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When You Have A Biohazard Problem In Your Home

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard When You Have A Biohazard Problem In Your Home Mites, fleas, ticks, and even lice can become a problem when brought in by their original hosts.

Biohazard Problem in Your Home


Not all biohazards are chemicals or come from a sharps box on your physician's wall. They can come with owning homes and sometimes with business and office buildings. Biohazards can affect people's health, and create situations that can seem unbearable. Wildlife that has entered into the roof of any home or other building, or is even nearby, can bring infestations with them. Mites, fleas, ticks, and even lice can become a problem when brought in by their original hosts, especially when their hosts leave them behind or worse when they die inside of your building or home.

In Phoenix, biohazard problems exist in many locations, often with no one becoming aware of the source. Because of this, experts need to be consulted. SERVPRO is trained in not only restoration but also in the control and elimination of biohazards. Birds often bring with them different strains of bird mites, and while these tiny parasites cannot burrow into the skin, their bites create a risk of allergic reactions, intense itching, and secondary infections. Lice, also from birds, can infest people, and create the same discomfort, but in a worse way. Because lice can infest people, a hot, soapy shower won't suffice like it will with bird mites. Treatment with a pediculicide often means neurotoxins, creating an additional risk.

Ticks and fleas can also carry disease directly, but these do not travel as quickly as lice and mites can, and remain closer to their original location. These should still be considered as risks, and avoided. Having a professional team conduct the cleaning of an infested area that has possible biohazards such as these blood-sucking parasites. Deceased animals also found can be disposed of properly at the same time, and the area thoroughly sanitized and made risk-free again.

Signs of an infestation include unexplained bites, scratching for no reason, lice infestations when the risk factor for such is very low, or even small black dots on the skin that move quickly. Those are mites, and their bites can be very tiny, but extremely painful. If this sounds like a biohazard situation that you may be dealing with, SERVPRO of Avondale / Goodyear / Southwest Phoenix can help you eliminate the problem. Call us at (623) 537-9999 any time, day or night, and we will assist you in ridding your home of any biohazards that have been creating problems for you and your family.

Flash Floods and Water Damage

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage  Flash Floods and Water Damage Phoenix Water Damage Can Happen from Flash Floods and Leaks

SERVPRO Pumps Out the Water and Mitigates Damages

Despite rare rainfall and a desert climate, the Arizona deserts are often home to some of the worst flooding events in the nation. The reason for this is a combination of climate, topography, and soil mixture, which in Arizona all combine to form highly flood-prone conditions. Generally, in the Sonoran Desert, when it rains it pours. And it pours a lot, with sudden and unexpected torrents of rain being commonplace during the wet seasons. However, other regions of the United States often have more rain in short periods of time than here, so why do we get hit with some of the worst floods?
 
The answer is quite simple. In Phoenix, water damage due to floods is ultimately the result of an extremely flat topography combined with clay-heavy soil. Phoenix is a construction company's paradise due to its large, flat, open spaces to develop into, but these cause problems during floods, where little terrain variation means floodwaters can rampage across neighborhoods and streets without much to stop them. Combine this with the clay-heavy and non-water absorbent soil of the desert, and you have a deadly mixture for fast-forming and wide-damaging flash floods.
 
To compound problems, rainfall in Arizona often comes in the form of violent but short sessions during which up to multiple inches of rain can fall in a period of minutes. This causes flash flooding, intense and heavy floods which form in minutes. Every few years, you may see some portion of highway on the nightly news, covered with water and swamped cars. This is one of the few natural disasters that can indeed hurt local homes, and unfortunately, there is not much to be done to prevent these occurrences from happening. However, at SERVPRO we are able to respond quickly after the disaster has happened and help residents to recover in a very short period. This means arriving on the site with the correct equipment and personnel to extract water and mitigate damages.
 
SERVPRO of Avondale / Goodyear / Southwest Phoenix has years of experience in dealing with the complexities of the Sonoran Desert and its climate and is ready after any major storm to deal with water damage in the local community. If you require our emergency restoration services, contact us 24/7 at (623) 537-9999.

Mold Damage: Mold Grows in the Desert?

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage: Mold Grows in the Desert? Mold damage can be difficult to detect early on, and can't be removed by Phoenix homeowners.

Mold Can Grow in Warmer Climates

Mold damage is often thought to be restricted to the wetter climates of North America, and the US Southwest is often relatively careless when it comes to preventing mold damage. However, even in hot, dry places, mold can be a big problem for homeowners. Mold damage can be difficult to detect early on, and can't be removed by homeowners. In most cases, heavy deodorization and sanitation equipment must be used to rid a home of its mold colonies.

Dehumidification
The first step SERVPRO takes in many Phoenix mold damage removal jobs is to dehumidify the air. Often, mold colonies form in a particular room due to heavy and persistent humidity or wetness, and this must be taken care of as quickly as possible, along with any water damage to the area. This isn't always required, however, and your mold remediation process may be able to skip this step entirely.

Deodorizing Foggers
Ultra low volume (ULV) and thermal foggers work together to deodorize a room or home, as many types of mold release foul smells which can persist for extended periods of time unless handled precisely. These foggers are powerful, industrial-grade machines, and get the job done well.

Thorough Cleaning and Sanitization
Scrubbing off and sanitizing mold patches is tricky business, and requires specialized training. Some types of mold can cause ill health effects, so caution must be taken even as professionals work to remove the mold as quickly as possible. Also, fabrics such as shower curtains or drapes may need specialist cleaning or possibly replacement, as mold spores are microscopic and can penetrate into the tiniest crevasses of these fabrics.

SERVPRO of Avondale / Goodyear / Southwest Phoenix is experienced with all kinds of desert mold colonies and has helped countless local homes and businesses to scrub out mold from their properties. If you need professional mold cleanup and remediation services, call us 24/7 at (623) 537-9999 for a quote or services.

Controlling Water Damage

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Controlling Water Damage Goodyear residential water damage can be the result of sudden flash flooding, heavy rain, a burst water main or a malfunction in your sewer system.

Contact Us for First Class Water Damage Cleanup

Residential water damage can be the result of sudden flash flooding, heavy rain, a burst water main or a malfunction in your sewer system. Whatever the ultimate cause may be, the result will be a soggy, dangerous mess that must be correctly addressed and controlled immediately. If your home has been affected by residential water damage in Goodyear, take charge of the situation now. You can get your emergency solved in a prompt and timely manner by a skilled and qualified local restoration service.

Dealing With Goodyear Residential Water Damage
Perhaps the quickest and most efficient way to deal with Goodyear residential water damage is to contact a locally owned cleanup and restoration service that is fully equipped and qualified to deal with the situation. You'll need to be able to trust this service with your property, but it would also be nice to feel that they will treat your building as part of their own community.

Contact Us for a Same-day Risk Assessment and Work Estimate
As soon as you contact us with the details concerning your emergency, we will arrive at your property for a full, same-day risk assessment and work estimate. We will examine every aspect of your property and find out what the extent of the damage is. Once we have established this, we will give you a complete estimate concerning the cost of the work that we will do for you. You are under absolutely no obligation unless you agree to let us do the work.

Even When the Water Is Gone, Mold Can Remain in Your Home
Even when all of the water has been removed from your home, you should know that dangers can remain behind. One of the worst and most pressing of these potential hazards is mold growth. Mold can hide in nooks and crannies all throughout your house and breed silently until it takes over your entire property. This can lead to your property being condemned as unfit to live in and require more time and money to repair.

If mold growth is detected in your HVAC system or water filtration unit, the best way to deal with the problem is to root it out immediately. Our service team of skilled professionals can make sure all mold growth is destroyed and purify your air and water systems so that your family will not suffer any ill effects in the future. The faster this is done, the sooner your family can breathe freely without fearing further risks to their health.

Contact Us Today for More Information
SERVPRO of Avondale / Goodyear / Southwest Phoenix is a locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration service that is equipped to handle emergencies in Goodyear as well as other areas within the Phoenix metropolitan areas such as Scottsdale. When you are dealing with Goodyear residential water damage, we are here to be your one-stop shop for prompt cleanup and restoration services. Call us at (623) 537-9999.

Fire Damage Avondale - Dealing with Avondale Fire Damage

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Avondale - Dealing with Avondale Fire Damage SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix can restore your Avondale home from fire damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

Dealing with Fire Damage in Avondale 

Fire damage in Avondale frequently strikes homes large and small, often in unpredictable and unusual ways. Large fires can engulf entire buildings or portions of them, and smaller fires can still cause enough damage so as to make the home temporarily unlivable. It can be difficult for many homeowners to cope with the effects of a fire, both financially and emotionally. Luckily, many services exist to help with the transition back into normal life after a fire in your Avondale home. 

Homeowners' Insurance 

If you have homeowners' insurance, a great deal or all of the financial loss associated with a house fire is typically covered by the insurance provider. You should contact your provider as soon as possible after the fire, to find out what is and is not covered under your policy. The provider may also launch an investigation to ensure that the fire was not started purposefully, but you should be able to receive significant financial help in most cases. 

Restoration and Repair Services 

Professional restoration companies help to salvage and rebuild all that can be recovered from an Avondale fire, and assist in potentially hazardous repair work. These teams are composed of professionals and experienced workers, and can typically help you to get back to your home and repair most damages as quickly as possible. 

Counseling and Therapists 

Many mental health professionals are used to interacting with victims of fire damage, as many objects and records of sentimental value may be lost in a fire. Finding a mental health professional willing to take on and experienced in cases related to fire damage to your home may be worth the money, even if you felt stable and composed in the aftermath. 

Housing Charities 

If you lack the money to stay at a hotel while the house is being repaired, many charities and locations exist with the purpose of giving families a roof to stay under for short periods of time. Additionally, many churches and other religious organizations may be willing to let you stay on their property. If this is an issue for you, be sure to ask around at local charitable organizations for help. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

A locally owned and operated company, SERVPRO of Avondale / Goodyear / Southwest Phoenix is committed to helping all residents in repairing and restoring their homes in the face of natural disaster. If you are in need of repair and restoration services, give us a call at (623) 537-9999. 

Water Damage Scottsdale--Help Is On the Way

4/8/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Scottsdale--Help Is On the Way Sewage Water Damage in Scottsdale Needs Professional Sanitary Measures

SERVPRO Helps Restore Your Water Damaged Scottsdale Home

It is very common to come across Scottsdale water damage. Many sources of water damage could affect a home. Among the common causes of water damage are flooding, clogs, bad plumbing, flash floods, and faulty appliances. One common issue is an overflowing septic tank which can result in placing raw sewage in your home. Gutters can be overwhelmed with water and roofs could leak which could lead to water damage in your Scottsdale home. While you can try to clean the water up yourself, if more than a mop and bucket are needed, your best bet is to hire professionals from SERVPRO to do the job because of the expertise and the equipment needed.
 
There is a process of water damage restoration. There are plenty of steps that professionals follow to make sure the home gets back to its prime form. The experts inspect the areas of the home to ensure that no further water is entering the house from the exterior or an internal leak. Moisture meters, infrared cameras, and hygrometers help to find wet pockets of moisture in the home. They check out all of the inaccessible areas to find all of the moisture. When you leave water in the remote areas, you could get problems like mold, and degradation of wood studs and drywall.  They also decide on the technology needed, following the standards and guidelines of the IICRC, to clean and dry out all water damaged articles, building materials, and electronics.
 
When ignored or undetected, water damage causes the following common problems. There is lower property value due to the compromised structure of your home. Paint can also start peeling from the walls because of the water damage. Water can ruin your carpets and warp any hardwood floors. The HVAC system can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Clothes might need to be quickly dried before any permanent damage occurs. There are plenty of other issues with water damage if you are not taking care of it.
 
SERVPRO of Avondale / Goodyear / Southwest Phoenix is a premier water damage restoration company, as attested to by many insurance businesses and BBB advisements. Why not call on them to restore your water damaged Scottsdale property to its pre-loss condition? "Like it never even happened." They are available every hour of the day to provide the service that you need. Give them a call at (623) 537-9999.

Mold Damage Phoenix -Homeowners Hate It

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Phoenix -Homeowners Hate It Mold Damage Around the Door Can Indicate Larger Problems within Your Phoenix Home

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Mold Damaged Phoenix Home to a Safe and Healthy Place

Mold damage in your Phoenix home can cause adverse health effects to you and your family. Mold growth also indicates something else may be wrong with your house--too high humidity (though not too often in Phoenix), moisture resulting from leaks or cracks in the foundation, or the aftermath of a flood. Molds are fungi that impact most people in one way or another. In many, it merely makes them feel uncomfortable. The reaction to allergens, mycotoxins, and even pollen vary among individuals.

Mold spores that are common all around your home need moisture to grow. It also requires an organic substance for nutrients. The reason it might be in your house could be because you have a water leak somewhere. This supplies the moisture that the mold requires for colonizing into large patches, visible or not.

When you call upon a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO, expect quick service. They come and begin the inspection that is necessary to locate all of the areas in which mold is growing. Since the fungi can start to grow in as little as 48-72 hours, they know they have to work fast. They have the tools and devices to find the mold growths. It can be inside of the walls, below the flooring and above the ceilings. No carpet is left unturned if there is a hint of moisture buildup. After the inspection, the work begins.

This process starts with containment if more than an isolated mold patch is discovered. Air circulation by the HVAC system or fans must be stopped to prevent the movement of mold spores to unaffected areas of the property.  All non-porous surfaces such as tile, metal and plastic can be cleaned and sanitized with green technology cleansers and disinfectant agents. Materials that cannot be cleaned, such as portions of drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets and padding, and some furniture, are wrapped, removed and discarded in an authorized location. This is always the last resort. SERVPRO's aim is to remediate your home in the most practical and least expensive manner.

Unfortunately, replacement of building materials that have to be torn out can occur. This means the sheet rock, whether replacing entire sheets or just a few patches to clean up the walls. It also means the cleaning and rehanging of the draperies and placing fabric cushions that have been cleaned and re-stuffed, if appropriate. As examples.

Commercial air purifiers and foggers are employed to sanitize and deodorize the affected areas of the home. Antifungal agents are used in the thermal foggers. Air scrubbers will suck in the ambient air and remove a large portion of the mold spores. SERVPRO will conduct a final walk-through to make sure that the known areas of mold infestations have been destroyed, and there are not moisture problems remaining. We will restore your home to its pre-mold damage condition "Like it never even happened."

When you detect a problem with mold damage, give SERVPRO of Avondale / Goodyear / Southwest Phoenix a call at (623) 537-9999 for your healthy environment.

Water Damage FAQs for Your Phoenix Property

2/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage FAQs for Your Phoenix Property When Water Damage Strikes, Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Losses

Phoenix Water Damage Can Be Restored Stress-Free By SERVPRO

Phoenix water damage occurs from many sources. Flooding or excessive volumes of water in your home come from natural disasters, flash flooding, busted or frozen pipes, plumbing leaks, or malfunctioning appliances. A septic tank may overflow and send raw sewage into your home. Roof drains and gutters can be overwhelmed with water or just clogged and poorly maintained.

What does the Water Damage Restoration Process Involve?
The water restoration professionals from SERVPRO will inspect the area and stop the water source from delivering even more damage. We use water extraction technology to remove standing water. This equipment includes truck mounted and portable water pumps, wet-vacs, and sump pumps. As most of the water is being extracted, we will set up air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and soft materials. This process may take from several days to several weeks depending on the severity of the water damage.

What are Common Problems Associated with Water Damage?
With excessive water intrusion into your home, there is the potential for other unwanted problems. Reduction of your property value, your home can be compromised structurally, and water damage can result in the loss of many personal items, photo albums, and momentos. You may have paint peeling off the walls, ruined carpets, and warped hardwood floors. Your clothing, drapes, furniture, and electronic appliances may need rapid drying to save or must be tossed. Finally, mold can create health risks for you and your family.

What Does My Insurance Company Cover?
The insurance company will consider many factors in determining whether or not to cover a claim. First, they will decide if the water damage source is included under your policy. If a flooding caused by rising water is the culprit, then Flood Insurance, a separate policy or addendum, is needed. Next, they will investigate steps that you have taken to prevent the situation from happening. The water damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO can help you. We are preferred vendors for most insurance companies and many property management firms. We have the experience in dealing with all the major insurance companies. We can help you manage the insurance claim process and assist with the paperwork. We will utilize proprietary SERVPRO software called the CCIS. This is the Contents Claim Inventory Service. We do a room by room inventory of all damaged items and building materials. We will categorize them as salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. This helps protect your interests with your claim. The final determination of how to proceed does rest with you and your insurance adjuster.

Though Phoenix water damage can be trying and stressful, you can alleviate stress by securing the services of SERVPRO to return your property to its pre-water damaged condition. The faster water is removed; the less will be the adverse effects. You will feel "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Avondale / Goodyear / Southwest Phoenix specializes in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We respond rapidly to Phoenix, Goodyear, and Scottsdale water damage emergencies. Call us 24/7 at (623) 537-9999

Phoenix Smoke Damage And Your Possessions

1/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Phoenix Smoke Damage And Your Possessions Smoke and Fire Damage Are No Match for SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Your Possessions in Phoenix After Smoke Damage

Once a fire takes place on your property, Phoenix smoke and fire damage are the outcome. You likely find yourself experiencing anxiety and concern regarding the condition of your residential living space. Smoke damage to your possessions presents unique challenges to SERVPRO for successful salvaging. For example, the smoke that results from a fire can leave behind a residue that coats your property and causes issues such as warping, rusting, corrosion, etching, discoloration, and staining. Smoke generates unwanted odors that that are stubborn to remove.  There are four categories of property items that are specifically susceptible to extensive, expensive damage from the smoke and soot that fires generate.

Wooden Furniture
Wooden furniture will often require careful, extensive treatment due to smoke and soot damage. Typically, wood is very porous, which makes it more susceptible to retaining odors, acquiring residue, and taking on staining. Hard surfaces offer a landing point for oily soot.

Carpets, Drapes, Upholstery, and Rugs
Each of these items is recognized for absorbing and subsequently retaining unpleasant smells. Depending on the level of penetration and type of material, the odors generated by smoke soot can be difficult to remove completely. SERVPRO utilizes specialized dry cleaning services for fabrics.

Books
A library replete with well-kept books in good condition can quickly deteriorate into a library full of damaged books. The heat and acid generated by the smoke can degrade book bindings and cause discoloration of the pages. If the books were wetted, we have specific equipment and techniques for drying and restoring, if possible.

Artwork
Different media of artwork can be adversely impacted from smoke damage, and some of them include antique sculptures, original paintings and framing, and family photographs and albums.  Although you may feel inclined to complete the restoration process on your own, it is always best to contact industry experts to do the job. If you complete the cleaning process incorrectly or incompletely, you could permanently damage or even destroy your valuable artwork. SERVPRO can restore many artifacts but recognizes limitations and liabilities. We can secure the services of an art museum or a private company for restoration.

Choose SERVPRO Now!
Once your property is impacted by smoke damage, there's only one company to call for professional restoration: SERVPRO. With over 57 years of experience in the industry and all members of our team IICRC-certified professionals, we are passionate about offering customized services that suit your individual needs and preferences. We offer free estimates, a fast response, and immediate customer service. Don't put up with unwanted smoke damage and odors for a moment longer. Instead, allow us to restore your property "Like it never even happened."

Have Smoke or Fire Damage?

SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is dedicated to responding immediately day or night to your Phoenix home or business. We offer 24/7 service to Phoenix, Goodyear, and Avondale and are proud to help our local communities. Call us. (623) 537-9999

Simple Steps To Overcome Scottsdale Residential Water Damage

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Simple Steps To Overcome Scottsdale Residential Water Damage A continuously running toilet can waste over 200 gallons of water per day.

Navigating a Residential Water Loss in Scottsdale...What Should You Do?

Simple Steps To Overcome Water Damage

When you realize that your property has been impacted with water damage, you may fly into a panic. This makes sense given the fact that water damage can destroy your property, cause high restoration bills, and disrupt your daily mode of existence. However, accessing and utilizing Scottsdale water damage recovery tips can help you save money, remain calm, and return to your normal way of life. Get the information you need regarding how to overcome water damage by reviewing this quick reference guide:

 1. Identify The Source Of The Problem.

 There are several possible sources that could be the culprit of the water damage in Scotsdale. It's important for you to identify the source and shut it off. Some possible sources include a busted pipe and the water line running your freezer and refrigerator. Find the source and cut it off so your property is not subjected to more damage from additional water leaking into its structure and the materials contained within it.

 2. Contact A Water Damage Restoration Company Immediately.

 The longer standing water is on your property, the more damage it can do. This is why it's important to contact a Scotsdale water damage restoration company as soon as you recognize the presence of excess water in your residential space. The professional contractors will utilize advanced services to expedite and optimize the water removal process.

 3. Take Photos.

 Every item you lose due to water damage needs to be documented so that you can attain as much coverage as possible when you file your claim. For this reason, it's important for you to take photos of the damages done to your property. Also, take the time to document each region of the property that has been impacted by the excess water.

 4. Keep Receipts Of All Restoration Work.

 Any work that is performed as part of the water damage restoration process needs to be documented with receipts. An example would be the drying and content restoration services provided by the water extraction company.

Although dealing with water damage can seem like a difficult endeavor, the skilled professionals of SERVPRO can make it simple. Each of our IICRC-certified technicians will work with expedience and excellence to remove all excess water from your property. Moreover, we're pleased to offer round the clock services to ensure that your water damage issue can be addressed at any time.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When water damage occurs in Scottsdale, Phoenix, or Goodyear, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (623) 537-9999