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Basement Flooding Tips

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded basement with standing water is shown Whether you need emergency flood restoration or just need your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help (480) 456-0000.

When your basement in Tempe floods, it can be overwhelming. Many homeowners know that they should respond quickly to a basement flood but are uncertain of what to do next. There are several useful steps you can take after your home's basement becomes flooded.

1. Remove Water as Quickly and as Safely as Possible

Removing the water from your home in a timely manner is often a useful way to mitigate the damage to your home's basement after a flood. Though mops and towels can soak up small amounts of water, they are generally ineffective when it comes to removing floodwater. Installing a sump pump prior to a flood can help to remove water from your basement. A sump pump collects floodwater in your basement and then moves the water elsewhere. Many homeowners decide to let professionals work on removing the water.

2. Turn Off Your Home's Electricity

A basement flood can affect various aspects of your home, and unfortunately, fires are often more likely to occur after a flood. Fires are particularly likely to occur if items that use electricity are plugged in or if items that use electricity have loose or frayed wires. Though you may be tempted to unplug items that use electricity after a flood, it's often best to avoid coming into direct contact with floodwater. Instead, it can be helpful to turn off the electricity in your home entirely.

3. Contact a Restoration Company

Once you have removed as much water as possible and have turned off the electricity in your home, it's often useful to contact professionals in water damage restoration.

SERVPRO of North Tempe can help to further mitigate the damage in your home, and a quick response can help to quicken the entire process of restoration. Though insurance coverage may vary depending on the cause of the flood, your insurance company will likely help to cover the costs of restoration if the flood occurred suddenly.

Although dealing with a basement flood can be stressful, knowing how to respond appropriately can save you time and money. It's often useful to quickly remove water from your basement, to turn off the electricity in your home, and to contact SERVPRO of North Tempe.

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.

Is Your Bathroom A Mold Hazard?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

A bathroom is shown Our team is quick to respond and handle any size water loss in the Tempe area.

Bathrooms are one of the most common places for mold to grow in the home in Tempe, AZ. Bathroom mildew usually grows due to the intense amount of humidity that most bathrooms let off.

It is nearly impossible to prevent moisture from entering most bathrooms, but there are some ways to help prevent mold from growing in these environments.

1. Use a Evaporative coolers

Mold loves moisture, and bathrooms are typically the moistest room in a home. Evaporative coolers can help you control a humidity problem to prevent any mildew from growing. They help dry out the air in your bathroom to prevent mold or mildew from growing. That being said, they are not completely effective, so other measures should be taken. Keeping your bathroom clean and doing a regular check for mold or mildew growth can help prevent expensive and costly issues.

2. Wash Your Shower Curtain

Shower curtains are one of the most prominent places for mold to grow. Often times people do not think about washing their shower curtains. When you shower, moisture gets on the curtain and can often stay there for hours. Pulling the curtain out straight can help the moisture dry faster. Also make sure to wash towels, washcloths and bath mats on a regular basis as these can also attract mold. If you notice any mold on your towels or mats, be sure to call a mold remediation specialist right away.

3. Keep it Clean

The bathroom is one of the most dreaded places to clean but is also one of the most necessary. Because of the excessive moisture in bathrooms, mildew and mold can run ramped in these areas. Using a squeegee after each shower is a pain but very effective in preventive bathroom mildew. Use the proper cleaning supplies each time and try to clean your bathroom at least once a week.

Cleaning your bathroom properly can go a long way but may not always prevent bathroom mildew. It is important to check your bathroom for mildew or mold on a regular basis, and you should call a professional if you notice any signs of mold growth.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (480) 456-0000 SERVPRO of North Tempe

Discussing Fire Escape Planning With Your Family

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO of North Tempe green service van is shown SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help you with any fire damage in your home or business. Our team is available 24/7.

It's a scary thing to imagine, waking in the middle of the night to a loud smoke alarm and to the smell of fire. Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do in case of a fire.

Here are some tips from the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department:

If you must exit through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees.

Keep your head 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 centimeters) above the floor.

If you encounter smoke when using your primary exit, use an alternate escape route.

They also recommend testing the door before opening it.

While kneeling at the door, reach up as high as you can and touch the door, the knob, and the crack between the door and its frame with the back of your hand.

If the door is warm, use another escape route.

If the door is cool open with caution.

Put your shoulder against the door and open it slowly.

Be prepared to slam it shut if there is smoke or flame on the other side.

After The Fire

Selecting a restoration company after a fire is a critical decision. It is important to make sure that you ask, good questions and select a qualified company to help you in your time of need.

You should ask about certifications and training. Not all restoration companies study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

IICRC The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries.

SERVPRO of North Tempe has the right equipment to get the job done correctly. On any job, you want to make sure they are documenting before, during and after the loss. This can be in the form of photos, notes, and videos.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000. They have the experience and team available to help you 24/7, 365 days a year.

After a House Fire You'll Want To Bring In Someone With Training And Experience

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your Tempe, Arizona home, it is important to know who to call for help after the property has been cleared by the fire department. SERVPRO of North Tempe can help with any size fire loss from start to finish.

SERVPRO of North Tempe is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, all year round.

Once SERVPRO of North Tempe technicians can observe the property, they can develop a scope of service.

It is important to remove all wet and damaged materials from the property. This will help prevent secondary damage. It is important to bring in a company with extensive training and experience.
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.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

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.

Once all of the damaged materials are removed, SERVPRO of North Tempe certified technicians can begin to clean and restore the property back to pre loss condition. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at anytime. SERVPRO of North Tempe is always ready to take your call (480) 456-0000.

We take pride in being a part of the Tempe, Arizona community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Getting Your Tempe Commercial Business Open Quickly

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Tempe, Arizona commercial property.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

If you are a property manager or owner of a large commercial facility, you might have experienced a large water loss at some point. It can be a stressful time for you and your business.

SERVPRO of North Tempe has a large loss commercial restoration team in place to help you and your business. Business interruption can be a serious issue for your organization if you are not prepared.

SERVPRO of North Tempe wants you to know that it is okay and it can be taken care of immediately. Our team is here to help 24/7, to get on site and begin the mitigation process. Our managers and technicians are IICRC certified, and have years of water damage restoration experience.

After all of the water is removed, it is critical to make sure that the right amount of drying equipment is put in place. SERVPRO of North Tempe has plenty of equipment that can handle any size large loss in the Tempe area.

When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of North Tempe. You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly.

Each day the drying process will be monitored and recorded. After a few days, when the facility is dry, SERVPRO will remove all of the equipment and begin to help with any repairs. If you have any questions about our water damage restoration process for commercial facilities, do not hesitate to contact us at anytime day or night.

Insulation Removal Is A Job For Trained Professionals

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

If You Are Planning On Removing Insulation From Your Tempe Home Call The Experts

If insulation in your Tempe home becomes wet from a broken pipe or a storm you should have it removed and replaced by the experts at SERVPRO of North Tempe. Our trained team will remove the contaminated insulation using a variety of vacuums and hoses. All of the insulation we remove from your home is collected into a specially designed filter bag that traps the fiber so our technicians can safely remove it from your property.

Trained Technicians Take Care Of Your Tempe Home

SERVPRO of North Tempe professionals have specialized restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home after insulation is removed.  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.

Is Your Home Safe?

Remember, if your home’s insulation becomes contaminated in some way, it is now a health risk to your family. SERVPRO of North Tempe has developed a set of procedures that removes damaged or soiled insulation from your home.
As valuable as insulation is, it is also a natural source of nesting material for mice, squirrels, and other animals. When this happens, our SERVPRO of North Tempe technicians remove the contaminated insulation and then use anti-fungal and anti-microbial sprays and cleaners to sterilize. When our crews complete the work, new insulation can safely be laid or blown in place.

Always Ready To Help When You Need Us

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. You are welcome to call us anytime day or night at (480) 456-0000 if you have restoration or insulation removal questions.

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
Retail Spaces
Water Fountains
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