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Winter Visitors Face Unexpected Damage

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth Call our office if you detect water damage or mold growth!

Fall has officially arrived in Scottsdale which means we’re finally getting cooler morning temps and high temps in the 70’s and 80’s. As a Scottsdale resident, you know that lower temperatures here in the Valley of the Sun means it’s time for our winter visitors from out of state to move back to Arizona to take in this sunshine and gorgeous weather! Here at SERVPRO of Scottsdale, we have received calls from our winter inhabitants who have discovered water leaks or mold growth in their home caused by our active monsoon season from this summer.

If you find yourself in a similar predicament, give our office a call at 480-998-7989. We will guide you along the way of the mitigation process. 

Business Preparedness

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Top of desk with computer, keyboard and notepad Prepare your business for emergencies and disasters.

As mentioned in previous blog entries, September is National Preparedness Month. Each year, Ready.gov recognizes this month to raise awareness and provide you with information on how to prepare for emergencies and disasters, especially if you’re a business owner. Here in Scottsdale, we are prone to heavy rainstorms during monsoon season which can lead to natural weather hazards such as flooding. According to ready.gov, businesses can also face other hazards such as health hazards, human caused hazards, and technology related hazards.

There are steps you need to take as a business to prepare your business and they are as follows:

  • Identify your risk
  • Develop a plan
  • Take action
  • Be recognized and inspire others

Ready.gov has helpful information on their website pertaining to different hazards and toolkits for preparing to deal with each of these situations.  

SERVPRO of Scottsdale is also available to help prepare you during these situations with our SERVPRO Ready Plan. The Ready Plan consists of information pertaining to your business for what to do in the event of water and storm damage, fire and smoke damage cleanup, as well as biohazard and crime scene cleanups. It establishes a point of contact here at our SERVPRO of Scottsdale office and minimizes interruption to your business by having a plan of action set in place for what to do in situations regarding water and fire damage. You can find out more information on our Ready Plan here.

Candle Safety 101

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Candle on a kitchen table Use caution when using candles this fall season.

September 22nd marks the first day of fall and you know what that means! It’s time to change it up a little and give your home a nice and cozy autumn ambiance to welcome the changing season. Candles are a hit as they can add a nice decorative touch to your living space as well as adding a nice autumn scent to make for a calming atmosphere. Candles can add a nice touch to your space but using them requires attention as well as knowledge of the potential dangers that they can pose.

Here are some tips SERVPRO of Scottsdale has put together for you to consider when using candles in your home.

  • Never leave a lit candle unattended. Always make sure you are in the same room. If you must leave a room, it’s better to be safe than sorry by putting out the flame.
  • Place the candle on a secure surface so that it the candle won’t easily topple over or be knocked down.
  • Situate the candle away from any flammable objects such as curtains, paper or any flammable liquids.
  • Watch your children and pets when a candle is being used to prevent it from being knocked over.
  • Do not touch or move a candle when it is lit as the candle itself can be hot to the touch causing you to accidentally drop.
  • Always know where your fire extinguishers are located and know how to use it. You also want to make sure that you test your smoke alarms regularly to ensure that they are working properly.

Discovering Storm Damage In Your Home

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water droplets Don't delay when it comes to water damage. Call SERVPRO of Scottsdale right away to take care of the cleanup!

Many Scottsdale residents are still dealing with the aftermath from the monsoon storms that pummeled the area last month. During the ongoing storms, we received a high number of calls from homeowners and business owners who were faced with water damage from the storms. But what about the homeowners and business owners who didn’t deal with the water and storm damage right away?

SERVPRO of Scottsdale has been receiving calls from homeowners who have been relocating back to Arizona to spend the fall and winter months here. Upon arrival to their winter home, they have discovered extensive storm damage from the monsoons.

If you’re dealing with a similar situation and have discovered that your home has damage weeks after the rainstorms, then give SERVPRO of Scottsdale a call!

Preparing An Emergency Kit

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of emergency kit Protect your family by preparing for disasters and emergencies.

As we’ve stated in our blog, “National Preparedness Month 2021,” September is National Preparedness Month which is to raise awareness and prepare you for emergencies and disasters. SERVPRO of Scottsdale wanted to provide you with some information on how to prepare an emergency kit for serious weather situations in Scottsdale.

We’ve seen in previous weeks intense monsoon storms that brought heavy rains, high winds and dust storms. If you or your family find yourself in an emergency weather situation, it’s essential to have a basic emergency supply kit readily available for when you need it. Here’s are some items to include in your kit.

  • (Be sure to have at least 1 gallon for every person in your household.)
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Flashlights
  • Radio
  • First aid kit
  • Batteries
  • Power banks to charge your phones
  • Emergency whistle
  • Garbage bags
  • Moist towelettes for personal use
  • Map

The items listed above are what is recommended but  you can always add more to tailor to your own family’s personal needs.

National Preparedness Month 2021

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Checklist The 2021 theme is "Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love."

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month which is observed each year by Ready.gov to raise awareness about preparing for emergencies and disasters. This year’s 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” Ready.gov is a “National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement” (Ready.gov).

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All month, SERVPRO of Scottsdale will be providing some helping information and tips regarding National Preparedness so be sure to Like and Follow us on our Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages.

Monsoon Storms Damage Commercial Properties

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of warehouse commercial space Choose SERVPRO of Scottsdale when it comes to storm damage cleanup and restoration.

Many commercial properties were faced with water damage due to the frequent monsoon storms that have impacted the Scottsdale area within the past month. Scottsdale and the rest of the greater Phoenix area had very active storm activity. Thunderstorms and lightning roared across the sky followed by heavy rains and high winds which created low visibility dust storms.

Our SERVPRO office received numerous calls from businesses across the Scottsdale area who were dealing with issues caused by these storms. From damaged roofs that caused water to leak into office spaces to warehouses dealing with flooding issues, our highly experienced SERVPRO technicians were ready and available to respond to these emergencies.

If your commercial space is dealing with water damage issues from recent monsoon storms, give our office a call at 480-998-7989.

Monsoon Storms In Scottsdale

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning and dark clouds If you have standing water in your home due to rain storms, give us a call. We are available 24/7 for flooding and standing water emergencies.

Our SERVPRO of Scottsdale technicians have been working nonstop recently due to the number of monsoon storms that have taken place. Many Scottsdale and Rio Verde residents were dealing with roof leak issues that caused water-soaked ceilings and walls as well as causing damage to the flooring and furniture. Other residents were also dealing with standing water issues caused by flooding which required 24/7 immediate attention from our SERVPRO crews.

According to the National Weather Service, Phoenix so far has recorded 3.29 inches of rain since June 15th. That would make this year’s monsoon the third wettest monsoon Phoenix has seen in previous years. In 2014, Phoenix recorded 6.34 inches of rain in 2014, followed by 5.70 inches of rain in 2008.

If you have discovered water damage or mold growth from these rain storms, give SERVPRO of Scottsdale a call now before the damage worsens.

July Monsoon Storms In Scottsdale

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning in Arizona If your home is dealing with storm damage from monsoon storms, give our office a call.

Scottsdale and the surrounding areas have seen a highly active monsoon season, more so than the area has seen from previous monsoon seasons. Last week’s monsoon storms brought heavy rains, strong winds and lightning storms that caused much damage to the area. Aside from the flooded roadways and downed trees that was a common sight seen throughout the Valley and aired on local news channels, many homeowners were faced with flooding issues in their homes.

Available 24/7 For Emergencies 

Our SERVPRO of Scottsdale technicians worked many long hours responding to emergencies with customers in high stress situations. Our SERVPRO crews were prepared and ready to help Scottsdale residents with the cleanup and restoration process they were faced with in their homes.

If your home is dealing with aftermath from the monsoon storms, please give our office a call at 480-998-7989. 

Brush Fire In Scottsdale

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Brush fire Take care of the areas around your home to protect from brush fires that can occur nearby.

Wildfire season is here in Arizona. As of July 27th, there are 16 active fires in Arizona according to the U.S. Forest Service. It only takes one spark, a cigarette butt thrown out of a car window, or a dragging chain from a vehicle, for a flame to ignite among dry brush. High winds can add fuel to a brush fire and cause devastation by spreading rapidly and destroying everything in its path. Last month, a brush fire that occurred overnight in Avondale, threatened nearby homes forcing many families to flee their homes as a safety precaution. Luckily, this brush fire was put out by the fire department before it caused any structural damage.

SERVPRO Scottsdale provided some brush fire readiness tips below:

  • Maintain a 30 foot safety area around your home.
  • Take care of the outside area surrounding your home by trimming trees and shrubs and remove any dead vegetation and dry overgrowth.
  • Keep you’re your lawn mowed and maintained.
  • Be mindful of where you park your vehicle as a parked vehicle near dry brush can cause a spark.
  • Have a plan in place with your family that includes escape routes and safe meeting locations in the event of a brush fire.
  • Be alert and stay informed by monitoring the news, social media, and having emergency alerts on your phone so you can be aware of when it is time to evacuate your home.