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4 Reasons Why Your Water Heater Is Making Noise

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water temperature controls on a hot water heater With regular maintenance and inspections, you can prevent many water heater mishaps

Four Common Sounds That Water Heaters Can Make

When everything is going as planned, your water heater is the secret weapon of your Tempe,AZ, home. It provides a bounty of warm water for baths and showers, all while staying tucked quietly out of sight. When it's not-so-quiet, however, there are variety of causes that may be to blame. Here are four of the most common sounds that water heaters can make and what you should do about them.

1. Screeching

If your unit is screeching, the inlet control valve is likely to blame. If it closes partway, the restricted water flow that results can lead to a persistent screech. To fix it, simply open the valve.

2. Popping

A popping sound coming from your water heater typically indicates a buildup of sediment and minerals, particularly calcium and lime. Water gets stuck beneath the debris and releases steam with a popping sound. If left untreated, that accumulation of pressurized air can cause the unit to explode.
Fortunately, there's a relatively easy fix: a water heater flush. Flushing the unit annually can remove sediment and other debris, eliminating the popping sound and prolonging the life of the unit.

3. Sizzling

Sizzling often signifies a leak. The sound you're hearing is the sound of escaped water hitting the burner. The remedy in this case is almost always to promptly call a plumber. Time is of the essence, as a leaking unit is wasting both hot water and energy.

4. Crackling

While a sizzling sound usually foretells a troublesome leak, if your unit is crackling, it's likely due to condensation on the burner. The noise may not be pleasant, but it’s normal.
With regular maintenance and inspections, you can prevent many water heater mishaps. In the event that a leak or other issue gets out of hand, enlist the help of a seasoned water damage mitigation company to return your home to normal quickly and safely.

3 Easy Ways to Cut Candle Fire Risk

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Lit candle in a waz warmer Experts warn you should never leave candles unsupervised, including going to sleep with them burning. Blow them out before you hit the sack or leave t

3 Easy Ways to Cut Candle Fire Risk

Despite all the modern conveniences available nowadays, old-fashioned candles remain a favorite of many people looking to add a little flair to their homes. But the beauty of candles doesn’t negate the risk that having an open flame can bring to your Tempe,AZ, home. The good news is that you can enjoy these decorations without causing a candle fire. Here are a few ways how.

Know the Risks

Most times, candles are burned safely and responsibly. Still, candle-related fires are a real concern that causes serious damage every day. Experts report:

  • About 23 home candle fires occur every day in
  • America
  • Unsupervised children are involved in nearly a quarter of candle-related fires
  • Candles are linked to about 3 percent of home fire deaths

It’s hard to believe something so small can be the cause of extensive fire damage or even injury and death. Fortunately, they don’t have to be, if you act responsibly.

Keep an Eye Out

It’s easy to fall asleep to the flickering glow of a candle. But experts warn you should never leave candles unsupervised, including going to sleep with them burning. Blow them out before you hit the sack or leave the room.

Burn Candles at a Distance

The flame from a candle may be small but it can be very destructive, catching fire to furniture, draperies and even books. Keep safe by burning candles no less than 12 inches from flammable materials.

Trim Your Wicks

Debris in the wax pool of a candle can inadvertently increase fire risk. Minimize risk by removing wick trimmings, matches and general debris from your candles any time you plan to burn them.
Whether burned for ambiance or for religious observation, candles can improve your home’s environment. But a candle fire is a risk that isn’t worth taking. Prevent the chance of fire damage and smoke cleanup by using the above tips to enjoy your candles the right way.

Will Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold Damage?

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Most homeowners do their best to ensure that mold never becomes a problem in their home. Unfortunately, some homeowners are unaware of what causes mold and how they can be proactive in preventing fungus growth. If you’re afraid that you may have mold damage in your Tempe,AZ, home, you’re probably wondering if your homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of mold remediation. Below is some information to help you understand if your insurance may cover the damage.

Sudden and Accidental Events

While you likely don’t have a separate mold insurance policy, your insurance will cover mold cleanup costs if they are caused by sudden and accidental events such as the following:

  • Hurricane
  • Major snowstorm
  • Fire
  • Frozen pipes
  • Accidental water from burst pipes

Insurance companies need to know that the incident could not be prevented. A specific example of a covered peril is when a new hose behind your washing machine bursts and you’re gone on a business trip or vacation. You return home after a week and find the water and fungus growth. This is an example that shows there was no negligence on your part.

Lack of Maintenance

Now that you understand some instances that justify mold coverage, it’s helpful to know when black mold cleanup would not be covered by insurance. First, remember that an insurance company will only cover sudden and accidental perils. If you’ve noticed black mold slowly growing in your shower and after weeks or months start to worry that it may be causing health problems, your insurance will likely not cover the repair costs. Why? Because insurance companies expect homeowners to properly maintain their home. This includes properly venting bathrooms, maintaining caulking around windows and ensuring that water flows away from the home.
Fungus growth and mold can be prevented by properly maintaining your home. In the unfortunate event of sudden and accidental perils, your homeowner’s insurance will likely cover the mold remediation costs. Contact a mold professional to ensure your home is cleaned correctly.

Different Types of Flooding Require Different Levels of Cleaning

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in house after flooding Flooded home in Tempe, AZ.

No matter the source of water, the flooding of a home is a major event and a large disruption to a family. It's true, though, that some floods are worse than others. If a pipe bursts in a home containing clean water, the cleanup process is likely to be simpler than if water from overflowing streams, ponds or lakes enter a home. That's because water from the latter event may be contaminated with a number of unknown substances. When dealing with this type of flood, homeowners should exercise caution during cleanup and should strongly consider calling in a storm mediation team in Tempe,AZ.

The Contents of Flood Water

Flooding that originates outdoors carries with it the possibility of containing a host of dangerous elements. The water could possibly be tainted with the following materials:

  • Wild animal wastes
  • Sewage
  • Farm Animal wastes
  • Parasites
  • Pathogens
  • Viruses

Coming in contact with these substances is not advised and may even cause adverse health effects, including infections and illnesses. Cleanup of a building should be conducted by trained professionals who have the option of using gloves, masks and other personal protective gear. Materials soaked by water damage such as furniture and clothes might also be contaminated and should be handled with care.

The Cleanup Process

Flood damage should be cleaned up quickly to avoid additional contamination of the home and to prevent conditions favorable for mold growth. Once the water is safely removed, a number of products such as biocides, antimicrobials, sanitizers, sterilizers and disinfectants may be necessary to complete the cleanup. The home should be thoroughly dehumidified to bring humidity levels down to below 45%.
The goal is to return the home to the healthy place it was before the flooding happened. Special attention may be needed to prevent the occurrence of mold. This may require the use of air filters, HEPA vacuums, fans and negative air chambers.

Job Highlight of the Week

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Green drying equipment in the hallway of a hotel Our drying equipment working hard to get this hotel back to its preloss condition.

We'd like to share with you what our day to day looks like. Welcome to our Job highlight of the week here at SERVPRO of North Tempe! 

SERVPRO of North Tempe received a call last week to assist a nationally branded hotel located in Tempe.   A 200-gallon water heater had failed and emptied over 200 gallons of water throughout its first floor.   We arrived on site within 45 minutes and immediately began extracting water.  We were able to begin the drying process almost immediately.   This allowed us to get the effected rooms dried and available for rent in under 3 days, which was a huge benefit to our customer.

SERVPRO of North Tempe is focused on restoring our customers back to their normal situation as soon as possible.  Making water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Water Supply Line Replacement Comes with Options

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Plumber working on pipes Plumber working on pipes in Tempe,AZ

Your home in Tempe,AZ, has an intricate system within it ensuring your family stays safe and comfortable. A major part of that is the water system. How that cold or hot water gets to the many faucets, appliances and showers can easily be forgotten. When there is supply line damage, it can mean more than just a bathroom leak.

Water Line Problems

If there is a supply line damage, the culprit is often tree roots damaging the pipes and blocking the flow or corrosion from older pipes made of iron or copper. Although most systems are built to last for years, if you have an older home, having a professional inspect the system for potential issues can keep the water where it is supposed to be.

Different Materials

Copper has long been a go-to for water pipes through the years. With time, technology has provided alternatives that have the potential to last longer. If you have a supply line leak and need to make a replacement, considering your options is important. Common types of piping include:

  • PEX – Relatively new to the scene, this type of piping is gaining momentum. It often costs more but has proven to be leak free, require less maintenance an is easy to install. It is only for indoor use since it can be affected by UV rays.
  • PVC – This versatile piping tends to be more affordable and suitable for warm and cold water. It doesn’t corrode or rust, so it typically last longer. Eventually, this piping can eventually crack and can warp with hot water.
  • Brass – A metal alternative that resists rust, it has proven to last long and are often easier to thread. It can be used for cold or hot water usage.

While the options may seem endless, discussing your piping needs with an expert is the best way to get the right parts for your home after supply line damage occurs. Depending on what is already in your home, changing to a new type may require some additional work.

How To Prepare for Flood Damage

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A business protected from flooding with sand bags and plastic film Flood damage to a business in Tempe,AZ

How To Prepare for Flood Damage

Owning or operating a business in a commercial building within a flood zone, region which gets significant rainfall or an area which experiences natural disasters such as hurricanes, it’s important to know how to prepare so you aren’t left with a huge loss or insurance claim.

Acquire Flood Insurance and Maintain the Building

Not all regular insurance policies in Tempe,AZ, include flood protection. Examine your policy to see what it covers and determine if flooding is likely enough to purchase flood damage insurance.
It is also important to assess the state of the building’s exterior and make repairs as needed. Make sure all gutters, downspouts and other drainage systems are fully functioning and clear.

Move Furniture and Equipment

In the case you are informed ahead of time about significant flooding in your town, move furniture and sensitive equipment away from potential flooding areas.

Utilize Sandbags or Urethane Foam

To ensure water does not enter into the building through cracks such as around doors, you can utilize sandbags to anchor plastic sheeting onto each door. Use duct tape to keep the plastic attached to the door and wall and extend the plastic sheet to the ground in front of the door. Pile sandbags in the same pattern that bricks are laid, out past the edges of the door, in three or four layers.
Urethane spray foam can be found in many hardware stores and can be sprayed in the cracks around the bottom of each door or other openings such as low dryer vents, about two to three feet high. A putty knife can be used to remove it later. This could leave residual damage when removing it, but this would likely be less damaging than a foot of flood water sitting inside the building.

Protect Your Business

Being fully prepared for a major flood can save you a lot of headache, time and financing after a flood. If you have experienced storm damage, a flood restoration company can clean up and restore any building while installing systems that help to prevent future damage.

After a Fire, Both Your Home and Possessions Can Be Restored

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

Personal computer burnt A burned computer in Tempe,AZ

After a Fire, Both Your Home and Possessions Can Be Restored

When dealing with the aftermath of a fire in Tempe,AZ, there's a lot on your plate. One of your top priorities is probably the structure of your house. However, a person's life is made up of all the little things that fill up a home. Can they be saved, as well? With some techniques like dry-cleaning, they can be.

Electronics

Some of the most expensive items to replace are electronics. There's a chance you may not have to. Smoke residue can cause corrosion, but if it is removed soon enough it won't have the chance. You should not turn on any of your devices to check their status, as this could cause further harm. Technology like this can be delicate and complicated, so it is in your best interest to leave all content cleaning to certified fire remediation specialists. Examples of items that can be restored are:

  • Laptops and computers
  • Televisions and DVD players
  • Sound systems and speakers
  • Telephones

Clothing and Woven Materials

You don't want all your clothes and curtains smelling like smoke for months to come, do you? Dry-cleaning is the method of choice for clothes and fabrics. If they only hold a light amount of residue, this should be enough. If they are more heavily inundated with particles, you should follow up with a wet-cleaning, as well. Upholstery or other heavy fabrics that can't be subjected to shrinkage or wet cleaning can go through a foam cleaning process.

Paper Goods

Although delicate, you may be surprised to find out that paper items like documents and photographs can be salvaged, as well. Provided that they aren't mostly burned or blackened, there are a variety of techniques used to restore them to a much better condition: de-humidification, vacuum drying, freezer drying, dry-cleaning or air drying. They might not look brand new, but what's important is that they are visible or usable.
In the hands of a competent fire damage service, there is the possibility that almost everything you own can be saved from content storage. Before throwing things away willy-nilly, call in the professionals.

Protect Your Business Through Proactive Plumbing

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

A glass jar with vinegar Use a hot water and white vinegar mix every three months to prevent clogs

Protect Your Business Through Proactive Plumbing

As a Tempe,AZ, business owner, you are likely familiar with how plumbing problems can impact your location. Leaky or burst pipes, clogged toilets and other issues can impact the integrity of the building, create wasteful downtime and spend money on repairs and remediation. However, you can prevent several of these disasters when you and your staff adopt proactive maintenance practices to detect and resolve minor issues before they escalate.

Prevent Clogs

Clogs are plumbing issues that can severely hurt the function of your business. Check the toilets and the sinks and see if they flush or drain slower than usual. If this occurs after multiple tests, it means there is likely a clog present. You or your crew can use specific tools to unclog a toilet or drain. Use a hot water and white vinegar mix every three months to keep them clear and prevent major incidents.

Check for Drips and Leaks

Preventable plumbing problems also manifest through several noticeable signs.

  • Dripping faucets
  • Puddles near toilets or pipes
  • Water damage
  • Mold and other fungus

These incidents largely hint at a larger problem, which is most often a blocked, damaged or broken pipe. Act fast the moment you see them before greater problems develop and affect your establishment.

Run Plumbing Inspections

Sometimes, there are issues that you or the crew cannot foresee and prevent alone. Plumbing inspection services are easier to run and may be less expensive and intrusive than repair. Contact a professional to run tests on the water main and the rest of the business's plumbing system to ensure there are no hidden leaks, clogs or other faults that can have a devastating effect on your commercial location.
Major plumbing problems usually start out small and appear in minor issues before they grow. Stay aware of these small issues to avoid spending time and money on preventable problems and contact plumbing and water damage repair services for truly unpreventable incidents.

How To Clean Sewage Backup in the Bathtub

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Someones hands using disposable gloves Before you start, make sure to put on goggles, coveralls and rubber gloves and boots

How To Clean Sewage Backup in the Bathtub

Sewer backup can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses in your home. The problem should thus be addressed as soon as possible.
There are some steps you can take to limit the spread of the contamination. They include:

  • Turning off running water
  • Move un-contaminated objects to dry, clean areas
  • Open windows and doors to speed up the drying process and limit the growth of mold
  • Discard contaminated curtains, carpeting and upholstered furniture

Tips for Cleaning Sewage Backup

If you see a small bathtub backup, you might be able to clean the spill yourself. Before you start, make sure to put on goggles, coveralls and rubber gloves and boots. Do not let your bare skin touch the sewage. You should also avoid touching your nose, ears, eyes or any open cuts.
Once you are properly protected from the sewer backup, and after the contaminated items have been taken out of the bathroom, you can start removing the standing water. Discard any solid waste and apply an initial disinfectant spray to the affected area.
You should then clean surfaces with household detergent to remove any additional dirt and contamination. Next, dry the area with a combination of dehumidifiers and portable fans. Finally, disinfect the area a second time by using a bacteria-killing bleach.

When To Call an Expert

If the contaminated area is large, you should contact a professional cleanup company in Tempe,AZ. Experts should also be brought in if your home’s HVAC system has been contaminated, or if the sewage has been in place for more than 24 hours.
While you may be able to handle a small sewer backup on your own, emergency restoration specialists will know how to clean up a bigger area quickly and safely. They should also be able to dry any belongings that were damaged by the flooding. You should thus contact professionals unless the spill is limited to a tiny section of your bathroom floor