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It's Time To Get Smart About Smoke Detectors And Protecting Your Family

4/26/2021 (Permalink)


Smart Detection Can Help Limit Fire Damage

One of the keys to protecting your family and your home from fire damage is a smoke detector. In addition to some of the newer long lasting smoke detectors, smart smoke detectors are available. The options, functions and different sensors available is a lot to sort through.


Some models offer a feature allowing you to turn off the alarm from your smart phone whether you are home or away. There are models that have a feature that will turn on some of your lighting to help you and your family get out of the fire. Some detect both smoke and carbon monoxide.


Certain smart smoke detectors can work with other smart systems in your home. The lighting is one example. When choosing a system you should consider if it will work with your current security system. Will the smart smoke detector be compatible with other smart systems already in your home.


Beyond the technology compatibility issues there is the issue of fire detection. Smoke detectors use one of two types of sensors to detect fires. Ionization-type sensors are most useful for detecting fast-burning fires.

Photoelectric sensors are better at warning about smoldering, or slower burning fires. Some smart smoke alarms are designed to pick up both types of fires.

Professional Help In North Tempe Is A Phone Call Away

If you do have fire damage it's smart to hire a professional restoration company. SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.

We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If you have questions about fire or water damage call SERVPRO of North Tempe today (480) 456-0000.

Fire Safety Tips That Might Help To Keep Your Family Safe

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Every 24 seconds, a fire department in the United States responds to a fire, this according to the National Fire Protection Association. In 2020 cooking fires accounted for many of these fires.


What you should know about home cooking safety, suggestions from (NFPA).


Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.


Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.


If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.


Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.


If you have a cooking fire


Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.


If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.


Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires.

Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop.

Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.


For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


Call Us Today – SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Understanding Your Tempe Homeowner's Policy And Mold Remediation

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown in the corner on a ceiling Contact SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 if you have questions about mold remediation

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 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

Fire


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 effects, 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 SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 to ensure your home is cleaned correctly.


SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.


Our Technicians Have The Right Training


SERVPRO of North Tempe is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of North Tempe to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (480) 456-0000.

Storms And Water Damage While You're Away From Your Home In Tempe

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

A person is shown holding a bucket under a ceiling leak If you have storm damage in Tempe, don't try to deal with it alone. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000


If you have flooding or water damage in your home, it's critical to have professionals respond as soon as possible. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.

SERVPRO of North Tempe begins the water extraction process almost immediately after we arrive. By getting there quickly, we reduce the damage and expense of your water emergency.


Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 480-456-0000 Understanding The Water Damage Timeline


Within Minutes


Water rapidly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.


Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.


Hours 1 - 24:
Drywall begins to swell and break down.
Metal items begin to tarnish.
Wood furniture begins to swell and crack.
Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
A musty odor appears.


48 Hours to 1 Week:
Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
Metal begins to rust.
Furniture shows signs of mold.
Paint begins to blister.
Wood flooring swells and warps.
Serious biohazard contamination is possible.


More Than 1 Week:
Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.


About SERVPRO of North Tempe


SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


Most of us don’t think about the possibility of water damage when we are away on vacation. We are more concerned about the fun we will be having with friends and family. However, nothing would be worse than coming home and finding yourself standing in a few inches of water. Here are some things to add to your holiday vacation check list.


Shut off the water valve

The easiest way to avoid damage is to turn off your water at the main valve, and we recommend doing this for both long and shorter trips. If you’re not sure where the main water valve shut off is, call your plumber. He can also test to make sure it’s working properly.


Appliances and more

If don’t want to shut off your main water valve because someone is house or pet sitting, or your sprinkler system is set to run, you should turn off the valves to your appliances like your dishwasher, ice maker, and washing machine.


Check your insurance policy, if something should happen while you’re away it’s important to double check your insurance policy. Some policies are voided if the home is unoccupied for an extended period. Some policies even have a requirement that someone must check the premises at least once a week.


If you come home to a water loss, don’t worry. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe at 480-456-0000. We are always available to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Tempe Storm Damage Can Harm Your Business

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

A broken window is shown Don't let minor storm damage turn into big problems for your commercial site call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Tempe 24 Hour Emergency Storm Damage Service


Storm damage can devastate a business in Tempe, especially if there is little preparation done before the storm occurs. By preparing your business for storms and high winds, you can help to prevent serious damage to your business.

1. Protect Windows

When high-speed winds occur, windows often are one of the first parts of a building to become damaged. Broken windows can allow debris and water to get inside your property and make interior damage more likely. With excessive amounts of water in your business, you may need to contact water and storm damage restoration professionals. In order to decrease the likelihood of your windows breaking, it can be helpful to use storm shutters or to board up the windows with plywood.

2. Ensure Important Documents Are Safe

Recovering documents after storm damage can be difficult and time-consuming. Before a storm, it can be useful to know where your important documents are stored and to keep the documents in containers that are water-resistant. Additionally, it can be wise to keep printed copies of your documents at another location and to make digital copies in case you cannot access the printed copies.

3. Inspect the Exterior of Your Business

Prior to a storm, it’s often wise to examine the exterior of your building and to remove any hazards that could cause damage. Trees that are leaning over your building, trees that are rotted and clogged gutters can all cause damage to your property. It can be helpful to clear gutters and to trim limbs that are dead or that are hanging over your building. If a particular tree is likely to fall when wind occurs, it may be necessary to cut it down entirely.

Taking steps to prevent storm damage can help to save you the time and money of restoration. Protecting your windows, keeping documents safe and inspecting the exterior of your business can help you to prepare for a storm with high winds.

SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


If you have storm damage or other restoration is needed call SERVPRO of North Tempe today (480) 456-0000.

Storm damage And Your Commercial Property

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Tempe Is Ready Help After The Storm

Owning or operating a business within a flood zone, which gets significant rainfall can be tricky.

Acquire Flood Insurance and Maintain the Building

Not all regular insurance policies in Tempe, 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

If you are informed ahead of time about significant flooding, 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 Tempe 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.


Storms, flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

SERVPRO of North Tempe provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays.
SERVPRO of North Tempe has the specific storm damage training and experience to help you and your business.


Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Flooding Damage From Storms Can Be An Issue Throughout Tempe

3/22/2021 (Permalink)


In the case of severe weather, the City of Tempe encourages residents to be prepared for potential flooding throughout monsoon season (June 15 through Sept. 30).


If you have a water loss in your home from a storm, it is critical to get a professional restoration company on site immediately to mitigate the damages. Hiring the right company is critical to make sure the issue is resolved in a professional. timely manner.

SERVPRO of North Tempe is a premier water damage restoration company in Tempe, Arizona. After getting a phone call, they will be on site as soon as possible. They will first assess the situation and come up with a scope of service to execute in your home.


Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of North Tempe arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

In most situations, they will start by removing all the water with extractors. Once all of the water is removed, they will begin to place air movers and dehumidifiers throughout your home. Each day they will monitor the drying process until the home is completely dry.


If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out. SERVPRO of North Tempe has team members standing by 24 hours a day. Let them know how they can help you. Give us a call (480) 456-0000.

Devastating Commercial Fires In Tempe And Protecting Your Business

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

A commercial building is shown that has been heavily damaged by fire Fire damage can happen quickly in a commercial building. If you have experienced fire damage call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.


Fire damage can be devastating to your commercial building. Even if the fire was contained quickly and the damage appears minimal, restoration can be costly, putting your business at risk of bankruptcy. Certain steps must be taken to ensure your business is protected from fire loss.

Assessing the Damage

When a building and all of its contents have not been completely destroyed by fire, it is considered a partial loss. This is a term used by insurance companies to determine the proper protocol for working with the client to recover their business.


Remember that a fire is dangerous for more than its flames. Smoke damage, excessive heat, and mold and water damage can all ruin the integrity of the building and the contents within, so it is imperative to ensure you understand the full extent of the damage before moving forward with restoration.

Restoring Your Business After a Fire

Once the full extent of the partial fire loss has been determined, it is time to work with a qualified fire restoration service. These specialists in Tempe have equipment designed specifically to restore walls, furniture, electronics, and other items in the business by eliminating odors and damage caused by smoke, water, and other elements.

Final Tips on Working with Your Insurance Company

After a partial fire loss, insurance companies are expected to restore your business to a uniform and consistent appearance. In other words, every effort should be made to get your business looking and feeling like it did before the fire. As such, pay close attention to your policy should disputes arise. Common challenges may include an unwillingness to pay for new flooring that matches undamaged areas, damage to outdoor landscaping, or air quality concerns. Following a few basic steps and ensuring a solid understanding of your insurance policy will help minimize the damage to your business, both physically and financially after a fire.

It's important to select a company that properly trains the technicians. SERVPRO of North Tempe is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must


• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.


If you have commercial fire damage call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Water Damage To Tempe Commercial Sites

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding is shown in a room and the words flood damage are shown in green Don’t gamble a large loss with any restoration company. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Commercial Flooding In Tempe 


Extensive flooding is a serious issue on Tempe commercial sites. The primary concern inside a building is not only the water, but it’s also the amount of humidity.

Humidity can ruin paperwork, electronics, and can cause mold growth in areas that were not affected by flooding.


If your home or business has a mold problem, technicians for SERVPRO of North Tempe can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


if you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne.


Flooding from a pipe burst or fire suppression system can dump gallons of water. That much water can affect multiple floors in a building which is very costly. Conventional drying methods will not dry out a large building.


SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

The Right Training For Tempe Commercial Restoration

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


Extracting the water is the first step. We have equipment that can remove large amounts of water in very little time. Our air movers and large desiccants will also remove the humidity quickly. Don’t gamble a large loss with any restoration company. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 and get the job done right the first time.

Storm Damage In Tempe Requires Professional Response

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

After a storm, you might discover that your property had significant damage from rain and wind. It is critical to make sure that you get someone on site immediately to help assess the damage and get things under control.

SERVPRO of North Tempe is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

Experience And Training

SERVPRO of North Tempe, has the experience and team in place to make sure that your home can be fixed back to pre loss condition. Our team is IICRC certified and can handle your project from start to finish. The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.

These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

In most situations, it is important to make sure all of the water is removed from the property as soon as possible. Once the water is removed, SERVPRO can begin placing drying equipment throughout the home to get things under control. After a few days of drying, the equipment can be removed and the rebuilding process can begin.


Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Tempe provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at anytime. Our team is available 24/7 to respond and help. SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.