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Make Sure Your Home Is Ready Before The Storm

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

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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)

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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)

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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.

Is Your Home Ready For A Big Storm? Some Tips From The City of Tempe

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

The City Of Tempe wants you to make sure your home is ready before storms hit.
They recommend the following:
Trim trees so they are away from windows and roofs
Clear debris from your roof drainage system, including gutters and downspouts
Pretreat pools with chlorine shock to help prevent algae growth
Don’t apply fertilizers or other outdoor chemicals before expected storms
Secure loose items on your property, such as patio and pool furniture
Unplug expensive electronics (TV, stereo, home entertainment centers and computers) and/or install power protection devices
The major issue after a storm is water damage and potentially mold. 
When you suspect you have a mold problem in your home in Tempe you want professionals to test it. Mold testing should always be done by a professional. 
Location of Mold 
When you get a mold kit to test in your own, it will tell you that there is mold in the air, but it won't tell you where to look for the growth. A test from a certified mold expert can identify mold in hidden locations:
Behind walls
In a crawlspace
Under floorboards  In order to start the remediation process, the place mold is growing must be found. A professional assessment helps you do this.  Type of Mold  Another benefit of professional mold testing over home kits is that it can identify the type of mold. There are thousands of mold species, and not all of them are mitigated the same. Knowing what type they're dealing with helps specialists choose the best process for tackling the problem.  Removal of Mold  A DIY mold kit can only be used once to test for mold. When you hire certified professionals, they are likely to test thoroughly before and after remediation. The first test informs the process, and the final test confirms that the process was a success. Having both tests assures you that your fungus issue will not return.  Mold testing kits can only tell you that mold exists in your home, but they don't tell you what specifically needs to be done about it. When you want to get the most accurate reading, an assessment from a certified mold expert is the better way to go.  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. 
 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're Spending More Time At Home, You Might Hear Noises You Never Noticed

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Now that you are likely spending more time in your Tempe home you might be noticing more sounds. Everything from a squeaky stair to a rattling windowpane in your attic. When your plumbing starts making new and unusual sounds, it is not something you want to ignore. 

What Is That Noise?

 Banging, squealing and knocking may indicate an imminent malfunction, such as a pipe break, so noting these noises and taking action can be important for preventing serious indoor floods.  1. Pipe Obstructions If your pipes are squealing or whistling, there might be several causes. The first is a pipe blockage, which can narrow the water’s path and create the noise. This can be especially common in areas with hard water, where calcium or lime can build up inside the pipes. Loose screws and old or distorted washers inside the faucet’s hardware might also be to blame. You can chase down the issue by turning faucets on and off in your bathrooms until you find the source of the whistling.  2. Loose Pipe Clamps When the water in your home is shut off and your pipes bang and chatter for several moments, this can be startling as well as troublesome. This noise usually means one of your pipes has a loose or missing clamp, and the vibrations could eventually lead to a pipe burst unless it is located and strapped down. If you cannot find a spare strap, you can pad the area between the pipe and the wall to reduce the sound.  3. Failing Pipe Joints If you hear hissing sounds while the water is running, this could mean a pipe break is imminent. When the water is forced between two plumbing joints where the seal is failing, it can cause this odd sound. Have a flood damage and remediation service in to inspect and fix broken pipe joints before they burst.  Your home’s noisy pipes can be indicative of a pipe break in the near future. Knowing what causes these sounds can help you prevent flooding and the damage it causes.  

If You Experience Flooding Don't Wait

  If you do experience flooding call the experts to avoid further damage. SERVPRO of North Tempe is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, all year round. Our professionals are expertly trained, certified and here to help. Call us (480) 456-0000.

Where Do You Turn After A Commercial Fire In Tempe?

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck is shown at a fire restoration If you experience a fire in your Tempe business call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

A commercial fire is often severely damaging for business owners, and the fire damage restoration process can be intimidating. Thankfully, you can enlist the help of a disaster restoration specialist in the Tempe, AZ, area to take on the brunt of the work.

1. Availability

SERVPRO of North Tempe offers 24 hour-a-day and seven-days-a-week availability, meaning that they are ready and willing to work whenever a disaster strikes your building. You can even call SERVPRO in the middle of the night during a holiday, and they can quickly be there to offer assistance in whatever way they can.

2. Assessment

Fire damage restoration experts will likely start by offering an assessment of your property. They may walk the area, taking note of all structural damage and property loss, listening to your concerns, and offering an estimate of the work to be completed. Also, the individuals who provide the estimate will likely be the managers of your entire project.

3. Security

Beyond the initial assessment, we offer services to mitigate further loss and ensure the security of your facility. When choosing a restoration company make sure that the protection of your property is a priority because receiving your insurance coverage may depend on it. SERVPRO of North Tempe can work with your insurance.

4. Cleanup

SERVPRO of North Tempe has trained, certified experts in restoration, so you can rest assured that your business is cleaned, repaired and rebuilt with the least amount of stress as possible.

The fire damage restoration process can be grueling, but it doesn’t have to be your burden alone. Reduce your stress and hire a skilled restoration team.

Call us if you have any questions (480) 456-0000.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

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