Recent Storm Damage Posts

New Valley Residents Unprepared for Monsoon Season

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

The Valley continues to attract new out-of-state residents every year. Many move to the area when the weather is idyllic and are caught by surprise when monsoon season rolls around Few understand how damaging monsoon storms can be. Here are a few things new homeowners and business owners in AZ should understand about monsoons and the damage they can cause.

Flash flooding can occur anywhere

Flash flooding can cause a moderate amount of damage to your property to substantial damage. With Phoenix's unique geographic location, it is vulnerable to the remnants of tropical storms, which originate from the Pacific ocean and make their way to our fair state. The amount of water from these storms is fast and furious, which can lead to flash floods, even in areas where they’re not necessarily expected (like a flood zone). It’s important to heed all flash flood warnings and signage; never try to cross floodwaters or enter a property that’s been flooded. Make sure your home or office building has proper drainage so excess water doesn’t permeate your structure in the first place. Flash flooding is just one of the many ways monsoons can impact the Valley.

Gusty winds can cause damage

Storm damage can be extraordinarily destructive to your home, regardless of whether it’s old or new, one-story or two-story. High winds and flying debris can break a window and allow the water to enter. It can tear apart roofs and rip off rain gutters. It can uproot trees that can fall on your home, vehicle, or wall. As the winds from the storm recede and some of the water goes with it, the damage might seem like it is ending. While the remainder of the situation can seem like nothing more than a massive mess to clean up, that is not always the case. With high winds and water, undetected and unaddressed water can result in mold so be sure to inspect the damage thoroughly from the wind as well as the water that may have entered your home. Roofs can be particularly vulnerable to wind damage so be sure to be diligent to check your house thoroughly to prevent further damage after the storm resides.

Floodwaters are more than messy

Floodwaters are not always clean; in fact, they can often come teaming with chemicals, pesticides, petroleum products, and sewage depending on where they came from. When the water becomes mixed with such things, disposing of it is not a job for an untrained person. When compromised water floods your home or office building, it is best to call SERVPRO because we have the proper equipment and tools to deal with the problem. If left unaddressed, flood water can ruin furnishings in your house. It is essential to understand and know what possessions and materials are safe to keep and dry out inside of your home, and what is not. SERVPRO can sort through your belongings and advise you on what you can and what you should not keep. It is best to be safe in these situations and leave addressing flood waters to the pros.

Lightning strikes

Lightning strikes during monsoons are a very real threat to homes and businesses. Lightning is most frequent during Arizona's summer monsoon. It has to do with shifts in the wind and the amount of moisture in the air. Lightning strikes in Arizona over 500,000 times a year, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix. But while lightning may look cool, it can be highly dangerous and even fatal. It’s important to get inside during a lightning storm, not be in standing water (like a pool or jacuzzi), avoid using appliances with electric cords, and make sure your electronics such as laptops and computers are protected from a power surge by a surge protector.

Call SERVPRO if you experience monsoon storm damage

Homeowners new to AZ are often taken by surprise by the amount of damage caused by monsoons. When storm damage strikes your Phoenix home, as soon as you are able, call SERVPRO of East Phoenix so that we can assist you with the damage and get your house back to normal. Call us today at (602) 507-6163.

The Damage You May Miss After a Monsoon Storm

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Phoenix experienced a fairly substantial monsoon season this year, with a torrential amount of rain dropped in a short period of time. Most homeowners will do a cursory review of their property following such big storms; if no damage is found, the storm is soon forgotten. Unfortunately, not all damage shows up right away, and going undetected can cause serious issues.

Damage after a storm

Storm-related flood damage happens to homes every year in Arizona. Once the storm is over, the effects can be mild, like soggy area rugs, to minor issues such as leaky windowsills, to devastating such as a loss of walls and floors. Since these are easily spotted, it makes sense to call remediation specialists like SERVPRO of East Phoenix who are ready with a highly trained team of technicians and years of experience to restore each home to its original condition. While some items can be addressed on your own (soggy area rugs) more substantial damage should be addressed by a professional.

The damage you may miss after a storm
 

Since the rain comes down so quickly and in significant volume, it’s challenging for the ground around our homes to absorb all of the water. Pair with that the heavy rains and high winds that can cause damage to our roofs, and you can see why monsoons can cause so much damage. Unfortunately, sometimes that damage is difficult to see. Perhaps just enough water seeped into your roof through a small crack to slowly accumulate behind a wall. It may not be enough to see if it doesn’t seep through to your ceiling or outside wall with those telltale brown spots or a pungent, musty odor that indicates mold growth. If left untreated, those small leaks can cause big problems that are harder to address.

Detecting unseen issues caused by storms

Telltale signs of water damage in attics and ceilings might be the brown water spots that appear on ceilings or walls. You might also see bubbling of paint or bulging of drywall. Another sign of unseen damage is odor. Mold growth over time can cause a musty odor even before you see any kind of mold growth. All of these indicate a problem that needs to be addressed immediately; ideally provided by a storm remediation specialist. Don’t try to address what appears to be a surface mold growth issue, as the cause of the mold growth needs to be addressed, not just the surface growth.


Contact SERVPRO to address storm issues

By the time you spot damage that has been protracted, chances are the situation has been there for a bit of time and needs professional attention. That is why it is so important to call SERVPRO immediately at the first sign of a problem. Not only can we address the damage or mold growth, but we’ll also identify the areas of weakness can address those as well to prevent future damage. At SERVPRO of East Phoenix, we can return your home to its original condition and help you prevent as much of the damage as possible. If you want to reduce monsoon storm damage in your home in the future, call us today at (602) 507-6163 to schedule an inspection and get the damage remediated.

Winter Storm Lightning Strikes Can Damage Phoenix Homes

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Living in Arizona, we are no strangers to severe storms that are also known as monsoons. In addition to heavy rains and high winds, lightning can cause a real threat. However, monsoon season isn’t the only time we experience lightning strikes. Severe pop-up storms happen in winter as well, and the danger of lightning strikes is just as real. Lightning strikes are exceptionally dangerous as they can result in fire damage to your home. Learn more about how lightning strikes pose fire damage, how to prepare, and what to do if it happens to you.

When does Phoenix experience lightning?

July, August, and September are when Arizona experiences most of its thunderstorm activity, but lightning can occur with storms any month of the year. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) lightning causes over 22,000 fires each year.

Preparing and protecting your home from lightning

There are some steps you can take to protect your home from lightning strikes. Use a home lightning protection system. This can include lightning rods, main conductors, grounds, bonds, or surge protectors. This may keep any damage to a minimum. During a lightning storm, unplug electronics and appliances. Install surge protectors/surge suppressors to protect computers and other appliances. Be sure to check your insurance policy to make sure you have coverage for damage caused by lightning.

If your home experiences a lightning-caused fire

After any fire, your primary focus should be safety first. Here are a few tips from SERVPRO to keep you safe while you wait for fire remediation specialists to show up:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of the leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Once the pros at SERVPRO of East Phoenix show up, recovery begins! We offer a range of effective restorative tactics, including debris removal and emergency board up or tarping by our contracting division. Our licensed contractors can also oversee the reconstruction and renovation of your property once fire mitigation is complete. Our technicians focus on every damaging effect throughout your property from air quality concerns to soot, smoke residue, and odor removal. We offer comprehensive restoration to make the process more efficient and cost-effective for our customers.

If you experience a lightning strike, call SERVPRO

SERVPRO of East Phoenix is available 24/7 to help if you experience a home fire as a result of lightning. Our IICRC Certified technicians have years of experience and the training to handle any fire damage situation.  Call us at 602-507-6163 to help you recover from a lightning fire in your home. We’ll get you on the path of recovery as quickly as possible!

Unexpected Flooding Can Happen After Mild Storms

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Every Phoenix homeowner breathes a sigh of relief once monsoon season passes. Another season has gone that could damage roofs, break trees, or cause overall havoc. Unfortunately, monsoons might do enough damage to weaken a roof; a mild winter storm can send that weakened roof over the edge, resulting in flooding of your home. Here’s how to be prepared and what to do if you experience storm damage.

Winter storms can be enough to result in damage

If a roof, wall, or foundation of a home is already weakened from heavy storm activity, all it takes is a little more rain to be the final straw, resulting in storm damage. If your home experienced undetected damage, only to finally fail with a mild winter storm, contact SERVPRO's flood damage team in Phoenix. Rainwater seeping into your home can cause much more damage to your house than you realize and it's important to address the damage fast. Don’t be lulled into feeling secure that you avoided storm damage after another monsoon season has passed; your house may still be at risk.

The damage water can do

Sure, winter storms don’t bring the strong, damaging winds we experience during monsoons, but water is still damaging. Water itself can ruin building materials and contents inside your residence. In the case of rainwater, the contamination level of the water coming into your home is a significant issue. In most cases, rainwater entering the home is considered "grey" water damage. In flooding scenarios, water comes in from the outside forcing SERVPRO technicians to use different procedures than if the water came from a fresh source. Luckily, SERVPRO is trained to work with all kinds of water and water damage and will suggest the best approach to get the job done.


What our remediation specialists do to address the damage

Our highly trained SERVPRO team shows up at your house and gets to work immediately. We assess the damage and what the water situation is. Our next to step is to use specialized equipment to extract all of the water we can. Items that are salvageable after water damage will be restored; other items may be too far damaged and will be discarded. Our techs keep homeowners informed every step of the process, so you’ll always know what’s going on. After extraction and restoration, there may be residual odors if the water has stood long enough, and mold has started to form. Our experts know how to handle and mold issues or odor removal to be sure your home returns as close to pre-storm damage condition as possible.

No one expects to suffer storm damage once monsoons are gone, but if you do, call SERVPRO of East Phoenix at (602) 507-6163 for 24/7 assistance. We’ll help you recover as quickly as possible.

Plan Ahead to Protect Your Home from Next Year’s Monsoons

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

With monsoon season behind us, it’s easy to relax and not think about damaging storms until next year when they roll around again. However, the best way to keep your home protected from damaging storms is to plan ahead and protect your home now. Here’s how.

Secure your trees and trim where needed

One of the most common hazards that occurs during a monsoon storm is the uprooting of trees as well as heavy branches being ripped off and crashing into homes and cars. These trees and branches can cause considerable damage to your home or your neighbor’s home. If you’re just planting new trees, be sure that all your smaller or newly-planted trees are double-staked down loosely enough to give enough room for the tree to bend with the gusty winds, but secure enough to prevent them from being ripped out of the ground or broken off by the powerful winds. You should also trim the more mature trees to eliminate the branches that are thinner so that the limbs will have less weight. See exposed tree roots? Add additional soil and rock cover to keep roots from becoming saturated next storm season and uprooting the whole tree.

Make sure your windows and doors are well-sealed

Before the next storm hits, go through the home, and inspect all the windows and doors for any spaces or gaps where water and dirt can get in through. If you see any space within the frames where the seal is, it’s time to replace that weather stripping. Be meticulous as even the smallest amount of water will come in and cause mold which can spread around and will require professional mold remediation and removal. This simple and relatively inexpensive step can save you from awfully expensive repairs so be prepared and do it before the next storm rolls in.

Inspect your roof

After an especially active monsoon season, several roofs are in need of some attention. It’s a good idea to get up on your roof and look for any loose shingles or tiles before the next storm comes around. This should be done regularly throughout the monsoon season but equally important is doing it after the season to get any needed repairs done. Displaced shingles and tiles leave your roof vulnerable to storm elements that could cause even more damages. Undetected damage can cause serious issues even if a small rain shower hits next so get up there and check out your roof or find a professional to do it for you.

Fix those drainage issues now

If you’ve noticed issues with the drainage patterns which cause all the water to collect into pools, it’s time to get those fixed. Get those issues professionally addressed before the storms come again next season. Drainage patterns only worsen over time and can lead to flooding of your property or your home.

While monsoon season has passed for the year, making these quick inspections and easy fixes can save you from potential damage the next time a large storm rolls in. If your home suffered from damage from a recent storm, contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix. We’ll come to your home and address the issue immediately, and work with you to ensure your home is protected from additional storm damage in the future. Call us at 602-507-6163 and get the help you need.

Dealing with Mud and Debris in Your Flood Damaged Home

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Monsoons can bring a significant amount of water surging through an area in a short period of time. While most homeowners equate flooding with water damage, flood damage from monsoons also bring the high risk of mud and debris damage to your home. Learn more about monsoon flood damage and what to do if it happens to you.

Monsoon damage risks

Many monsoon-related floods carry large amounts of dirt and mud with them wherever they go, creating a mess if these waters breach your home. Mud is often one of the most visible signs from Phoenix monsoons; it can crust floors, walls, furniture, and anything else in its reach. Dirt may also work its way into various nooks and crannies in the home, creating pockets of grime and sludge that require deep cleaning to eliminate. SERVPRO East Phoenix has all the tools and training necessary to deal with mud damage, providing monsoon flood victims with relief when they need it most. Work with a storm damage remediation specialist in a monsoon flood situation.

How SERVPRO deals with monsoons mud and debris
 

Mud and debris are our top priorities in addition to water removal whenever we respond to a monsoon flooding situation. Responding quickly is critical to remove mud and debris effectively since mud can harden and form crusty shells that are difficult to remove and can leave behind significant damage. If contacted immediately following monsoon flood damage, we have a better chance of arriving before the mud dries and hardens to the point of causing significant issues. If the mud and muck is damp enough, we may be able to remove most of it with washing and scrubbing procedures. To eliminate all signs of mud and dirt in the home, we usually need to employ more in-depth cleaning procedures. We are armed with an array of professional cleaning solutions, tools, and machines that bring industrial cleaning strength to homes and small businesses in the area. Whether the dirt is stuck between floorboards, trapped in tile grout, or soaked into wallpaper, we have treatments and techniques to restore and repair many surfaces and materials without entirely replacing them. For sensitive objects such as electronics and jewelry, we work with local experts to get your belongings the care they require without damaging them any further.

If you experience monsoon flood damage, work with SERVPRO

If your home experiences flood damage after a monsoon storm, contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix as quickly as possible so we can get to work removing the water as well as mud and debris from your home. We’re available 24/7 to assist you, so don’t hesitate to contact us at 602-507-6163.

Address Commercial Storm Damage Quickly to Avoid Further Damages

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage during monsoons can be one of the most challenging obstacles for any business to navigate. Flood damage is often thorough, impacting a wide area across a building and finding its way into dark and forgettable places where it can go unnoticed indefinitely until further damage arises. If given time, flood damage can later cause more types of damage through corrosion and mold growth if you are not careful. If your business suffers storm damage, work with SERVPRO to address the issue and prevent further damage.

What kind of buildings are at risk for storm damage?

Any building could experience monsoon storm flooding, but locations near water or low-lying areas are particularly vulnerable when monsoons dump a substantial amount of water in a short period of time. Never assume that your building is immune to flood damage simply because it is on higher ground; internal leaks or floods could strike unexpectedly and cause significant damage to any commercial building of any size. 

What happens during floods? 

Floodwaters tend to cover all or a vast part of a building, ruining, staining, and contaminating floors and low-lying objects. The waters are often loaded with dirt, grime, and biological or chemical hazards, making cleanup tricky and dangerous. Furthermore, floods often create ideal conditions for mold growth, which may cause health effects. Those in the Phoenix metro area don’t consider themselves at risk of floods but again, with monsoons comes the potential for an enormous amount of water to be dumped in a short period of time; something most Phoenix streets are not able to sufficiently accommodate, which can result in a building flooding. 

How are floodwaters cleaned up? 

While SERVPRO of East Phoenix treats each flood situation uniquely based on the circumstance, there are specific steps they take to address the issue. First, any remaining water is pumped out with heavy extractors, sometimes truck-mounted for more significant amounts of water. Then, air movers and dehumidifiers are used to dry out the area and eliminate any remaining moisture. Finally, deodorization and cleanup can begin, with all affected areas and objects scrubbed and sanitized. During this phase, mold removal and restoration processes may also take place, depending on the situation. A SERVPRO professional will always consult with you, so you know exactly what your building is facing and what they recommend for remediation and restoration.

Work with us if you experience floodwaters in your building.

As a flood damage restoration leader, SERVPRO of East Phoenix has the specialized expertise, equipment, and training to restore your home to its pre-storm condition. We offer 24/7 emergency service to help you when you need it. Contact us at 602-507-6163 if you need assistance.

What New Homeowners in AZ Should Understand About Monsoons

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

The Valley of the Sun continues to be a destination for out-of-state people looking to buy homes in Arizona. Though they may have experienced snowstorms where they came from, few understand how damaging monsoon storms can be. Here are a few things new homeowners in AZ should understand about monsoons and the damage they can cause.

Flash flooding

Flash flooding can cause anywhere from a moderate amount of damage to your property to substantial damage. Because of Phoenix's unique geographic location, it is vulnerable to the remnants of tropical storms, which originate from Pacific ocean and make their way to our fair state. The amount of water from these storms is fast and furious, which can lead to flash floods. Away from your home, head all flash flood warnings and signage. Make sure your home has proper drainage so excess water doesn’t permeate your home. Flash flooding is just one of the many ways that these storms can impact specific areas of the state.

High winds damage

Storm damage can be extraordinarily damaging to your home, regardless of whether it’s old or new, one story or two story. High winds and flying debris can break a window and allow the water to enter. It can tear apart roofs and rip off rain gutters. It can uproot trees that can fall on your home, vehicle, or wall. As the winds from the storm recedes and some of the water goes with it, the damage might seem like it is ending. While the remainder of the situation can seem like nothing more than a massive mess to clean up, that is not always the case. With high winds and water, undetected and unaddressed water can result in mold so be sure to inspect the damage thoroughly from the wind as well as the water that may have entered your home.

Floodwaters

Floodwaters are not always clean; in fact, they can often come teaming with chemicals, pesticides, petroleum products, and sewage depending on where they came from. When the water becomes mixed with such things, disposing of it is not a job for an amateur. When black water or otherwise compromised water floods your home, it is best to call SERVPRO because we have the proper equipment and tools to deal with the problem. If left unaddressed, flood water can ruin furnishings in your house. It is essential to understand and know what possessions and materials are safe to keep and dry out inside of your home, and what is not. SERVPRO can sort through your belongings and advise you on what you can and what you should not keep. It is best to be safe, rather than sorry in these situations as remaining in contact with black water is unsafe for your health.

Homeowners new to AZ are often taken by surprise by the amount of damage caused by monsoons. When storm damage strikes your Phoenix home, as soon as you are able, call SERVPRO of East Phoenix so that we can assist you with the damage and get your house back to normal. Call us today (602) 507-6163.

Maintain Rain Gutters to Keep Your Home from Flooding During Storms

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

It may not rain with as much frequency here in the Valley as other parts of the country, but when it rains, it pours! Our monsoons can deliver a significant amount of water in a very short period of time, taxing rain gutters on homes to keep water away and drain correctly. Be sure to maintain rain gutters to keep your home from flooding during storms.

How gutters protect your home

The gutters surrounding the eaves of your home are there to help prevent instances of flood damage from occurring. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not even know about a problem with their gutters until it is malfunctioning and causing a backflow or overflow situation to arise, flooding your home. These spouts can get clogged up from debris such as leaves, bird nests, or other material, or may fall into disrepair over time and not adequately drain water away from your home. It’s a good idea to inspect your rain gutters at least once a year to ensure they’re capable of properly channeling storm waters away from your home.

When you find out too late that your gutters aren’t working

Unfortunately, many homeowners fail to inspect their drains and only discover there’s an issue when water starts to seep in through the ceiling or roof. When that happens, it’s imperative to call a water remediation specialist like SERVPRO of East Phoenix as quickly as possible. From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, we work to assess what needs to happen to seal up water entry points of your home.  Depending on the severity of the flooding inside of your house, our SERVPRO professionals might only need to use portable pumps to remove the water. Larger quantities might require the use of pump trucks from our fleet of vehicles.

The SERVPRO water remediation process

SERVPRO follows a tried and true water repair process for homes. We inspect and assess water damage. We then remove as much water as we possibly can using whatever equipment necessary to get the job done. We then tackle drying and dehumidification. Drying is one of the most essential components to flood damage restoration. Lack of proper drying can lead to further weakening of construction materials in your home, can allow for more water penetration in the immediate future, and can also allow for unfortunate damages like mold growth to occur in this affected area. After drying and dehumidification, we deal with cleaning, sanitizing, and restoration if needed. It’s a process that can help your home return to the preflood condition as quickly as possible!

A clogged or damaged gutter system cannot divert the water away from your home, and it eventually allows water to find a way inside your home. When you struggle with a situation like that, reach out to our experienced SERVPRO of East Phoenix team of restoration specialists. We can help you remove the water and bring your home back to the way that it should be. Give us a call anytime at (602) 507-6163.

Storm Damage Brings More Than Just Flooding to Your Home

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding from storms can cause immense damage to your home. Because of Phoenix's unique geographic location, it is susceptible to extremely strong storms called monsoons. When these storms strike, they can cause a lot of water damage and more.

What storm damage can do to your home


Storm damage can be incredibly damaging to your home. High winds and drifting debris can break a window and allow the waters to enter your home or seep into the foundation or attic where it may linger undetected. As the storm recedes and some of the water goes with it, the nightmare might seem like it is ending. While the remainder of the situation can seem like nothing more than a massive mess to clean up, not to mention a little drying out. However, that is not always the case. Floodwaters are not always clean; in fact, they can often come with chemicals, pesticides, petroleum products, and sewage. When the water becomes mixed with these items, it becomes unsafe for human contact and disposing of it is the job of a professional. When black water floods your home, it is best to call SERVPRO because we have the proper equipment and tools to deal with the problem.

What is black water and why it's dangerous


Black water is wastewater and can contain biological material such as grease or human waste. Unfortunately, black water can ruin furnishings in your house. It is essential to understand and know what is safe to keep and dry out inside of your home, and what is not. Carpets and area rugs must be thrown away after they have been soaked through with black water as they are no longer safe to keep even with a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO can sort through your damaged belongings and advise you on what you should and should not keep. It is best to be safe, rather than sorry in these situations as remaining in contact with black water is unsafe.

Debris left behind can present a danger

If your home experiences debris from a storm, such as debris carried in by floodwaters or debris that entered your home through a damaged roof, its important that a professional be summoned to deal with the removal of the debris. SERVPRO professionals will arrive with the proper protective clothing and the right equipment to safely remove whatever debris may be in your home, thus removing the chance for the homeowners to be injured. Unexpected debris of any kind can present a danger and its removal is paramount.

Undetected moisture can cause mold to grow

Storm damage can often lead to mold growth in your home if the moisture is not quickly and completely removed. Unfortunately, the moisture often resides in areas where homeowners are unaware it even exists, like attics or behind walls. That’s why it’s important to work with flood remediation specialists who know how to detect and remove all water from your home after a flood to prevent mold issues.


When storm damage strikes your Phoenix home, call SERVPRO of East Phoenix as quickly as possible so that we can assist you with the damage and get your house back to normal. Call us today (602) 507-6163.

Storm Water and Other Flooding Can Cause a Lot of Damage

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

When flooding happens, whether it’s from a strong storm or other external causes, people are often surprised and shocked at the amount of damage that happens inside their homes, including mud, debris and more. Homeowners whose homes flood because of floodplains or nearby construction need to get their homes dried out and cleaned quickly. Otherwise, several other problems can quickly develop and cause future problems and expenses to homeowners. SERVPRO of East Phoenix knows how to handle water damage. Learn the steps to recover from flooding.

What to do after flooding


Since we live in the desert, people incorrectly assume they’ll likely never experience flooding from storm damage or floodplains but surprisingly, we actually have several floodplains right here in the Valley that can put homes at risk. Homes that suffer from flood damage can become habitable again with the proper steps. Drying out an affected home is only half of the battle in saving a home. Flooding brings in untold amounts of debris full of pathogens and chemicals that can cause issues. It’s imperative to deal with all these issues to completely restore your home safely.

How SERVPRO of East Phoenix can help

We eliminate any water, debris, chemicals, etc. that may have entered your home with a flood and sanitize your flooded home so that you can live in it again safely. Our trained technicians typically start by drying out your home and possessions. To dry out your home, we use pumps for any remaining water that’s still in your home. We treat saturated areas by heating them and increasing the circulation of the air around them. This includes all surfaces, and even though ceilings may never touch floodwaters, evaporation causes them to become saturated, also. Belongings can be transferred to our site for temporary storage and to receive treatment that dries them out and sanitizes the items, removing any pathogens and other contaminants.

Why sanitizing is a necessary step with water damage

Sanitizing your home's interior keeps the home safe for your family when they return home. Some items in your home require their removal and replacement because of the inability of any known methods to adequately clean them. These include carpeting, mattresses, and many food products, including those inside your refrigerator. Our technicians will discuss their recommendations regarding treatment vs. replacement so you can decide what’s best for you based on the fact. One item that typically needs to be replaced is carpeting. Carpeting cannot remain after a flood because of the possibility of pathogens and other microbes to adhere to the fibers in the carpet; mold growth and odor will soon follow if not removed. Mattresses can harbor pathogens much the same way that carpet can and therefore also need to be removed and replaced vs. trying to treat them and return them to the home. Of course, food items can hold microbes in tiny areas that defy even the best cleaning techniques so if any items in a pantry were dampened by floodwaters, it best to discard them for safety reasons.

What to do if you experience a flood in your home

To clean and sanitize your home, our technicians use the latest methods available with high quality equipment and cleaners. We want to ensure that your home protects you and your family by being clean and habitable. At SERVPRO of East Phoenix, we have the tools and equipment to help us put our skills and training to work for you. Call us at (602) 507-6163 whenever you have flood damage or other disaster-related situations in your home.

Protecting the Family Pets from Storm-Related Damage

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Families that are smart enough to create an evacuation plan in case of damage caused by storms know to include their pets in that plan; making sure one person is assigned to grab the pets and having leashes and carriers easily accessible to evacuate frightened pets quickly and safely. Unfortunately, sometimes storm damage happens while people are away, and the pets are home alone. Here are a few tips on protecting the family pets from emergencies caused by storms.

Prevent pets from starting house fires

Each year, more than 500,000 pets are affected by house fires, with 1,000 house fires started by pets themselves! With monsoon season, homeowners need to be more aware than ever about fire, open flames, and other damage caused by severe storms. There are a few steps homeowners can take to protect their pets. First, never leave open flames unattended, even if power goes out due to storm activity. Bushy tails can easily catch fire from a nearby candle, no matter how high up it is. If you have pets, simply stay in the room when candles are lit, or extinguish them when you leave. You can also opt for flameless candles, so you never have an open flame in your home. Be aware of loose wires that may be chewed by younger or curious pets. Pets may like to chew on wires and cords, but ensure that these items are out of reach from your pet, as they can lead to fires. During monsoons, people may quickly plug in fans or other items to fight the muggy weather, so be aware of those cords! Keep cats off of kitchen counters. Sanitary issues aside, if pets are accustomed to being on kitchen counters, they may get near a lit stove and cause a kitchen fire or get injured. The best prevention is to not allow them on countertops!

How to best protect your pets in case of fire or other storm damage

Sadly, fires and other emergencies happen and if you’re not home, it can be disastrous for pets. Here are a few tips that can help your pet survive the devastation such occurrences. First, as mentioned above, make sure there are leashes, collars, and carriers readily available if you need to get your pets out of the house quickly. Make sure your home evacuation plan includes who is responsible for the pets, and when everyone is safely outside and you’re doing a headcount, don’t forget your pets in that tally! Use monitored smoke detectors that are connected to emergency responders – Should a fire start while you are away from your home, you’ll rest assured that your pet has access to emergency response services even if no one is home to call them. Put an emergency pet sticker on the window by your front door so first responders know how many pets are in the house should they enter when you’re not home and storm damage occurs. Make sure your neighbors are aware of how many and what kind of pets you have so they can inform firefighters in your absence.

Avoid Severe Storm Damage to Your Phoenix Home During Monsoons

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Your home might be one of the last places that you might expect to flood, given that the average rainfall every year is far below the averages for other places around the country. Even with this fact, houses in the area get flooded year after year from storm damages that allow heavy rainfall to access a home quickly, typically during the monsoons. The more severe the weather event, the more significant the water damage that results in the affected area of your home. SERVPRO of East Phoenix has pulled together some tips on how to avoid severe storm damage to your Phoenix home during monsoons.

Preventative steps to avoid severe damage

Preventative steps can be taken to reduce the risk of severe storm damage. Here is a quick list of items to address before the storms come rolling in:

  • Trim back trees
  • Cut off dead limbs
  • Make sure drainage and gutters are clear of debris
  • Have your roof checked for leaks
  • Make sure you have adequate drainage around your home,

Simple preventative steps can go a long way to mitigating severe storm damage, so add these activities to your annual pre-monsoon checklist to be prepared.

What to do if you experience damage

As prepared as you can be with the above, you cannot avoid the possibility entirely as Mother Nature will do what it wants. Your best solution when unfortunate circumstances like these occur to your Phoenix property is to know whom to call to help you with water damage restoration and to get the water extracted quickly from your home to prevent further lasting damage to the structure of your residence. That is where SERVPRO of East Phoenix comes into the picture!

Steps to damage control and restoration

Our experienced SERVPRO team has seen many storm damage incidents throughout the Valley and have a proven process for restoring your Phoenix home to pre-storm damage condition. Our first step is to remove the possibility of more damage occurring by boarding up any areas of your home where water is coming in, or tarping over punctured portions of your roof which prevents additional water from being able to enter your home. Then we can start the restoration process to continue to deal with the water damage issues in your home. Repairs to the damaged portions of your roof, siding or windows can be dealt with when the severe weather subsides, and the restoration process gets completed.

Getting rid of the water

Extracting water is critical to preventing further structural damages. Our SERVPRO team utilizes either portable pumps or truck-mounted pumps to address this and get the job done. Drying gets achieved with the use of air movers. Once complete, we make sure that further water damages are not persisting out of sight to prevent mold and mildew.

Storm damages may not seem like a natural threat to your home, but it can and does happen during the monsoons. If your home experiences storm damage that results in flooding, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Phoenix. Our experienced emergency response team can be reached 24/7 at (602) 507-6163.

Arizona Storms and Your Roof: How to Be Prepared

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

People who are new to Arizona are always taken aback at just how powerful our monsoons can be. Though beautiful to watch (from the safety of the indoors!), they can be quite damaging to your Phoenix home. Roof damage can be a significant cost for homeowners and one that can be avoided with vigilant and routine inspections. While many people are likely aware of the potential for damage after a storm, they may not be as aware of the threat a monsoon poses to their roof. The storm’s heavy winds, torrential rain and occasional hail can do lasting damage to your roof if not mitigated early. SERVPRO of East Phoenix has put together a few tips for the different kinds of roofs in Arizona and how to spot storm damage.

Check Your Shingles

The most apparent signs of storm damage to your roof are broken or missing shingles. Hail stones can either create small divots in a shingle, or they can completely fracture and even break a shingle free of the roof altogether. High winds can rip them off altogether. Be sure to take a quick peek at your roof after a storm to ensure all shingles are intact. Replace missing and broken ones immediately to prevent further damage.

Look at the Roof Underlayment

While missing shingles are not significant causes of roof damage (except cosmetically), torn or missing underlayment can be. When a shingle is broken or missing, it can lead to the exposure or wearing away of the underlayment. Tattered or damaged underlayment can lead to water damaged sheathing which can exacerbate the problem. If you spot torn or missing underlayment on your roof, call a storm damage professional to come out and assess the damage as soon as possible.


Checking the Sheathing


The sheathing is the wood boards that cover over your attic joist. While many Arizona homes may not have a true attic, they will still have some space that is covered by sheathing over your roof’s joist. These boards are your last line of defense against the outside elements like water. If your shingles and underlayment are damaged, then your sheathing is exposed to rain and other elements. Depending on the severity of the storm, it can severely damage your sheathing through both impact of water or hail, or intensity of winds. Like underlayment, the damage needs to be assessed and addressed immediately to prevent further damage.

Insulation and Attic Inspection

When the roof compromised, it leaves insulation and your attic space potential exposed as well. This exposure can lead to moisture buildup and possibly mold. If you are experiencing this level of damage to your insulation and/or attic, you may want to call a disaster restoration specialist like SERVPRO of East Phoenix. Our highly trained technicians will know how to remediate the situation.

Arizona storms can cause significant roof damage. Routine inspections of your property’s roof should protect you from any obvious issues like missing shingles but even with a secure roof, storm damage can happen. If you experience storm damage to your Phoenix home, contact SERVPRO to help address the situation immediately. We’re available 24/7, 7 days a week to help you with any damage you experience. Contact us at (602) 507-6163 to get the help you need.

February Rainstorms in Phoenix Can Bring Storm Damage

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

People flock to the Valley of the Sun in the winter because, for the most part, we’ve got some of the most beautiful weather in the country during the winter. However, for some reason, we always seem to have rain right around Valentine’s Day every year, and this year was no exception. Our February rainstorms can bring damage, so keep an eye out and know what to look for after major storms.

Steady rainfall can cause damage

Our winter storms don’t tend to have the intensity of our monsoons, but even steady rainfall like we’ve been experiencing this week can do damage over time. The problem is that most homeowners are on high alert during monsoons, checking their roofs, cutting back on landscape watering, and checking the usual places for leaks like windowsills and doors. Unfortunately, steady rains can cause damage too, though much more slowly. Or perhaps your home already had some undetected damage from storms earlier this year, and this week’s storm was the final straw; now your roof is leaking, or at least you finally noticed there’s a leak. So now what?

Work with professionals who know how to deal with storm damage

When you first notice storm damage to your home, it’s crucial to call in a professional as quickly as possible to assess the damage and put together a plan of action to repair and restore your Phoenix home. Even if the damage appears to be minor, it needs attention quickly and professionally. Storm damage response does not end with quick fixes for your property, however. We can offer full-scale reconstruction and repair where needed, and our other IICRC-certified technicians can address water damage and flooding that occurred inside. With our fully stocked production vehicles, our team arrives with a full array of effective extraction, drying, and mitigation equipment to make a difference quickly in an emergency.

Was the storm damage more substantial in your area?

Certain areas of the Valley really got nailed with our recent storm, including hail. Thunder, lightning, rain, and hail began moving through the Valley Monday evening and for some homes left behind damage. It wasn’t long before the phone began to ring! We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

If you suffered storm damage after this week’s weather, contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix immediately at 602-507-6163. From minor repairs to major structural issues, our professionals have what it takes to get the job done.

Storm Damage May Cause Flooding Problems for Your East Phoenix Home

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storms like what we experienced over the Thanksgiving holiday can do a lot of damage when they’re accompanied by an excessive amount of rainfall. The more severe the weather, the more significant the storm damage that results in the affected area of your home, which can cause flooding problems.

Preventative steps can be taken to reduce the risk of these occurrences, such as trimming back trees and cutting off dead limbs, but you cannot avoid damage entirely, especially when the storm doesn’t occur in the normal extreme weather timeframe like monsoon season. And of course, there’s not much you can do to prevent flooding in your home caused by excessive rainfall. Your best solution when storm damage occurs to your Phoenix home is to know who to call to help you address the damage and get the water extracted quickly to prevent further issues to the structure of your home.

Work with a team of experienced professionals

Our experienced SERVPRO team has seen many storm damage occurrences in East Phoenix and all over the Valley and know what it takes to get the job done. They follow a tried and true procedure from beginning to end to ensure your storm damage and subsequent flooding is correctly evaluated and quickly addressed. Our first step is to remove the possibility of more damage occurring by properly covering any holes in your roof or broken glass that may have happened during the storm that is now allowing water in. The process prevents additional water from being able to enter your home, letting the restoration process proceed to deal with the damage. Repairs to the damaged portions of your roof, siding or windows can be dealt with when the severe weather subsides, and the restoration process gets completed.

Getting rid of flood water in your home

Extraction of the water is vital to preventing further structural damages, and based on the location of the affected area, our SERVPRO team utilizes either portable pumps or truck-mounted pumps to address this extraction process. Drying efforts typically get completed with the use of air movers. Infrared scanning is another part of our assessment, to make sure that further water damages are not continuing out of sight.

Taking care of items damaged once the water is extracted

Once the team has completed water extraction, they can turn their attention to restoration. This may include basic repairs such as drywall or carpeting or may be more complicated and requires reconstruction through our building services team. Our service technicians will give you a complete overview of what damage needs to be addressed and how it will be done.

Flooding caused by storm damage may seem unlikely in Arizona, but it can and does happen. If your home experiences storm damage that results in flooding, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Phoenix. Our experienced emergency response team can be reached 24/7 at 602-507-6163.

Avoid Monsoon Storm Damage to Your Roof

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage to a roof in Phoenix when a tree falls on top of it. A Phoenix home suffers damage to the roof during a storm.

Every summer in Arizona, homes in Phoenix face all the aggressive elements of the Monsoon season, leaving behind a lot of homes with roof damages from a storm. The Monsoon season runs from June 15th throughout September’s end bringing towering walls of rolling dust, fierce winds, rain and occasionally some hail. These elements are especially harsh on roofs that have not been kept up and maintained.

When your home has damage to the roof from a storm, the issues are compounded, affecting both the interior and the exterior of your home. Rain tends to get through the cracks in the roof, or it will collect in pools, especially on flat roofs, causing the roof to spring a leak on the inside. Now you have storm damages to you roof and water damages to your ceiling and wall. The professional storm damage specialists at SERVPRO of East Phoenix have some tips to help save your roof, your home, and your bank account from the wrath of a Phoenix monsoon season.

Stop Trees from Causing Roof Damage During a Monsoon Storm

If you have any big trees around your home, inspect them often to make sure that there are no branches hovering around or over the roof. Branches snap off easily and will start to poke holes in the roof. Keep the large trees around the home healthy. Monsoon rain can get pretty heavy, which corrodes the soil surrounding the tree, compromising its health.

Another issue with the hovering tree branches are the bees that love to swarm around them, often building nests right in the roof of your home. The structure will weaken quicker than normally, leaving all kinds of vulnerabilities for a Monsoon storm to damage your roof.

Preventing Storm Damages With Roof Inspections

The storm damage specialists at SERVPRO of East Phoenix highly recommend regular inspections for the roof of your home. Routine inspections will help address issues before they become disasters like a caved in roof in the midst of a Monsoon storm.

Our techs are storm damage specialists always reiterate keeping the house gutters and downspouts clean and clear of any debris. Leaves and tiny branches often clog up the gutters and downspouts hindering the water from draining the way it’s supposed to. The water then pools up on the roof or overflows over in spots that aren’t made to facilitate a lot of water. The rain water will begin pooling around the foundation of your home which causes stress on it, weakening the structure.

Restoration for Storm Damage to Your Roof in Phoenix

If you do find yourself one day with damage to your roof from a storm, SERVPRO of East Phoenix can help. Our certified technicians are specialists in storm damage and are fast at identifying the source of the issue and addressing it quickly to prevent more damage from happening. Give us call 24/7 any day of the year for a fast response to an emergency 602-507-6163.

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

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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Author,
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.

Storm Damage - What to do before Adjuster Arrives

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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 AzFamily.com.

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.

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

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Flash floods can dump high volumes of water into basements. We have the equipment to remove the contaminated black stormwater.

Flooding from Monsoon Season in the Greater Phoenix Area

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

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

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

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

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

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Phoenix Flooding, Fast Service, Less Damage--Call SERVPRO

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mitigates Flash Flooding Damage to Phoenix Properties

Speed Helps SERVPRO Restore Flash Flood Damage to Phoenix Homes

Flash flood damage in Phoenix can take anyone by surprise, even those who have lived in the city for decades. Every year, tens to thousands of homeowners across Arizona suffer the effects of flash flooding in their homes and struggle to restore and rebuild after a catastrophe. While there is little you can do to be prepared for a flash flood, especially during monsoon season when strong winds can be present, aside from some fundamental measures such as keeping a waterproof emergency supplies bin, there are ways you can help mitigate damage to your home after the disaster. The most critical step is to call a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO that can react to problems as they arise in the hours after the flood and dry out your home before the worst damage can set in.

The start of most of our flash flood damage restorations in Phoenix involves removing water from the premises. In many cases, we need to use motorized water extraction pumps to remove standing water from the property. However, if no standing water remains by the time we arrive or after we pump out any water we find, we must also set up the complete drying process in as little time as possible to reduce the chance of extra complications such as mold growth and degradation of materials from developing.

During followings days or weeks that follow we finish drying your home to completion while moving on to the restorative part of our work. Through advanced cleaning and repair methods developed through decades of experience, we can restore your home back to the way it looked, felt, and smelled before the disaster happened, whenever possible. "Like it never even happened." View examples of our work by checking out some of the before and after photos, we post to our website and social media.

SERVPRO of East Phoenix provides fast and professional care for your home and belongings after a flash flood. Call us as soon as possible after the disaster at (602) 507-6163.

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We Have Your Back When A Flood Takes Over Your Arcadia Home!

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Finding the right professional assistance to overcome flood damage to your Arcadia home might feel more complicated than it is.

Contending With Unexpected Flooding In Arcadia Homes

With the remnants of Hurricane Rosa passing through Arcadia last month, many homes and businesses are still working to recover from the traumatic situation. While many homes did not become as severely damaged as others in the storm’s path, our franchise has responded to and continues to respond to many properties working to dry out the damage and contend with other effects that have developed over the past several weeks.

Finding the right professional assistance to overcome flood damage to your Arcadia home might feel more complicated than it is. Instead of scouring the internet for ratings and reviews of every service, consider some of the facts about what makes SERVPRO a choice that many others in the area continue to make when disaster strikes. This decision begins with our commitment that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. No matter when an emergency occurs, we have the personnel and the equipment to respond quickly and help you to safeguard the things that matter most in your property.

Another attribute that sets our franchise apart from some of the competition is the experience and education of our trained technicians. At our SERVPRO franchise, our water restoration specialists undergo unique training to obtain their IICRC certifications and have continual educational opportunities to make them top performers in the restoration industry.

The equipment that we have in our Green Fleet has gotten designed to minimize our impact on your life as we strive to make the restoration and mitigation portions of our service to our customers as efficiently as possible. We have gas-powered and truck-mounted pumps capable of extracting water from affected areas at a force of 300 psi. Flood-damaged properties that require mold remediation have the full weight of our applied microbial remediation technician staff available to help resolve this situation promptly to prevent further spread and potential health effects.

While many homes throughout the area are still striving to recover from the flooding that the remnants of Rosa brought to our doorstep, our SERVPRO of East Phoenix response team has continued to help properties throughout the area restore their homes to preloss conditions. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (602) 507-6163.

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You Will Thank Us - Some Tips About Flood Damage in an Arcadia Home You Need to Know

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

Regardless of how your home flooded, contact SERVPRO to remove the water and remediate the damage.

Strategies to Prevent Flood Damage in Arcadia

You cannot control the rain, storm, hurricane, tsunami, or any weather in general. Flood damage comes at an unexpected time. If you are unprepared for the situation, this catastrophe can leave you with very costly damages and depreciation of your real estate value. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to prevent further damages from escalating any further.
 
Flood damage in the Arcadia location can be reduced to a minimum if you take these preventative steps. You can elevate the building, seal the building, block water from entering the yard, use materials that cannot be affected by water, and elevate your place. Elevation provides the best protection from flood damage. It is kind of like relocating your house to an area that is safe from flood damage. When you raise the structure of your house, it can reduce the aftermath of the flood. You can also use panels as closures for flood protection. After all, most floodproofing systems have multiple openings that require watertight procedures during the flood event. Through these various ideas and strategies, you can significantly reduce flood damage by a lot.
 
If flood damage has already occurred, then it is best to call in the experts. SERVPRO technicians can come in and inspect the area. They can use water removal procedures such as the mitigation process to get rid of any standing water from the flood. They can measure the moisture content in the air for proper drying procedures. After they have completed the water removal process, they can use deodorizing and anti-microbial tools to get rid of odor-causing residuals. The SERVPRO techs can help salvage any belongings, appliance, structures, or items to prevent costly repairs and replacements. They can also educate you further on tips to prevent flood damage so you would not have to experience a significant crisis in the future.
 
If you are ready to get rid of flood damages, then give SERVPRO of East Phoenix a call at (602) 507-6163, and we can promptly send our reliable technician to your establishment.

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Flood Damage Dirties Up Exterior Areas Of Phoenix Homes

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Phoenix that leaves homes suffering from flood damage often needs mitigation of the exterior areas.

Flood Damage To Your Home

The exterior aspects of your Phoenix home also require cleanup after flooding. Debris ranging from bags and other litter to branches, leaves, and larger pieces of plant matter can end up on your lawn, strewn across your landscaped areas, and even create serious safety hazards.

Flooding in Phoenix that leaves homes suffering from flood damage often needs mitigation of the exterior areas. SERVPRO technicians can properly mitigate the interior areas of your home, as well as those on the exterior, including making sure that debris no longer remains behind as an eyesore, and the sides of your home are washed clean of residue. We can also mitigate flood damage that affects your outbuildings, particularly garages and sheds by inspecting them and cleaning up any damage found.

While the mitigation of your dwelling's interior affects your family the most, we also understand that hazards outside of your home can keep your family from enjoying time outdoors. We can help you resolve these concerns by cleaning up the area and making it beautiful and hazard-free again.
Pieces of broken glass, shards of splintered wood, piles of debris that the water pushed into corners and other such situations can seem interesting to young children who might not understand the dangers associated with these new-found items. Removing them, as well as any other hazards can restore safety to your yard for your children.

Garages and sheds where you store your tools and seasonal vehicles can retain moisture just like the interior elements of your home. We can dry these areas out and clean up any silt or other debris, so things become more orderly and less of a mess. Doing this as soon as possible can keep your tools from rusting. This protective measure is just as important for less expensive items like shovels as it is for more expensive saws, grinders, and other power tools.

SERVPRO of East Phoenix's IICRC-certified technicians are always ready to help homeowners in Arcadia, Biltmore, and Tempe restore their homes after flood damage and other disasters ruin their property. Call our 24-hour emergency services line at (602) 507-6163 to receive the services your home needs to make everything safe again for your family.

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Clogged Gutters Can Allow Flooding In Your Phoenix Residence

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Throughout the changing of the seasons every year, home might find itself waging war against debris, leaves and other blockages to your gutter system.

Clogged Gutters Can Allow Flooding

Throughout the changing of the seasons every year, your Phoenix home might find itself waging war against debris, leaves and other blockages to your gutter system. This critical network of water diversion works to send runoff from your roof to areas away from your house's vulnerable foundation. When this system fails or does not work as it should, the results could be dire.

The gutters surrounding the eaves of your Phoenix home exist to help prevent instances of flood damage from occurring. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not even know about a problem with this network of channeling until it is malfunctioning and causing a backflow or overflow situation to arise. When you find this water making its way into your house, it is time to call in some professionals who can help you handle this situation as efficiently as possible.

From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, we work to assess what needs to happen to seal up penetration points in the blockwork. Often the application of hydraulic cement can prevent water from continuing through and allow for extraction and drying to occur successfully.

Depending on the severity of the flooding inside of your house, our SERVPRO professionals might only need to use portable pumps to remove the water. Larger quantities might require the use of pump trucks from our fleet of vehicles.

Drying is one of the most essential components to flood damage restoration. Lack of proper drying can lead to further weakening of construction materials in your home, can allow for more water penetration in the immediate future, and can also allow for unfortunate damages like mold growth to occur in this affected area.

A clogged or damaged gutter system cannot divert the water away from your home, and it eventually allows it to pool by the foundation and force its way inside. When you contend with a situation like that, reach out to our experienced SERVPRO of East Phoenix team of restoration specialists. We can help you remove the water and bring your home back to the way that it should be. Give us a call anytime at (602) 507-6163.

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Protecting Families from the Dangers of Flood Damage in Phoenix

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in your home during a storm can create many potential hazard situations. Stay safe and contact SERVPRO to dry out your property.

SERVPRO Technicians Make Sure That Safety Standards are Followed When Remediating Flooding

Phoenix homes generally provide a high level of safety and protection from the elements and unwanted entities to those living in them. Once damaging conditions arise, previously safe conditions can change drastically and swing toward riskier ones developing inside the house.
 
Homeowners can prevent many types of problems with regular maintenance of their homes and its contents, but flood damage in Phoenix can create a crisis no matter how much care a home receives. SERVPRO employees receive extensive training in restoration methods so we can effectively mitigate any amount of damage your home sustains from a flooding event. This includes eliminating the risks created by the filthy water that invaded your home.
 
Soils carried into homes during a flood often contain chemicals, organic matter, pathogens, and other problem-causing elements. After we pump out any standing water remaining in your home, we can manually extract the debris. Along with the process of drying out your home until it reaches its usual level of humidity again, cleaning surfaces and disposing of damaged materials and other items, we eliminate much of the risk related to pathogens and trace chemicals.
 
Other risks come from the water itself. Secondary water damage can affect your home in different manners. Microbial colonization can happen quite quickly, and often does, immediately after a flood. SERVPRO technicians use hygrometers to locate elevated moisture pockets within a home, which we then eliminate. Flooding almost always ruins carpeting beyond repair, and we remove this as soon as we can extract it and the padding. Their absence makes it easier to dry out your home. Flooring underneath dries out much more rapidly, meaning flooring suffers less as we can better control any warping, cracking, and other significant changes caused by swelling.
 
Electrical hazards can seem less important after the water no longer covers your home's floors, but the risk remains. Corrosion of wires can make them unable to safely function. Risk of fire from electrical system deficits greatly increases after saturation by moisture. We partner with specialists such as licensed electricians who work with us on a regular basis, helping us fully complete the restoration work needed to get your family back home after such a disaster.
 
SERVPRO of East Phoenix can help your family return home and live in a safe and secure environment, "Like it never even happened." Professional mitigation of flood damage makes this possible in a fast and efficient manner. Contact our emergency hotline, (602) 507-6163, at any hour of the day or night, 365 days a year.

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

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded areas can quickly bring water into your home. Should your property suffer from a flooding incident, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

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


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

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

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

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

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

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

In a severe storm situation, flooding can occur, and water can seep from the outside indoors.

Flood Damage Experts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cleaning off Mud After Flood Damage in Phoenix

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and Muddy Messes to Phoenix Properties Get Help from SERVPRO

Flooding from Storms Creates Unique Cleaning Challenges

Many storm-related floods carry large amounts of dirt and mud with them wherever they go, creating a mess should they reach your home. Mud is often one of the most visible signs of flood damage from Phoenix storms: mud can coat floors, walls, furniture, and anything else in its path. Furthermore, dirt may work its way into nooks and crannies in the home and certain materials, creating pockets of muck and grime that require deep and intensive cleaning to eliminate. SERVPRO has all the tools and training needed to work through mud and all of its problems, providing local flood damage victims with accessible and affordable relief when they need it most.
 
Mud and dirt typically rank among our top priorities for removal whenever we respond to a Phoenix flood damage case. Response speed is critical to remove it effectively, as if given time, mud can harden and form dry shells that are difficult to break off and can leave behind significant additional damage. If you call us as soon as possible, we stand a better chance of arriving before the mud dries and hardens. If the muck is wet enough, we may be able to remove most of it with much faster washing and scrubbing procedures. Rapid moving water from flash flooding presents a challenge to buildings to withstand the onslaught and then to cope with the detritus left behind.
 
However, to eliminate all signs of mud and dirt in the home, we usually need to employ more in-depth cleaning procedures. All SERVPRO locations, including us, are stocked with an array of professional and efficient cleaning solutions, tools, and machines that bring industrial cleaning strength to homes and small businesses in the area. Whether the dirt is stuck between floorboards, trapped in tile grout, or soaked into wallpaper, we have treatments and techniques to restore and repair many surfaces and materials without entirely replacing them. For sensitive objects such as electronics and jewelry, we also maintain relations with local experts to get your belongings the care they require without damaging them any further.
 
SERVPRO of East Phoenix has served the local community for years with residential flood damage mitigation and restoration solutions. Call us 24/7 at (602) 507-6163.

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Cleaning Flood Damage in Phoenix

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO checks for swelling, water spotting, color bleeding, and mildew when restoring upholstered furniture after flood water damages your home.

Four Major Issues of Water Damaged Furniture After a Flood

When water comes flooding into Phoenix, most homeowners do not know where to begin. Even worse, is looking at what is left of their home after the water recedes and having no idea what is salvageable or how to do it.

Phoenix flood damage is unusual compared to other parts of the country. Once the rain stops, the water usually flows back out of a house and down into the storm drains in less than a day. The lack of standing water provides a false reassurance to homeowners, but SERVPRO has the experience to know that the clean-up is only starting.

Upholstered furniture is one of the hardest items to dry and clean after a flood. It has a mix of frame and fabrics which have their problems to watch out for when starting. There are four in particular that we pay attention to as they make up the majority of the issues.

Swelling – The frame on most upholstered furniture is wood, so we examine it for swelling which weakens the joints. Water also breaks down glues, causing even more damage. To combat this, we isolate the damaged furniture in one room (at the home if possible) and use space heaters set on low to dry out the items carefully.

Water Spotting – Dry-Clean only fabrics can easily spot and stain from flood water, so our inspectors carefully examine furniture for this. If the spotting is visible (on a sofa arm for example), then it may be necessary to dry-clean the entire piece. It may require bringing in a specialist for the task.

Color Bleeding – This occurs when the color runs from the fabric onto the legs of a chair or sofa and down to floors and carpets. SERVPRO has several methods to clean stained furniture, but carpets are much more challenging. To prevent it, we lift the items off the floor and place them either on blocks or over a pad that absorbs the bleed.

Mildew – The way we stop mildew from forming and growing is to dry the furniture as quickly as possible. If we do not have to worry about swelling, our technicians add air movers and dehumidifiers to the space heaters to speed up the process. If there is swelling, we carefully monitor the process so we dry the item rapidly, but without splintering or otherwise damaging it.

At SERVPRO of East Phoenix, we understand that homeowners are having one of the most difficult times in their life. Let us help you get through this and return your home and life to normal. Call today at (602) 507-6163.

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Flood Damage Inside a Phoenix Home

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storms Happen in Phoenix. The Cactus Points the Way for Help--SERVPRO

SERVPRO Inspects, Removes Water, and Verifies for Dryness Post Storms

Summers in Arizona can be hot, and leaving the windows open to let in some fresh air while going for a short trip shopping or visiting friends can work wonders to freshen up a home. Sudden storms happen increasingly often, and this can let rain water into open windows. This water can add up quickly, absorbing into the carpeting, walls, and everything in your Phoenix house.
 
Phoenix homeowners who allow this water to remain are setting themselves up for flood damage. Rainwater might look unimportant as it slowly soaks into your floor, but there is no such thing as minor flood damage. Determining how far the rainwater has seeped, and how much has entered into your walls through the window's frame are difficult to ascertain without proper equipment. SERVPRO's technicians have the required equipment. They also have received certifications from the IICRC and know exactly how to use these pieces of high-tech hardware to benefit you and your family.
 
When a homeowner calls us about flood damage inside their home, we always respond within four hours to their call. The sooner we begin, the less damage we need to mitigate and attend to in restoring your home to its pre-damaged state. While the need for pump trucks remains unlikely in this situation, our other equipment is also ready for any size job.
 
We need dehumidifiers, air blowers, and other equipment, including sensors, to ensure the location and elimination of all traces of water. Mold can begin to grow within 48 hours, posing risks to your home's structure if allowed to remain. Other types of damage from minor flooding include water stains, swelling of wooden fixtures, and corrosion of metal fittings in your home's interior.
 
If draperies are also affected and face the possibility of bleeding and other types of damage, we can remove these and have them cleaned at our facility. Window frames are designed to keep water out and can suffer damaging effects when exposed to rainwater on areas that were designed to remain dry. The legs of furniture in the area can stain carpeting if wooden and bleed onto carpeting. For every one of these situations and more, SERVPRO has an answer.
 
SERVPRO of East Phoenix is always ready to take your call at (602) 507-6163 When any flood damage, either minor or major, threatens the safety and comfort of your home in Phoenix or East Phoenix, we are always only a phone call away.

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Tips to Prevent Washing Machine Flood Damage in East Phoenix

7/16/2017 (Permalink)

If your washing machine fails and dumps grey water in your home, call SERVPRO and we will arrive quickly to start the water remediation process.

Our Certified Team of Technicians Arrives Quickly to Handle Flooding at Your Home

Washing machines are ubiquitous these days, and of course, they make our lives so much easier. Unfortunately, as with any appliance, washing machines do not last forever. A washer can break or suffer wear and tear, and when that happens, there is always the risk of it causing a flood in your home.
 
Flood damage from a washing machine in your East Phoenix home means inconvenience and expense for you and your family. The appliance needs replacing or repairing, and there is also the cost of water remediation to be considered. SERVPRO is on hand to help when a leak occurs – but we recommend you take the following steps to prevent a leak from happening at all.
 
Don’t overload your machine. Throwing too many clothes into wash puts stress on the whole system and throws it out of balance. All that pressure comes out in the form of a leak. Keep your loads small to medium sized.
 
Protect your washer’s drain. Lint and fluff collect in the drain, and before you know it, you have got a block that leads to a flood. Buy some inexpensive lint catchers and be sure to change them every month.
 
Check the supply hose. Supply hoses are under a lot of pressure and are in danger of developing cracks that lead to floods. Look at your hose regularly and replace it if it looks damaged or feels worn.
 
Protect door seals. Door seals are essential for keeping the water where it belongs – inside the washer. Protect door seals from erosion due to mold or mildew by wiping them with a weak vinegar solution every month. Do not forget to rinse and thoroughly dry seals after using vinegar on them.
 
Install a single lever shut-off valve. Make it simpler to shut off the water should an incident occur by replacing standard connections with a single lever shut-off valve. Simply pull the handle, and the water is off.
 
Accidents sometimes happen even when you take precautions. That is why SERVPRO is on hand to deal with any washing machine related flooding in your home. Our IICRC-certified teams arrive quickly and are equipped with extraction equipment to remove the water, air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home, and moisture detection equipment to make sure it is thoroughly dry.
 
For flood remediation, give SERVPRO of East Phoenix a call at (602) 507-6163 today.

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