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Know the Mold Growth You’re Dealing With

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Know the Mold Growth You’re Dealing With Mold damage in a Scottsdale, AZ home

It’s well-established that homeowners should immediately remediate mold when it appears. What’s not as well known is that there are different types of mold growth of varying severity. In Scottsdale,AZ, there are excellent remediation specialists who can assess your situation and clean up the problem.

Different Types of Mold

Mold usually forms where there is moisture and an amenable surface to grow on. Identifying a particular type of mold usually comes down to color, texture, and where the mold is forming. The following are mold types you might see in your home:

  • Acremonium has a powdery or moist texture, forms in systems producing condensation, and is extremely toxic.
  • Aureobasidium forms on wallpaper and wood, is pink, brown, or black, and is allergenic.
  • Chaetomium appears in homes damaged by water. This mold growth has a cotton texture and can cause skin infections.
  • Cladosporium forms on fabrics, upholstery and carpet, is allergenic, and has a suede texture.
  • Fusarium appears after flooding or leaks on carpeting, wallpaper and food, is highly toxic, and is pink, white, or red.
  • Stachybotrys is highly toxic, forms on wood or paper surfaces, and has a slimy texture.
  • Trichoderma forms on fabrics and in HVAC systems, has a wooly texture, and is allergenic.
  • Ulocladium forms in kitchens, bathrooms, or windows and is black in color.

There are many types of mold that can grow in your home. The trick is knowing which are harmful.

Where Does Mold Come From?

Mold spores enter your home through air ducts and other openings. In the presence of high humidity, moisture, or water damage, however, they can proliferate and you may notice a growth. At this point, it can be helpful to know how serious the mold you’re dealing with is, and a professional remediation team can assist you by examining the growth and providing solutions to deal with it.

Identifying the mold that is forming in your home can help you have an informed conversation with your remediation specialist. This in turn can ensure the mold growth is cleaned up before it becomes a problem. 

Storm Shutters: A Guide

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Shutters: A Guide Be prepared for any storm damage in Scottsdale, AZ

If you are a homeowner who often has concerns about high winds from storms in North Scottsdale,AZ, you may be wondering if storm shutters are something that you should consider adding to your house. If you are concerned about your windows’ appearance and safety, it is usually a good idea to consider adding this useful piece of equipment. Read on to learn more about different types and what they cost.

What Are They?

Storm shutters cover your windows in a way that protects them from winds and other storm damage. They will not provide shelter from the most extreme storms, such as Category 5 hurricanes, but they do a fantastic job of securing windows in most high wind situations.

What Kinds Are There?

There are numerous types of shutters to meet the needs of different houses, climates and budgets. Some common offerings include the following:

  • Plywood - meet last-minute needs and cost approximately less than $1 per square foot
  • Colonial - permanent, eye-catching, customizable and usually priced per window at $200-$500
  • Storm Panel - temporary and made of durable materials, with some panels costing only $7 per piece
  • Rolling Shutters - made of sturdy bicarbonate or metal and among the best options for high winds and hurricane-heavy climates, with the low price range being around $20 per square foot
  • Accordion - permanent, operated by homeowners and highly affordable at $15-25 per square foot
  • Bahama –great for hot climates and attractive like Colonials, costing between $200 and $1000 per piece

What Takeaways Should I Remember?

Storm damage can be fixed by North Scottsdale,AZ, cleanup professionals in many cases, but it always pays to be prepared ahead of time for the ultimate defense from high winds. With so many choices and price ranges available, it is a good idea to consider some of these selections to safeguard your valuable investment and your family.

How To Protect Your Business From Water Damage

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Protect Your Business From Water Damage Home suffered water loss due to broken pipe in Rio Verde,AZ

Every business in Rio Verde, AZ, is susceptible to water damage. While clean water leaks are usually manageable, flooding and broken pipes can cause significant destruction and interrupt normal business operations. To prepare for potential problems, every business owner should understand common sources of water damage and how to minimize their risk.

Sources of Water Damage

Water damage can originate from clean water sources, such as broken pipes and leaking water supply lines, as well as grey and black water. Examples of grey water sources include sump pump backups and overflowing dishwashers, washing machines and unsoiled toilet bowls. Black water carries harmful bacteria and is unsanitary. Sewage backups and flooded lakes and rivers are examples of black water sources.

Protecting Water Pipes

During the winter, your building’s pipes are susceptible to freezing and bursting. To minimize your risk of a broken pipe, take the following actions:

  • Insulate pipes located near external walls with rubber or fiberglass sleeves
  • Drain pipes that will not be utilized during the season
  • Maintain minimum temperature of 40? throughout building
  • Check antifreeze levels in anti-freeze sprinkler system

Minimize Risk of Clogged Pipes

Clogged pipes can result in black and grey water overflows. To safeguard your building from this destruction, take the following precautions:

  • Ensure no one flushes paper towels or feminine hygiene products
  • Avoid planting trees and shrubs near water and sewer lines to prevent root intrusion
  • Refrain from pouring grease down any onsite kitchen sinks

Clogs can also occur in your sprinkler or HVAC system. To prevent this, you should complete routine maintenance on this equipment to ensure there are no obstructions or other issues that could result in water leakage.

The Cleanup Process

Water damage resulting from both contaminated and clean water sources requires prompt action to prevent mold growth. This includes removing saturated materials and drying the water-damaged space. If grey or black water is involved, you must also thoroughly disinfect the affected area to eliminate potentially harmful bacteria. A cleanup and restoration expert can help you accomplish this daunting task, allowing you to focus on business operations instead of the restoration process.

Storm Preparation in Scottsdale, Arizona

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Monsoon season is just about coming to an end here in Scottsdale, AZ. Last month was filled with a number of storms rolling through Scottsdale (and the Greater Phoenix area) which caused a large amount of damages such as: knocked down power lines, fallen trees, damaged roofs, and flooded buildings. Monsoon season in Arizona typically lasts from June to September with peak season being mid-June to mid-August. These storms bring strong winds, blowing dust storms, lightning, and heavy floods. Here are some tips to help homeowners and commercial property owners prepare for incoming storms.

  • Be sure to check your roof drains to make sure they’re free of debris so that rain doesn’t collect on your roof.
  • Tend to trees around your property to make sure they are trimmed and thinned out. You may also want to consider removing large trees close to your home that have the potential of falling and causing damage to your building structure or vehicle.
  • Before a storm approaches, make sure your outdoor furniture, BBQ grills, etc., are tied down and secured. You may also want to store small outdoor items in your garage so they don’t get carried off in heavy wind gusts. The last thing you want to do is fetch your patio furniture from down the street.
  • If your home or business is situated in a lower elevation, you should consider stocking up on sandbags to prevent flooding around your home or office building.
  • Prepare an emergency kit just in case to include items such as: flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, water and non-perishable food items.
  • Avoid traveling at all costs during a storm. If you must drive, do not attempt to enter flooded roadways. Try finding a safe spot away from trees and wait for the storm to pass before you continue on the road.

These are just several storm preparation tips to consider. If you are experiencing any storm damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Scottsdale. We offer residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re ready to help 24/7 to quickly make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call us at (480) 998-7989 or visit us at www.SERVPROScottsdale.com to learn more about Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration.

Prevent Kitchen Fires

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Let’s be honest, not all of us are a “Top Chef” when it comes to cooking in the kitchen. With food delivery services on the rise, we’re able to have a prepared meal delivered right to our door without ever having to leave the comforts of our home. And let’s not forget all the amazing dining options Scottsdale has to offer when we feel like venturing out in the hot Arizona sun. But every now and then, we’ve got to put our cooking skills to use, right? And no, unfortunately boiling water does not count.

Cooking is the main cause of fire injuries and home fires. What can start as a small grease fire can spread and ultimately turn into a large-scale fire that could overcome your home and lead to serious injuries. Here are several tips that we recommend to prevent kitchen fires in your Scottsdale home.

1. Install a smoke detector near your kitchen. It doesn’t have to be in the actual kitchen as you don’t want smoke from toast burning in your toaster to trigger it. You want it to be close enough to the kitchen so that it can detect an actual kitchen fire.

2. If you’re wearing long sleeves, roll them up! If you have long hair, tie it back.

3. Do not place dish towels, pot holders or paper towel close to your stove.

4. When using the stove, never leave it unattended. Yes, even when you’re boiling water. It’s very easy to become distracted that you can easily forget it’s in use.

5. Always turn the pan handles toward the back of the stove that way you don’t accidentally knock a hot pan off. This is especially important when you have small children around as you don’t want any fire injuries to occur.

6. Watch the heat. If the pan is too hot, the grease will start to boil, then it will start to smoke, and a fire could potentially start from there. The key here is prevention. Watch the heat closely. When the grease starts to boil and/or smoke, turn the heat down and remove from the burner. If a fire does start, NEVER use water to extinguish. Instead, cover with a lid and remove from heat.

It’s important to note all the precautions and safety measures when it comes to cooking to keep you and your family safe. If a fire does start and the flames start to spread, do not try and put it out. Instead, have you and your family evacuated immediately and call 911. In the event of fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Scottsdale to provide fire damage restoration services. Contact us for more info at 480-998-7989. We are always here to help. 

Prevent Water Damage

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Imagine that you've just arrived back to your Scottsdale home after a vacation with your family. You're relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to get back to the grind. As soon as you step into your home, you see that the floor is completely soaked. No one wants to see their home turned into a swimming pool. You are now in emergency mode and have no idea what to do. How much will this cost? Who do I call? What do I do? Most insurance policies cover basic water damage claims but still, going through this process can be very time consuming, stressful and exhausting. We put together some tips we thought would be helpful to help you avoid this type of ordeal all together. Here are some helpful tips to prevent water damage in your Scottsdale home.

1. Clean Out Roof Gutters

Make sure to clean your gutters out, especially during monsoon season. You want to avoid blockages as standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof. Eventually, the water collecting in the gutters can trickle down causing unmanaged overflows which could potentially damage the foundation of your home.

2. Understand Your Water Main

Know where to locate your water main so if a situation arises where you need to shut it off, you know where and how to do so. Also, if you’re planning on leaving your home for an extended period, it would be wise to shut off the water to avoid any leaks that could potentially happen while you’re away.

3. Check Appliances Regularly

Be sure to inspect appliances such as your dishwasher, refrigerator, water heater and toilets to ensure that they are not leaking. If you notice excess moisture accumulating, be sure to have it inspected and fixed right away. Do not put it on hold.

4. Check Your Water Bill

Your home is riddled with water pipes which are hidden in the walls and floors. You may not know there is a leak until it’s too late. What you can do is check your water bill each month and make note of any noticeable changes or increases you’re seeing. If your water bill is high and you haven’t increased your water usage, chances are that there is a water leak somewhere.

5. Use a Drain Snake

You may notice when your shower or sink is clogged and is taking a long time to drain. When this happens, avoid using liquid drain cleaners as the harsh chemicals can eat away at the pipes which, in the long run, can be pretty damaging to your pipes. Instead, take the safer route and invest in an inexpensive drain snake which you can find at your local home improvement store. The drain snake is an excellent tool in helping you clear clogged drains.

These are just a few tips we suggest for preventing water damage in your home. But if you do happen to encounter water damage, give SERVPRO of Scottsdale a call at (480) 998-7989. We are always here to help 24/7. 

Monsoon Safety Tips

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Scottsdale, AZ has seen quite a bit of storm activity during this monsoon season, especially within this past month, from dust storms, flooded roadways, downed trees and power lines, and power outages. These monsoon storms can happen at a moments notice and can catch you off guard while you're out and about. Whether it's a dust storm, minor flooding in low lying/flood prone areas or a flash flood, it's important to know what to do while you're away from your home. Here are five helpful tips to help Scottsdale residents avoid getting stuck in what could be a disastrous situation.


1. Keep up-to-date with the weather to know when a storm is expected to hit the area. This allows you to plan your activities wisely. It's also helpful to keep the "Emergency Alerts" notification enabled on your smartphone so that you can be alerted of a Dust Storm or Flash Flood warning.


2. Check your vehicle's windshield wipers to make sure they are in good condition and replace if necessary.


3. If you find yourself on the road during a dust storm, pull over to a safe spot far away from the road, set the parking brake and turn off your lights. You do not want to confuse vehicles driving behind you who may not know you're parked which may lead to them stricking your vehicle from behind.


4. DO NOT enter flooded roadways with your vehicle as you don't know how deep the water is. No matter how big your vehicle is and you think you can make it through, don't. 2 feet of water can cause your car to float so it is best to turn around and find an alternate route. Pay attention to road closure signs and do not drive around them.


5. DO NOT stand or walk in moving or standing water. It only takes 6 inches of water to knock you off your feet.


6. If your vehicle gets stuck in flooded waters and the water is not moving, leave the vehicle and head to higher ground. If the water is moving, stay in your vehicle until help arrives.


These are just several safety tips to consider when you are caught out and about in a storm. If you are experiencing any storm damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Scottsdale. We offer residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re ready to help 24/7 to quickly make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call us at (480) 998-7989 or visit us at www.SERVPROScottsdale.com to learn more about Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration.

Tips To Prevent A Dryer Fire

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Scottsdale homeowners, when was the last time you cleaned out the lint filter in your clothes dryer at your home? Yesterday? Last week? Last month? What kind of vent hose do you have? Better yet, when was the last time you had your dryer vent and exhaust system inspected? According to the U.S Fire Administration, nearly 3,000 clothes dryer fires are reported each year, resulting in an annual estimate of $35 million in property loss. Here are several tips to inform Scottsdale homeowners on how to prevent a dryer fire to protect your home and most importantly, your family.

Clean Out The Lint

This is something you want to incorporate into your routine each and every time you do your laundry. Over time, lint buildup in the filter can catch fire and can lead to extremely dangerous results and tremendous damage. A little routine lint cleanup can go a long way.

Remove Flammables Near Dryer

It's very important to remember not to store items on top of the dryer such as clothing, towels, blankets, etc., in order to avoid these items potentially catching on fire. You also want to make sure to clean the lint on the dryer and to sweep around the dryer to get the lint that may be collecting underneath. In addition, be sure to store flammables (such as household cleaners) away from your dryer to avoid adding more fuel to a fire in the event of one starting.

Inspect Vent Hose

Be sure to inspect the vent hose behind the dryer to make sure it's still intact and in good condition. You want to make sure that you're not using a plastic or a foil accordion style hose. If you are, make sure to replace with a metal hose as these are more durable and will prevent lint buildup on the inside of the hose.

Annual Servicing

So you cleaned out the lint filter – awesome! Now have you cleaned and inspected the venting and exhaust system? Experts recommend inspecting and cleaning every year. If you're not sure how to do so, don't sweat it. You can always contact a qualified professional to clean and inspect to make sure everything is tip top.

Don't Leave Dryer Unattended

We all lead busy, hectic lives and want to accomplish all the tasks on our daily list of things to do. Whether you need to leave the house to pick up the kids from school or run to the grocery store, it's extremely important to never leave the drying running unattended. 

If you have any questions or would like additional information on Fire Damage, feel free to call SERVPRO of Scottsdale at (480) 998-7989 or visit us at www.SERVPROScottsdale.com to learn more. We are available 24/7 to quickly make it “Like It Never Even Happened.”

How the Pros Will Clean up After Your Water Damage

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How the Pros Will Clean up After Your Water Damage To take care of water damage after a flood, call the professionals.

Sometimes, no matter what measures you put in place water can find its way into your home. It can happen after a large rainstorm, or it can happen due to broken pipes or other plumbing issues. Water can affect flooring, drywall and many of your personal items. Though water damage can be costly, it doesn’t have to be permanent. When you choose an experienced professional to help with the cleanup, you can have peace of mind.

Inspect the Area

The first step the pros will take will be thoroughly assessing the affected area in your Scottsdale, AZ, home. The tech will do the following:

• Identify how water got into your home.
• Identify the type of water that caused the damage.
• Evaluate how extensive the damage was.
• Get any furniture out of harm’s way.

Extract the Water

Once the technician takes care of the inspection and evaluation, it’s time for water cleanup. A trained technician will bring heavy-duty equipment and will use powerful chemicals and methods to ensure you won’t have to worry about residual water in your Scottsdale, AZ, home. The tech will remove excess water using pumps and a wet vac or high-powered extraction machine. This highly trained professional may also use cameras in walls to identify hidden water in those difficult-to-see places.

Drying

Removing the water isn’t enough to take care of all water damage. It’s essential that the professional completely dry the area to inhibit the growth of mold or other bacteria. The technician will use industrial-strength dryers and humidifiers to dry the flooring, walls or other wet areas.

Sanitize

The final step in this comprehensive process is cleaning the affected area. This will help ensure your space is once again livable. To do this, the professional company will use both dry cleaning and wet cleaning of carpet, pads, hardwood, walls and anywhere else where water has caused damage. To mitigate bad smells, the cleanup company will use scrubbers and deodorizers.

To take care of water damage after a flood, call the professionals. They’ll use a reliable process to get your home looking great again. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com/.

How To Prevent Plumbing Issues on Your Commercial Property

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Prevent Plumbing Issues on Your Commercial Property It is important to spend money wisely in business, and when you take the necessary measures to prevent plumbing problems on your commercial property.

As a business owner in Scottsdale, AZ, you have a vested interest in knowing everything that goes on in your building. Plumbing problems are no exception. The cost of a broken pipe or an undetected leak can put a big dent in your budget, especially if your insurance doesn’t end up covering it. Your best bet for minimizing plumbing costs is to prevent small issues from becoming large ones.

Common Problems

There are many things that could lead to water damage on your property. Most problems are caused simply by parts that wear out:

• Maladjusted water heater
• Worn-out O-rings on faucets
• Loose seal on flapper in toilet
• Faulty gaskets

Just about every part eventually has to be replaced, and failure to do so can result in major plumbing problems. Foundation issues, poor construction, and even your building’s age can also contribute to complications with your pipes and fixtures.

Best Solutions

Preventative maintenance and early detection are the keys to protecting your building from water damage. Hire and develop a good working relationship with your plumber before you need his or her services. Plumbers can conduct regular checks and maintenance on your property. The minute you know there is a problem, shut off the water main and call water restoration specialists to take care of it while it’s still small. Your quick response time can mean the difference between a leaky pipe that makes it necessary to replace some of your insulation and a deluge that involves replacing a significant portion of the walls and flooring.

It is important to spend money wisely in business, and when you take the necessary measures to prevent plumbing problems on your commercial property, you are doing just that. No matter how much quality plumbing maintenance costs you, it is nothing compared to the potentially astronomical cost of repairing water damage from an unresolved issue. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com/.

Everything You Need To Know About Flood Cuts

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Everything You Need To Know About Flood Cuts If you experience a flood at your place of business, a flood cut may be necessary to reduce further contamination.

There isn’t anywhere that’s completely safe from flooding, since it can originate from inside or outside of your Scottsdale, AZ, business. When pipes burst, or roof damage lets a heavy rain pour in, you may find yourself with water rising and climbing the interior walls of your building. If it’s not repaired quickly and correctly, this kind of soaking can lead to certain problems:

• Bacteria growth
• Internal deterioration
• Unpleasant smells and appearance

What Is a Flood Cut?

When drywall comes in contact with water, moisture can accumulate behind the walls, so your cleanup contractor may have to tear out portions of it to complete the restoration. In order to do the most effective job possible, experts often cut away a section that extends 12 to 18 inches above the highest point where the flooding reached. This is called making a flood cut.

When Is a Flood Cut Needed?

When you’re faced with a disaster that keeps you from carrying out your daily tasks in Scottsdale, AZ, you want to get back in business as soon as possible. After all, every day that you can’t safely work in your office or shop is a day that you’re not turning a profit. However, you also want to know that the repairs are made correctly and completely to avoid any further or future contamination. This is an especially serious concern if the water was dirty or contained sewage material. Though it’s not necessary in every case, making a flood cut may be the only way to be sure you won’t see lingering or reoccurring effects from flooding.

One common concern businesses express about flood cuts is the amount of material the contractor plans to remove. Communicate with your renovation company if you are concerned about this. Reliable, trustworthy professionals should be able to show you the area they plan to tear out and explain why they feel it’s necessary.

If you experience a flood at your place of business, a flood cut may be necessary to reduce further contamination. Work with your cleanup crew to determine the best and quickest methods to get your workspace back in order. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com/.

4 Signs of Smoke Damage

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 4 Signs of Smoke Damage If you detect one or more signs of smoke damage, you should contact a certified remediation company and schedule a damage assessment and cleanup.

Smoke damage can be more subtle than fire damage, but it can undermine air quality in a commercial property. If you want to know whether smoke cleaning will eliminate all traces of the odor, check for these four signs of damage caused by smoke.

1. Stains on walls, ceilings, or other surfaces. Smoke can cause yellowish stains to appear on surfaces. Smoke consists of a combination of partially or completely burned particles, vapors, and toxic gases. These substances can cause discoloration to show up within a few days of damage.

2. Signs of rust or corrosion on metal. The sudden formation of rust on metal items is one of the most telltale signs of damage caused by smoke. This damage can start to occur within hours of exposure to smoke. If you see evidence of corrosion on visible metal, you should be very careful with electronics. Circuits and wires can become corroded and malfunction or fail.

3. Smoke odor emerging from porous contents. Smoke odors may linger long after exposure within the carpet or furniture in your commercial property. This odor gets trapped in porous contents, and smoke cleaning or deodorization may be necessary to eliminate the smell.

4. Smoky smells in your HVAC system. If smoky air has gotten drawn into the air ducts or HVAC system in your commercial property, the odor will periodically cycle throughout your property. This can lower air quality and may cause respiratory issues for sensitive employees or occupants.

If you detect one or more signs of smoke damage in a commercial property in Scottsdale, AZ, you should contact your commercial property insurance provider and ask about your coverage. Most commercial insurance policies will contribute toward, if not completely cover, the cost of smoke cleaning. Once you check your coverage, you should contact a certified remediation company and schedule a damage assessment and cleanup. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com/.

4 Reasons You Shouldn't Trust a Home Testing Kit

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 4 Reasons You Shouldn't Trust a Home Testing Kit If you suspect there's a fungus growth in your home, you may want to have mold testing done.

4 Reasons You Shouldn't Trust a Home Testing Kit

There's been a musty smell lingering in your Scottsdale, AZ, home, so you decide to do some investigation. After a preliminary search of the house, you can't find any mold. You decide to get a DIY mold test kit to get to the bottom of your dilemma. You follow all of the steps and your results are in. There's mold in your house! While this may be true, a home mold testing kit actually isn't that accurate. Here are four reasons you should work with a mold remediation team and a certified environmental hygienist instead.

1. Mold spores exist everywhere. They float around indoors and outdoors. When a mold kit comes back positive, it could mean there's growth in your house, but the kit could also be picking up the naturally occurring spores from the air.
2. You don't know how old the tests are. Most mold testing kits don't use a dating system. This means your kit could have been sitting on warehouse and store shelves for years. The longer a product like this lies around unused the greater chance it has been contaminated. The positive results could be from mold spores that found their way into the box years ago.
3. The findings aren't explained. When you work with a professional team, you can get all of your questions answered. The experts can go over the meaning of the results and help you understand what your next move should be. A mold kit, however, simply comes back as positive or negative without much explanation.
4. It won't tell you where the mold is. Even if the test results are accurate, you still don't know where to look to find the growth. Sure, it might help you find out there's mold growth, but it doesn't help you get any closer to a solution.

If you suspect there's a fungus growth in your home, you may want to have mold testing done. It's best to work with a certified environmental hygienist rather than do a DIY mold test. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com/.

Only You Can Prevent a Cigarette Fire

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Only You Can Prevent a Cigarette Fire The most common cause of house fires in Scottsdale AZ, is from cigarettes, usually from smoking in bed.

The most common cause of house fires in Scottsdale AZ, is from cigarettes, usually from smoking in bed. A cigarette fire can ignite bedding, curtains, or paper trash if not disposed of properly.

Residential fires are for the most part easy to both prepare for and prevent by taking a few simple safety measures and using good common sense. Should the worst happen, however, there are various places to turn to help get your life back together.

Tips To Prevent Fires

• Never smoke in bed.
• Smoke outside whenever possible, or next to a cracked window if the weather doesn’t allow.
• Always make certain the cigarette fire is fully extinguished. Running it under a tap before throwing it in the trash will ensure no paper waste catches lingering embers.
• Don’t toss a cigarette that’s potentially still burning into your garden.
• Regularly cleaning the ashtray will help prevent an ashtray fire and keep it free of residue. Filling it with sand will also ensure the cigarette is completely out.

What To Do If a Fire Occurs

Should a cigarette fire break out, it’s not the end of the world. First, call your insurance company to file a claim. They may also be able to recommend disaster and restoration companies for fire cleanup. Some other actions you can take are as follows:

• Get a copy of the fire report from the fire department.
• Carefully go through the damaged areas to recover undamaged or salvageable items.
• Air rooms out as much as possible to avoid further smoke damage to both your home and your lungs.

There are several ways to avoid disaster, including reviewing your homeowners or rental insurance policies to ensure that they provide coverage for fire cleanup and property loss. Also, keep all important documents in a fire-proof safe or a bank safety deposit vault. This is good advice for anyone, smokers and nonsmokers alike, and will prevent the complicated process of replacing documents such as Social Security cards and birth certificates. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com/.

Prevention Is the Best Mold Cleanup Technique

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

What's the best way to get mold out of your home in Scottsdale, AZ? Don't give it a chance to start growing. Sometimes you don't realize the need for mold prevention until you have to deal with a major remediation. After a cleanup, your residential mold remediation team may be able to give you tips you can use to prevent mold from returning to your home.

Avoid Water Damage

Excess water creates a great place for mold to start growing. In fact, spores need to land on a wet surface to start growing in a new place. If you can prevent water damage, you have taken away one of the necessities of this fungus. Of course, some water problems happen quickly and without warning, but you can keep these tips in mind as you try to prevent water issues:

• Clean out your gutters
• Avoid planting trees too close to the foundation
• Hire a plumber to address leaks as soon as possible
• Make fixes to your roof quickly
• Test your sump pump regularly
• Turn off the water supply before going out of town

Mold prevention requires you to think ahead and act without hesitation.

Control Humidity

Excess moisture can also come in the form of high humidity. Mold growth can be kick-started by high levels of moisture in the air. You can prevent this type of water problem by running your HVAC system or using a dehumidifier in your home. The goal should be to keep your home's humidity level at or below 45 percent.

Reduce Clutter

It may sound silly, but cutting back on clutter can actually help stop mold growth. Too much stuff laying around your house can reduce circulation, which limits the effectiveness of your HVAC unit. Some clutter could even encourage condensation.

If you want to easily take care of a mold problem, you need to start practicing mold prevention. Stopping mold from growing is the best way to take care of the fungus. Visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on mold. 

Top 3 Things You Should Know About Water Damage

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Top 3 Things You Should Know About Water Damage This facility had a massive water damage and SERVPRO of Scottsdale was called to cleanup.

Flooding and the subsequent water damage can be a major pain for Scottsdale, AZ homeowners. While you may hope to never have to deal with water damage, the fact is you may want to know a bit about the process surrounding floods. You can work with a residential water damage specialist to learn more about the damage and cleanup, or you can turn to this quick guide.

Why It Happens

Water damage can be caused by a myriad of situations, including the following:

" A pipe burst or other plumbing issues
" Water collection in basements, crawlspaces or attics
" Natural disasters
" Problems with a dishwasher, washing machine or other appliances
" Sewer backups

Understanding a bit about why water damage takes place may help you prepare for the problems.

How To Clean Up

The cleanup process after a residential flood may vary based on the cause of the water. If it was a pipe bursting, for example, you may have to remove your belongings from the house to allow them to dry out. Carpets and other flooring may also have to be torn out to better clean up the damage done by the water. If the damage was done by a sewer backup, the cleaning process may require a few more steps. Because your needs may vary so much, it is important for you to work with a team that knows what to do no matter the situation.

What To Know About Restoration

After you have cleaned up the initial mess of the flooding, the work may not be over. Depending on the extent of the water damage, your home may need to be restored. For example, if some of the drywall had to be taken out to avoid mold growth, the restoration will include replacing the drywall. The size of the restoration can vary based on the source of the water. A water line problem, for example, could encompass a larger portion of your home than a leaky shower.

Learning more about water damage can help you better prepare for floods, a burst pipe or other sources of excessive water. It's better to learn about the issues before you have to deal with them. Visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on water damage. 

Be Smart and Implement These Bad-Weather Prep Tips for Safe Operations

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Be Smart and Implement These Bad-Weather Prep Tips for Safe Operations This facility had a water loss situation and our team was called in to handle the clean up.

If your business is in an area prone to bad weather such as excessive snowfall, icy roads, flooding or other natural disasters, you need to be smart and plan for bad weather. Not only can inclement conditions be dangerous for your employees, but it can also be devastating to your building’s structure. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize damage, protect employees and keep your Scottsdale, AZ business operating as usual even in an intense snowstorm. Here are a few key steps:

• Develop a business operations plan
• Invest in the right protection
• Remove snow
• Watch the weather

Have a Continuity Plan in Place

Some winter storms have been known to last for weeks at a time, and many are so severe that they prevent individuals from driving. While you cannot ask your employees to head to the office in the middle of a blizzard, you can ask them to work from home when the roads are icy and visibility is poor. Have a business plan in place that everyone can adhere to on snow days. This plan should include who is responsible for what when out of office, how work should be submitted and how and how often data backup should be performed.

Invest in Protection

Your business should have storm windows, storm doors, new and working gutters, lightning rods and storm drains. You should also invest in a generator or other source of backup power so that, at the very least, your heater can continue operating in a snow storm and prevent a pipe burst.

Remove snow

Snow that is allowed to accumulate on the roof or sidewalks can be dangerous to your building, employees and customers. Hire a snow removal company to keep your roof, sidewalks and areas around your building clear.

Watch the Weather

When a storm is in the forecast, shut the storm windows and doors, unplug appliances and electronics, back up your data and send your employees home. By planning ahead, you can prevent costly losses and unnecessary injuries.

Make sure your business is ready for bad winter weather. With the right planning, you can continue operating in a snowstorm.
Visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on commercial storm damage

4 Tips for Keeping Mold Out of Your Rental Unit

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you rent out an apartment or a commercial space, you have to do what you can to keep the unit looking nice. Mold prevention can be hard if the space is not used for a while. Even with regular tenants, mold growth due to water damage is a real concern for building owners in Scottsdale, AZ.

1. Lower the Heat

If a building is going to be unoccupied for a while, you may want to turn down the heat or air conditioning. However, you should avoid turning off the HVAC unit completely. The AC and heat can act as humidity stabilizers. This helps ensure there is not an excess buildup of moisture in a unit.

2. Turn Off the Water

When a building is not getting regular use, it might be a good idea to turn off the water. This reduces the chances of water damage taking place due to a leaky faucet or burst pipe. Turning off the water is not only a good mold prevention tactic, but it could also help you save money as you try to rent out the space.

3. Respond Quickly to Concerns

If a tenant complains about a mildew smell or water issues, you should try to respond as quickly as possible. Catching a problem while it is small may make the fix easier. If there is mold, it is best to start cleaning it up as soon as possible. Leaving it for weeks or months could allow it to spread to other parts of your building.

4. Schedule Regular Cleanings and Inspections

Being proactive is one of the best prevention methods available. Hiring a cleaning team that specializes in mold remediation may help you find out about mold problems before the issue can cause real damage. You may want to have your buildings inspected once every year.

Mold growth can happen overnight, especially when water damage is involved. Taking a hands-on approach to mold prevention may help you minimize the problems caused by unwanted fungi. Visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on mold. 

What to Know About Salvaging Belongings After a Fire

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

House fires can be devastating. Not only do you have to deal with the fire damage, but many possessions and furniture can be ruined by soot and smoke. Luckily, dry-cleaning, as well as other types of cleaning methods, can restore many of your belongings. Here are a few things to know about the content cleaning process.

Damaged Content Must Be Thoroughly Cleaned

Soot can be toxic and harm your respiratory system, if inhaled. Other materials that are exposed to flames can release harmful chemicals into the air that can be detrimental to your health. So, don’t just throw soot-covered clothing into the washing machine. Clothing and other possessions must be treated properly to eliminate all soot and smoke. It’s best to go to professionals who can help you by dry-cleaning or properly washing your valuables.

Act Quickly

Smoke can cause permanent damage to valuables in as soon as 24 hours. If you have items of sentimental value, you should get those cleaned and restored as soon as possible to reduce the amount of damage. Documenting and cataloging everything that was damaged can help you prioritize valuables and get them cleaned quickly. Then, you can take care of content storage at the same time.

Proceed Wisely

After such a disaster has occurred, you might feel the need to help professionals in Scottsdale, AZ in any way possible. Some steps you can take might include:

* Giving the experts any information that they might need
* Ventilating your home
* Covering soot-free carpets or furniture with plastic to prevent damage during the restoration process

House fires are scary, but the fire damage and content cleaning can be taken care of when you have the right information and expert help available. Valuables and belongings can be repaired through dry-cleaning, vacuuming, and professional restoration. By being aware of what needs to be done, you can salvage many of your possessions. Visit  http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on fire damage. 

2 Important Steps To Take After a Fire

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

What would you do if your business in Scottsdale, AZ suffered a fire? If you practice wise administrative planning strategies and follow federal laws, you already have an emergency action plan in place. Once the blaze has been put out, however, you need to pay just as much attention to fire restoration strategies that get your business back in gear. Understanding the role that restoration technicians and your insurance company will play in the aftermath of a disaster is critical.

Contact Your Insurance Company

The property portion of your business owner's or commercial policy covers expenses from fire and explosion losses, including repairing and replacing structures, assets and equipment. Once the fire department has left, your first phone call should be to your insurance company. Representatives will request some initial information from you to start the claims process, then have you work with an adjuster. If you need to recover critical items such as petty cash or records, consult with your insurance reps.

Get in Touch With a Restoration Professional

Now that you’ve invoked the claims process, you need to contact a fire restoration professional to begin cleanup. During this segment of the recovery process, restoration technicians will:

• Inspect and assess your premises
• Board up and place tarps on impacted areas
• Extract water and dry affected surfaces
• Remove smoke and soot damage
• Clean and sanitize
• Repair and replace destroyed areas

Fires on your commercial property in Scottsdale, AZ can be devastating, but it is possible to return to normal operations after this sort of disaster. Having comprehensive indemnity coverage that includes fire insurance as well as fire restoration professionals proficient in water, soot and smoke cleaning are both essentials in getting back to business. You’ll need to work with both insurance and disaster recovery experts for documenting your losses and aiding them in handling replacement and repairs.
Visit  http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on commercial fire damage. 

What Is the 5-Step Mold Remediation Process?

12/2/2017 (Permalink)

What Is the 5-Step Mold Remediation Process?

If you're in Scottsdale, AZ dealing with black mold, then you might want to understand the mold remediation process. That's the industry name for an established set of mold cleanup procedures that have the best chance to:

Improve air quality
Restore like-new appearances
Remove the maximum amount of mold

1. Isolation

Quarantining affected areas begins with identifying them. This typically involves a black mold expert coming to your home to perform a thorough inspection. Containment is an important step towards tackling the problem.

2. Safety

Safety usually comes first. However, in the case of mold remediation, protection tends to be necessary at every step of the process. Protective measures depend on the extent and type of the infestation, but they often include:

Ventilation
Respiratory gear
Evacuation of the site
Protective clothing

3. Removal

Teardown procedures for your home might be as simple as removing some drywall. However, more involved measures might be necessary, such as structural replacement or interior refinishing. Mold is rarely a superficial problem, especially when it gets to the point where you might consider calling a professional.

4. Cleanup

You might think the term 'cleanup' is applicable to the entire job of mold removal, but this step is more precise. Black mold technicians select appropriate chemicals to clean each type of affected material and its surroundings before proceeding with any final steps. The reason: mold starts out in microscopic quantities; it's not enough to simply remove what you can see.

5. Drying

Mold loves moisture, so getting rid of its habitat is an important step. This is especially true if the area needs to be closed up, caulked over or painted. Professional driers and monitoring equipment are a big help at this stage.

Mold remediation might be a fancy term for mold cleanup, but there's nothing elegant about removing mold from a home. It's a practical process that often requires experience, equipment and know-how to pull off effectively. Visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on mold.

Where’d This Mold Come From? 3 Reasons You’re Experiencing Mold Growth

12/2/2017 (Permalink)

Where’d This Mold Come From? 3 Reasons You’re Experiencing Mold Growth

No one wants to find mold growing in their home. However, it’s a common occurrence the average homeowner in Scottsdale, AZ can expect to face once or twice in a lifetime. Regardless of how commonplace the issue might be, when you locate a little patch of mold under the sink or elsewhere in your house, it’s probably your first instinct to ask yourself, “How did this get here?” The answer is typically easier than you might think. There are three main reasons why you might be experience black mold in your home:

1. A Moisture Problem

An ongoing moisture problem is usually the chief cause of mold growth and spread. Some common household moisture issues that could lead to the presence of mold include:

Leaks in plumbing
Leaking roofs or siding
Improperly sealed walls and other surfaces
Broken water supply lines

These issues are simple enough to repair, but they can be difficult to identify at times. If left unchecked, mold is likely to form in areas that experience water-damage due to these problems.

2. Air Temperature and Humidity

Over time, keeping your home just a bit too warm can facilitate the growth of black mold, just like common moisture issues. Humid air traps water in an enclosed space, which then condenses on walls. Mold spores come into contact with this moisture and latch onto the source. Keeping the thermostat a bit lower when you expect to be out of the house can combat mold a bit.

3. Flooding

Flooding is perhaps the most obvious cause of mold growth. During flooding of any intensity, parts of your home are subjected to a huge amount of standing water. Even after a bit of professional mold cleanup, it’s likely some of this water has soaked into the walls of your home where it can provide moisture for mold growth.

Understanding the causes of black mold growth can help you prevent the necessary conditions for a thriving mold contamination in your home, allowing you and your family to live and breathe easily. Visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on mold.

Best Practices for Removing Standing Water From a Basement

12/2/2017 (Permalink)

Best Practices for Removing Standing Water From a Basement

In most cases, people tend to think of water as a good thing: great for drinking and recreation, and beautiful to view in a lake or river. Water, however, is the most basic of solvents, and in the wrong place, such as in the basement of a commercial building, it can cause a lot of damage. When flooding occurs in Scottsdale, AZ whether from a storm or a broken plumbing system, specialized equipment needs to be employed, and fast. Trained experts will be able to bring in powerful tools to clean up the damage and remove standing water. Here are four tools of the trade to aid in the cleanup process when the water is 2 feet or higher.

Powerful Pumps. An industrial sump pump is one of the most effective items a professional cleaning team can bring in to remove water. A strong submersible pump can remove thousands of gallons from the property quickly. By getting the water out rapidly, the chance of further damage and mold development is greatly diminished. A trash pump is another piece of equipment that will accelerate the cleanup.

Truck Mounts. By using powerful units mounted onto trucks, a flood water cleanup team can quickly remove basement water and use strong wet and dry vacuums. These machines have the advantage of flexibility and efficiency.

Infrared Cameras. Infrared technology can determine how much moisture is still in the building after the standing water has been removed. While the water may not be visible to the naked eye, water behind basement walls and ceilings can cause extra humidity and attract insect pests, vermin and harmful bacteria.

Moisture Detectors and Hygrometers. These devices measure the level of moisture saturation in the building after the initial cleanup. This can help determine whether it would be beneficial to run vacuums and drying fans for additional time.

These four essential pieces of cleaning equipment will remove standing water from the basement of any Scottsdale, AZ commercial building, helping property owners better protect their investments. Visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on water damage.

Why Calling the Professionals is Your Best Move When it Comes to Water Damage

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Why Calling the Professionals is Your Best Move When it Comes to Water Damage

Together with fire and storm damage, water damage is one of the leading causes of property losses in the United States. Each year, tens of billions of dollars in damages occur at private residences and businesses due to flood damage. This makes it crucial for the public at large to understand the proper steps to take in case of a flood damage event, when hours and days can often spell the difference between a relatively inexpensive recovery and a total write off of the property.

Fortunately, there are many professional restoration companies throughout the United States that have the expertise, manpower and equipment to properly handle any water damage event. Almost every town in America has a professional restoration company. And the first thing that any property owner should do when facing potential water damage is to call in the professionals.

Let's take a closer look at the process that a property owner can expect their local professional restoration company to follow whenever they have been called in for the restoration or mitigation of water damage.

When flood damage occurs, make the call!


It almost cannot be emphasized enough that attempting to handle the restoration and mitigation of flood damage by oneself is almost always the wrong choice. It is crucial to call your local restoration company as soon as water in your home or water in your business that may potentially lead to flood damage is noticed.

Upon receiving the call about a flooded home or business, the restoration company will send a team of water damage restoration and mitigation specialists to the site of the flooded home or business. The water cleanup team will typically arrive within 30 minutes of the call being received and will immediately begin mitigation efforts.

The team will go directly to the source of the original pipe break or supply line break and will shut off any active leak. They have the tools and training necessary to quickly stop the flow of water, even if this means that emergency welding or pipe cutting needs to take place at the site of the pipe break or supply line break.

The team will also note the level of flood water in the business or water in the home. They will classify the water and form a plan to remove it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Large-scale removal of standing water


Next, the water cleanup team will begin the removal of all standing water in the business or water in the home. With the use of specialized vacuum equipment, that can removed up to 2,000 gallons of water from a flooded home or business each hour, the team will be able to remove all water in the home or water in the business. This process will typically take less than one hour.

The water cleanup team will begin thoroughly drying the property


The water cleanup team will then begin the drying process. This will be carried out with industrial-strength drying equipment and dehumidifiers, the latter being able to bring the ambient humidity down to nearly zero percent. Special care will be taken to make sure the area around the original supply line break or pipe break is completely free of moisture. Even areas around the pipe break or supply line break that are invisible to the eye will be completely dried through the use of equipment that can raise ambient temperatures to near the flashpoint of the materials being dried.

The drying process may take anywhere from a couple hours to an entire day. When this step is complete, the flooded home or business will appear to be restored.

The final cleansing


The final step in the damage mitigation process is to thoroughly cleanse all furniture, surfaces and fixtures that have come into contact with flood water. At this point, the property will be restored to its original condition.
Visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on water damage.

Commercial Fire Damage and Your Options

9/15/2017 (Permalink)


Commercial Fire Damage and Your Options

When it comes to fire damage in the home, it is imperative that you hire a fire restoration service to get the job done. One of the things about fire restoration companies is that they work with people on an individualized basis. This means that they will be able to take care of the fire damage that was present after firefighters left with their fire trucks and fire hoses. It is also important that you work with experts because of the fact that this is going to save you time and money in the long run.

The fire damage and fire restoration experts will easily and quickly be able to install a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system to take care of any future issues. This means that you will not have to deal with smoke damage and soot damage in the future because commercial damage is no longer a problem for you. You are also going to want to know that there are many people who specialize in taking care of smoke damage and soot damage. The commercial fire damage professionals are there for you every step of the way and can totally transform your life. This is something that firefighters are not able to do on their own using their fire trucks and fire hoses.

Once you make the decision to hire fire restoration experts, you may also want to have them put in a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system so that this can prevent a future problem. This is why a lot of people who are hiring commercial fire damage experts are choosing to have them do this type of work for them after having an electrical fire or utility room fire. No matter what type of fire you had in your home, it is important to realize that fire damage professionals are there to help as much as they possibly can.

It is also important that you hire the professionals after an electrical fire and utility room fire so that this is something you do not have to do on your own. The professionals will be able to take care of the smoke damage and soot damage that has been left behind, allowing you to finally know that the commercial fire damage has been remedied in a proper manner. The fire damage experts are there to help as much as they possibly can, allowing you to finally overcome the electrical fire or commercial fire damage that has been left behind after this type of catastrophe. Even those with utility room fire issues have found that hiring a fire restoration professional help tremendously in terms of the smoke damage and soot damage.

The professionals will also put in a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system so that the issue does not happen in the future. This fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system is essential for all homeowners as well as business owners. This is for individuals who have both dealt with a utility room fire or electrical fire. You will find that many firefighters using their fire trucks and fire hoses are not able to do the restoration themselves.

Once the firefighters have left using their fire trucks and fire hoses, it is totally up to you to hire a company to come in and do this type of work for you. There is something to be said about working with professionals when it comes to getting the help that you need. There are so many individuals out there who are more than willing to help with this type of project, so it is important that you work with them on an individualized basis in order to restore your home or business to its former self. If you have some type of insurance on your property, you may even find that your provider covers the full cost of restoration. This is obviously something that you are going to want to look at when it comes to the provider that you currently have.
Visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on fire damage.

5 Things To Consider When Doing Storm Damage Repair

9/15/2017 (Permalink)


5 Things To Consider When Doing Storm Damage Repair

Homes damaged by powerful storms should seek professional assistance to repair damage. Perilous weather conditions causes river flooding, wind damage, ice damming and flood water creating serious property damage. Ice damage and hail damage are some primary factors in hurricane damage and storm damage.

Here is a checklist to evaluate storm damage before home restoration:

-Be Safe Before Storm Restoration: In the case of flooding from a river flooding, check if power lines are down before any storm remediation. Do not to make contact with fallen electrical lines, because flood water can conduct electrical currents. Do not employ a flood pump, until professionals have ensured there are no downed power lines.

-Assess for Roof Damage: Have a professional inspect for roof damage, roof leaks and ice damming. An ice dam is formed at the edges of a roof when a ridge of ice gets molded requiring roof repair. A professional can check for roof damage such as roof leaks, missing shingles and fallen branches. Ice damming causes gutter damage, requiring proper equipment for roof repair. In the case of hail damage or ice damage, look for frozen pipes within the ceiling or massive holes that could be left open.

-Contact the Insurance Company: Insurance companies should be contacted to assess wind damage, roof damage, hurricane damage, hail damage, ice damage, and any other kind of damages. They can find professional companies for roof repair, window repair, etc. requiring a skilled contractor.

-Inspect Personal Belongings: In the case of flooding, flood water can cause damage to computers, televisions and cell phones. Valuable personal items should be assessed for proof of damage, with documents, photos and/or videos sent to the insurance company for damage verification.

-Check for Wind Damage: Wind damage caused by flying debris can be destructive. Storm damage caused by wind cracks windows, creates holes and damages personal property. Wind damage weakens walls and causes wall slant or cracks, resulting in more repairs.

Different storms can cause different damage making home restoration more challenging. Some types of storm damage include:

-Hurricane Damage
-Hail Damage
-Ice Damage
-Damage from river flooding
-Wind Damage

In the case of hurricane damage, flooding, wind, river flooding and large waves damages vehicles and buildings. Professional storm restoration, also known as storm remediation, is necessary. Some insurance companies offer storm restoration and home restoration services, or can refer clients to reliable storm remediation firms. Business owners may invest in flood insurance to pay for hurricane damage repairs, to make the home restoration process easier.

Storm restoration from hail damage leaves cracks and holes in a home’s roof and windows. Hail also causes damage like roof leaks, requiring more roof repair.

Snow storms cause frozen pipes which expands and burst. Because water expands as it freezes, frozen pipes can be a huge headache. If you have a frozen pipe, make sure to turn the water off and call a professional to repair the frozen pipes.

When it comes to ice damage, roofs are mostly damaged by ice dams. Avoid ice damming by using roof rakes to clear the snow. Roof leaks are detected as ice melts, if cracks or holes are present. Ice dams also wreak havoc on gutters and drainage systems. On warm days, use a water hose to help get rid of ice dams.

Flooding is a manageable aspect of storm remediation by using flood pumps, if it safe to do so. If flood water gets into your home, water restoration should be considered. Professionals use water restoration methods like flood pumps, because faster water restoration means less damage due to flooding and mold.

Professionally remove ground water, using special vacuums, reaches ground water in areas not easily accessible. Employ a professional using a flood pump to remove ground water during water restoration, so ground water damage is avoided.

Visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on storm damage.

What You Should Know About Professional Water Damage Restoration

8/22/2017 (Permalink)


What You Should Know About Professional Water Damage Restoration

Few household accidents are as dreadful as a flooded home or water damage. Water in home or water in business can occur from sources such as a pipe break, a supply line break and flood damage. When you are faced with water damage in the home, the steps that you follow in resolving the problem determine the extent of the damage that will occur and the time it will take to restore the building to its original state. Below are a few of the things that each homeowner needs to know about flood damage mitigation and restoration in both the home and business premises.

What to do after the supply line break and water damage

The first step you are supposed to take immediately after you realize there has been water in home or water in business damage is contacting a professional water damage restoration company. The companies understand the importance of timely response to pipe break, water and flood damage calls and will be there within hours of contact. In the meantime, you can take steps such as evacuating everyone from the flooded home. Trying to remove items such as furniture is not recommended as it could expose you and others to risks such as drowning, contamination and in some cases even electrocution.

What the water damage restoration company does

As soon as they arrive on the scene, they will evaluate the extent of flooding water in home. They will then proceed to look for the cause of the flooded home. In case a supply line break is the cause, they will turn the water off at the street level. If a pipe break is the problem, they will seal it off before they do water cleanup. Electricity disconnection to reduce the risk of electrocution follows. Any loose items such as furniture in the home are removed to allow easier access to all corners of the building and ease restoration.

The company then moves in with suction pipes and vacuums to do water cleanup for all the water in home. The suction is done as soon as possible after the first contact to minimize the extent of the damage. The mitigation and restoration company then uses various drying techniques to dehumidify the home and ensure all traces of moisture have been removed. Drying is done to ensure that moisture remnants do not lead to the growth of mold or further rot of wooden structures or rusting of metallic structures. All the furniture and upholstery will be cleaned and deodorized to remove any odors that could have been left behind.

After water cleanup and all the internal structures have been dried up, the restoration process starts. The amount of repair that will be done will depend on the extent of the flood damage. It can be as little as repainting a few rooms, or as extensive as rebuilding entire walls. You as the building owner should be financially ready to cater for these repairs that result from water in business or home.

Why choice of a water cleanup and mitigation company matters

There are many reasons to be careful about the restoration company you pick to handle flood in home for you. First, note that water damage needs to be resolved as soon as it is discovered. A sluggish service provider will let the water stagnate for days, compromising the structural integrity of the entire building. The quality of the cleanup, drying and repair also matters. When done shoddily, moisture will remain, leading to mold damage, rotting and rusting of the interior structures in the home.

These are some of the things you need to know about the entire process of cleanup, drying and restoration. You need to have the contacts of a reliable remediation company to help you as soon as you realize you have a problem such as a flooded home or water in business. Your safety and the well-being of your loved one after a supply line break, pipe break or flood damage incident, therefore, depends on the professionals you choose to fix the problem. The durability of your building will also be dependent on the quality of the mitigation job that the restoration company does. Take time and choose a company which has positive reviews and a track record of success.
Visit http://www.SERVPROscottsdale.com for more information on water damage.

What to Do Before a Fire Restoration Company Arrives

8/22/2017 (Permalink)


What to Do Before a Fire Restoration Company Arrives

Fire in home and fire in business are especially devastating. The extensive fire damage can leave a person homeless or a workplace out of business. It may be temporary, but the impact can be overwhelming for a homeowner or a business owner. After fire trucks depart, fire cleanup is necessary. Whether it is fire in home or fire in business, the property will suffer from smoke damage as well. Aside from that, there could also be widespread flooding and water damage due to the firefighting efforts.

Before the Fire Damage Restoration

The next step after the distressing fire damage is to call a restoration company that can provide board up services and more. While waiting, the primary focus of the victims of the fire should be their safety. Here are some things to bear in mind:

It may not be safe to stay in the house or building especially after destructive commercial fire damage.

Electrical wiring as well as slip and fall hazards are typically present after the fire damage.

Wet materials, after firefighters have stopped the fire, can be very heavy. It is not wise to attempt to carry them.

After a fire and before the professionals from the restoration company arrive to give board up services, here are actions that a homeowner or a businessperson can carry out after fire damage:

Soot damage can take place in carpets and upholstery. It is advised to limit movement to prevent the particles from being embedded in the mentioned items.

Make sure that the hands are clean. This not only helps with the fire cleanup, but also avoids further soiling walls, woodwork, and upholstery.

There should be old linens or clean towels on upholstery, carpets, and rugs to reduce smoke smell and even soot damage.

If it is fire in home and electricity is not working, the freezer and the refrigerator should be emptied. Doors should remain open until fire damage restoration professionals get there.

Cleaning and protecting chrome using light coating of oil or petroleum jelly is also advised.

Houseplants should be washed on both sides of the leaves to reduce smoke smell.

It is also time to change HVAC filter whether it is fire in home or fire in business.

Air registers can be taped with double layers of cheesecloth. This can also help reduce smoke smell.

If there are things that can be done before the restoration company arrives, there are also activities that should be avoided. Here they are:

Do not attempt to wash painted surfaces, such as walls. Shampooing carpet and upholstery is also not recommended without the go signal from the professionals of the restoration company.

It is also not advised to attempt to clean electrical appliances, particularly those that may have been exposed to fire or heat or even water. It is best to consult an authorized repairman first especially if soot damage is visible.

Commercial fire damage in stores that sell canned or packaged food and beverages can be upsetting as these items should no longer be used. The same thing should be applied if it is fire in home, particularly if the items have been stored near the areas that have been affected by fire and smoke damage.

If the ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fixtures before fire damage restoration since there could be something wrong with the wiring.

Garments should not be sent to an ordinary dry cleaning service. Improper cleaning may heighten smoke smell.

Fire in business or commercial fire damage, including soot damage and smoke damage, can affect the structure of the building and equipment in the area. The same thing can be said when fire took place at home where board up is often essential. It can destroy the house and the person’s belongings. Fire damage restoration companies understand that furniture, keepsakes, clothing, and other possessions are important to the victims of the fire.

It is important to find fire cleanup pros that specialize in restoring houses and structures and providing board up services for home or commercial fire damage. These pros can help renovate contents of the area that underwent fire, water, mold, and smoke damage. With the aid of professional fire cleanup, homeowners or business people can save money as their possessions are restored instead of replaced.
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The Mold Damage Restoration Process in a Home or Business

8/22/2017 (Permalink)


The Mold Damage Restoration Process in a Home or Business

Mold can cause massive damage to a home or business when it is not removed in time. It is therefore important to look for a restoration company to prevent further damage. Mold in home can; grown on damp wood, blacken shower grout lines, leave black spots on the sliding, and discolor dry walls. Mold growth can be a nuisance to any home or business set-up, and that is why it is important to understand the process of mold damage remediation. In addition, the mold in home produces microscopic spores that leave a smelly odor in a room and cause massive property damage. The best way eliminate black mold, fungus, dry rot, or mildew from your home or business is to adopt a deodorization and mitigation program for mold damage. The following is as simple mold remediation process:

Locating the Mold

The remediation process involves the removal of the entire mold in home that can be seen. In order to prevent any possible commercial mold damage, it is advisable to completely eliminate all form of black mold, dry rot, mildew, and fungus from your home or business without sparing some. The remnants are more likely to grow and spread leading to more damage and smelly odor. Hiring a restoration company that offers professional mold removal services can help when it comes to long-term mold growth prevention.

The professionals apply a thorough mitigation program after carrying out all the necessary tests to assess the level of mold damage. A restoration company looks out for areas that appear to be dump and those that are smelly when trying to locate the mold in home. It is important to know that commercial mold damage can be located in sensitive areas such as air conditioning ducts, walls, and under floor coverings. The mold removal process should be followed by deodorization when such areas are involved.

Assessment and Calculation of Mold Damage

Apart from locating areas with mold growth, it is necessary to be very inquisitive when carrying out the mold mitigation process. The process should only be applied after a thorough assessment of all invisible intruders and mold growth behind walls. Locating the source of moisture is very critical because moisture and water are the major causes of black mold, fungus, dry rot, mildew, and smelly odor. In addition, thorough mitigation can only be guaranteed by investigating the amount of contaminated space in a home or business setup.

The approach to be adopted in mold removal and deodorization is determined by finding out the extent of black mold in a home or business. Calculating the level of commercial mold damage helps in protecting those involved in the remediation process from any form of harm. The level of mold growth behind wall determines the level of mold remediation that is applied by a particular restoration company.

Preparing the Damaged Area

The work areas should be sealed using heavy sheets of plastic and tapes. This is very important because it presents the spread of mold spores to other areas. The operation also involves the use of mold elevation tools. Before embarking on the remediation process, professionals always put on their protective gear. Mold growth behind wall cleanup and deodorization is normally done using fungicide to prevent future mold damage.

Mold Cleanup

Mold cleanup involves the removal of all moldy materials in the affected area. In order to prevent spores from spreading to other areas, it is advisable to slightly spray water on drywall and carpeting. The best way to prevent mold dispersal is to use a vacuum cleaner in the clean-up process. Sealed trash bags are used to keep the moldy materials before they are disposed. The process involves adequate cleaning of non-porous materials like tiles and bathtubs to remove all form of fungus, dry rot, mildew, and black mold. A rag should be used to apply fungicide when removing mold growth behind wall.

Repairs

The final stage in mold removal involves carrying out all the necessary repairs. The spread of commercial mold damage can be stopped by removing all the mold debris through vacuum cleaning. A chlorinated cleaner should be used to clean the floor during the mold mitigation process. Walls should be repainted to eliminate any smelly odor and other forms of mold damage. Finally, an oil-based primer should be used to seal wood surfaces after mold removal and prevent future mold growth.
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Water Removal Is Best Left To The Experts

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Is Best Left To The Experts SERVPRO Says: A Sump Pump Can Prevent Water Damage in Scottsdale

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Water Damaged Property

Severe weather always seems on the horizon increasing the risk of significant water intrusion into your home. When high winds combine with rain and hail the integrity of your roof, windows or siding may not hold allowing water to leak inside and cause severe damage to the structure and your personal property. SERVPRO has the staff and equipment to remove water from walls, ceilings, floors and more, including cutting-edge technology to restore keepsakes your family would be heartbroken to lose or be forced to replace.
 
Thunderstorms and downpours respect no area and are a possibility in your neighborhood. If heavy weather damages your house, you must find a company that offers reliable water removal in Scottsdale. Our highly trained technicians will be dispatched to your location quickly after storm water causes destruction as it is essential that moisture is contained and removed from a structure and its contents as soon as possible to avoid long-term problems. Expect our staff to respond with a variety of professional grade tools that will pump and vacuum standing and pooling water up swiftly, preventing further damage to the interior of your home. Our technicians responding to your emergency hold industry standard Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification including education on how to locate hidden leaks that may be otherwise overlooked and proven techniques to dry out the area promptly. Don't let a basement leak ruin your home.
 
The technicians at SERVPRO have specialized knowledge to support their assessments of what items can be dried and restored and which may need to be replaced after they complete the post-storm water removal. We carefully consider the damage to the structure and its contents as we make our recommendations and complete the work. Our advice will help you avoid the risk of mold or other lingering effects of the weather damage. The goal of our overall water removal and restoration is always to leave your home and personal possessions “Like it never even happened” after our thorough efforts. We will guide you through every step of the plan to remove the water and repair the damage that resulted including working with your insurance company to ensure every inch of your home is safely restored at a suitable cost to you.
 
SERVPRO of Scottsdale has both the staff and the equipment to meet your water removal needs after severe storms, or simply a burst pipe, has affected your home. We respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week with just a call to our dispatchers at (480) 998-7989.

Detecting Mold Damage in Your Home

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Detecting Mold Damage in Your Home SERVPRO Remediates Mold Infestations in Scottsdale Properties

Trust Trained SERVPRO Techs to Remediate Your Mold Damaged Property

It's easiest to control and repair mold damage in its early stages, but many homeowners aren't sure of what signs to look for. Left to spread, mold can affect the health of humans and animals, create odors that are very difficult to get rid of, and cause damage to your home's structure, flooring, and possessions.

Though the weather in town is typically warm and on the dry side, it's not uncommon for homeowners to encounter mold damage in Scottsdale. If you suspect that your home is in need of mold remediation, it's important to contact a skilled team, such as SERVPRO so that the problem can be remediated efficiently. Here are three telltale signs that your home may have mold damage.
 
1. Persistent moldy (musty) odors. Mold can often be smelled before it is seen, so don't ignore any lingering odors that persist in your home. Contacting our experts at SERVPRO for an inspection when you first smell mold can help prevent the problem from getting worse. Remember, this is like a smoke alarm, warning you of impending problems.

2. Increased humidity and condensation. Mold thrives in humid, wet conditions, and if your home's humidity has noticeably increased the risk of mold damage becomes greater. The higher humidity and condensation in your home could be the result of a roof in need of repair, faulty HVAC system, or your home's proximity to a nearby lake. The RH, relative humidity, in your house can be adjusted and stabilized with the use of one or two dehumidifiers.
 
3. Leaking water. Water leaks from burst pipes, cracked exterior walls, and damaged roofs are notorious for leading to mold infestation. Leaks can go undetected for months or longer, and combined with a mold infestation, can weaken the framing, resulting in severe structural damage.
 
Mold damage is a serious matter, but you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Scottsdale to get your home back in top shape. "Like it never even happened." If you'd like more information about our mold remediation services or would like a quote, call us at (480) 998-7989.

How the Monsoon Causes Fire Damage

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How the Monsoon Causes Fire Damage Dealing with fire damage? SERVPRO of Scottsdale has your back!

Monsoon and Fire Damage

The deserts of Arizona, while warm and fairly dry year-round, do indeed carry their own unique seasonal weather patterns. Perhaps the most influential and violent of these patterns is the monsoon, which starts in early July and carries on for most of the rest of the summer. During this period, storms are unpredictable, but often violent with torrents of rain intermittently falling. Due to several climatic factors in the Sonoran Desert, these storms also spawn unprecedented numbers of lightning strikes. For the wood and adobe homes common throughout Arizona, these lightning strikes pose an incredible danger.

Fire damage in North Scottsdale and other cities across the Sonoran Desert is fairly common during this monsoon season, and even if there is no rainfall, heavy lightning and thunderstorms can occur. SERVPRO suggests installing a well-made lightning rod on your home to ward off most lightning strikes, although it is by no means the only solution. Dried out for months of little to no rainfall, homes and the materials in them are brittle and ready for flame, and extreme care should be taken to install reliable fire extinguishers and possibly a sprinkler system across the house. Very recently, a hotel under construction near Scottsdale was hit by lightning and burned to the ground, as its fire safety systems were not yet set up.

It's not only the summer monsoons which can lead to heavy lightning damage, however. In the winter months, starting primarily in December, more rain hits the desert, but also more thunder and lightning. Every year, we see a spike in the number of fire damage cases from residents due to lightning strikes around these times. Take care to keep your home as safe as possible from these disasters, especially if you own a two-story home in a one-story neighborhood (or a building otherwise taller than its surroundings). Additionally, always mind the potential for flood and water damage during a monsoon, as rain typically comes in heavy sheets very quickly, often not easily absorbed by the soil.

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Strategically positioned to have fast response times and quality coverage across the local community, SERVPRO of Scottsdale is always ready to respond quickly to your fire damage call. If you require our damage mitigation and restoration services, or would like a quote, call us 24/7 at (480) 998-7989.

Water Damage 101

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage 101 Water Damage? SERVPRO of Scottsdale can help.

101 Water Damage 

When a business property has to deal with a flooding issue, the financial loss isn't just measured in how much it will cost to remove the water standing in a break room and then the clean-up. Every day that its doors are closed means a loss of income to cover the regular bills as well. 

Many businesses today are operating on a shoestring for a budget, and it seems to be getting tighter despite the recovery of the last two years. Any business that has to turn away customers for even just a few days risks not reopening them. Water damage in Scottsdale commercial properties has to be dealt with immediately. SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to help them reopen as soon as possible. 

Commercial property flooding usually occurs in an area that isn't noticed immediately. Once it is discovered, most businesses have to close immediately. That's already one day's receipts lost. To stop it, professional removal and remediation services have to be on-site that same day to find the source of the flooding, stop it if necessary and begin the clean-up process. 

Arizona state and Scottsdale safety laws require that standing water has to be removed and dried out before employees can return to work. If water isn't removed quickly enough, then there will be concerns over structure damage and possibly even mold damage. If that happens, then a day or two closed can easily turn into a week or longer. 

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Helping you reopen your business is our goal. We understand that getting back to your customers is the lifeblood of your business, and it has to begin circulating again as soon as possible after the flooding stops. If a damaged pipe, storm water or an employee error has shut down your business, call us today at SERVPRO of Scottsdale at (480) 998-7989 to get you cleaned up and reopened. 

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