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Winter Visitors Face Unexpected Damage
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.
National Preparedness Month 2021
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.
July Monsoon Storms In Scottsdale
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.
SERVPRO Tip Tuesday
June is National Safety Month!
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SERVPRO Tip Tuesday is here to let you know that June is National Safety Month! National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. Be sure to follow our SERVPRO of Scottsdale social media pages to stay informed on safety tips!
June 8, 2021
The National Safety Council is celebrating 25 years of providing information and focusing on preventing injury and deaths through safety measures for the workplace, home, and other areas of life. According to the National Safety Council, “more than 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year because of injuries due to a fall” (nsc.org). For something as simple as standing on a chair to change a lightbulb, it’s important to do what you can to minimize the risk of this situation by identifying any hazards to prevent an incident from occurring.
For more information on safety information regarding National Safety Month, check out the National Safety Council or Like and Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn to stay up to date.
SERVPRO Tip Tuesday
Stay tuned for next week's SERVPRO Tip Tuesday!
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Are you following SERVPRO of Scottsdale on Facebook and Instagram? Well – you should! Every Tuesday, be on the lookout for our SERVPRO Tip Tuesday which includes helpful information and quick tips that are beneficial to homeowners and business owners.
May 18, 2021
Despite its name, the garbage disposal should not take the place of your garbage can. There are certain items you should avoid tossing into the disposal such as:
- coffee grounds
- chicken or fish bones
- egg shells
- potato peels, just to name a few.
Working the garbage disposal too hard can result in clogging issues that can lead to improper drainage and cause potential water damage in your kitchen.
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It's Time For Spring Cleaning
Make some time for spring cleaning in your home!
Spring is in the air which means only one thing, it’s time for spring cleaning! A deep thorough cleaning of your home can be refreshing and enjoyable, especially when you’re coming home from a long day at work. Cleaning and decluttering your space can be therapeutic because your home is your sanctuary and your place to unwind and recharge. SERVPRO of Scottsdale has put together some simple tips for you when it comes time to cleaning your home.
- It always helps to get the household involved in the cleaning process. It makes it that much more efficient and effective if you divide responsibilities among those living in your home.
- It also helps to clean room by room. Before you start the process, try going through each room and make a list of what needs to be done.
- It always helps to go through your belongings to see what you need to declutter. Make piles of items you’d like to keep, donate or throw away.
- Make sure you have all the tools and cleaning products needed to do the job. It’s easy to skip cleaning the windows because you don’t have window cleaner so make sure to go through your cleaning products to make sure you have what you need.
- Don’t forget to clean the outside of your home as well. For instance, the outside entry way, windows, and cleaning the gutters, just to name a few.
Once all the cleaning is complete, make an effort to maintain the area so when it’s time for the next deep cleaning, it won’t be as intense. Happy Spring Cleaning!
Grilling Safety Tips
Avoid fire damage in and around your home by practicing these grilling safety tips!
The weather is warming up from the cooler temps we’ve been experiencing here in Scottsdale. Warmer temperatures means people are trying to get outdoors as much as possible before we see those scorching triple digit temperatures. For many of us, spending time outdoors can mean one thing – it’s grilling time. SERVPRO of Scottsdale has put together a list of some grilling safety tips for your next cookout. The last thing anyone should have to deal with is fire damage from a grilling mishap.
Avoid A Fire, Practice Safe Grilling
- Grills should only be used outdoors.
- Make sure you place your grill away from building structures on a flat surface.
- Don’t grill around a lot of weeds, trees or shrubbery.
- Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case.
- Do not leave the grill unattended.
- Make sure the grill is clean and that any fat or grease buildup is removed.
- If you’re using a charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never use the starter fluid on open flames.
SERVPRO Is Here To Help
SERVPRO of Scottsdale is available 24/7 when it comes to water damage emergencies.
It is officially a new year and we welcome 2021 with new possibilities and hope. SERVPRO of Scottsdale would like you to know that we are here and will continue to be here to help you with your commercial or residential property. Here at SERVPRO, we specialize in water damage cleanup, fire, smoke and soot damage restoration, mold mitigation and remediation. Aside from restoration, we also handle cleaning such air ducts and HVAC cleaning, biohazard and crime scene cleanup as well as COVID cleaning and disinfecting.
If your property is in need of any of these services, feel free to give our office a call at 480-998-7989 and our office staff would be happy to help and guide you in the right direction. Here at SERVPRO of Scottsdale, we are always here to help.
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold Damage?
Mold growth to drywall
Is Your Home Protected Against Mold Damage?
Homeowners insurance can protect your residential property from a lot of different disasters and types of damage. Despite how common residential fungus growth is, many insurance policies still don't cover mold damage directly. Read on to see whether your home in North Scottsdale, AZ, is protected against mold damage.
When You Are Covered
The majority of insurance policies cover mold damage if, and only if, the damage was caused by what's known as a "covered peril." A covered peril is essentially any type of disaster or damage that the insurance policy already covers. Here are a few examples:
- Lightning strikes
- Fire damage
- Malicious mischief, or other types of vandalism
- Damage caused by vehicles
- Frozen pipes
- Falling objects
Because each insurance policy is different, it's important to check yours to see which accidents are covered. If the fungus growth is a direct result of any covered perils in your policy, then you're covered. However, if the mold is a result of your personal carelessness, or if you leave it unreported for too long, then you likely have to pay for the damage yourself.
When You Aren't Covered
Don't worry if your existing policy doesn't cover mold damage. You always have the option to purchase a mold insurance policy. This is a separate policy endorsement that adds mold coverage to your existing homeowners insurance policy. Depending on your home's specific mold risk -- this is determined by where you live, how often you typically deal with mold damage and other various factors -- you may end up paying between $500 and $1,500 annually for separate mold coverage.
Fungus growth is a very common occurrence that the majority of homeowners do have to handle at some point. It may be beneficial to purchase a separate policy endorsement to make sure that your property is covered, just in case your existing policy is reluctant to protect you. If you do discover mold damage in your home, you should contact mold remediation experts immediately.
When It Comes to Black Mold, Never Put It on Hold
There are over four thousand four-letter words in the English language, yet none perhaps send a shudder down the spine of a building owner like the word “mold” does. Compounding it with the word “black” can raise anxiety in the most levelheaded of people. While all types of mold should be addressed with urgency, black mold needs to be handled as soon as possible to protect a building's structure.
Where Can It Strike?
This mold enjoys particularly damp conditions, making it more prevalent in areas of the property that are exposed to moisture. Breakrooms, bathrooms, ceilings, stairwells and even common areas are all susceptible because mold can grow anywhere and on anything. The following surfaces are especially prone to mold damage:
Essentially, any area in a building that has high humidity, water leakage, warmth and little to no light can be a breeding ground for mold.
How Should It Be Handled?
Containment of black mold requires both preventative and reactive measures, which are necessary to limit the structural harm done to a commercial space. For example, staying on top of leaks and carrying out periodic inspection of high-risk areas is a must. Furthermore, maintaining low humidity by air conditioning and ventilating creates an environment inconducive to mold growth.
Once detected, performing mold cleanup (such as drying of wet materials and comprehensive cleaning and disinfection) at the earliest opportunity is critical in restricting the spread. The inconvenient truth is that mold is rarely eliminated, making professional mold remediation vital for property protection.
Black mold doesn’t have to be scary. By being wary of conditions that incubate mold and diligent in periodic inspections, a landlord or tenant in Scottsdale, AZ, can proactively limit its growth. If any trace of mold is found, make sure to nip it in the bud with the help of mold experts.
How To Control Mildew in Your Bathroom
A dehumidifier can be an effective solution to remove excess humidity
Steps To Reduce Mold and Mildew Formation
Every home in North Scottsdale, AZ, must contend with some degree of bathroom mildew. Steam and running water combined with poor ventilation can contribute to a chronic humidity problem, leading to mildew on the following:
- Shower curtains
Mold remediation professionals recommend taking these steps to help control humidity and reduce mold and mildew formation:
Proper ventilation prevents water particles in steam from clinging to surfaces where they would otherwise remain. With no place to go, they can develop mildew. Keeping a bathroom door open to allow water-carrying steam to escape is adviseable. Still, the best solution is an exhaust fan that effectively draws steam out of the bathroom.
Grout is porous and susceptible to water absorption. Water trapped in small grout-filled crevices is slow to evaporate, making the spaces susceptible to bathroom mildew. It is necessary to clean grout thoroughly before mildew settles and spreads, making it harder to remove.
If your house is old and not equipped with an exhaust fan, a dehumidifier can be an effective solution to remove excess humidity. Position a unit outside the bathroom door and turn it on after running a hot shower.
Wipe Down Accessories
Mildew can accumulate on any surface, including items placed on shelves, sinks and bathtub ledges. If these objects are allowed to sit where water has pooled, mildew can form beneath them and spread. Wiping shampoo bottles and bath pillows and other accessories help keep them clean and mildew-free.
Wipe Down Walls
Wet shower walls and floors are unavoidable. People often turn off the water and wonder why mildew still accumulates. If water does not evaporate quickly enough, it remains on these hard surfaces, causing mildew or mold. A squeegee can quickly dry these surfaces that would otherwise remain wet.
Bathroom mildew and mold can be found in just about any home. If you need help controlling it, speak with a professional.
Sewage Process Removal and Restoration
Sewage backup is contaminated with biological viruses and bacteria
Sewage Process Removal and Restoration
Most businesses dread the day they need a disaster restoration company in Rio Verde, AZ, to salvage their business, but they are always happy to see them when they arrive. A sewer cleanup is never a fun experience, and if you do not have the skillset to mitigate the problem, you should always trust the professionals. The process they use is straightforward and reliable.
Cleaning out debris
Drying out the area
Cleaning and disinfecting
Restoring the site
The first part of the removal process is to eliminate the contents of the sewer backup from the premises. A restoration crew will have specialized equipment and trucks to suck up the wastewater from your property, allowing them to transport it to offsite hazardous waste facilities.
Cleaning Out Debris
With the wastewater removed, the company can begin cleaning out the affected area. Most contaminated items will need to be discarded, but some nonporous items may be salvaged. The restoration crew can walk you through their decision process.
Drying Out the Area
Once the waste is removed, the team will probably start focusing on the drying phase of the sewer cleanup. They will bring in dehumidifiers and fans to speed up to process, but depending on the moisture level, the process can take several days.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Once everything is dried thoroughly, the company can begin the cleaning and disinfecting process. Using reliable commercial cleaners, they will bleach and wipe down every surface that came into contact with raw sewage. The restoration crew will also spend significant time trying to deodorize your business.
Restoring the Site
Whether the damage is from a flooded toilet or broken main, once the site is clean and disinfected, the company can begin the restoration process. They will restore building materials and structural aspects of your business. When the job is complete, the site should look like predisaster conditions.
While no company wants to experience a sewage disaster, they are always happy to have the help of a knowledgeable service like SERVPRO for the sewer cleanup. If you are ever in need of commercial advice, contact the restoration experts at SERVPRO.
Proactive Steps You Can Take for Mold Prevention
Mold growth in Rio Verde, AZ
Proactive Steps You Can Take for Mold Prevention
Mold is one of those building hazards that is so resilient and can be so sneaky, that it may be tempting to overlook it or delay its remediation. Don't follow this impulse. While common, mold growth poses a host of serious issues for building owners, including:
- eating away at building materials, causing
- widespread property damage
- negatively impacting air quality due to
- constant spore production and distribution
- spreading incredibly quickly
The simplest way to deal with mold is prevention, so it'd be wise to spend some time implementing mold resistance measures in your building.
Tips for Increasing Mold Resistance
First off, watch out for water damage in your building. This is the number one entry point for mold in commercial spaces. Take care of any leaks quickly, clean them, and dry the area thoroughly. Also, incorporate prevention strategies to decrease the likelihood of mold growth via water damage: watch for areas with consistent condensation, waterproof what you can, and be mindful of exterior risks. Exterior considerations would include gutters and elevation features near your building that may encourage standing water.
Additionally, you should decrease humidity in your space. Think about good airflow and ventilation. HVAC can lower humidity and increase good airflow simultaneously. If an option, fresh air is excellent for mold prevention, too.
What to Do If You Suspect Mold
If you know of water damage in your building, you can always get the space tested for mold by an indoor environmental professional in Rio Verde, AZ. These professionals have different types of advanced technology that can detect mold at all the different levels it could be on, whether the mold is visible or not. If you know exactly where the mold is, do what you can to stop any water issue happening there, get a dehumidifier in the space, and contact a professional mold remediation crew.
Mold growth is pervasive and a hassle to remediate. But with proper prevention strategies, you can significantly diminish the mold risk in your building.
What You Should Know About Professional Water Damage Restoration
Water restoration in a business
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.
3 Tips for Avoiding Mold From Your Swamp Cooler
A leaking swamp cooler can cause even more problems
3 Tips for Avoiding Mold From Your Swamp Cooler
Swamp coolers are popular in warm climates because they use less electricity than central air conditioning. A common problem with swamp coolers, however, is an increased chance of mold. A lot of moisture accumulates when the cooler is running, which can increase the humidity level of your home in Scottsdale, AZ. A leaking swamp cooler can cause even more problems. Here are three tips for keeping mold out of your home if you use a swamp cooler.
1. Clean Regularly
Mold requires both moisture and organic matter to thrive. Mold growth often occurs when parts of the swamp cooler get dirty. Clean every part of your cooler frequently to ensure that dirt doesn't accumulate. As cellulose pads get older and worn out, they can become breeding grounds for mold spores, so they need to be replaced periodically. It's also smart to have your air ducts cleaned, especially if you smell a musty odor. Mold remediation experts can mitigate the mold problem in your home.
2. Increase Air Flow
It may seem counter-productive to run the air conditioner and open the window at the same time. A leaking swamp cooler, though, may be blowing more than cool air into your home. By cracking a few windows throughout the house, you let the air circulate better, keeping any mold spores in the air on the move. This habit also lowers the overall humidity of your home, which helps fight mold growth, too.
3. Maintain Cooler
Proper maintenance is important for any household appliance. In the case of your swamp cooler, regular maintenance by a qualified professional can help you avoid leaks and mold. Each maintenance visit is a chance to ensure it's working properly so that it can cool efficiently without diminishing air quality.
A leaking swamp cooler can cause mold problems in your home. With frequent cleaning and maintenance as well as consistent airflow throughout your house, you can lower the chances that mold growth will occur.
We are Cleaning Experts
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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Scottsdale-(480) 998-7989.
How to Know if a Business’s Water Is Contaminated
Call a commercial building restoration specialists immediately if you are dealing with contaminated water
Things You Need to Know About Water Contamination
Contaminated water in a commercial setting can occur due to a variety of factors. Whether there has been a flood or a burst pipe, black water is never a pleasant sight for business owners. Fortunately, the professionals at SERVPRO have the experience and expertise that insurance agents and adjusters are looking for. To ensure that these restoration specialists address your needs properly, here is everything you need to know about water contamination that targets businesses in North Scottsdale, AZ.
Traces of Sediment
In some cases, determining whether water is contaminated is as simple as observing its appearance. If there are traces of sediment in the liquid, it has likely become polluted in some way. Be sure to look for the following signs of sediment when inspecting potentially contaminated water:
- Sewage or waste
If you notice any indications of black water, be sure to call SERVPRO professionals immediately. This type of water can cause severe damage to a business, especially if it isn’t removed right away.
To determine whether the water in a business is contaminated, it’s often helpful to use your senses. A strong and unpleasant smell that comes from floodwater or a broken supply line likely points to water that has become polluted at some point. If this is the case, be sure to request professional assistance as soon as possible. Water that has begun to emit an unfavorable scent may have already accumulated various forms of dirt or sewage that can lead to serious forms of water damage if left untreated.
If a business is dealing with contaminated water, calling commercial building restoration specialists immediately is crucial to the safety of the company. Thanks to the highly effective methods and solutions that the experts at SERVPRO utilize, insurance agencies all over the country confidently turn to them as their preferred vendor in any disaster.
How To Choose the Best Fire Insurance Protection for Your Business
Commercial fire damage in Rio Verde, AZ
Fires can be so destructive because even a small fire can cause extensive smoke damage to equipment, inventory and other property. While it may be hard to imagine facing fire damage at your Rio Verde, AZ, place of business, it’s important to protect yourself with adequate property insurance.
Fire coverage is generally part of your basic commercial insurance policy. Choosing the right level of coverage is essential. If you do have a fire, you’ll want to focus on the cleanup and restoration, not on the fear of devastating financial consequences.
3 Levels of Fire Coverage
Three forms of fire coverage are available to business owners. The causes and the types of damage covered vary between the levels.
Basic Form – This most basic level contains a specific, short list of covered perils or causes. Examples of perils covered in a basic commercial insurance policy include fires caused by explosions or lightning.
Broad Form – This level covers everything in the basic form and allows for specifying additional perils and secondary damage provisions. Water damage caused by fighting the fire would be an example of an additional Broad Form provision.
Special Form – This is the most expensive and comprehensive level. The only perils not covered will be specifically noted, and anything not mentioned is considered allowable for coverage.
The Best Choice for Your Business
Ideally, you would have Special Form commercial insurance with few exclusions, but the premium cost can be prohibitive for some businesses. A Broad Form policy may be sufficient if it is designed with your risk in mind.
Your structure’s age, hazardous equipment and the presence of tenants are examples of risk factors. Your insurance agent or local fire restoration specialist can help you assess your risk. Then you might choose a Broad Form policy that includes the perils associated with your risk factors.
“Better safe than sorry,” has never been more apropos than with insurance protection for fire damage. Taking the time to assess your risk and choose the best coverage may help you sleep better, knowing you and your property are protected.
Where Does Mold Grow?
Inspecting your home frequently can prevent mold damage
Every home is susceptible to mold damage. With plumbing lines running through walls and humidity levels giving way to fogged mirrors, it is surprising that more homeowners don't understand the risk. That is why you should have your home inspected by remediation experts in Scottsdale, AZ, every so often, to ensure that your house is safe. However, if you are not ready to find a professional service, then at least inspect the five most common areas for mold to develop in your home.
While it might not seem like the kitchen is a likely place for mold growth, especially since you use this room frequently, think again. Kitchens often have increased moisture in the air because of cooking, and if that moisture is not adequately vented, then you can end up with a mold problem.
Next place to inspect for mold and mildew growth is your laundry room. The washer and dryer can create an environment for high humidity, which is a direct cause of mold development.
Similar to laundry rooms, a bathroom experiences high humidity and moisture levels in the air while taking baths or showers. Mold damage loves excess moisture. While bathrooms often use mold-resistant building materials, the HVAC and insulation are still susceptible to mold growth.
Basements are prime environments for mold because they are often poorly ventilated and full of moisture due to mechanical closets and exposed piping. Therefore, it is recommended that dehumidifiers be placed in basements to help reduce the risk of fungal development.
Last, attics often go unnoticed. While roof vents might help to deter a moisture problem from developing, if there is a hole in the roofline that goes unnoticed, then mold spores can take root and multiply.
Mold damage is a problem that every homeowner needs to be keenly aware of. By inspecting the rooms that are most susceptible and installing prevention measures, like dehumidifiers, you can prevent a possible issue from developing. However, it doesn't hurt to have a professional home assessment either.
How To Get Rid of Mold in Your Home
Mold damage on drywall
How To Get Rid of Mold in Your Home
Mold spores are everywhere. They get tracked into your home on clothing, shoes, hair and pets. If the conditions in your home in North Scottsdale,AZ, are too moist, these spores can turn into mold growth. If you suspect you have a mold problem, there are several steps to get rid of it.
Where To Look
A musty smell is a sure sign that you may have hold somewhere. Start by looking in the most common places:
- Underneath sinks, particularly if you have a leak
- Basement, particularly if you have a problem with high humidity
- Bathroom, particularly if you have plumbing issues
If you don't see patches of mold anywhere, it may be in your HVAC system. When mold hides out of sight, you probably need a professional assessment to identify the type of mold and where the mold growth is located.
What To Do
Call a certified mold inspector to detect the mold. If the inspector finds mold, you will need to hire mold remediation specialists to get rid of the problem. They can identify the source of the problem. Perhaps you have unmitigated water damage that has led to the issue. Dust and moisture create an atmosphere that can lead to fungus growth. Once they find the problem, the remediation process can begin.
How To Fix It
Depending on the extent of the problem, technicians may take a couple of different approaches. If the mold growth is small and goes no further than the surface, they can clean it thoroughly and test to make sure they get it all. If you have large or widespread patches on a wall, however, they may have to remove the affected drywall and replace it.
No matter what kind of mold growth you have in your home, you need professional help to mitigate it. They can test, remove the growth and rebuild any damaged structures to get your home back to normal.
Keeping Your Workplace Safe From Mold
HVAC cleaning is essential
Keep Your Business Protected From Mold Growth
With all of the aspects of running a business, owners in Rio Verde, AZ, are constantly thinking about employee safety. However, they don’t always make it a priority to eliminate or prevent mold growth, as it can often be an unseen problem. Mold can grow in almost any place with moisture, including air ducts, so it isn’t an issue reserved just for homeowners. The following steps can keep your business protected from mold growth and its negative health effects.
1. Keep High Risk Areas Dry
The easiest way to handle a mold issue is to prevent it from occurring. Like within a home, bathrooms and kitchens in the workplace are a common problem area due to the amount of water used. Take care to have regular maintenance of piping and immediately address any noticeable leaks, regardless of how small they may seem. Check cabinets under sinks to ensure they are dry. Factories that utilize water or hoses need to take special care to have effective drying equipment and regular mold inspections.
2. Check Air Vents
Regular HVAC cleaning, as well as cleaning vents, will tell you if you have mold within your system. If you ever notice a damp smell or increased respiratory issues among employees, this should be the first place to check. Any noticeable warning signs warrant a call to a professional mold elimination company. Most people are surprised to know that mold can grab onto dust particles and circulate throughout the air system, so HVAC cleaning is essential.
3. Inspect Your Office or Factory Regularly
Although mold can grow in air ducts or walls, it’s also a visible problem in other areas. Therefore, a visual inspection is a great way to identify issues. Check behind desks and machines, particularly if you are in a humid environment.
Employee safety is a priority of any business. This includes protection from illness due to mold. It’s always a best practice to regularly check for signs of mold, including HVAC cleaning. It’s also essential to keep the building as dry as possible to give you peace of mind that you are keeping your employees as safe as possible.
Water Damage 101
Call SERVPRO today for your commercial restoration emergency
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.
How SERVPRO Will Help With Your Insurance Claims
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In the aftermath of a disaster in your office, there are many moving pieces and plenty of people working hard to resolve the matter. You may not think of your insurance claim services relying on the expertise of a disaster cleanup team. However, when the cleanup process gets underway quickly and efficiently, it may amaze you just how much easier it is for your insurance company to get on the ball as well.
What Happens After an Emergency?
Despite your best efforts to keep your office safe, incidents can occur. If you experience a fire, flood or mold in your North Scottsdale, AZ, workplace, it’s essential that you take the proper steps to begin the recovery process and to ensure that you don’t have to pay the repair bill.
- Contact a reputable, commercial disaster response team to initiate cleanup and restoration.
- Call your insurance company to report the situation and file a claim.
- Communicate with the emergency response company to establish repair timelines.
One Doesn’t Work Well Without the Other
Your primary objective following an emergency at work is to make sure you and your staff can return to work in a safe, clean environment as soon as possible. The insurance company won’t go too far in the claim services process until the restoration team responds to you and gives an assessment of the damage and repair needs. The cleanup company also wants to know your insurance company will cover the damage and work.
The Best Cleanup Companies Work Well With Your Insurance Provider
Not all disaster recovery companies are equal. When you hire the professionals at SERVPRO, you can have confidence that the team will communicate effectively with your insurance agent to start the claims and payment procedures. The faster the cleanup and restoration company response to your disaster, the faster your insurance provider will do its part.
Claim services don’t have to get bogged down and delay your coverage. When SERVPRO is involved, you know everything should proceed well.
3 Reasons to Join SERVPRO
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3 Reasons To Join SERVPRO
Nationwide, water restoration and disaster remediation companies aren’t hard to find. What is hard to find, however, is an expert firm with as strong a reputation as SERVPRO. SERVPRO is an exception place to hire but also to own. Learn more about what makes our company so successful and some of the top reasons you should consider a locally owned SERVPRO franchise in Scottsdale, AZ.
Who Is SERVPRO
Founded in 1967, SERVPRO is a national provider of disaster cleanup and restoration services, with services for homeowners, large businesses and everything in between. With franchises covering some 48 states, we are an industry leader in cleanup for small distinct disasters and multi-million dollar huge-loss situations caused by:
- Storm damage
- Tornadoes and so much more.
When people want it like new, they think of SERVPRO, leaders in the field. It’s clear why people hire us. Now, here are some of the reasons they join our team.
A Large Support Network
With more than 1,600 franchises that are individually owned and operated, SERVPRO has a huge system. This benefits customers who can always find a nearby vendor, but it also helps franchisees, who can partner with nearby certified franchises or get advice and support when needed.
A Great Environment
The SERVPRO franchise network consistently rank within the top 20 on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 ranking, ranking No. 1 in the cleanup and restoration industry for 2018. That’s the ninth consecutive year and proof that we keep our partners happy.
Consumers could choose anyone for water damage restoration. But over the years, SERVPRO has gained a reputation for the best service and results second to none. That means a SERVPRO franchise starts out ahead of the game.
SERVPRO happily serves customers across the country, providing a clean environment and peace of mind when people need it most. Consider joining the SERVPRO franchise team and join a proud legacy.
How To Care for Commercial Ceiling Tiles
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Think about how often you gaze toward the ceiling at your commercial property in Scottsdale. Likely not as often as you should. Tile discoloration ranges from purely cosmetic to an indicator of tile mold. Here are some things to consider when looking at the ceiling, and what to do next.
What Causes Staining?
There are many possible reasons that the view above you has withered over time. Some common explanations include:
- Water staining is the most frequent cause of a yellow or brown tint. Although this seems innocuous, water damage on the ceiling may point to a larger problem like a leak above resulting in tile mold.
- Ultraviolet lighting, smoke, or extreme heat incurs color changes over time.
- Tile discoloration also naturally happens due to age, typically after about 10 years.
- In addition to changes in color, you may also observe some warping or cracking.
How Is Tile Cleaned?
Cleaning is a more cost effective, faster method of extending the life of the ceiling:
- There are a number of products available for stain removal. Use a damp cloth with a commercial cleaner to wipe down the area. Alternatively, spray on a combination of one part bleach to one part water.
- Depending on the age and the reason for the damage, you may not be able to achieve the desired result by cleaning alone.
When Should the Ceiling Be Replaced?
There are times when replacement is preferable or necessary:
- If you have renovated other parts of the building, there are aesthetic reasons for a change.
- When the origin of discoloration is water damage, replacement is often needed. Due to the porous nature of the tiles, trapped water breeds mold. In this case, work with a mold restoration specialist to ensure that the area is properly contained, cleaned and restored.
Do not ignore tile discoloration at your commercial property in Scottsdale. At the very least, it may need cleaned. If you suspect tile mold due to an underlying problem, consult a professional for proper remediation and replacement.
The Flood Cut: Cutting Your Way Toward Restoration
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Flooding in your home is an emotional roller coaster and one that doesn’t end when the water recedes. The restoration process begins with property removal and the dreaded flood cut, which can leave many homeowners feeling like the restoration process is moving backward instead of forward.
1. What Is a Flood Cut?
A flood cut is a process of exposing wall studs to allow your home structure to dry without the worry of spreading mold and mildew. In order to reveal the studs, a cut must be made above the flood damage, about 12-18 inches, accounting for moisture absorption in the framing and insulation.
2. When Is It Necessary?
Flooding does not always consist of clean water. When a flood is caused by sewage or other polluted water, a flood cut is necessary to avoid contamination. The cut allows crews to remove affected insulation, drywall, and even studs to ensure the health and safety of you and your family.
3. Can It Be Avoided?
If the floodwater is clean water, then it is possible to avoid cutting open your wall, but only if the affected wall does not have insulation. In this instance, crews can drill several small holes into the affected drywall and insert flexible air hoses which used to pump dry, warm air into the cavity, drying the studs and drywall.
4. Is It a DIY Project?
You can try to perform a flood cut on your own, but if the floodwater was composed of sewage water, then it may be a better idea to call emergency restoration services in the North Scottsdale,AZ, area. Sewage water is considered black water, and it presents many health risks to you and your family.
Flooding can cause a lot of damage structurally and personally, but a flood cut should not be looked at as furthering that damage. A cut is actually a step in the right direction, a step toward restoring order in your home, and while you may be able to perform this task on your own, be sure always to consider your safety first.
3 Crucial Steps for Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Fire
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Restoring your Commercial Property the Right Way
When a devastating fire wreaks havoc on your North Scottsdale,AZ , building, dealing with the aftermath can be a struggle, both mentally and emotionally. However, it’s vastly important that fire restoration becomes your main priority, as there’s no time to waste when it comes to minimizing the effects on your business. Before making any rash moves, consider these three crucial steps for restoring your commercial property the right way and setting a smart recovery plan into motion.
- Hire professional board-up services to help prevent further damage to the property. Although you’re sure to be anxious about getting inside the building to inspect the damage, it’s important to stay safe and have fire restoration specialists come in beforehand. They can board up your windows, put tarps over any roof damage, install protective fencing if necessary and take other measures necessary to ensure that the likelihood of more damage is minimal. It’s also crucial for maintaining the scene until an inspection is completed.
- Contact the necessary services and gather the right documentation. Though making endless phone calls might be the last thing you want to commit to after your loss, it’s vital that you start getting in touch with building department inspectors, fire department officials, claim adjusters or whomever you need to in order to collect the necessary paperwork and have it ready for your insurance company.
- Look over your fire insurance policy and contact your agent immediately. Promptly reporting that damage has occurred to your commercial property is possibly the most crucial, money-saving step. Read over your policy to see if things like water damage or smoke cleaning services are covered under your plan, and let a professional inspect the area to give you an estimate on your property damage.
Recovery efforts at your North Scottsdale,AZ, commercial property can seem daunting at first, but maintaining a level head and following these three important methods for fire restoration can help ease the stress and anxiety.