ducts and HVAC, carpet and upholstery cleaning, drapes and blinds cleaning, ceilings, walls and hard floor cleaning, and odor removal and deodorization.
When your regular cleaning crew can’t get you the clean you need, SERVPRO’s highly trained team of service professionals can get the job done.
Commercial cleaning for all circumstances
When your business suffers a loss or unforeseen event that requires professional cleaning, SERVPRO of East Phoenix is the only business to call! We offer several commercial services for businesses of any size, including biohazard cleanup, sewage cleanup, trauma and crime scene cleanup and vandalism.
When any of these unforeseen needs arise, rest assured that our crew has specialized training and products to get your property back to business. We also offer our premiere flood restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation and storm damage recovery services as well. Your business can rest assured knowing that no matter what disaster strikes, SERVPRO of East Phoenix can be onsite, 24/7, to help.
Big cleanup job? No problem for us!
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is comprised of our best of the best in restoration services. Our elite large-loss specialists are highly qualified and strategically positioned throughout the US to handle any size disaster, anywhere in the country. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. If your business suffers a significant loss, you’re in good hands with SERVPRO.
Now that you know SERVPRO of East Phoenix handles both residential and commercial cleaning services, why use anyone else? Call us at 602-507-6163 for any needs that you have, big or small!
Challenges of Commercial Property with Flood Damage
A Commercial Property in Phoenix affected by a flood.
Like any water disaster homeowners experience, damage caused by a flood to a commercial building brings on a whole new level of challenges. Water is heavy, and the more exposure typically dry structural materials have to it, the more weakened they become. Add on top of that the potential toxins or possible sewage that groundwater has the potential to contain, and the need for cleanup and expedited mitigation for the property becomes even more crucial.
When SERVPRO of East Phoenix technicians handle a commercial building in Phoenix with flood damage, they typically suggest closing the property and putting up barriers with the purpose of preventing cross-contamination as well as limit foot-traffic for safety from issues such as slip-and-fall accidents on wet floors. SERVPRO of East Phoenix understands the challenges of closing a business during repair. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We take all the proper precautions for safety while working as quickly as possible to negate the impact of a closed business.
Flood Damage to Structural Components of Commercial Building
During restoration services, the technicians investigate the areas affected by flood damage to determine all areas with elevated moisture. When necessary, cautious demolition tactics such as removal of sheetrock and disposal of wet insulation are necessary for the most thorough drying. Water-impacted building materials such as baseboards, carpet, and flooring that do not have the potential for simple cleaning unfortunately requires disposal.
Commercial Restoration Process for Flood Damage
After initial damage inspection and assessment, our highly trained flood specialists go through a substantial water extraction and removal process to get as much water off the premises as possible. This step removes the majority of the water using powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from the property. After the initial water removal, drying and dehumidification takes place to prevent further damage, warping or even mold. Cleaning, repair and restoration are the final steps of the process.
Vent Inspection and Cleaning After Commercial Flood
If the HVAC system was running after flood damage, the potential for the ventilation system to contain airborne contaminants is a concern, and thorough cleaning and disinfection of the ductwork is standard practice to protect the commercial property.
Return to Sanitary Standards for Reopening the Business
SERVPRO of East Phoenix technicians have the equipment and proprietary solutions to bring properties back to sanitary condition. In most cases, techs clean water-affected surfaces, eradicating 99.9% of bacteria and microbes to ensure the property is safe for employees and the public once again.
Whether water damage from a flood is created by the monsoon season in Phoenix or another issue, there are many challenges associated with commercial flood damage cleanup. The highly trained staff at SERVPRO of East Phoenix can get the job done, regardless of the cause. Our business is getting you back in business.
Give us a call at 602-507-6163. We understand that damage to a commercial property from a flood requires expedited action to limit downtime and destruction to a business. The certified technicians work until the property is returned to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."
Emergency Commercial Water Damage Restoration, Phoenix, Az
Water Damages to a Commercial Property in Phoenix, Az
When you need immediate emergency water damage restorations for your commercial property, response time makes all the difference. Moisture continues to soak into structural elements along with all the water compromising documents, equipment, and inventory making every second count.
Immediate action is necessary and SERVPRO of East Phoenix understands this and provides faster response time so that mitigation can begin as soon as possible. Standing water within your commercial building begins to create mold which rapidly multiplies after more than 24 to 48 hours, which then requires commercial mold remediation as soon as possible.
Finding an emergency water damage restoration company in Phoenix, Az is as simple as reaching out to SERVPRO of East Phoenix. Our bright green service trucks come with high capacity submersible commercial pumps and water extractors that are able to pump hundreds of gallons of water from any size commercial property faster and effectively. All our service trucks come stocked with air movers and dehumidifiers along with effective EPA disinfectants and cleaners.
Commercial Property Water Damage Experts
Our IICRC certified technicians are trained experts, ready to tackle any commercial water damage issues in Phoenix, Az. SERVPRO of East Phoenix adheres to a proactive approach to ensure your property damage will be addressed professionally, effectively and fast!
SERVPRO of East Phoenix understands that removing water fast is key to preserving your commercial property.
Many times commercial property water damage repairs will include demolition and reconstruction and SERVPRO of East Phoenix has you covered. Jason Temple, our Construction Superintendent/Recon Manager runs a great crew ready to provide emergency reconstruction services to any commercial property after water damage.
Feel you have too big of a job? No way! With our nationwide network of SERVPRO franchises there is plenty of manpower and equipment to conquer any water damages. When needed, we all come together to make sure your commercial water damage is thoroughly taken care of in less time
Emergency Water Damage Restoration for Businesses
SERVPRO of East Phoenix takes pride in being Faster to Any Size Disaster, so if and when your commercial property requires emergency water damage repairs, call us at 602-507-6163 any time of any day, all year round.
Author, Chris Butas
Senior Estimator / Commercial Project Manager
SERVPRO of East Phoenix
As a trusted IICRC certified WRT, Chris is an authority in the commercial water damage industry. Proudly providing water damage restoration services with SERVPRO of East Phoenix for over 25 years, Chris also has many years of experience prior to becoming a valuable member of our team.
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.
Commercial Buildings - Top Reasons for Water Damages
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.
When Mold Becomes and Unwanted Accessory at Your Phoenix Clothing Store
Mold damages everything it touches. Call SERVPRO of East Phoenix to remediate your mold.
At SERVPRO, We Tailor Our Mold Remediation Services to Clothing Stores in Phoenix
You should always seek professional mold remediation services for your clothing store in Phoenix as soon as possible after you identify signs of fungal growth. Some types of mold can cause health effects, so to avoid health code violations and keep customers feeling safe and welcome in your store, you should never ignore the problem and hope for it to go away on its own. SERVPRO provides fast and thorough mold remediation services for businesses in need. Through several cost-saving measures, we can keep expenses low and restoration times fast to help your business quickly recover.
One unique aspect of mold remediation for clothing stores in the Phoenix area that we have encountered before is the possibility of widespread mold damage in the store's inventory. While garments free of growth do not need washing, those that have been touched by mold must be either washed or thrown out. Our industrial washing machines can handle this task quickly and at minimal cost, potentially eliminating some of the financial losses from tainted items.
Our SERVPRO inspectors can evaluate the building quickly to determine how far the mold has spread. Both through their experience built over years of identifying and treating colonies and our new moisture detection tools such as infrared scanners, we can paint an exceptionally detailed picture of the infestation, even if it lies primarily behind walls and in other places hidden from view.
Fast Work Speeds
Every time we take on a mold remediation project for a local business, we understand that we must race against the clock to ensure that doors reopen with as little delay as possible to keep revenue coming in and the company afloat. We waste no time in removing all signs of infestation from the area, from physical growth on surfaces to the sometimes overwhelming smell that some species of fungi can produce. We also make sure never to let speed impede the thoroughness of our work, and we take care always to use sanitizing equipment such as UV ray projectors to return the area to a safe and secure place for customers and employees alike.
SERVPRO of East Phoenix stays ready on a 24/7 basis to help out local businesses that discover signs of mold damage on their premises. Call us at (602) 507-6163 for our services or a quote.
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Phoenix Turns to SERVPRO for Restoring Commercial Structures Post Criminal Activity
SERVPRO Provides Professional Crime Scene Cleanup to Help Keep Your Phoenix Business in Business
SERVPRO - Commercial Crime Scene Cleanup Procedures For Phoenix Businesses
Phoenix is a reasonably quiet place compared to most cities its size. Business owners and residents do not have the same level of illegal activity to deal with, but incidents do happen.
For a Phoenix business owner, commercial crime scene cleanup is the last step to reopening their doors to customers. To accomplish that, SERVPRO technicians often have to deal with tear gas residues, fingerprint powder, and other issues left behind after a robbery or other criminal act.
Tear gas canisters release their contents within a couple of moments after police fire them from a specially designed weapon. The cloud you see at detonation is the gas mixed with the chemical powder. It is this talcum-like powder that covers surfaces and gets ground into carpets as people run across it. If possible, our technicians isolate the area to prevent spreading it into other areas of the facility. If the incident happened in one or two specific areas of the structure or unit, they cover all entrances and exits with plastic sheeting and block the HVAC vents to prevent it from getting into the vents.
SERVPRO technicians use damp sponges to wipe down and absorb the powder from walls, desks, and other surfaces. If the residue is on the outside of the building, such as a break area, they wash down the walls, decks, and sidewalks into the nearest drain.
If the powder or gas did get into the vents, our technicians can use scrub brushes and powered, spinning brushes to clean out the entire system. Without a thorough cleaning, the HVAC can blow the powder or gas residue into every office, work area, and bathroom in the building. We can then spray a deodorizer to restore a pleasant smell to the interior and also to increase the indoor air quality level.
Fingerprint powder is not as fine as the tear gas residue, but it can cause other problems. The graphite used can be wiped up with a dry sponge, but the water turns it into ink which smears over everything from carpets to walls and doors. Removing it requires one of the commercial cleaning agents in our inventory to break up the stain. For carpets, they may need a stiff brush or another agitation device to separate the ink from the fibers. Filtered vacuums are a key tool in clean up.
At SERVPRO of East Phoenix, our personnel know this is a difficult time and do everything possible to avoid adding to the stress of the situation while also working to reopen each business as quickly as possible. For our services, call (602) 507-6163 today to schedule a visit once law enforcement releases your business back to you.
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Water Loss in Your Phoenix Hotel? Keep Your Guests Happy by Calling SERVPRO for Water Removal and Drying
SERVPRO Keeps the Hotel Rooms Dry in Phoenix While Guests Enjoy the Pool
Guest Accidents Call for Commercial Water Removal in Your Phoenix Hotel
Visitors from around the world come to Phoenix for one reason or another. Some have children with them, enjoying a family vacation together, others are on business trips, while others are in the process of relocating. Accidents are bound to happen, and sometimes the consequences include damage to your hotel.
Our professional team is always ready to help business owners by providing commercial water removal services in Phoenix. This extraction protects your investment from the severe effects that water can cause. Water can create a mess of things, and cut into your profits, reduce the safety of your building, and bring lingering effects that guests notice. We can prevent these problems because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Responding quick helps contain the water and keep it from spreading. We scale our services to match your situation correctly. We never use more equipment than needed, and we never show up shorthanded. Our IICRC certifications and extensive training give us the necessary knowledge and insight to effectively deal with each situation and get the job finished as quickly as possible.
Water removal techniques include getting building components inside your hotel that the spill or overflow soaked dry again. Heaters, air movers, and desiccant machines help restore normal water vapor levels. Rapid drying keeps the number of damaged materials from increasing. We understand the importance of protecting your customers' luggage and possessions from suffering harm from a water loss.
We recognize that your guests also need a quiet environment to enjoy their stay, and we can work with you to make this happen. This might require the moving of guests to other areas of your hotel, and we can work with your staff to facilitate this. Whenever you have a concern about our work or how we carry out our job, we encourage you to bring these matters to our attention. We aim to make this service as unobtrusive as possible for all involved.
SERVPRO of East Phoenix works in the Camelback East area, as well as in and around Biltmore and Tempe. Our number, (602) 507-6163, is answered 24-hours a day, every day of the year.
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How Professionals Handle Commercial Mold Damage Remediation in Phoenix
Finding mold in the corner of your store can cause your workers and customers to panic. Contact SERVPRO immediately for remediation.
Team SERVPRO Undergoes Extensive Training and Certification Before Remediating a Mold Infestation at Your Business Location
When you discover mold in your Phoenix convenience store, your financial health feels imperiled. You have concerns about the response of local health authorities, and you do not want to imagine how your customers might react if they see and smell the colonies of mold. You need a practical and streamlined solution to your mold damage problem. We offer one.
No company can promise complete mold damage removal for your Phoenix store. We can pledge to remediate the current outbreak and work with you to ensure that repairs, routine maintenance, and adaptations significantly minimize the possibility that mold recurs. You might feel that your staff can accomplish mold remediation without specialized training, products, or equipment. We recommend you give our remediation professionals a try as mold abatement must follow the protocol specified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to achieve the most successful results. Furthermore, moisture management must commence and continue as mold needs water to grow.
Our SERVPRO crew members complete a rigorous course of training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to become Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT). The course outlines safety considerations for both the remediation team and those who work or live in the contaminated space as well as teaching the procedures approved by the EPA and other agencies to abate a mold infestation.
The first step is to locate the mold infestation. SERVPRO can provide mold testing resources, but if the mold outbreak is visible additional testing is probably not necessary. Then we contain the moldy surfaces with physical barriers like heavy duty plastic sheeting. An added level of protection and improvement in containment efficiency involves the use of a negative pressure air scrubber. We use a machine that creates a vacuum to prevent the drift mold spores and other microbial debris out of the contaminated areas. Ductwork directs the air through HEPA filters before exhausting it outside.
Within the containment area, SERVPRO remediation team members wear personal protective equipment as they employ mechanical strategies to scrape, brush, and wipe off the mold growth. Non-porous surfaces respond well to these methods, but we also see good results when we manage porous materials with a sodium bicarbonate blasting technique that loosens the mycelium penetrating the surface.
Final steps include using HEPA filtered vacuums to suction up debris knocked to the ground and left loose on surfaces. SERVPRO employees then treat the affected area with EPA registered antimicrobial solutions to inhibit future growth.
Partner with SERVPRO of East Phoenix if mold damage threatens the health of your business. Call (602) 507-6163 to schedule a consultation with one of our seasoned mold remediation crew leaders.
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Why Professional Water Restoration Is Wise For Your Phoenix Store
Rapid Water Extraction Preserves On-Going Damage to Expensive Inventories in Phoenix Warehouses and Retail Shops
Phoenix Retail Shops Stay Open After a Water Damaging Incident with SERVPRO's Services
As a Phoenix business owner, you strive to provide the best experience for your customers and patrons every single day. While there is stiff competition in the retail world, nothing can set you quite as quickly off your feet as an unexpected water incident. Even when the situation is not out of control, your limited staff likely lack the expertise and experience to handle a situation like this as thoroughly needed.
No water situation or emergency occurs in your store that you should not seek to take care of immediately. There are too many things that could happen because of this persistent moisture, and with professional assistance like what our SERVPRO technicians can provide, you can mitigate these risks. Ultimately, here are some of the reasons why water damage in your Phoenix store should get handled by the professionals.
Retail locations offer a lot of options to the shoppers throughout the area, but that also poses a risk for these buildings with the amount of stock that they keep on hand and the shelves. Even smaller-scale water concerns can pose a threat to this stock, which poses the same risk to the investment that you have made.
Another glaring concern for those selling clothes and other organic-based materials is the possibility of mold growth. Spores exist naturally in the environment and only require warmth and persistent moisture to colonize. This occurrence can potentially cause health effects for shoppers and staff, but also can usually get avoided with the appropriate water damage restoration initially.
Finally, it should get noted that you never fully know how deeply water damage penetrates into the walls or flooring that it has happened around. While you might believe that you have taken care of the problem, much of it could still exist out of sight. Our SERVPRO professionals offer thorough inspections of the work that we do to ensure that it has gotten completely resolved.
Few things can slow down your business when everything is going right. Small water damage incidents do not have to be one of them. Trust in the experience and expertise of our SERVPRO of East Phoenix restoration specialists. You can reach us 24/7 at (602) 507-6163.
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Aging Sprinkler Systems Can Spell Substantial Water Damage For Your Phoenix Clothing Store
Aging sprinkler systems can major damage to your property.
Aging Sprinkler Systems Can Spell Substantial Water Damage For Your Property
Running a clothing store in Phoenix can offer you a lot of unique foot traffic from day to day. While you work hard to keep the store well-stocked and ready for all of the customers it likely sees during your hours of operation, every business teeters on the edge of disaster with outdated sprinkler systems. So many of the older buildings that house the retail locations throughout the city might remain in compliance with adequate sprinkler fixtures and networking, but fail to appreciate the aging of these pipes and their ability to falter with time.
Fortunately, even some of the older sprinkler systems did not get designed to be force fed water when there was no emergency in the building. Instead, when these pipes break or rupture, you are only emptying out the current contents of these pipes instead of an endless supply from your service lines. Even with this lessened condition, this network of fire prevention plumbing can house a great volume, likely forcing you to pursue professional water removal services for your Phoenix clothing store.
Perhaps one of the biggest concerns beyond the obvious substantial water damage for our SERVPRO team is the liquid itself coming from the pipes. It is customary that the standing fluid in sprinkler systems is a mixture of water and an antifreeze solution. This chemical varies in viscosity and even color, posing a considerable risk to the stock of clothing that you have in your storerooms or on the racks and shelves.
Our SERVPRO technicians can get to work quickly on extracting the water and assessing the damage to fabrics, textiles, and carpeting throughout this process. This inspection guides our professionals towards additional cleaning approaches that might be necessary following the drying of the affected areas.
While you might not think of your sprinkler system as much more than a store saving implement in the event of a fire, sometimes they can cause many problems for business owners. Fortunately, you can trust our SERVPRO of East Phoenix restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess and get back to serving the community as quickly as possible. Give us a call anytime at (602) 507-6163.
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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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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.
Call SERVPRO of East Phoenix today at (602) 507-6163 to discuss your restoration needs with one of our professionals.
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Water Damage Remediation in Phoenix Townhome Complex
Accidents and emergencies happen all the time. If your rental has a water damage incident, contact SERVPRO right away to prevent secondary damages.
Team SERVPRO is Standing By to Help With Your Commercial Water Damage Scenario
Seasonal visitors to the Phoenix area take advantage of our many condominiums and townhouses for a few months of relief from the harsh winters to the north. Family and friends may join your tenants for the holidays or a comfortable vacation. Extra use of your rental property’s plumbing systems can result in water damage. We can help.
Add a few grandkids, and a brother-in-law or two and your tenants may call to inform you of a clogged toilet or overflowing sink in the Phoenix condominium they rent from you. Water damage needs immediate attention, and we have crews at the ready with the technical know-how, proper tools, and experience with this kind of loss. Even during the busy holiday season, our response time is fast.
When we arrive, the first step is an assessment of the problem and the work needed to solve the problem. If there is an acute plumbing issue, we arrange for it to be remedied and make sure that until resolution, the water is turned off to the affected room and fixtures. SERVPRO’s crew chief or project manager is familiar with the next tasks needed after the water line is secured and gets our team to work swiftly.
Our trucks have pumps and extractors on board, operational even if power is off in the unit because of water. The initial step for water damage restoration is removing as much moisture as possible. SERVPRO employees then establish drying goals based on industry standards mastered during IICRC courses. We measure and then monitor the moisture levels in walls, floors, and fixtures like carpeting and cabinets as we complete the drying, ensure that no residual wetness lingers to contribute to secondary damage like mold growth.
We accelerate the drying with air movers, dehumidifiers, and heat. If nearby carpeting is wet, we may decide to remove the padding as a reasonably inexpensive strategy to get under the carpet and also dry the subfloor. Sometimes we take the time needed to use weighted wand extractors to dry carpeting, padding, and flooring in place, a job best done by technicians familiar with the specifics of this exacting task. SERVPRO takes a restoration stance, always striving to restore the materials damaged rather than causing the expense and time debt required for tear outs and replacements.
Contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix when you get that call from an apologetic and nervous renter reporting water damage. Our trained crews are available round the clock and make fast work of restoring water damage. Schedule your visit today at (602) 507-6163.
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Four Ways SERVPRO ERP Can Help Your Phoenix Retail Location In A Water Damage Crisis
The SERVPRO ERP system allows businesses to create customized, pre-organized profiles of their properties and locations in case of a disaster.
Four Ways SERVPRO ERP Can Help Your Business
The SERVPRO ERP system allows business owners to create customized, pre-organized profiles of their properties and locations so that in case of a disaster we have access to any relevant documents and information immediately. Since its implementation, this system has allowed us to respond faster and more effectively to hundreds of business calls nationwide, and has saved entrepreneurs tens of thousands in restoration costs. Here are a few ways the ERP system can help your Phoenix retail location when water damage hits.
1. Faster Responses
With a profile in the ERP system, we can respond to your Phoenix retail store's water damage call much quicker than if you had contacted us by phone. The system allows your call to be simplified to the press of a button, saving valuable time otherwise spent searching for phone numbers, relevant documents, and communicating the situation to us.
2. Priority Response
Some events, such as flash flooding, may hit a large number of buildings and neighborhoods at once. Sometimes, our resources can get caught up quickly, and we may have to delay our response to some inquiries. With the ERP system, you can avoid having to contact a representative and get your request in before others around you.
3. More Effective Ground Teams
Critical information such as breaker locations, water lines, floor plans, and inventories allow our technicians to do their work with unmatched efficacy. By giving us a wealth of information, you help to ensure that any teams working on your home can better understand what they are working with and the job they are doing.
4. Multi-Location Management
Many retail companies in the city operate multiple locations, some of which may be damaged in an event while others remain unscathed or encounter different problems. The ERP system allows you to create separate profiles for each of your stores, eliminating confusion and ensuring that more severe damages are treated first.
SERVPRO of East Phoenix is ready to respond to your company's needs 24/7. If water damage has hit one or more of your locations, or if you would like to learn more about our ERP system, call us at (602) 507-6163.
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How Flash Flood Water Damage Hits Phoenix Retail Locations
Keep Your Phoenix Store Open with Water Removal Help from SERVPRO
Stores Benefit from Rapid Water Removal from Broken Pipes and Floods
When storms hit the Valley, they hit hard. Flash floods are among the only natural disasters that regularly threaten Phoenix, with severe incidents often causing millions in damages to local businesses.
Flash floods create some of the most serious water damage for Phoenix retail stores, so SERVPRO is always ready to respond whenever flooding hits the local area. Even when monsoon season is over, storms can still strike, so make sure your insurance covers all seasons for flood damage. If the worst does happen, here's a quick overview of what you should expect.
Flash floods create some of the dirtiest water damage scenarios, as these floods typically carry a significant amount of dirt, debris, and plant matter. Mud tends to stain everything the water touches, from furniture to floors and walls to merchandise shelves. In addition to a thorough cleanup, these stains typically require intensive sanitization and often a fresh paint job to erase completely. Our industrial-strength cleaning equipment and supplies help us at SERVPRO to eliminate these messes as quickly as possible.
Standing water tends to be among the costliest effects of flooding and major water line breaks, especially when our response is delayed. Water that has been allowed to pool for hours can seep into the building's foundation, weakening its structure and potentially leading to mold problems. Standing water is often particularly troublesome in back rooms, where there are fewer vents for moisture once the flood has subsided.
Broken Glass and Materials
Even if your store is somehow completely free of breakable objects and materials, there is still an excellent chance that cutting hazards have worked their way in. Floods tend to break things, carrying the shards with them wherever they go, including to your store. If you enter the structure, be sure to wear close-toed shoes and gloves to protect your extremities.
At SERVPRO of East Phoenix, we tailor our response and cleanup strategies to the city's specific needs and concerns. If your retail location has suffered water damage, give us a call at (602) 507-6163.
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Helping Your Business Recover From Fire Damage Throughout The Phoenix Area
Fires can devastate your business, often leading to a loss of assets, revenue, and eventually permanent closure.
Recovering From Fire Damage
Every restaurant has open flames, heating equipment, electrical connections, oils, chemicals, and paper products that add all the ingredients fire needs to get out of control quickly. Fires can devastate your business, often leading to a loss of assets, revenue, and eventually permanent closure.
Businesses throughout the Phoenix area report fire damage more often than you might think, costing owners millions in direct property damage. Preventative maintenance, employee training, and the installation of fire extinguishers, suppression, and quality exhaust systems can help. However, more often than not, your employees shrug-off necessary training and panic when faced with situations like these. All it takes is an employee failing to clean appliances properly, or having a manager that forgets to schedule regular maintenance for the fire prevention systems on your property for things to go horribly wrong.
Even if you take all of the right precautionary measures, accidents happen. Taking the time to form a pre-existing relationship with a trusted local restoration company can help you get these accidents under control quickly, whether they occur in the middle of the night or day. Places like SERVPRO have professional fire restoration teams available 24-hours a day to provide you with the emergency services you need to keep your business running.
By developing an SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you limit any interruptions you might face. When everyone on the ground understands what to do and what to expect, your property has a better chance of survival. We perform a no cost assessment of your facility and help you determine an immediate plan of action for when emergencies occur.
You can establish your local SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, identify those with authority to allow work to begin, saving time and money through mitigation of damage. The sooner our teams can start work, the better results you receive.
Our Access READY Plan App provides workers with valuable information, including the location of shut-off valves, priority areas, and what to do during an emergency, that makes your business “Ready for whatever happens.” Contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix today to discover solutions available in your area (602) 507-6163.
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