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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.

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)

A pipe that has a small leak is shown with water coming out Highly trained specialists are ready to respond quickly to your water damage emergency. SERVPRO of North Tempe

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

The 5 Main Causes of Noisy Pipes

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Leakage Of Water From Stainless Steel Pipe On Gray Background Leaking pipe in Tempe, AZ

The 5 Main Causes of Noisy Pipes

Noisy pipes often bring about concerns about a pending pipe break or the cost to fix broken pipes. Thankfully, not every sound is the precursor to an imminent disaster. However, your pipes shouldn't be making too much racket, and if they are, then one of five reasons is likely the culprit.

  • Water Hammer
  • Toilets
  • Loose Pipes
  • Worn Out Washer
  • Main Shut-Off Valve

Water Hammer
If you hear a loud thud or clunk every time you turn off a faucet, then you are likely dealing with what is commonly referred to as water hammer. When you turn off the sink, the water in the line comes to an abrupt stop with no air cushion, causing the noise. While water hammer may not result in a pipe burst, it may result in leaks.

You are likely familiar with the rushing water sound after flushing a toilet. However, have you ever heard rattling or banging at the end of the filling cycle? You likely have a ballcock issue.

Loose Pipes
Loose pipes can result in odd sounds and an eventual pipe break if left unremedied. If you suspect loose pipes under your home, then you should contact a plumbing specialist in Tempe, AZ, to correct the problem.

Worn Out Washer
Another easy fix is a worn-out washer in a faucet. When you notice a whistling or hissing noise, you likely have a washer issue. However, this isn't the only cause of squeaky pipes.

Main Shut-Off Valve
If you hear squeaking that resonates through the entire house, then you may have a problem with your main shut-off valve. For a main shut-off valve problem, you will likely need to contact a professional.
Again, not every strange sound is a prelude to a pipe break. Many noises stem from easy fixes like worn ballcock assemblies or washers, but sometimes, you may need to contact a professional to assess the underlying issues.

Water Damage in Tempe Requires Fast, Expert Response

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

A woman is shown holding a bucket under a leak from the ceiling SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

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 pre- 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!

How To Take Care Of Your Commercial Space Flooring

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded wooden floor is shown Call SERVPRO of North Tempe at 480-456-0000. We are always available to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

If your business has wood floor , water damage is a substantial concern. When you have trained, certified experts a phone call away, there's nothing to worry about.

Call SERVPRO of North Tempe at 480-456-0000.  We are always available to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! 

It is important to dry a wood floor as soon as you notice signs of water damage. Water from a leak or pipe burst can cause wood to warp or result in other forms of damage. Here are four steps that may be necessary to restore wood flooring.

1. Remove Water Removing standing water is the first step to restoring flooring. This may require the use of a pump or wet vac for damage caused by a flood, pipe burst, or leak. Use a mop or towels for slight damage. If a small amount of water has spilled and remained on the floor, spread out newspaper and allow it to absorb water. 

2. Dry Moisture After standing water is gone, use a dehumidifier to draw moisture out of wood. Ventilation can also be helpful. It is necessary to determine whether water has penetrated through the polyurethane coating or another sealing treatment. It may be necessary to tear out and replace the subfloor, taking time to allow the underlying concrete to dry, to prevent mold growth. 

3. Sand and Scrape Once all of the levels of flooring are dry, it is time to work on the appearance and condition of the surface. Wooden planks damaged by water may warp or become discolored. Sanding and scraping may even the surface and remove stains. Rely on the expertise of water damage restoration professionals. 

4. Refinish or Retrofit Wood flooring exposed to water may need to be refinished. Planks with severe damage can be removed and replacements retrofitted. Restoration experts can recommend the best solution for each case of water damage. Keep in mind that wood flooring may add several days to water damage restoration, particularly in cases of extensive damage caused by a flood or pipe burst. This is necessary to restore the condition of a wet floor and prevent secondary damage, such as mold.

Contact a service with experience restoring wood floors at commercial properties in Tempe, AZ. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe at 480-456-0000.  We are always available to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Sewer Backup In North Tempe Is A Job For The Pros

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

It's been a great vacation, a week away to relax and enjoy good weather. When you return home you find a flood. It is coming from a toilet and it's clear it's a sewer issue. Now what?
1.  Take Action Right Away
The risk of harmful bacteria in your home or business is a time sensitive issue and should be addressed promptly. Containment can be key to preventing extensive damage. Even a quick assessment and an attempt to block further flooding could be beneficial. Contacting SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 will mean a trained technician will immediately respond to the contaminated area. 2. Certified Technicians Will Know What Steps To Take Water from a sewer backup is dangerous, and you should not attempt a sewer back-up cleanup on your own. Specific techniques and safety equipment are needed to ensure appropriate removal of all hazardous bacteria. Contamination levels of the water may vary, requiring a customized sterilization process. 3. Sufficient Drying Allowing adequate drying time after the water has been removed will prevent the growth of mold and stop further damage to your home. Depending on the amount and duration of the water exposure, drying can often take days. Removal of the carpet or flooring down to the subfloor may also be required. 4.  Documenting It is surprising the amount of harm a flooded toilet can cause to your household. Repairing your property after a sewer cleanup can be a difficult project, and keeping good documentation can aid in a speedy recovery. Keeping current pictures of your home prior to an accident is highly recommended. These records can help insurance companies easily identify which areas were affected and how to aptly provide correct coverage. We can work with your insurance company. For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.
SERVPRO of North Tempe understands the stress and worry that comes with water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of North Tempe is a phone call away 480-456-0000.  

If You Have Roof Damage It's Crucial To Know What To Do and Who To Call

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

A damaged roof is shown on a home SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000. We have the right equipment and training.

Roof damage be a very unpleasant experience as a homeowner. Many insurance companies require homeowners to take reasonable measures to mitigate roof damage in order to cover claims. The goal of damage mitigation is to protect a damaged roof and the interior of a home until repairs can begin. These three mitigation measures can help to prevent further water or wind damage. Where do you start? 1. Documenting Damage. A homeowner should obtain footage of the full extent of damage before taking steps to temporarily protect or improve the situation. Take photos or record video to provide to an insurance company as evidence in support of a claim.Strengthen the case with footage from before the damage occurred. It is a good idea to capture the status of a property at least once or twice a year and back these files up in a remote and secure location such as cloud storage. 2. Covering Holes and Leaks. Roof damage mitigation primarily consists of covering up holes and leaks. A homeowner can do this work themselves, but it will require plywood, tarps, nails or screws, and at least two people working together. This should only be attempted if the homeowner is confident they can do this safely. It's always a good idea to consider bringing in a professional.Use plywood to cover holes. Lay out tarp so that it covers the ridge line by about two feet to keep out water. Attach the tarp to boards secured to the roof with nails or screws. A damage mitigation service can cover a roof quickly and effectively. 3. Removing Fallen Limbs. If a tree branch falls and causes damage to your roof, document the scene and contact a tree removal company. This service can also trim other parts of trees that pose a risk.These measures can help any homeowner mitigate and recover from roof damage. Regardless of the cause of the damage, make sure to thoroughly document and take steps to limit the severity of the situation.
For assistance with mitigation, contact SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000. We have the right equipment and training. Our technicians are trained and certified experts. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries.
We're always available to help. For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.  SERVPRO of North Tempe prides itself in being faster to any disaster. Our team is trained and qualified to handle any size water, mold, or fire loss in the Tempe area.

Knowing Who To Call After A Fire in North Tempe

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

The inside of a home is shown afte a fire The technicians at SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 are highly trained in property damage restoration.

A fire in your home can be devastating. According to the National Fire Protection Association NFPA, Most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.

After the fire is out your home may be left with significant damage. Smoke and water damage should be taken care of by trained, certified professionals.

The technicians at SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 are highly trained in property damage restoration. They study IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration. SERVPRO of North Tempe is very active with the IICRC, which is the industry standard for Water Restoration Technicians.

Not only will the experts at SERVPRO of North Tempe restore your home but they can even help with insurance. For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.
Often you are left with the decision to toss items that you would prefer to keep. Even a small fire can cause smoke damage to things throughout the house. When washing the clothes you are able to salvage add 1/2 a cup of vinegar to kill the smoke smell.

The NFPA recommends bringing in restoration professionals. They remind homeowners that exposure to house fire soot can lead to a number of health issues. They also explain why soot is harmful. Burned wood by-products include manganese, benzene and hydrogen cyanide. Because it’s so corrosive and acidic, soot can be harmful at any exposure level.

While all soot is made up of minute particles, its composition varies depending on the environment and materials where the fire occurred. Homeowners often confuse it with dirt, but it’s a complex mixture of different substances.
Depending on materials involved in the fire, soot can contain formaldehyde, toluene, sulfur dioxide and traces of heavy metals.

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.

Understaning Mold and Your Health

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is a very common thing, yet it can be very misunderstood. According to the CDC and National Center for Environmental Health, mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, and pets can and be carried indoors. When mold spores drop on places where there is excessive moisture, such as where leakage may have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or where there has been flooding, they will grow.

Many building materials provide suitable nutrients that encourage mold to grow. Any mold should be removed and the moisture source that helped it grow should be removed.

Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors, and can smell musty.  Color is not an indication of how dangerous a mold may be.

Removing mold is where things can get tricky. If you suspect mold in your home or business call the professionals in Tempe. SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000. Mike Edgar and his team of certified technicians are ready to help 24/7.
SERVPRO of North Tempe is the best choice when it comes to handling mold damage in your home or workplace.

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Our advanced equipment helps to detect and stop the source of water feeding the mold. We then isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber.

The right equipment, operated by trained, certified professionals will assure your home is safe.

If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home, and CDC does not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it.

SERVPRO of North Tempe strives to be an educational resource for property owners and insurance companies.

Advantages of Having a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Air mover placed on carpet Secondary damage in Tempe, AZ

Advantages of Having a SERVPRO

A disaster isn’t something anyone wants to contemplate. However, if the unthinkable occurs, an emergency plan that's already in place could literally save your business. By creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) through SERVPRO, you’re one step closer to keeping your business safe. An emergency profile puts a plan in place. This plan serves to mitigate loss from a fire or water disaster as soon as possible. Consider these advantages:

1. Damage Is Minimized

Fire and water disasters not only cause direct damage, but they can also cause secondary damage (e.g., mold and smoke damage). Some secondary damage may be unavoidable, but it can be greatly minimized if the restoration process begins promptly.

2. Business Inactivity Is Reduced

It’s been found that 50% of businesses that sustain damage after a major fire or water event never reopen post-disaster. The faster the mitigation process starts, the more chance the business has of surviving.

3. The Plan Is Set and Ready

All the necessary information is in one place, making it available to you and the professionals. This ensures that mitigation and restoration start immediately upon arrival. Your emergency profile will include emergency contact numbers and an emergency plan checklist. It’ll also include information that you may not even think about needing until a disaster occurs (e.g., utility valve shut-off locations and water and shut-off instructions). A complete overview of your property will point out emergency exits and illustrate evacuation routes. Your insurance information will also be outlined.

4. The Mobile App Makes It Convenient

SERVPRO’s ERP app puts all the information you need at your fingertips. It includes your entire ERP in addition to the contact information of your SERVPRO location; you can even contact them directly from the app.
Preparing for a disaster in Tempe, AZ is never wasted time. Setting up an emergency profile with the help of a professional will make sure that you have a plan in place, and the preparation is free.

Is Storm Damage The Same As Flooding?

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Broken window Broken window due to storm damage in Tempe, AZ
When it comes to commercial property insurance coverage, there are significant differences between storm damage and flood damage. General policies cover most damage caused by storms, but exclude flooding. Learn more about these two types of damage.

Damage Caused By Storms

Many storms come with weather conditions such as high winds, heavy rain or snow. Coastal locations may also be at risk for hurricanes and tropical storms, and tornadoes can pose a threat to inland areas. Regardless of the type of storm, a property may sustain several types of damage:

  • Broken windows
  • Hail damage
  • Roof leaks
  • Structural damage

Commercial property insurance should cover all of these forms of damage. A policyholder can increase the likelihood that an insurer will cover a claim by keeping detailed maintenance records and submitting photographs or video footage of the portion of a structure affected by a storm.

Damage Caused By Floods

The term "flood" is used to designate water that comes from outside. This may include several different sources:

  • Heavy rain
  • Rising bodies of water
  • Overflowing sewer mains

Most standard insurance policies exclude flood damage. Owners of property located on a flood plain should obtain a flood policy through the National Flood Insurance Program or a rider on a commercial property policy. Additional coverage will probably be necessary for sewer damage caused by a backup.

Covered Perils and Exclusions

Most forms of storm damage should be covered by a commercial property policy. Building owners should familiarize themselves with the terms and limits of this coverage to determine whether to take out supplemental policies or riders. Additional coverage will probably be necessary for cleaning up and remediating flood or sewer damage.

These are the main distinctions between storm and flood damage. A property insurance policy, flood policy, and endorsements can cover the costs of damage mitigation and restoration at a commercial building in Tempe, AZ.

5 Safe Alternatives to Liquid Drain Cleaners

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

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What Are Some Safe Alternatives to These Harsh Chemicals?

A clogged drain can not only be a big hassle at your building in Tempe, AZ, but it can also cause flooding if not handled properly. It might be tempting to buy a heavy-duty drain cleaner, but that’s usually not the best option; the chemicals that destroy clogs can also destroy pipes. So, what are some safe alternatives to these harsh chemicals?

1. Borax, Salt, and Vinegar

Mix ¼ cup of Borax, ¼ cup of salt and ½ cup of vinegar and pour the mixture into the drain. Then, pour boiling water into the drain. Give it an hour, and then rinse with water.

2. Dish Soap

Three tablespoons of liquid dish soap combined with two liters of boiling water is an easy remedy for grease clogs. The grease is returned to liquid and will then easily travel down the pipes.

3. Plunger

A plunger can often save the day when dealing with a clogged drain. A plunger is sometimes all it takes to clear a drain. Cup plungers work best on flat surfaces, such as tubs and sinks. Flange plungers are useful in toilets, tubs and sinks.

4. Coat Hanger

A wire coat hanger can be used to pull the clog out of the drain of a sink or tub. It’s especially helpful for clearing hair clogs. Straighten the hanger, and then use the hook end to extract the clog contents.

5. Snake

A toilet auger (aka a drain snake) can reduce your risk of having to deal with a sewage cleanup; it’s smaller than a plunger and gets directly to the source. Crank the handle to extend the cable into the drain. You can move the cable around until you feel that you’ve “hooked” some of the clog. Bring the end of the cable back to see if anything is attached. If not, try again or move it around to try to break up the clog. Then, try flushing the toilet.
Unclogging a drain can sometimes seem impossible. If your building sustains water damage from a clogged drain, be sure to call SERVPRO restoration professionals.

Mold Growth Lawsuits Against Property Managers

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold Growth Lawsuits Against Property Managers

Legal guidelines for landlords' mold exposure liability are often unclear, however, there are circumstances in which a landlord may be sued for damages. Because of the rise in mold insurance claims and lawsuits, many insurance companies have modified their policies to exclude coverage for mold damage. Because of this, it may be wise for property owners to familiarize themselves with their liability exposure and insurance coverage for mold risks.

Mold Risk Checklist

Because of the potential for mold claims or lawsuits, landlords may benefit from assessing their mold exposure risks. These items may be of benefit to review by property owners:

  • Insurance coverage for mold insurance claims
  • Tenants' responsibilities to report mold or water damage in their lease agreement
  • Maintenance schedule
  • Procedures for responding promptly to tenant reports of mold or water damage

Warranty of Habitability

Most states have laws that require landlords to maintain their properties in a "livable" condition. If landlords fail to properly maintain their property or to respond to reports of leaks and other moisture problems, they could be found liable for damages to a tenant's property from mold growth that results from that failure.

Liability for Mold Damage

If a tenant is asking for compensation due to mold damage, it may be wise to consult with an attorney in Tempe, AZ, to determine whether you are liable for the damage. In most cases, to be held liable, the tenant needs to prove that the landlord either knew about the problem or should have known. If you are found to be liable, you may be responsible for damages to the tenant's property and the cost of relocation if the rental is not habitable during the period mold remediation is being done.
Mold insurance claims have been on the rise in rental properties. For this reason, it may be wise for landlords to know their risks, responsibilities and insurance coverages for mold claims.

5 Essential Tips for Preparing Your Business for a Storm

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

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Five Important Ways to Prepare Your Business

Learning a storm is coming your way in Tempe, AZ can cause stress for any business owner. Flood water can create a hazardous situation for your employees and result in extensive damage to your building. Here are five important ways to prepare your business.

1. Create an Evacuation Plan

Your first priority when preparing for a storm should be to ensure the safety of your employees and anyone else who you might be in your building. Have an evacuation plan in place, set up maps around the building, and regularly practice the plan with managers and employees.

2. Backup Data

Make sure to back up all data somewhere offsite in case flood water damages hardware. It is also a good idea to invest in a cloud system so you can easily access important data from any location.

3. Designate Emergency Response Tasks

Determine what tasks need to be completed quickly if dealing with a flooded building and assign them to specific individuals or teams of people. Include these tasks in emergency drills and train people if necessary.

4. Choose a Restoration Company

If your building does experience any water damage, you will need to work with a storm damage restoration company to make any repairs and get back in business as soon as possible. Contact your insurance company to find out if you need to choose a specific company to receive coverage.

5. Protect Your Business

Do what you can to prevent damage from happening to your building. This can include investing in a backup power supply, placing sandbags around the property, removing debris, trimming trees, and replacing broken roof shingles.
While it might not be possible to predict every situation, your business will recover much more quickly if you take the proper steps to prepare for an upcoming storm. From making a plan to addressing any potential hazards, you can successfully minimize the amount of harm flood water can cause.

Is Your Business Prepared To Survive a Disaster?

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

Causes of business interruption Do you know whether you have business interruption insurance?

Surviving a business fire at your Tempe, AZ, commercial property goes well beyond getting the flames put out. Unfortunately, the work that remains to be done after firefighters have finished their work may prevent you from re-opening your doors for quite some time. When this happens, you need business interruption insurance to be sure your company can survive.

What Is Interruption Insurance?

Sometimes referred to as Consequential Loss insurance, this type of policy provides coverage that helps you survive without the income you'd normally receive during regular operations. Some of the most common items covered by this insurance include

  • Physical damages to your buildings and property
  • Damages to machinery and equipment
  • Non-physical damages, such as payroll and monthly debts

This type of insurance may also cover payments for the gross profits you would have received if you'd remained in open.

Don't Underestimate How Long Recovery Takes

One of the biggest mistakes business owners make when purchasing this type of insurance is underestimating how low it will take to recover. It is important to hire fire cleaning and reconstruction professionals who understand the importance of getting back to work as quickly as possible. However, it's reasonable to expect that you may not resume normal operations for several weeks or months, depending on the extent of the damages.

Give Yourself Time to Replace Damaged Items

In addition to recovering the physical aspects of your commercial buildings, you'll also face replacement of machinery, inventory, and other content. As you consider the impact of a fire on your business, be sure to factor in the time and expense it will take to replace the items of value within your buildings and on your property.

Is Your Business Protected?

Do you know whether you have business interruption insurance? Contact your insurance provider before you're affected by a business fire. Don't wait for disaster to strike to find out whether you have the coverage to keep your Tempe, AZ, business afloat while cleanup and recovery efforts are underway.

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.


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)

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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

What Homeowners Should Know About Rain and Mold Growth

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

A yellow curtain, ceiling with mold Mold growth on ceiling

How to Protect Your Home From Mold

Many homeowners don't associate black mold growth with rain. However, mold growth is a common issue that affects many homes in Tempe,AZ, especially after rain. To protect your home from mold, it can be useful to understand the association between rain and mold.

Where Does Mold Often Appear in Your Home After Rain?
After rain has fallen, mold can grow in a variety of locations in your home. However, some materials are more prone to mold growth than others. Mold can easily grow on the following materials after rain occurs:

  • Plywood
  • Drywall
  • Cloth
  • Ceiling tiles

Why Does Mold Grow in Your Home After Rain?

A moisture problem makes mold more likely to grow in a home, and a damaged roof frequently causes moisture levels to increase in the home after it has rained. Though there are various ways a roof can become damaged, dead limbs, large amounts of heavy snow or strong winds are common causes of roof damage. Often, it is easy for rainwater to leak into your home if your roof tiles are cracked, loose or missing. Many homeowners whose homes have been affected by black mold or other types of mold growth find it useful to employ mold remediation specialists to assist with the mold cleanup process.

How Can You Prevent Mold Growth After Rain?

Keeping all surfaces of your home clean can help to prevent mold from growing after rain occurs. However, simply keeping your home clean will not prevent mold entirely. Since a damaged roof is one of the primary reasons mold grows in homes after it rains, it's important for your home's roof to be secure and structurally sound. Having routine roof inspections can help to ensure that your roof is able to withstand storms, wind, rain and snow, which can ultimately help to prevent mold growth.

For homeowners, it's often wise to know what materials mold frequently grows on in homes after rain. Additionally, if you know why mold often grows in homes after rain falls, you can take steps to keep your roof well-maintained in order to prevent black mold and additional types of mold from growing in your home.

How Do You React When Your Home's Basement Floods?

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement in Tempe,AZ

Steps To Take After Your Home's Basement Becomes Flooded

When your basement in Tempe,AZ, floods, it can be easy to feel panicked. 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. However, 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.

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. Professionals 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 help you to feel calmer. It's often useful to quickly remove water from your basement, to turn off the electricity in your home, and to contact a restoration company.

Protecting Your Business From Partial Fire Loss

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to commercial building in Tempe, AZ

Fire damage can be devastating to your commercial building. Even if the blaze 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. The insurance company will assign their own adjuster to inspect the property, but the business owner should work with a number of other specialists, including:

  • Contractors and structural engineers
  • Plumbers and HVAC specialists
  • Air quality inspectors

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,AZ, 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.

Keeping Your Commercial Building Dry During a Storm

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Building envelope in Tempe,AZ

One of the best ways to minimize damage caused by water or black mold in your Tempe,AZ commercial space is to safeguard the building against leaks and other moisture problems before they occur. Regular maintenance of your building’s major defenses, while costly up front, will be more cost effective in the long run due to the expensive nature of repairing any type of damage. Proactively working to keep water out of your building during storms is one of the most efficient ways to protect your business.

Take Preventative Measures

The overall integrity of your commercial building should be defined by the sum of its parts. This is because weather and the elements, such as rain damage, can occur from a myriad of sources. A comprehensive effort to safeguard the space, known as a building envelope, ensures that equal attention and resources are invested into preventing water damage from all possible sources, including:

  • Leaks from the roof, walls, windows, doors, or other areas in which water is able to enter the building
  • Humidity and vapor that is not properly ventilated through the space
  • Improper or inefficient drainage systems in and around the building

Maintain Your Systems

Rain damage is one of the most common causes of mold and other problems, and is also the most difficult for your building envelope to prevent. You can help the situation by installing and regularly maintaining a comprehensive drainage system. Drainage can also include surfaces and gutters that slope away from the building. Ensure all high risk areas such as windows and doors are protected by proper sealants, and consider installing overhangs and other screens that divert water away. Whenever in doubt, always consult an expert specializing in the prevention and cleanup process of rain damage. Proactive work to prevent water damage will help protect your business during a storm while potentially saving you a fortune in cleaning and repair costs.

Spores 101: An Introduction to Mold

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Basement with mold

Owning commercial property in Tempe,AZ, can be very rewarding, but it's not without its challenges. Chief amongst them is the potential for mold. From mildew to black mold, here's an overview of every property manager's least favorite fungus.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that develops from spores. These itsy-bitsy spores travel through the air and set up shop on organic matter around your building, including the dead skin cells humans leave just about everywhere. The damper and warmer the area, the more enticing it is to mold, so it's commonly found in the following areas:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Basements

In short, any area of your building that has a moisture problem or has experienced water damage may be prone to mold growth.

What Are the Different Types of Mold?

All mold isn't created equal. Mildew, for example, is a very common type of mold that's commonly found in bathrooms. It takes the shape of small, black spores, and it's usually easy to clean up with a commercially available cleaner or a 2:1 mix of white vinegar and water.

Another type of mold that’s commonly found in commercial buildings is black mold. This is actually a catch-all term for a variety of different strains of mold, some of which will provoke a response in humans, some of which won't. All of them should be treated promptly by a mold cleanup company that has the expertise and equipment to rid your location of mold once and for all.

How Can I Tell If I Have Mold?

Visible mold usually looks like dark spots. Picture a spray of ink, for example, or a dusting of chocolate cookie crumbs.

You may smell mold before you can see it, however, given its affinity for out-of-the-way places. It's usually identified by an odor that can be described as musty, damp, or woodsy.

Knowledge is power when it comes to mildew and black mold. If you think you have mold growth at your commercial property, the smartest course of action is often to contact a professional mold remediation company that can return your building to normal as soon and as safely as possible.

How To Remove Smoke Odor From Your Home

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

Thermal fogger

Whether you’ve experience a small home fire, had a smoky fireplace, or another issue that caused your home to endure smoke damage in Tempe,AZ, effective smoke cleaning can be very difficult to fully remove the smell and get your home back to the way it was, “Like it never even happened”. It often requires using advanced techniques or equipment that many fire remediation companies have.

Air Filtration Devices

The first thing that can be done for smoke cleaning is to use an air filtration device to completely filter all the air in your home and make it safe to breathe again. Some filter options include:

  • True HEPA Filter: High Efficiency Particulate Arresting is the highest quality air filter available and is certified to remove 99.97% of all particles down to 0.3 microns in size.
  • Activated Carbon Filter: Often used along with a HEPA filter, this is most useful in removing gases, chemicals, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
  • Ionizer: Using electricity, an ionizer emits negative ions which causes airborne particles to collect into the air filter or onto the floor or walls. This can reduce allergens in the air to as small as 0.1 microns.

Ozone Machines

Ozone machines can be plugged in anywhere and release ozone into the air. The oxidation that occurs changes the chemical structure of smoke, other odors, and even bacteria, viruses, mold, and more. After a few hours, the smell is usually completely removed from the room.

Thermal Foggers

Using this type of equipment, a deodorizer is heated and sprayed in fog form. Because of this delivery method, it is able to penetrate very small areas and is incredibly effective in eliminating even the most stubborn odors.
Individuals living in the home that have a compromised immune system, young children, and the elderly can be very sensitive to smoke. There are many options on the market to clean smoke smell from your home., but if you’re not ready to purchase new equipment for smoke cleaning, most fire restoration companies are well equipped. An expert can remove the smoke odor from your home, to the degree that you’ll forget it was ever even there.

How a Security Fence Can Protect Your Business After a Fire

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire loss in a Tempe, AZ building

In the unfortunate event of a fire, you want to do everything you can to protect your business in Tempe,AZ, from further damage. Installing a security fence can help keep your building safe from various types of harm in the aftermath of a fire. Below are some key benefits of having protective fencing installed on your commercial building’s property.

Keeps Building and Property Clean

After a fire, some visitors might attempt to help out during the recovery process. While they may have good intentions, allowing them to step onto your property or into your building can create additional damage. Some ways people could cause further harm include:

  • Bringing dirty water into building
  • Spreading soot particles throughout property
  • Bringing traces of smoke into building

These factors can aggravate the damage already caused by the fire and make the recovery process more difficult. Having a fence surrounding your property helps to prevent this behavior from occurring.

Alerts Visitors

When you have a security fence preventing access to your building, it can thwart intruders and other unwanted visitors. Some people may see your damaged building as an indication that no one is inside and use that as an opportunity to vandalize the property or steal valuable items. Fencing also tells your employees that they aren’t yet permitted to enter the building in case they wish to check the condition of their personal belongings.

Helps Support Insurance Claim

If you plan to make an insurance claim for fire damage, your policy will likely require you to take reasonable measures to protect your property from additional damage. Having a protective fence installed is an effective way to prevent further harm, and it shows your insurance company that you’ve made an effort to keep your property safe.
When your commercial building is guarded by a security fence, you can be one step closer towards a full recovery. Be sure to have a fire restoration specialist assess your property to ensure that all damage is properly taken care of.

3 Ways To Maintain Your Home's Sump Pump

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Your home sump pump can help prevent flooding in the basement of your home in Tempe, AZ

Ways You Can Maintain Your Home's Pump

Your home's sump pump can help to prevent flooding in the basement or crawlspace of your home in Tempe,AZ. However, without pump maintenance, your pump may not work effectively. Fortunately, there are various ways you can help to maintain your home's pump.

1. Visually Inspect the Pump

Inspecting your pump can allow you to notice potential issues that are often easy to fix, such as your pump being unplugged or leaks. It can be easy for your pump to become unplugged from an outlet, and an unplugged pump cannot divert water out of your crawlspace or basement. Plugging your pump back in is a simple, quick solution. An unnoticed leak can also cause water damage to your home, and in order to rectify the issue, you may find it useful to contact emergency restoration services. However, quickly noticing a leak and contacting a plumber to fix the issue can help to prevent water damage.

2. Test the Pump

Regularly testing your pump is often an important part of pump maintenance. However, many homeowners are unsure of how to test their home's sump pump. In order to see if your pump is working, you can pour a small amount of water into the sump pit. If your pump is working, water should be drained from the area; if your pump isn't working, the pump may not turn on and remove the water.

3. Invest in Backup Supplies

Pumps that use batteries should have their batteries replaced once a year, though in some cases, you may need to replace the battery to your pump more frequently. It's helpful to have a battery ready in case of an emergency. Additionally, you might want to consider having a backup pump. During storms with heavy rain, a backup pump can be useful if there is a power outage or if your pump struggles to handle a large amount of water.

Knowing how to keep your sump pump working optimally can help to protect your home from flood damage. Inspecting the pump, performing regular tests and investing in backup supplies can help to ensure your pump can help to prevent flooding in your home.

Three Reasons To Repair Water Damage Quickly

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Removing water from a large building

3 Reasons to Schedule Water Clean Up and Repair the Damage

Water damage can be disastrous, and if a flood occurs at a commercial building in Tempe,AZ, it is very important to repair the damage as quickly as possible. Here are three reasons why it is imperative to schedule water clean up and repair the damage soon after a flood.

1. Every Moment Counts

When a flood occurs, act right away to salvage items and prevent further damage to a building. If a flood is caused by a broken pipe in an office, for instance, turning off the water supply immediately can be a great step to take. It may also be beneficial to quickly call professionals who handle water clean up and restoration services. The longer that flood water remains in a commercial building, the higher the chances are for mold and/or secondary damage to develop. Swiftly repairing the broken pipe (or the cause of the flood) and removing the water can prevent additional problems at the property.

2. Keep Costs Down by Acting Quickly

Water damage can create a costly situation at a commercial structure. If the damage has occurred at an office, these costs could quickly add up because employees may not be able to access the building until renovations are complete. This could mean a loss in revenue for a business owner, and this is another reason why it may be crucial to handle the damage at once.

3. Inspect the Building To Prevent Future Damage

Soon after a flood, whether it is caused by a natural disaster, a broken pipe, or due to some other reason, schedule an inspection of the entire building. There may be areas of the structure that need significant repairs to help prevent future water damage. If a flood occurs once, it could happen again. Inspecting the building with professionals may help avoid another disaster.
Dealing with a flood and water clean up promptly is critical. Doing so may help repair and restore the commercial building quickly “Like it never even happened.”

How to Save Water Damaged Items

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Drying up affected area in a Tempe, AZ home

Tips to Help Save Your Property from Water Damage

Whether it’s from a pipe, a leaky roof or a flood, water in home environments can be difficult to deal with. Not only can the structure of your house be affected, but your belongings may be as well. If you don’t handle these items properly, you could make matters worse. If you have water damage in your Tempe,AZ, home, using the following steps may help save your property.

1. Clean and Sanitize
If the water has come from a broken pipe, then you may not be too concerned about sanitizing your items, since this water will generally be clean. However, in cases of floods or storms, this is a very important step. Black water from a flood carries many contaminants with it, including harmful bacteria and sewage waste. Because coming into contact with this water can be hazardous, it is a good idea to hire a professional service to remove it from your home.

2. Wash Clothing and Soft Objects
For smaller items such as clothing or stuffed toys, a run through the washing machine and dryer may return them to their previous condition. Do not allow them to sit or you risk a fungal growth, as porous objects easily hold mold spores and moisture. If you have products that cannot be put in the wash, dry cleaning is an option as well. This process uses a chemical solvent to clean materials.

3. Allow Wet Items to Dry
Once your items are cleaned, they should be allowed to dry thoroughly. If all of the water in your home has not yet been removed, you should consider relocating your belongings. If your home has multiple levels, you may want to move wet items to a higher floor. For those where sun damage is not a concern, bringing them outside may help them to dry more quickly.

No matter where the water in your home has come from, you should act quickly to prevent long-term damage to both the building and your belongings. A water restoration company can perform necessary repairs as well as cleanup.

3 Ways to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Bathroom

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Clean your bathroom at least once a week

3 Ways to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Bathroom

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 Swamp Cooler

Mold loves moisture, and bathrooms are typically the moistest room in a home. Swamp 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.

4 Tips for Removing Cigarette Smoke From Your Home

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

An air purifier is a useful tool for getting rid of bad odors in your home for good

Four Tips to Help You Start the Home Deodorization Process

Whether you are a smoker yourself or you’ve recently moved into a home that has a lingering smoke smell, you surely don’t want to smell smoke in your home in Tempe,AZ. Since odors from cigarette smoke penetrate surfaces in your home and is naturally resilient to cleaning, you will need to use a variety of methods to completely remove the smell. Here are four tips to help you start the home deodorization process.

1. Lay Out Natural Deodorizers

While home remedies might not be effective at tackling an extensive smoke odor problem, they can help remove the smell of smoke over time or after smoke has just entered your home. Here a few natural deodorizers you can try:

• Charcoal
• Baking soda
• Vinegar
• Coffee grounds
• Vanilla Extract

2. Thoroughly Clean All Surfaces

Since smoke can quickly penetrate your walls, carpets, furniture, and clothes, you will need to thoroughly clean every surface of your home as part of the home deodorization process. This includes cleaning all laundry and linens, steam cleaning and deodorizing your carpet, and cleaning hard surfaces with vinegar and water.

3. Let Odorous Air Exit Your Home

While opening a window won’t make the smell of smoke go away on its own, it will help let out some of the odorous air. You should keep windows open throughout your home to promote circulation while you’re cleaning.

4. Use an Air Purifier

An air purifier is a useful tool for getting rid of bad odors in your home for good. These purifiers work by using a filter to remove odorous particles from the air, clean them, and then releasing the clean air back into the room.

While these home deodorization methods can be very useful in ridding cigarette smoke from your home, they won’t work for everyone. If nothing you do seems to eliminate the smell, get the help of smoke cleaning specialists to make your home smell fresh and clean.

How To Prepare Your Business for High Winds

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

Broken windows can allow debris and water to get inside your property

Preparing Your Business for Hurricanes and High Winds

Hurricane damage can devastate a business in Tempe,AZ, especially if there is little preparation done before the hurricane occurs. By preparing your business for hurricanes and high winds, you can help to prevent your business from sustaining damage.

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, however, 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 hurricane 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 or hurricane, 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 hurricane 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 your business for a hurricane with high winds.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Property Managers

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are defined by violent winds often in excess of 74 mph, these weather occurrences can cause property damage that takes months to repair.

Going through a hurricane can bring untold stress. That’s even truer if you’re managing a property. With multiple renters come multiple potential problems, any of which could carry the risk of liability. Don’t wait until the last minute. Use these hurricane preparedness tips to prepare your Tempe,AZ, property and enter storm season confident you’ll suffer little hurricane damage.

Hurricane Season Risks

A hurricane is best described as a storm on steroids. Defined by violent winds often in excess of 74 mph, these weather occurrences can cause property damage that takes months to repair. Damage can include:

  • Floodwaters moving across the ground
  • Mudslides due to excessive ground moisture
  • Tornadoes triggered by the original storm

If your property is located in a hurricane-prone area, it’s important that you prepare for these potential impacts.

Make a Storm Plan

If you own a multi-family property, a comprehensive storm preparation plan is a must. Make sure your strategy covers evacuation plans, emergency contacts and hurricane damage relief information. Create a hurricane-preparedness team tasked with updating and communicating your plan to residents.

Secure Your Property

During high winds, just about anything can become a projectile. It’s important to secure items in advance to prevent serious damages. Survey the property in advance of the storm to identify items like large trash bins that could be lifted in a storm. If the item can’t be secured, store it inside.

Make a Preparedness Kit

Don’t forget your staff when preparing for a hurricane. Make and store kits in portable containers that can allow your staff to tend to emergencies that may occur just before or during a storm. Be sure to include staples like a flashlight, extra batteries, drinking water and a first aid kit.

Hurricane damage is nothing to sneeze at. The flooding and high winds can be a property management nightmare. Don’t risk it. Use these tips as a starting point for hurricane preparedness and enter the storm season secure.

Essential Steps To Creating a Business Continuity Plan

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

The continuity business plan identifies ways to keep your business running even if you can’t work in your building.

If a disaster hits your office and affects your business, you worry about the safety and welfare of your staff. Your second concern should be for your company’s operations and whether they can move forward following an emergency. If an incident disrupts your daily activities, it could impact your bottom line. This is where a business continuity plan comes into play. This strategy can protect your finances and keep things running after a major concern.

Why Create the Plan

Hopefully, you have insurance coverage to help with the costs of damage cleanup and restoration. Unfortunately, your insurance may not cover everything. Plus, the loss of revenue due to downtime could hinder revenue and profits.

• The plan identifies ways to keep your business running even if you can’t work in your Tempe,AZ, building.
• The plan discusses ways to preserve and continue to use electronic equipment such as servers.
• The plan talks about ways to repair and salvage documents and equipment.

Analyze the Business Impact

This important step in the emergency response plan identifies every role and step in your business and what needs to happen to support these. Some functions and processes can continue in spite of a disaster. Perhaps some employees can work from home, or maybe there can be some other onsite work.

Explore Recovery Options

This is a good place to figure out how you can make necessary repairs to your workplace and how you can restore essential materials and items from your building. In this portion of the business continuity plan, you should hire a disaster mitigation company to clean documents, electronics and other affected materials.

Test and Implement

If the real thing occurs, you don’t want to be caught off guard. You may have a business continuity plan, but it’s important to conduct orientation exercises and training for your employees so the implementation of it can be successful.

You can’t always avoid disasters and emergencies. However, you can be prepared to react to them and keep your business moving with an effective plan.

3 Reasons Mold Can Lead to Lawsuits

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Please contact your insurance agent to know if you are covered.

Three Main Reasons On How Mold Can Lead To Lawsuits

Commercial property owners are often subject to lawsuits when mold is found in their buildings. Many mold insurance claims are filed under liability when employees or tenants sue for damages that occur as the result of mold in the place where they work or reside. There are three main reasons building managers in Tempe,AZ, are subjected to lawsuits when their buildings have a fungus infestation.

1. Improper Maintenance

Mold remediation services are often needed after another problem has already happened. That is, the mold is the secondary damage, whereas something such as water damage caused by a slowly leaking pipe or a flood is the source of the problem. Tenants in the building may sue the landlord for neglecting to take care of those maintenance issues in a timely manner.

2. Uninhabitable Space

A building manager has a contractual obligation to provide a safe place for tenants to live or work. Many tenants who have to file mold insurance claims view the existence of fungus growth as the manager’s failure to live up to that part of their agreement. If tenants cannot inhabit the space or if office space cannot be used as it was intended, those bringing the lawsuit against the manager may have a good case.

3. Property Damage

Your property insurance for your commercial holdings may cover a wide variety of problems. When an accident occurs, it’s good to know that you have a policy that can help relieve some of the costs for which you are responsible. If a tenant’s property is damaged by a mold issue in your building, you may have to file a mold claim with your insurance company to compensate the tenant for the loss.

Mold in your commercial property affects not only you but everyone who spends any length of time in the building. Prevention or quick mitigation can save you the trouble of mold insurance claims as well as a related lawsuit.

What to do after flooding in your building?

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment that can remove large amounts of water in very little time.Call SERVPRO of North Tempe and get the job done right the first time

Extensive flooding can cause issues for the office or building that has been affected. 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.

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.

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 and get the job done right the first time.

How to choose a good company for commercial water cleanup

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Tempe has the experience and team available to help you 24/7, 365 days a year.

Selecting a Water Damage Restoration company after a flood or heavy storm is a critical decision you will have to make. It is important to make sure that you ask, good questions and select a qualified company to help you in your time of need.

Make sure that the company has a solid background in the industry and the right equipment to get the job done correctly. Don’t be afraid to check references and reviews online to make sure that they are the right company to assist you. 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 at anytime. They have the experience and team available to help you 24/7, 365 days a year.

Are you prepared for unexpected damages in your business

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of North Tempe, we work many large commercial projects for companies that could have minimized or prevented damages if they were more prepared. We wanted to share some insight on how you can better prepare your building and assets for your business.

First, it is important to make sure that you know all of your emergency contact numbers. This is everything from your local fire department, city water, restoration company, and more. These phone calls to get the right person on site as soon as possible can be the difference from a small and large damage situation.

Second, it is important to make sure all of your shut off valves are documented and mapped out throughout your facility. Know where and how to shut off water, and power can be a major asset in a disaster.

Third, is to make sure you train your team and employees to know simple things that can prevent major damaging from happening. If a toilet is overflowing and running, just knowing how to shut the basic water off can save you thousands of dollars.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at anytime. We have team members standing by 24/7.

Do homes in Tempe, Arizona get storm damage?

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

In Arizona the weather is typically perfect year round. But every once in a while we get storms that can cause significant damage to your home or property. SERVPRO of North Tempe is always available to help remove water and get your home back to pre loss condition.

If you think you have storm damage, you first need to call SERVPRO and get someone on site immediately. In many cases, assessing the damage early can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. SERVPRO of North Tempe has the equipment and manpower to handle any size loss. They make sure that each part of the process is well documented with detailed notes and photographs.

Many projects, you might have questions along the way. SERVPRO wants you to be comfortable with being able to ask any questions. In any loss it is critical to make sure that you have all of your questions answered.

Sometimes secondary damage can occur from storms, that might take awhile to discover. If microbial growth starts to happen, SERVPRO is trained and experienced to help mitigate and remove the mold from your property.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us at anytime. We have team members available day and night.

What to do after storm damage in Tempe, AZ

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

After a storm, your property can experience 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, has the experience and team in place to make sure that your home can be fixed back to pre loss condition. Our team has many members that are IICRC certified and can handle your project from start to finish.

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.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at anytime. Our team is available 24/7 to respond and help.

Mitigating a water damage loss after a storm

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

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 you are taken care of.

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.

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 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.

Flooding after Wildfires - What do you need to know?

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

There are a lot of natural disasters that can affect the Tempe, AZ, area. Wildfires are common and can cause your home to be a high risk of flooding. Here are the reasons why flooding can happen after a wildfire

  1. No more plants

When there are no more plants the water can move very quickly over the ground. The quickness of the water causes flash flooding in the Tempe area. A home can then be flooded because of the fast moving water.

  1. Hardened surface

The dirt from the wildfire is now mixed with ash and will not absorb water easily. The water stays on the surface and floods the surrounding areas.

The area where a wildfire had been will take a couple of seasons to recoup vegetation and topsoil. Being aware of flash floods will keep you and your home safe. Call your insurance agent to see if flood insurance is a good choice for your Tempe, AZ, home.

Who is the best company to handle storm damage in Tempe, AZ

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

There are a few characteristics to keep in mind when choosing a Mitigation Company to handle your storm damage property. The right company can save you and your insurance company money.

  1. 24 hour response - Your home or business will continue to cost you money the longer it takes for a mitigation company to start the cleanup process. 24 hour response means arriving quickly and starting the cleanup work before it costs too much.
  2. Vendor Program Discounts - SERVPRO of North Tempe is a Preferred Vendor for almost all the major insurance companies. These companies send us work because they receive a discount. A discount to your insurance company keeps your premium costs lower.
  3. Background Checks - All our employees are thoroughly background checked. We understand the need for security when it comes to companies servicing your home. We employ certified technicians who are honest and have a proven and clean record.

These three company characteristics is what makes SERVPRO of North Tempe the best choice when choosing restoration company after your property is damaged from storms and flooding.

How a Disaster Recovery Team Will Respond to Your Building After a Storm

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can respond to urgent needs quickly

As a business leader, you have more concerns than the profitability and growth of your company. You’re in charge of the well-being of your employees while they’re at work, and you also have concerns about the state of your building. If a large storm or other incident threatens your safety and the integrity of the facility, you need a reliable disaster recovery team to respond and handle any damage.

Why Call the Pros?

Not just any crew will do the trick when you need immediate assistance and storm response. The best cleanup companies will stand out with their excellent service and capabilities.

  • Professionals can respond to urgent needs quickly.
  • Professionals are equipped to take care of jobs of all sizes.
  • Professionals have a well-trained staff.
  • Professionals have top-of-the-line equipment and techniques.
  • Professionals have the support of the parent organization.

Ready for the Call

Sometimes, you can anticipate storm damage in your Tempe,AZ, office, but often, these disasters come by surprise. The nice thing about the top cleanup and restoration teams is that they are available 24/7 and can come to your office in a moment’s notice. The best companies won’t shy away from extensive projects, either. These professionals won’t put you off even if your needs are seemingly small.

The Right Stuff

You only want highly regarded professionals to tackle your disaster recovery project. These experts not only bring a skilled group of technicians to evaluate the damage, clean up affected areas and rebuild where necessary, but they also use up-to-date equipment and industry-proven methods.

All the Resources They Need

A local cleanup team can take care of storm damage, even in the most widespread circumstances. This is because the group can call upon the nationally based home office for additional supplies and technicians to ensure they complete the job thoroughly.

It should be obvious why a top disaster recovery team will be your best resource following a storm. You’ll have confidence that you can return to a safe office when you call upon the pros.


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