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How To Handle A Toilet Overflow
Call SERVPRO to handle clean up and the drying from a toilet overflow.
No one likes to deal with a toilet that is malfunctioning and leading to an overflow in their home or business. It can cause a lot of headaches, stress, and not to mention, the mess that it can create causing germs and bacteria to contaminate your home. SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix put together 3 tips for what you should do when you are met with an overflowing toilet.
Turn Off The Water
Locate the shut off valve which is the line coming out of the wall behind the toilet. Turn the valve clockwise to shut off the water.
Clean Up The Water
Inspect the color of the water to determine if it is contaminated. Gray or black water indicates contamination. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and use towels to soak up the water that's collected on the floors.
Locate The Blockage
Use a plunger to try and remove the clog. If that doesn't do the trick, call a sewage company professional to assess the plumbing situation.
Once the blockage has been handled, you can give SERVPRO a call to handle the cleaning from contaminated water and drying up the moisture so your home is back to good condition "Like it never even happened."
When Dealing With Water Damage, Don't Delay. Give SERVPRO A Call Today.
Call SERVPRO for your water damage emergencies to prevent future mold growth.
SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you when you are faced with a water damage emergency. This particular customer called us when they had a water leak from their kitchen sink which had been leaking for quite some time. They initially thought the issue had been fixed but it turns out, the leak was still occurring. They discovered water covering their kitchen floor so they gave SERVPRO a call. The customer also noticed a smell coming from their cabinet beneath the kitchen sink where mold growth was discovered. The moisture was still present from previous water leaks which had caused the mold to grow over time. When you have water damage that you’re dealing with, make sure to give us a call right away so we can take the proper steps to fully drying out and restoring your property to prevent mold growth. We can make it “Like it never even happened.”
Roof Leak? Here’s What To Do
Be sure to check your roof biannually for damages.
Roof leaks can be an annoyance to deal with for both home owners and businesses in Avondale, Goodyear, and Southwest Phoenix, especially when you’re dealing with them during our active summer monsoon months. Here are some tips we recommend to make sure that your roof is in excellent shape.
Inspect The Roof
If you are experiencing a leak, you may want to inspect the roof for damages. This could include missing shingles, wind damaged areas or damp areas. Each situation requires different types of repair. Make sure to inspect your roof biannually for damages.
Repair Damages Quickly
When you do discover what the cause of a roof leak is, it’s important to take action immediately and take care of repairs right away to avoid further damage.
Thoroughly Check Over The Area
Make sure to thoroughly check over your entire roof to make sure that there are no other damages. We recommend contacting a professional to make the needed repairs.
National Employee Appreciation Day
March 1st is National Employee Appreciation Day!
March 1st is National Employee Appreciation Day! We would like to extend a special Thank You to all of our amazing, hardworking employees here at SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix. We owe all our success to our employees for the excellent work, contributions, and dedication that they exhibit when they show up to work each day.
Not only do our SERVPRO employees make an impact within our business, but they also make a huge impact and difference in the lives of customers that we help on a daily basis to help ease their stress and worries by being with them every step of the way to explain the process.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
Experiencing Flooding From A Storm? Here's What You Should Do
We are ready to respond to your flooding emergency.
Rainstorms here in the Valley can dump significant amounts of rain, especially during monsoon season. SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix responded to many homes and businesses affected by water damage due to these storms. Many residents and businesses were unprepared and had no idea what to do when they found that their building structures had flooding from the storms.
We are still a few months out until the 2019 monsoon season makes its grand entry but until then, here are some helpful tips to prepare you to know what to do in case your home or business is experiencing flooding.
- Remove excess water by mopping up or blotting with towels.
- Remove wet cushions from couches and chairs and prop them up. Follow the same steps for upholstery.
- Place furniture up on wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpets. Another alternative is to place aluminum foil between the furniture and wet carpet.
- Remove rugs from wet carpeting and pick up any of your belongings that are on the floor.
Once the above steps have been completed, go ahead and give us a call at (623) 537-9999. We’ll arrive so that we can begin the drying process.
Have an Emergency? Call SERVPRO
We are always here to help.
Did you know that SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Well now you know. It doesn’t matter what time of day, you can give us a call at 1 AM on a Sunday, and you can guarantee that you’ll be speaking with one of our trained office professionals to assist you in your time of need. Here at SERVPRO, we understand that emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice which is why we make our services available around the clock.
Emergencies can range from a water leak from a damaged pipe or a toilet overflow causing a flood in your home. When this occurs, give us a call and we’ll dispatch a crew as soon as possible.
When your home or business is faced with an emergency pertaining to water or fire damage, SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is here to help you to begin the drying and restoration process.
Water Loss At A Medical Facility
Soaked floors from a water loss caused by a faulty water filter canister.
Our SERVPRO techs responded to a call regarding a medical facility that was dealing with a commercial water loss. SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix arrived to find the facility’s floors soaked with water throughout the building. The cause of this commercial water loss was a water filter canister, located in the building’s utility closet, that had failed which ultimately led to water being released and causing water damage not only to the floors, but to the walls as well.
Our SERVPRO techs began the process with an inspection and water damage assessment. This is done to examine the extent of the damage and to identify where the moisture has traveled. Our techs do this so that they can properly restore the facility. Our tech’s than began the water removal/water extraction process by mopping up all the excess water which had collected on the floors throughout the facility. They also used a vacuum to suck up the water as well. Air movers and dehumidifiers were brought in to dry out the moisture. Water soaked carpet and dry wall was removed and is currently in the process of being replaced and new carpet is being installed.
SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix acted fast and arrived quickly to begin the restoration process. We are available 24/7 so if your commercial building is faced with water damage at 3 in the morning, you can give us a call so that we can begin the drying and cleanup process. Give us a call at (623) 537-9999.
Storm Damage During Monsoon Season
Removing water damaged wood flooring requires protecting non-affected areas from incidental damage during removal and restoration process.
Monsoon season in Avondale, Goodyear, and Southwest Phoenix typically begins around June and ends around September. Monsoon 2018 was pretty active and storms rolled through the Valley lasting until October which led to record rainfalls across the Valley. Unfortunately, monsoon storms can lead to pretty severe water and storm damage. SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix received many calls from homeowners who were dealing with storm damage such as: flooded homes, leaky roofs, and downed trees causing broken windows. In the peak of monsoon season, we received a call from a homeowner in which their property, which is located in a lower elevation area, had experienced severe flooding in and around their home due to water flowing down from a nearby mountain. The floodwaters had entered the home which led caused damage to the resident’s wood floors, walls, furniture, and personal belongings.
SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix arrived on scene to begin the cleanup and restoration process for getting their home back in order.
If you’re dealing with storm damage or water damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix to help you in your time of need. We are available 24/7 to answer your call and will help get your home back up and running “Like it never even happened.”
Be Prepared with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile
Does your business have an Emergency Ready Profile?
SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix wants to take great care of you and we can assure you that we have your business’s best interest at heart. Here at SERVPRO, one way that we can help your business prepare for when the inevitable occurs such as an water, fire, smoke, storm or mold damage is with our Emergency Ready Profile.
An Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is designed to give your business a plan of action for when an emergency occurs in order to minimize interruption to your business as much as possible. By having an ERP in place, you will have a level of security that many businesses don’t have. The information in an ERP contains emergency phone numbers, the locations of water, electrical, and gas shut off valves as well as other emergency switches, security codes, etc.
Preparing your business for an unexpected disaster begins with a simple phone call to our office at (623) 537-9999. We will send one of our qualified SERVPRO team members to assess your facility and to conduct an ERP for FREE. You will have access to your facility’s ERP through a hard copy, digital copies and through our Ready Plan app. With an ERP in place, we can take immediate action by responding to your emergency to begin the restoration process.
Don't wait until the last minute. Act now to minimize your business's downtime during an emergency.
Season's Greetings & Happy Holidays!
We wish you a Merry Christmas!
Can you believe it? The year is quickly coming to an end here at SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix. Christmas is already just a few short days away and we hope all your holiday shopping is complete. From all of us here at SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix, we would like to wish all of our customers whom we’ve had the pleasure of helping in your time of need, a wonderful and joyous Christmas surrounded by friends and family. We owe all our success to you, our customers, as our goal is to get your life back to normal and to get your home back up and running.
SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is locally owned and operated. We sincerely hope you won’t need our services, but because emergencies are completely unexpected, we are available 24/7 to help you in your time of need. If you’re faced with an unexpected water leak at 2 am on Christmas Day, go ahead and give us a call. You can guarantee that you’ll be speaking with one of our highly trained professionals. We’ll be there to help make this stressful situation “Like it never even happened.”
Once again, we wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas!
Holiday Safety Tips for Avondale, Goodyear and Southwest Phoenix Residents
When it comes to Christmas decorations, follow these tips to keep your family safe.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? Cooler temps mean the holiday season is in full swing! Temperatures here in Avondale, Goodyear and Southwest Phoenix have finally cooled down to where we actually get to make use of our car heater in the mornings! But we’re not complaining, these cooler temperatures are always a nice welcome after the 115 degree summer temperatures we face.
With Christmas just around the corner, SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix wants you to be safe. We’ve put together a list of Holiday Safety Tips as it’s important to be reminded of general safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe when it comes to decorations this season.
- Inspect electrical decorations such as Christmas lights, lighted garland and Christmas displays. Make sure the sockets aren’t cracked or damaged. Also check for exposed wires and loose connections as you want to prevent shocks and a fire from occurring.
- Protect electrical cords from damage such as being squashed by furniture or against walls. Do not have them running underneath rugs or hang them using staples.
- Don’t overload the electrical sockets. This is a common cause for holiday fires. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time.
- Avoid connecting more than three string lights as this can blow a fuse.
- Do not connect extension cords together. Take time to find the correct length to avoid them getting tangled or stretched.
- Keep decorations such as garland, tinsel, crepe paper and anything other decorations that are flammable away from heat sources such as a fireplace, candles, and space heaters. Be sure to keep them at least 3 feet away.
- If you have a fresh Christmas tree, don’t forget to water it daily. A dry tree can quickly erupt in flames.
- Keep an eye on candles that are lit. Never leave lit candles unattended. Instead, try opting for battery opted candles.
- When hanging lights outside, do not use nails or staples as they can cause damage to the wires. Use hooks or hangers which are recommended for outdoor usage.
- Always remember to unplug the lights when you are away from home or asleep.
For more information on fire damage and restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix at (623) 537-9999 or check us out at www.SERVPROavondalegoodyearsouthwestphoenix.com. We are available 24/7 and are always here to help.
Commercial Water Loss In Southwest Phoenix
Our SERVPRO techs are trained and highly qualified to get your business back up and running.
SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix has successfully answered the call and responded to many commercial jobs pertaining to water loss, mold removal, fire and smoke damage, biohazard cleanups, carpet cleanings, and general commercial cleanings. We recently responded to a commercial office space that had experienced extensive water damage due to a damaged fire sprinkler which caused water to spray everywhere. This led to water damage to the ceiling, walls, floors, and office furniture. Because of the water damage, the loss of work production in the office setting was clearly evident with empty offices and desks. Here at SERVPRO, we understand that a water loss can lead to a disruption in the daily work environment which is why our crews responded immediately to begin the drying process. SERVPRO is here to help get everything back to normal “Like it never even happened.”
Storm Safety Tips
Flooded roadways like this were seen during recent storms here in Avondale, Goodyear and Southwest Phoenix.
The monsoon season has officially wrapped up here in Avondale, Goodyear and Southwest Phoenix. We saw quite the storm activity in the Greater Phoenix area which led to dust storms and record rainfalls causing flooded roadways, knocked down trees and power-lines. Because of this, many homes and businesses experienced massive amounts of water and mold damage due to these heavy storms. Here at SERVPRO, we decided to put together some information regarding storms here in the Valley and how you and your family can be safe during one.
- Make sure to clean out your roof drains so that rain can properly drain to prevent water from collecting on your roof.
- Take time to trim trees around your home to prevent them from breaking and possibly falling on your home or vehicle.
- Secure outdoor furniture to prevent them from blowing away during heavy winds. Make sure children’s playground equipment is secured to the ground and any smaller outdoor furniture items are stored indoors or in your garage.
- It’s always helpful to have weather alerts enabled on your mobile or desktop devices so you’re notified of an approaching storm and can prepare in advance.
- If your home or your businesses is in a low elevated area, consider stocking up on sandbags to prevent flooding from entering your building structure.
- Avoid travelling during a storm at all costs, especially here in Phoenix as roadways can flood quickly. If you see a flooded road, do not try and drive through. It’s best to turn around and find an alternate route or pull over and wait for the storm to pass before getting back on the road.
Monsoon season has officially passed but that doesn’t mean we won’t see a few scattered storms here and there. It’s best to apply these storm safety practices to ensure you and your loved ones are safe. If you are experiencing water damage or mold damage caused by storms, you can call SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix at (623) 537-9999. We’re always here to help.
Be Safe This Halloween!
Have a fun and safe Halloween!
Halloween is just around the corner and will be here before you know it. Of course, it can be fun and games, trick or treating, decorations, parties, costumes, and jack-o-lanterns, but it’s always important to adhere to proper precautions to ensure your Halloween is celebrated safely. Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your family safe while you're out and about and to also keep you safe from potential fire damage.
- Yes, candles can be fun and can add a “spooky” ambiance. If you’re going to use candles, make sure you are nearby. NEVER leave lighted candles unattended, especially those that are in jack o’ lanterns that are left outside. You never know when heavy wind gusts or perhaps, someone could accidentally knock a pumpkin over leading to flames spreading. Instead, opt for battery operated candles which are much safer.
- Avoid using flammable decorations such as crepe paper for instance. You can use these but keep them away from heat sources such as lightbulbs, stringed lights and heaters. The same applies for decorations such as corn stalk material.
- Choose the right costumes that are made of flame-resistant materials. You also want to make sure they are the right size to prevent tripping or falling.
- Make sure to place reflective tape or stickers on costumes so that you are seen while out navigating streets at night. Provide your children with flashlights or glow sticks to carry while they are out trick or treating so that they are visible to drivers on the road.
- Travel in groups and always be on alert. Always use the crosswalk and obey traffic signals. Be extremely cautious when crossing driveways.
SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix provides these safety tips so that you can have a fun and safe Halloween!
When was the last time you cleaned out your lint filter?
Prevent a Dryer Fire in Your Home
Clothes dryers are a modern amenity in every household. Let’s be honest, they make the laundry process so much easier, right? If it weren’t for dryers, we’d still be hanging our clothes out on the clothes line which can be a little hard to do, especially when you live in the city. Oftentimes, due to our busy schedules, we forget about simple dryer maintenance such as cleaning out the lint filter, vacuuming underneath and around the dryer, and keeping all flammable materials stored away from the dryer. Here are some tips for Avondale, Goodyear and Southwest Phoenix residents to remember when it comes to dryer safety and maintenance.
- Do not leave your dryer running in an empty house. Always make sure you are nearby, just in case.
- Be sure to clean out the lint filter before and after each usage. You want to make this a habit in your laundry routine. Even a little lint buildup can lead to a potential fire starting.
- Do not store items on top or around your dryer. This includes items such as towels, blankets, clothes, etc. Do not store any flammables such as household cleaners nearby as well. In the event of a potential fire starting, you do not want to add additional fuel to a flame. Make sure to sweep or vacuum underneath and around your dryer to pick up any lint that may be collecting.
- Be sure to inspect the vent hose (located behind your dryer) for wear and tear. If your hose is plastic or a foil accordion style hose, replace with a metal hose as these are more durable. A plastic or foil accordion style hose can have a buildup of lint on the inside.
- Have your venting and exhaust system inspected every year. It’s best to contact a qualified professional to do some cleaning and inspecting to ensure that everything is running properly.
When it comes to heat-producing appliances, it’s best to practice extra caution, especially when it comes to your clothes dryer. Nearly 3,000 dryer fires are reported each year. Be sure to practice these safety tips to ensure your home and family is safe from potential fire damage. For more information on fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix at (623)537-9999.
Practice Electrical Safety
If you detect a burning smell or sparks coming from an electrical outlet, be sure to contact a qualified electrician to inspect.
We use electricity every single day. From the moment we flip on a light switch or charge our phones, it’s there and will continue to be a part of our everyday routine. We oftentimes forget just how integral electricity is in our daily lives until we experience something like a power outage or forget to pay our electric bill. Simply put, electricity makes our lives so much easier. Nevertheless, we need to practice safety and caution when it comes to electricity in our homes or businesses. Here is some essential information regarding electrical safety that all homeowners and business owners in Avondale, Goodyear and Southwest Phoenix should be aware of.
- Don’t plug too many appliances that are in use in one outlet, especially if it’s a heat producing appliance such as a crock pot, toaster, or a space heater.
- Plug major appliances (such as stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer, microwave, etc.) directly into a wall outlet. Do not plug them into extension cords or power strips.
- Do not have electrical cords running underneath carpets/rugs as you run the risk of heat building up and potentially starting a fire.
- Do not use extension cords for an extended period. They are only meant for temporary usage.
- Hire a professional and qualified electrician to handle all electrical work. Don’t try and do it yourself to try and save a few bucks.
- If you’ve bought a new home or are planning on remodeling, make sure the electrical work is in accordance with local requirements.
If you encounter any electrical issues such as flickering lights, constant blown fuses or tripped circuits, a burning smell from an outlet, or sparks coming from an outlet, please contact a qualified electrician to assess the situation.
If you are dealing with fire or smoke damage from an electrical fire, contact SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix at (623) 537-9999. We are always here to help.
Why Is My Toilet Leaking?
Dealing with water damage from a toilet leak? Give SERVPRO a call today!
Possible Reasons For Your Toilet Leak
A large majority of homeowners will experience a toilet leak from time to time in their Avondale, Goodyear or Southwest Phoenix home. Toilet leaks are obviously zero fun to deal with, especially when you have no idea what to do when it comes to plumbing issues. You may notice water collecting around the toilet, water on the ceiling (if your bathroom is on the second floor), and an occasional sewer odor. This can be a stressful time, especially when you have no idea how the leak started. Your first thoughts could be, “Will I have to replace my toilet? How much will repairs cost?” It’s helpful to have at least some idea why the leak is occurring so that the necessary repairs can be made to stop the leak from happening. Here’s a list of some possible reasons as to why your toilet could be leaking.
- The flapper can become damaged or stuck in the down position or “flushed” position. When this happens, the tank will continue to fill and eventually water will overflow the tank.
- A crack in the toilet tank can occur which can cause a leakage. The crack on the tank won’t affect the toilet fill valve which will allow the tank to fill as it normally does after it has flushed which can cause a recurring leak.
- Water can seep through a broken or damaged supply line which can cause a toilet to leak. The rubber lining located in the supply line can also wear out as well.
- If you notice water collecting around the base of the toilet, you could have a damaged wax ring. The wax ring provides a watertight seal which prevents your toilet from leaking at the base. When the seal is damaged, a leak occurs. Another sign of a damaged wax ring is an unpleasant odor which allow for the sewer gasses to escape.
- A closet flange is a pipe fitting that allows a toilet to be mounted to the floor. It connects the toilet drain to the drain pipe. To repair this, you need to remove the toilet and the wax ring and replace with a new flange and wax ring.
These are just some possible reasons as to why your toilet could be leaking. If you’ve tried doing repairs yourself and you still find that your toilet is leaking, it’s best to contact a professional to make the necessary repairs before it causes extensive water damage. If the necessary repairs have been made and you’re now dealing with water damage, please give SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix a call at (623) 537-9999.
Preparing Your Home For Water Damage
Call us today if you experience water damage. We will respond and work quickly to get the job done!
Water damage is chaotic. Whether it takes place in your Avondale, Goodyear, or Southwest Phoenix home or business, it can leave a trail of disaster. From the moment you discover the soaked floors, damaged walls, furniture and personal property, you can have sheer panic to stress when having to think about cleanup and repairs, and the dreaded expenses that come along with it. Don’t get caught off guard in a moment like this. Be sure to prepare well in advance as you never know when a water damage situation can arise. Here are some helpful tips to help homeowners and business owner's prepare for the inevitable water damage that may occur and catch you off guard.
- Know and understand your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance coverage to find out what exactly is covered.
- Keep track of your belongings, especially your most prized possessions. You can keep digital copies of receipts for valuables and store them online. You can also snap photos so you have a photo collection of your possessions.
- Inspect pipes frequently to ensure that there are no water leaks or damp/wet spots.
- You also want to thoroughly look over your monthly water bill for increases in cost and usage. Chances are that if you do see an increase in your bill and you haven't made any changes in your usage, you could have a water leak occurring somewhere in your home.
- Perform an outside inspection of your structure to make sure there are no cracks in the foundation. You also want to inspect the roof and make any necessary repairs if needed. Make sure the drains and gutters are clear of debris to prevent water from collecting on your roof.
We can’t predict when water damage can occur. Whether it’d be water damage from a plumbing issue, a faulty appliance or a storm, you can rely on SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix to answer your call in your time of need! We are available 24/7 to respond to your emergency to begin the restoration process during this stressful time. We will go above and beyond to make sure your home or business is back up and running “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (623) 537-9999.
Prevent Water Damage From Your Washing Machine
Be sure to inspect your washing machine's supply hoses to ensure they are in good condition and free of wear and tear.
Washing machines are a modern convenience in the common household. They make our lives so much easier when it comes to doing multiple loads of laundry, especially if you have a full household. Let’s be honest, who wants to venture out to a nearby laundromat or even worse, whip out the old washboard? Over time, washing machines can start to wear out leading to several problematic issues such as flooding and excessive water damage in your Avondale, Goodyear or Southwest Phoenix home.
Flooding in your home can be extremely stressful and chaotic. From the damage it can cause to your home and personal belongings, to the dreaded bill that comes with repairing the appliance and for water damage restoration. Water leaks from washing machines are one of the top 10 sources of water damage in homes. Here is some helpful information for Avondale, Goodyear, and Southwest Phoenix residents to consider in order to prevent your washing machine from causing a water leak or flood in your home.
- Don’t use too much detergent. Using too much can cause a build-up in the washing machine’s overflow tube.
- Don’t overload the washing machine. Doing so will cause your washer to start shaking and could potentially cause your hoses to loosen.
- Inspect the supply hose to see if it’s showing signs of wear and tear. Look for cracks, worn tubing, or a loose connection. If the hose is loose, tighten the connection. If the hose is showing some wear and tear, replace with a reinforced steel braided hose.
- Replace supply hoses every five years, even if there’s no wear and tear. There may be damage on the inside of the hose and you don’t want to risk it deteriorating from the inside out.
- Consider replacing your water connections with a single lever shut off valve. This lever makes it much easier to shut the water off when, for instance, a sudden leak from your washing machine takes place. It’s also handy to shut off when you’ll be away from home for a few days. The last thing you want is to come home to a flooded home!
If you’re facing water damage from a washing machine in your Avondale, Goodyear, or Southwest Phoenix home, you can depend on SERVPRO to answer the call when you’re in need! SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is available 24/7 to begin the restoration process of getting your home back to normal “Like it never even happened.” Call us today (623) 537-9999 for more information!
Avoid A Kitchen Grease Fire
Do not leave your stove unattended while it's in use.
Cooking. We all do it, some of us better then others, but we all do it, whether it’d be whipping up some scrambled eggs, cooking up some stir fry, or doing the three-course meal. Cooking is the leading cause of fire injuries and home fires in the United States. What can start as a small grease fire can eventually grow and spread to other areas of your home if it’s not safely contained. Here are some helpful tips to help Avondale, Goodyear, and Southwest Phoenix residents when it comes to safely putting out a grease fire in your home.
- Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and know how to use it.
- Be sure to have the handles on your pots and pans facing inwards as to avoid accidentally knocking it onto the ground.
- Do not leave the stove unattended while cooking. Always remain in close proximity of the stove when in use.
- Keep kitchen towels, pot holders, and anything that is flammable away from the stove.
- Watch the heat carefully. If the pan gets too hot, the grease will start to boil or splatter, and the pan will start to smoke which could lead to flames. When you notice the pan start to smoke, turn the heat down immediately and watch carefully.
- If a hot pan does catch on fire, use pot holders to place a lid or baking sheet on top of the pan. If you don’t have a lid or baking sheet available, you can also resort to using baking soda. Be sure to carefully pour it over the flames. The key here is to smother the flames. DO NOT use water or anything else that is flammable to try and put out the flames.
- If none of those options are working, use your fire extinguisher. If the flames do get out of hand, do not try and put it out. Instead, have you and your family evacuate immediately and call 911.
With the holidays coming up, many of us will be in the kitchen preparing large meals. To avoid a potential grease fire from happening, you can apply the above tips. Applying these safety tips will protect you, your home, and most importantly, your loved ones.
If you do find yourself dealing with fire or smoke damage in your kitchen from a grease fire, you can count on SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix to provide restoration services. Give SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix a call at (623) 537-9999.
Smoke Alarm Safety 101
When was the last time you tested your smoke alarm?
Smoke alarms can be a life saver. Literally. In a 2015 report from The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%)”. This statistic alone is startling and shows the importance of having smoke alarms in your home or business. SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix has some helpful tips for how to properly install and maintain them to ensure the safety of you and your family.
- Alarms should be installed on the inside and outside of bedrooms.
- Install a smoke alarm on each level of your home.
- Use an interconnected alarm system which allows for all alarms in your home or business to sound off when one alarm is set off.
- Do not install a smoke alarm near your kitchen as you don’t want any false alarms such as smoke from burnt toast.
- Test all smoke alarms once a month to ensure they are running properly.
- Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once every year.
- Replace your smoke alarm every 10 years. Be sure to check the back of your alarm for the manufacturer’s date so you know when to replace.
Nearly 3,000 deaths were reported in 2016 from home fires in the United States. Be sure to take the proper precautions to protect you and the lives of those around you by adhering to the recommended safety tips listed above.
If you find yourself dealing with Fire Damage, call SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix at (623) 537-9999 for additional information.
Water Damage From Household Appliances
Prevent water damage from major appliances in your home.
Nobody wants to deal with the hassle of discovering that a major appliance in your Avondale, Goodyear or Southwest Phoenix home has been leaking water while you’ve been away. Who wants to return home to discover that your floors, walls and belongings are completely soaked and covered in water? Here at SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix, we know that one of the leading causes for water damage in your home or business is due to a water leak from major appliances. Here’s a list of a few common appliances for you to keep an eye on when it comes to water damage.
The hoses connecting to and from the washing machine can be damaged, loose or cracked. When this happens, water can start leaking. It’s important to inspect the hoses at least once a month to ensure that they are in good condition and are connected properly.
Dishwashers are a modern convenience, especially for busy households which is why it’s important to perform routine inspections to ensure they keep running properly. Make sure to inspect the door gasket which is the rubber seal around the door that prevents the water from escaping. Check the door gasket for wear and tear and replace if needed. You also want to examine both hoses that all dishwashers are equipped with which can be done by removing the bottom front access panel. These hoses allow for the dishwasher to fill and drain. If you notice any wetness or moisture in this area, you need to replace the hoses.
Food or debris can cause a blockage in the drain hose in your refrigerator. A clogged defrost drain is a common cause for a water leak from your fridge.
The plastic water line located behind your fridge can also be the culprit for a leaky fridge. The line can be damaged or cracked which can cause a slow leak to occur over time. Water can start to collect under your fridge which would be hard to see unless you regularly make an effort to pull your fridge out to inspect the floor and wall behind the fridge. Again, you want to inspect the water line to make sure it’s securely connected with no damage.
Over time, water leaks from a major appliance can lead to serious water damage. There’s also health concerns involved as wet areas can lead to mold growth. Avondale, Goodyear, and Southwest Phoenix residents, do not fret! No matter what the situation may be that has caused water damage, whether it’d be a water leak from a major appliance like your washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator or another major appliance, SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is available 24/7 to answer your call in your time of need.
Give SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix a call at (623) 537-9999.
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
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?
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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.
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
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
How Do Mold Remediation Specialists Treat Your Goodyear Home?
Mold and Fungi Are OK in a Petri Dish, But Not in Your Home
Your Home in Goodyear Receives Mold Remediation from SERVPRO
Mold growth is an unwanted outcome of water intrusion necessitating mold remediation in some residential properties in Goodyear. In spite of the low humidity in Arizona, excessive water provides mold with the moist, wet setting in which it grows most effectively. Mold spores are prevalent in home environments with food sources in abundance, just needing sufficient moisture to develop colony strings. These fungi can quickly expand into large patches of mold. For this reason, it's critically important that property owners secure effective, expedient mold remediation services once they suspect that mold is growing in their homes. There is a wide range of mold cleanup methodologies that mold remediation experts from SERVPRO will provide to handle the fungus issue. Here are five of them:
The first and most effective method for mold removal is a wipe-down. This process involves removing unwanted mold from your non-porous surfaces. Because mold spores are microscopic, mold remediation specialists place primacy on wiping down any surface that may have been contaminated; it is not sufficient to just wipe down visible mold colony patches.
In addition to wiping down surfaces, mold remediation specialists will use wet vacuuming procedures to remove standing water. This step is important because mold can accumulate in the presence of standing water in places like a wet or flooded basement.
Another strategy mold remediation specialists will employ to help eradicate fungus is HEPA vacuuming. Vacuum cleaners that come equipped with HEPA filtration can capture and remove particles as tiny as 1 micron without recirculating them back into the interior ambient air. We are trained to utilize negative air pressure chambers to prevent mold from infesting previously clean rooms. HVAC units should never be running until the components, and ductwork have been sanitized.
Once the mold has become entrenched and penetrates porous property material like wood, drywall, and concrete, removing and disposing of these materials is the best course of action. Professional mold remediation specialists handle this part of the process by carefully sealing materials contaminated by mold until they can be discarded off-site.
Mold remediation specialists from SERVPRO use a wide range of chemical agents to kill mold. These chemicals can range from professional biocides to household bleach. Typically, remediation specialists prefer to physically remove mold and also implement strategies to prevent recurrence.
To get excellent mold remediation services, you need to hire the most excellent mold remediation company. That company is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians are pleased to offer detail-oriented, results-centered services that get your property in mold-safe condition.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is locally owned and operated—so we live and work herein Goodyear too. We are proud to be part of the Avondaleand Phoenix communities. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help. Call us for assistance. (623) 537-9999
Prevent Commercial Fire Damage to a Phoenix Business By Being Prepared
Keep Your Fire Extinguishers Fully Charged
SERVPRO Will Restore Your Commercial Building in Phoenix After Fire Damage
A commercial property owner in Phoenix should be aware of how to inspect properly fire protection equipment. Doing so may help prevent fires and limit the adverse impact that fire damage has on the commercial property. Learn more about how to handle various pieces of equipment by reviewing the short outline provided below:
Each commercial building must be equipped with fire extinguishers. The number of fire extinguishers required will be determined by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Fire extinguishers should be placed so that individuals do not have to cover more than 75 feet to reach them. Additionally, the extinguishers should be placed close to exits, so employees are not forced to move deeper into the building to grab one. Quickly subduing flames will limit fire damage. It's a good idea to discuss the necessary maintenance procedures with the responsible entity that periodically inspects and replaces these valuable fire-fighting tools.
??Emergency Lights/Exit Signs
Almost every commercial building has emergency lighting and exit signs. A commercial inspector is not required to determine whether the business owner has a need for them. However, when exit signs and emergency lights are present on the property, commercial inspectors should inspect them to ensure that they are functioning properly. Both pieces of equipment have test buttons that the inspector can press. Exit lights should remain illuminated constantly. When the test button actuated, it causes a power outage. In turn, this will cause a secondary source of power to light up the sign. Thus, the exit sign should be fully illuminated prior to the button being pressed. Once the button is pressed, a quick flash of light will indicate that the equipment has switched to its second source of power.
Fire Sprinkler/Standpipe Systems
Fire sprinkler systems will sometimes require testing by state-licensed personnel. The inspector will analyze the sprinkler system's components and educate the client about the equipment. Some of the maintenance requirements for this fire suppresant system include:
• Monthly verification that each of the control valves is opened
• Quarterly Main Drain Test conducted by in-house maintenance personnel
• Annual inspection of the system by a professional fire sprinkler contractor
Every commercial business owner in Phoenix wants to keep his property safe from fire and its resulting fire damage. By having the local fire marshall inspect on a fixed schedule, it can limit the likelihood of a fire. Remember, that SERVPRO, a premier fire damage restoration company is never more than one hour away from getting your business back up and running. Our professionals are effective in providing commercial business owners with the high-quality inspections and assessments needed to start the process from water extraction to final restoration.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency in Phoenix regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.
Faster to any size disaster. Call us for help. (623) 537-9999
Water Damage Restoration for Your Avondale Home
Dangers of Flash Flooding
SERVPRO Water Damage Protocol for Your Avondale Home
After your residential property in Avondale has been subjected to water damage, obtaining professional restoration service is very important. Learn more about what the water restoration process entails and how to properly execute it by reviewing the short guide provided below:
The IICRC and the RIA
There are no government regulations in America dictating rules and regulations for water damage restoration. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and the RIA (Restoration Industry Association) have outlined standards of care that can be used for guidelines and advice. In most cases, companies like SERVPRO use the IICRC's set of procedural standards. These standards are referred to as the S500. The IICRC S500 offers practical standards for use during the water damage restoration process. However, the standards do not attempt to teach people comprehensive procedures for water damage restoration. Individuals and companies who utilize the S500 must be aware of contemporary technological standards and must also abide by all regulations and procedures by local, state, and federal laws. Some of the rules and regulations can be found below:
Loss Assessment and Evaluation
The loss assessment and evaluation process is most effectively completed by a trained water damage restoration technician. A SERVPRO expert will utilize the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) form. This technician will document all of the personal possessions and valuable materials affected by water damage. This CCIS document will aid you in your dealings with your insurance company concerning your Avondale home.
Water Damage Services
The wide range of services offered by the water damage specialist will be customized to get your property back in order. One such service is the use of water sensing equipment to inspect areas of the home that have been affected by water damage. Tools and equipment used for this purpose include probes and infrared equipment. After the inspection is complete, the water remediation specialists will then dry your home and sanitize the cross contaminated areas.These regions of the home would also be deodorized. Throughout the cleaning process, the remediation specialist will use equipment such as dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, air movers, and wood floor drying systems to optimize the restoration process. Moisture meters measure specific water content in affected items. The proliferation of mold will be minimized by the above steps.
Even after the entire process of water damage restoration is completed, an expert will visit for a follow-up inspection. Your property will be monitored for moisture content, humidity, and temperature of the treated areas. If you have any questions during the monitoring process, the SERVPRO professionals will be glad to answer them.
Final Inspection and Completion
Once the moisture content, humidity, and temperature are within the metrics industry standards, the remediation specialists will remove water damage equipment from your property in Avondale.
Let The Professionals Of SERVPRO Assist You
While handling the aftermath of extensive water damage can be difficult, this need not be the case. The trained professionals of SERVPRO have extensive industry experience and operate in compliance with all rules and regulations outlined by the IICRC S500. We offer round the clock services and work with exceptional speed, so call us if you require our services.
Locally Owned and Operated
We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Avondale residents and business owners with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.
Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal. Call us. (623) 537-9999
Avondale Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration
After a house fire, a home can be severely damaged both in the structure and cosmetically.
Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration
Avondale fire damage remediation occurs when a house was involved in a fire and has suffered water and smoke damage. Homeowners should hire professionals to help with fire damage remediation to restore the damaged areas and make the home livable again. After a house fire, a home can be severely damaged both in the structure and cosmetically. To ensure the job is done precise, call a remediation company like SERVPRO.
How Fire Damage Remediation Works
Once a fire has damaged a home, specific areas need to be cleaned and restored. This includes rebuilding the structure that has been damaged, removing debris, cleaning the HVAC components, and drying out the inside of the home.
Comprehensive Avondale fire damage remediation companies can help you make sure the structure of your home is safe for your family. Structural beams, floorboards, and framing can be replaced. As long as the structure has been restored to its original state, your home should be safe.
After a fire, there will be a lot of debris that cannot be salvaged. A good fire damage remediation company will go throughout the home and discard all items that have been affected by the fire, smoke, and water. Certain items cannot be saved, and it is usually easier to let the professionals handle this task.
Cleaning the HVAC
Any time a home has been affected by water and smoke; the HVAC system needs to be professionally cleaned. A fire damage remediation company can clean the filters and coils or determine if they need to be replaced. Contingent on the extent of the damage, you may need a new system.
Drying out the Home
Water damage can destroy many items in the home quickly. Damp furniture will develop mold and mildew and standing water will damage drywall and other structures. Professionals who work with a Avondale fire damage remediation company will use dehumidifiers and air moving machines to dry the home and prevent mold.
When cleaning up from fire damage it is best to let the professionals do the job. A fire damage remediation company like SERVPRO can respond quickly and get to work to remove the water and begin the drying process. Remediation companies can identify items that can be salvaged and make an inventory of items that need to be discarded. Allowing the professionals to come in and the do their job will get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a smoke or fire damage emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Avondale community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.
We are proud to serve our local communities:
Our expertise in fire damage is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (623) 537-9999
What Happens After Contacting Goodyear Water Damage Experts for a Cleanup?
To ensure that a building is restored according to acceptable standards, it is vital to hire SERVPRO.
What Happens After Contacting Water Damage Experts for a Cleanup?
Reasons to Hire Water Remediation Experts
Most individuals never need to hire Goodyear water damage technicians and have no understanding of the services provided. However, the processes involved in a cleanup after a water disaster are complex. When technicians arrive at a water-soaked structure, they must determine the exact type of problems that have occurred in order to create a plan to effectively return a building to its previous condition as quickly as possible. To ensure that a building is restored according to acceptable standards, it is vital to hire SERVPRO.
Contact Water Damage Technicians for a Cleanup
After a flooding incident in a building, the most important thing to do is call the professional Goodyear water remediation company SERVPRO that has the industrial-strength equipment necessary to begin a cleanup within a few hours. When technicians begin the drying process immediately, it helps to prevent additional moisture damage to materials such as drywall and wood to avoid secondary problems that include mold growth and mildew odor. A Goodyear water damaged building is dangerous due to slippery surfaces but becomes more hazardous because of rotted floorboards and poor air quality.
How Technicians Dry a Building
The first thing that technicians do when arriving at a flooded structure is make sure that no more water is entering by turning off a main valve. In addition, they verify that gas and electricity is off to avoid explosions or shock injuries. Increasing air circulation is essential to reduce the humidity levels that lead to mildew and mold. Dehumidifiers and fan systems are installed in a building and powered with generators. If there is standing water in a basement of a building, then technicians use a sump pump to remove moisture with hoses.
Water Remediation Technicians are Responsible for Moisture Extraction
While reducing humidity levels in a flooded building, other technicians begin to extract water from floors, walls and ceilings with suctioning devices. When water has soaked into carpeting, it is lifted from the floor to suction water from underlying surfaces. Everything in the water-soaked building requires sanitizing with chemicals to eliminate pathogens that can cause illness. To prevent odors, the technicians also apply long-lasting deodorizers. When a building suffers from water damage caused by a disaster such as a flooding river or broken water pipe, an owner must contact their insurance provider to determine if repair costs are covered by their policy.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.
We are proud to serve our local communities:
Our expertise in water restoration is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (623) 537-9999
Plan Ahead to Prevent Water Damage in a Southwest Phoenix Commercial Building
If you are a business owner, then knowing how to prevent structural damage from leaking water pipes and overflowing toilets is vital.
Plan Ahead to Prevent Water Damage in a Commercial Building
How to Prevent Commercial Water Damage
If you are a business owner, then knowing how to prevent structural damage from leaking water pipes and overflowing toilets is vital to avoid suffering from the financial losses of property and goods. Statistics reveal that each day over 7,000 individuals report a storm, water or fire damage to their insurance agents while hiring professional remediation companies. Sometimes the damage from incidences such as a flood or leaking roof is minor, requiring only a small repair to a specific area of a building. However, extensive Southwest Phoenix commercial water damage from a flood or rainstorm can lead to big problems that require fast remediation to prevent additional moisture problems after a roof is destroyed on a retail establishment or office building.
Use this Monthly Checklist to Prevent Commercial Damage
One: Examine Rooftops
Use a sturdy ladder to perform these inspections on a commercial building:
• Check for water spots on exterior and interior surfaces
• Examine flashings and seals near heating and cooling vents
• Check rooftop drainage devices for blockages caused by debris
Two: Window Inspections
• Inspect all windowsills, joints and flashings for small leaks
• Examine locks and cranks for defects that do not seal out moisture
• Repair or Replace loose or broken windowpanes
Three: Examine Interior Walls
• Verify that holes near electrical wiring and plumbing fixtures are sealed
• Check door and window frames for defects that do not seal out moisture
• Make sure siding is not cracked or splitting
Fast Remediation is Necessary after Water Damage Occurs
Despite careful inspections and maintenance, Southwest Phoenix commercial water damage can still occur that requires a rapid response from business managers. Prepare by having a written emergency plan that covers all types of situations, including damage from fire hoses and sprinklers or bursting water pipes. Several employees should have access to the information needed for commercial water damage emergencies, including the telephone number of the local SERVPRO.
What to Include in an Emergency Response Plan
Take the time to consider the different types of Southwest Phoenix commercial water damage that can occur, including wet carpeting from a broken pipe or a flooded basement from an overflowing sewer line. Some of the things to include in a plan are:
• Location of main water valve to turn it off
• How to turn off electricity and gas safely
• Diagram of building that shows access to fixtures and wires
• Contact details for emergency personnel and SERVPRO experts
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.
We are proud to serve our local communities:
When your commercial property has water damage from leaks or flooding, we have the experience and expertise to help. Give us a call. (623) 537-9999
Make your Avondale Home Flood-Proof
When the water starts rising, you want to be sure that your home is protected against flood damage.
Make your Home Flood-Proof
When the water starts rising, you want to be sure that your home is protected against flood damage. As we have learned from the recent flooding, no area is safe from the destruction caused by flooding. Flood and Avondale storm damage can range from the minimal to the extreme, but there are steps you can take to help avoid any damage at all.
One of the easiest things a homeowner can do to help flood-proof their home is to regularly clean out the gutters. Sure, gutters can be helpful during heavy rains, but not when they are clogged with leaves, dirt, and debris. Clogged gutters can cause a variety of issues for homeowners, including Avondale flood damage, landscape damage, erosion and even harm your home's foundation.
Flood Prevention Ideas
Besides cleaning out your gutters, there are a number of other precautions and upgrades that you can do to help prevent flood and Avondale storm damage to your home. Remember, an ounce of prevention can go a long way to protecting what's important to you.
• Look into investing in a sump pump. These machines help pump the water out of your basement.
• Move those precious family heirlooms and memories from the basement. Maybe the attic or an upstairs closet may be a safer spot for them.
• You can always install a flood detection device. When a flood hits and the water seeps into your basement, an alarm will go off telling you there is water present.
During the Flood
Once your home starts flooding, there are some things you can do to continue saving personal items and your family. It should be noted that entering a flooded basement can be dangerous.
• Before entering your flooded basement, be sure to turn off the main power supply if you can. This is usually located near your power breakers.
• It can be common for water supplies to become contaminated. Instead of risking illness, sterilize your bathtub and sinks so you can fill them with healthy, potable drinking water.
• If you still have important family mementos in the basement, try to move them to higher ground away from the oncoming water.
• If things get to be too much, be sure to call a professional. The experts at SERVPRO have years of experience in helping homeowners safely clean and protect their homes.
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.
We are proud to serve our local communities:
Flood and storm damage require specialized equipment and restoration techniques. We can respond immediately to storm and flood conditions. (623) 537-9999
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