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Knowing What To Do With Soot and Smoke After A Fire In Your Tempe Home

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

If you were to have a fire in your home, would you know where to start to get your home clean. The most important call after the fire is out is to SERVPRO of North Tempe.


After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:


Is it safe to stay in the house?


Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.


Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.


Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful.


If you have a fire in your home, it is important to make sure you have your contents taken care of right away. The longer they sit in a smoke and soot damaged environment, the more damage will occur. SERVPRO of North Tempe have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.


SERVPRO of North Tempe can handle any size fire content cleanup project. . When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your Tempe home or business. Our team is quick to respond and begin the inventory process. Once all of your items are collected, they will be taken to our state of the art facility to be cleaned and ready for return.


Documentation is extremely important to us at SERVPRO of North Tempe. We want to make sure that your items are taken care of and protected in this tough time for you and your family.


 Our 24 hour number is (480) 456-0000 and we always have someone available to help!

Flooded Basement Now What?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

If you are standing in a flooded basement in Tempe, AZ right now, skip to the phone number below.

If not take a minute to read the information below.

Cleaning up a basement flood calls for professional experience and equipment. SERVPRO of North Tempe is the premier choice when it comes to water & mold damage restoration in Tempe, Arizona. Our team is quick to respond and handle any size water loss in the Tempe area.
 It is important to extract water in a timely manner to limit damage, but pumping too quickly can damage a structure. Professional technicians take the following measures when restoring flooded basements in Tempe, AZ. 
Inspect the Structure 
The origin of flooding may impact the structural integrity of a basement. There are several reasons why water may accumulate on the lowest level of a home: 
Broken pipe 
Flood conditions 
Malfunctioning appliance 
Sewer backup   Regardless of the cause, the structure must remain sound. This concern may prolong the process of water extraction.  Pump Out Water  Basement cleanup specialists often use pumps to eliminate standing water and debris, but the interior and exterior pressure must remain equalized. It may take considerably longer to remove water and avoid structural damage. This is one reason why homeowners should not attempt to clean up a basement flood on their own.  Clean and Disinfect  Mitigation can proceed once water has been removed. Different measures may be necessary depending on the type of flood water:
Dry Category One damage from clean water 
Disinfect Category Two damage from gray water 
Disinfect Category Three damage from black water  Category One water usually comes from a pipe break. Category Two water may come from a washing machine overflow or sump pump malfunction and contains chemicals or microorganisms. Category Three water usually contains sewage. Insurance coverage for cleanup and restoration may be available depending on the cause of flooding.  Dry the Basement  Drying is the final step in the mitigation process. Experts may recommend the use of additional ventilation or a dehumidifier. Restoration cannot proceed until the affected area is completely dry.Homeowners dealing with a basement flood should rely on SERVPRO of North Tempe. Trained professionals can eliminate water as quickly as possible without causing structural damage. Our technicians are trained and certified. 
Each day, SERVPRO of North Tempe will monitor the drying process to make sure your home or business is drying quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions about the water damage restoration process, give us at call any time day or night at (480) 456-0000.

If You Experience A Fire In Your Tempe Home There Are Some Things You Should Know

4/29/2020 (Permalink)


If you have a fire in your home it is critical to get SERVPRO of North Tempe on site as soon as possible. This way the situation can be assessed and fixed as soon as possible.


The first step is to do a walkthrough of the property and make sure everything is documented. This can be important, especially when dealing with your insurance company. SERVPRO is great about taking plenty of before, during and after pictures.


After the walk though, SERVPRO will write up a scope of service and begin the mitigation work. It is important to get the property dry and clean to prevent secondary damages from occurring.
Once everything is clean, SERVPRO of North Tempe can begin the repair process to get your home back to pre loss condition.


SERVPRO of North Tempe strives to be an educational resource for property owners and insurance companies. Our team of professionals are certified by the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and are held to the highest of standards. Did you know we will help you work with your insurance? You are welcome to call us anytime day or night at (480) 456-0000 if you have property damage questions.


With any fire loss, it is important to get the property secure and safe for the work to begin. In most cases, it will need to be cleared for safety by your local fire department. Once cleared, SERVPRO of North Tempe can help from start to finish with everything from smoke, soot and any other type of fire damage cleanup.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us anytime at (480) 456-0000. Besides the obvious advantage of lower costs, our “restore first” mentality also gets you back into your home or business quicker and with less disruption to your life.

The Benefits of Proactive Cleaning in Tempe

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need


During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.


Specialized Training


We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.


The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:


Kitchen/Food Areas
Bathrooms
Schools/Classrooms
Offices
Retail Spaces
Water Fountains
Shelving/Racks
Sales Counters
Carpets and Rugs
Stair Handrails
Elevator Cars
Playground Equipment
Fitness Equipment
Specialized Products


The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.


Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000

Make Sure Your Home Is Ready Before The Storm

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

A tree is shown after falling on a roof SERVPRO of North Tempe is ready to help you recover from storm damage call our team, anytime 24/7 - (480) 456-0000.

When storms roll through Tempe, there can be significant damage. Know how to get ready and who to call. SERVPRO of North Tempe is ready to help you recover from storm damage. 
We work with your insurance.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO of North Tempe can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. 
Checking off the following tasks, including gutter cleaning and water pipe repair, before a storm can ease your.
Inspect
A good way to protect your home is to make sure everything is in working order. While you are planning what to pack, you should also walk through and inspect the areas where water can invade your home: 
Are hoses and supply lines to appliances such as washing machines and ice-makers free of visible damage? 
Are pipes under the sinks leak-free?
Are windows sealed against outside leaks?
Is the water heater free of rust and cracks?
Does the sump pump operate properly?
Are pipes well-insulated against freezing temperatures?  Take the time before you leave to fix any problems. Preliminary water pipe repair keeps you from coming home to a mess.  Clean  Many homeowners return home to find that their houses are flooded due to clogs. Make sure rain gutters and downspouts are clear of debris. Clear out your sump pump so that it runs efficiently, if needed. Regular inspection of sewer lines lets you know if you need repairs before you leave to keep those pipes clear.  Delegate  Despite your best preparation, a broken pipe can still cause damage when you aren't home. It's smart to have trusted neighbors check on your home while you are on vacation. Make sure they know how to turn off the water main and which water remediation specialists to call if a problem happens. If no one is available to watch your home, it's best to turn off the water main before you leave. 
Highly trained specialists are ready to respond quickly to your storm damage emergency. 
Our technician team understands the emphasis on priority responding, and making sure your property is well taken care of. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call our team, anytime 24/7 (480) 456-0000.

What To Do If You Suspect Water Damage After A Storm

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

You have many responsibilities for maintaining your home in Tempe, AZ, and inspecting your home after a storm can be the one of the most important. Checking for water damage and mold after a storm is critical. Understanding mold and how it can grow in you home can save you time and money.  1. Mold spores are everywhere.
Most people store their bread in a plastic bag, yet mold will still grow thanks to the fact that spores are lightweight and travel through the air. The little bit of exposure your bread gets from opening the bag is enough to allow spore-containing air to enter. This is similar to the way mold spores get in your home: traveling on the air and entering through doors, windows and vents.  2. Mold grows in a moist environment.
You don’t see croutons covered in mold and that’s because there is not enough moisture. People love bread when it is soft and moist, and that moisture is exactly what fungus growth needs to thrive. That’s why controlling relative humidity and repairing water leaks are both important jobs to prevent mold growth in the home.  3. Mold needs a food source.
All mold needs an organic food source, and most molds have favorites. When it comes to bread mold, there are certain varieties that tend to colonize on bread. This is also true for homes, since most building materials are made from cellulose-based materials, and the molds that prefer that food source tend to colonize there.
Can’t You Just Change the Temperature?
While most molds prefer a warmer temperature, many varieties can handle a cooler environment, which is why you find fridge mold. You can prevent mold by freezing bread, but you can’t freeze your home.  With the lessons learned from bread mold, you can see that moisture control is the key to preventing household mold problems. If you already have mold, it’s important to get help fast since mold multiplies rapidly. Expert mold remediators are knowledgeable and use a variety of techniques to help prevent the further spread of mold during the clean-up process.  SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help in any of those situations to make sure you are taken care of quickly and efficiently. Our team is available 24/7, and here to help 365 days a year. If you have a storm that causes damage in the middle of the night call us at (480) 456-0000.
We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

Storms and Insurance, What You Need To Know

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO truck is shown at a home Our team is available 24/7, and here to help 365 days a year. SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000


Insurance claim services can feel overwhelming, especially after experiencing a major disaster.  Unfortunately, the claims process is necessary for comprehensive restoration to begin. SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help in any of those situations to make sure you are taken care of quickly and efficiently. Our team is available 24/7, and here to help 365 days a year. If you have a storm that causes damage in the middle of the night call us at (480) 456-0000.  It is best to speak with qualified individuals who can help to walk you through the restoration process as well as what to expect out of the claims procedure. While your insurer can help with some of this information, you can also speak with disaster restoration specialists. These companies are experts in the processes and bureaucratic procedures, and they follow a strict routine to ensure your claim is accurate.  1. Mitigation As Protection  The first goal of emergency response is to prevent further loss through a process called mitigation. This process entails the use of plywood, tarps, and fencing to protect your property against weather, vagrants, animals and any number of other issues. Also, mitigation reduces the chances of your claim being rejected due to negligence.  2. Cleanout for Accurate Proof of Loss  Claim services are a procedural service, meaning that there is a designated path to approval. Any adjustments made to a claim can send it back to the beginning, prolonging the approval process and postponing restoration. Disaster response companies specialize in rapid cleanup, making all damage apparent and allowing for an accurate proof of loss statement the first time around.  3. Controlled and Monitored Restoration  While an insurer bases claim value off estimates, those assessments do you no good without a company that stands by its prices and services. SERVPRO is a leader in the restoration industry, and it has built that reputation on its ability to accurately control and monitor costs. Review the database of claims for the Tempe, AZ, area to get a rough ballpark estimate of what your project may cost. 
We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. 
While it may seem unlikely, a disaster restoration company can be your biggest ally as you work through the claim services process of your insurer. These companies want to help you get back in your home by ensuring your claim is protected, accurate and honestly executed. 
Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of North Tempe can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country.

Cleaning Up After A Commercial Fire In Tempe

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO Ozone Generator is shown SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help you with fire damage to your home or business.

A variety of smoke cleaning methods are available to commercial business owners. In addition to using degreasing solutions to remove residues from surfaces and contents, it is also possible to lower the concentration of smoke molecules in the air and neutralize persistent odors. Restoration professionals rely on five treatment methods to eliminate smoke damage. 
SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help you with any fire damage in your home or business. Our team is available 24/7 to help with securing your property and getting it ready to be cleaned. Our 24 hour number is (480) 456-0000 and we always have someone available to help! 
1. Run an Air Scrubber or Filter  An HVAC air scrubber or HEPA air purifier are useful for capturing larger smoke molecules. There will still be some residual odor from smaller molecules or surface residues.  2. Use an Ozone Generator  An ozone generator is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. These machines emit ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces. Evacuation is necessary for the duration of an ozone treatment.  3. Arrange for Thermal Fogging  Thermal fogging is an intensive treatment involving fogging machines. After residents evacuate, smoke cleaning professionals fill a structure with petroleum distillates that neutralize odors and then ventilate the area. Evacuation is also necessary during this treatment, and workers should wear chemical respirators.  4. Operate a Hydroxyl Generator  A hydroxyl generator is a slower and gentler alternative to ozone. These machines rely on UV light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors. It will take about three to five days of continuous operation to achieve the same results as a single ozone treatment, but evacuation is not necessary.  5. Try Vapor Modification  Vapor modification is another odor elimination method that relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor. This method also does not require evacuation.  Any of these smoke cleaning methods may be the right choice for a commercial business in Tempe. Contact SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 to determine which treatment is right for your commercial site.

When Intense Storms Come To Central Arizona Look Out For Water Damage

3/26/2020 (Permalink)


If you live if Arizona you may remember this head line from two years ago, "Latest monsoon storm soaks Tempe, dropping 3.6 inches of rain in about an hour." This storm left behind a lot of water damage. 
If you have  water damage from a storm in your home it can be a stressful time. It is critical to make sure that you get all of the water removed as soon as possible. 
SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help in any of those situations to make sure you are taken care of quickly and efficiently. Our team is available 24/7, and here to help 365 days a year. If you have a storm that causes damage (480) 456-0000. 
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. 
SERVPRO of North Tempe can be on site immediately to begin the extraction process. Once all of the water is removed, the drying process can begin. Each day the structure will be monitored to make sure that progress is being made. Once everything is dry, SERVPRO will remove all of the equipment and begin repairing anything that was permanently damaged. It is critical along the way to make sure everything is properly documented. This can be of upmost importance when the insurance company needs any records or questions about the loss. We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition.  We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. 
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us at anytime (480) 456-0000.

We Are Here For You When You Need Us

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Dark Storm Clouds are shown If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at anytime (480) 456-0000.


SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help with any size storm damage. It is important to make sure that certain steps are followed when dealing with any type of loss. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.


1. Have an onsite assessment of what is going on
It is important to make sure that the property is observed by a professional like SERVPRO of North Tempe. This is critical to document and observe where the problem is and what is needed to correct.


2. Document everything before, during and after
When experiencing a loss, it is critical to make sure you take plenty of photos. This is important to have for documentation when dealing with your insurance company and to have accurate records.


3. Mitigate the damages quickly
It is important to begin mitigating the damages to prevent secondary damages from occurring. If you are dealing with water damage, it is critical to get all of the water extracted as soon as possible.


4. Make sure proper equipment is being used
Once the mitigation is complete, it is important to make sure the proper amount and types of equipment are being used. This will help get the job on track to be completed.


5. Monitor daily to make sure the job is progressing


Monitoring should be taken place daily to make sure the job is progressing. This will provide accurate records to make sure things are moving the right direction.


Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of North Tempe can access resources from more than 1,700 Franchises across the state and country.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at anytime (480) 456-0000.


We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors.

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Tempe is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Tempe community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.