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

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

IICRC Certified Firms must

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

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

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

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

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

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.

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

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

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

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

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

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Is it safe to stay in the house?

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

Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful.

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

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

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

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

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

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

3 Easy Ways to Cut Candle Fire Risk

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Lit candle in a waz warmer 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 t

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.

After a Fire, Both Your Home and Possessions Can Be Restored

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

Personal computer burnt A burned computer in Tempe,AZ

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.

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.

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.