Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm-Damaged Businesses in North Tempe?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy rain is falling. We restore storm-damaged buildings in Maricopa County.

The beginning of March brought unexpected and welcomed rain and hail to Tempe and other parts of Southern Arizona. Our North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley teams responded to several storm damage emergencies in the Tempe area involving roof leaks and other forms of water intrusion. Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute for preventing storm damage:

Exterior Inspection and Repair

Water can be prevented from entering a structure’s exterior through routine inspection and maintenance and making repairs as needed.

  • Caulk and seal windows
  • Inspect the roof for missing and aging shingles
  • Check rain gutters and drainage systems and remove any debris
  • Check downspouts and clear any clogs and make sure they are draining away from the structure
  • Check sprinkler systems and make sure the sprinklers are not spraying water onto the structure and that water is not pooling around the structure’s foundation
    • Make sure water drains away from the building.Water is invasive and will quickly find its way into a structure when water is allowed to pool around the foundation. After a storm, or when the ground is saturated by rainwater, the water may enter the foundation wall through any cracks.

Call Us!

You never know when a surprise storm will break out and damage your business or home, but when it does, you can rely on our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

"Haboob" Dust Storm Sweeps Across Paradise Valley?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

A dust storm sweeps across the Arizona landscape. We clean and restore properties damaged by haboobs in Maricopa County.

Our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley restores storm-damaged properties in Paradise Valley each year. According to The Arizona Emergency Network (AEN), strong winds produced by thunderstorms can blow loose sand and dirt from the ground, causing these large walls of dust and debris, or dust storms. These dust storms, or "haboobs," are unexpected and can happen any time of the year in Arizona. These haboobs can be miles long and thousands of feet high. Dust storms can reduce visibility to near zero in seconds, often causing deadly car crashes.

The AEN urges residents to become familiar with these terms to help identify a dust storm hazard:

Dust Storm Watch

This tells you when and where dust storms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Dust Storm Warning

It is issued when visibility is 1/2 mile or less due to blowing dust or sand and wind speeds of 30 miles an hour or more.

Call Us Today!

When your Paradise Valley home or commercial business has storm damage, our local teams in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Upward Striking Lightning in Tempe?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning covers the desert sky. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

On a visit to Tempe one summer, I watched an intense thunderstorm with lightning, and I remember staying up all night watching the lightning from my hotel window. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East responds to storm damage emergencies every year, and we want everyone to be safe around lightning. Here is some information about lightning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

  • Upward striking lightning is possible but extremely rare, but high-speed cameras have shown upward lightning flashes to be more common than previously thought
  • Lightning’s unpredictability increases the risk to individuals and property
  • Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as ten miles away from any rainfall
  • “Heat lightning” is lightning from a thunderstorm too far away from thunder to be heard. However, the storm may be moving in your direction.
  • Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months during the afternoon and evening
  • Lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge and should be attended to immediately. Most people struck by lightning are not killed but are injured significantly.
  • Your chances of being struck by lightning are estimated to be 1 in 600,000 but could be reduced even further by following safety precautions 

Call Us!

When your Tempe home or business has storm damage, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s technicians are Here to Help. ® We typically arrive within four hours of your call. Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Preparedness for Tempe?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

A survival kit is sitting on a table. Storms can be unpredictable in Maricopa County.

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East wants everyone to be prepared to weather the storm and offers this helpful information from the American Red Cross for building a survival kit:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight 
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries 
  • Deluxe family first aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash

The City of Tempe offers this information on other things you can do to prepare for flash flooding:

  • Trim trees, so they are away from windows and roofs
  • Inspect and clear your roof drainage system and flat roofs
  • Clear debris from street gutters near your property to help prevent street flooding
  • Unplug expensive electronics, install power protection devices
  • Don’t apply fertilizers or other outdoor chemicals before a storm
  • Secure loose outdoor furniture
  • Use sandbags to prevent flooding; info on free sandbags at tempe.gov/monsoons
  • Have an evacuation plan

Call Us Today!

When your Tempe home or commercial business has a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Severe Winter Flood in Tempe?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

A flooded street is blocked off. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

In 1993, severe winter floods affected much of Arizona. The National Weather Service reported that several storms caused extensive damage from January to March. In Tempe, the Salt River flooded, and property and crops were damaged. Record flows were established on at least 17 streams, including the Salt and Verde Rivers and Oak Creek.

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East has been restoring storm damage in Tempe for many years. When your home experiences storm damage, every minute counts, as fast action can minimize the potential for secondary damage in many cases. We follow the one-four-eight-hour rule, meaning:

One hour: we will respond to your call within one hour or less

Four hours: we will be onsite within four hours of your call

Eight hours: we will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours of your call

In flooding situations, water can cause damage very quickly.

  • 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

Call Us!

Storm damage can happen at any time of the day or night. When your Tempe home or commercial business has a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Restoration Services in Tempe?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

A stormy sky is shown. We restore storm damage quickly and efficiently in Maricopa County.

Our customers say it all!

Every minute counts when responding to storm damage, as secondary damage can occur if the damage is not mitigated quickly. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year. Our technicians typically respond to storm and flooding emergencies within four hours of your call. Here is a Google review from a recent storm damage customer:

“We would like to compliment the crew that was dispatched to my place for the mitigation of the flooding inside from the recent bad storms. They were all courteous and professional. They arrived when they said, communicated very well with what they were going to do and what was going to happen. All the crew treated us and my property with respect as if they were family. This was much appreciated during this very disturbing, stressful event. Liaan, Francisco P, Francisco G, Chester, and Kenny were fantastic to deal with, and the work they did far exceeded our expectations. Thank you all again.” Susan G.

Call Us Today!

When you need storm or flooding damage services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Our team of highly trained restoration technicians will clean and restore your storm damage in Tempe, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Disaster Recovery Team in Tempe?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency vehicles are responding to a disaster. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

Flash flooding and other forms of storm damage happen in Tempe at different times of the year. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the restoration industry.

No matter how big the job is, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East can handle it! That’s because we are part of a national network of over 1700 franchises in the United States. Our emergency vehicles are stocked full of equipment and are on standby in the event of a disaster.

Disaster Recovery Team

As part of a nationwide network of over 1700 SERVPRO franchises, we have access to disaster recovery teams that can mobilize quickly to respond to any size emergency or disaster. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2021 Big Texas Freeze
  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s team of highly trained restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve Tempe residents and commercial businesses with storm damage. When you need help with storm damage, call us at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooding in Tempe?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Water is shown overflowing a roadway. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

Flash flood warnings were in effect for parts of Maricopa County in August. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East wants everyone to be safe in flooding situations and offer these tips from the Arizona Emergency Information Network:

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately
  • Listen to the Emergency Alert System, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions
  • Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings, such as rain clouds or heavy rain.  Move immediately to higher ground.
  • Do not walk through moving water. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  •  Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
    • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water
  •  Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers, or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions
  • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary.

Call Us Today!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your Tempe home or business, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flash Flooding in Tempe?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

A flash flood is shown in Arizona. We respond to storm damage emergencies in Maricopa County 24-hours a day.

Last month, Tempe and other parts of Maricopa County were under a flash flood watch. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East responds to storm damage emergencies in Tempe and offer this information about flash flood watches, flash flood warnings, and flood watches from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

Flood Watch

  • Be Prepared. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

  • Take action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flash Flood Warning

  • Take action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood-prone area, move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

Call Us Today!

When your Tempe home or commercial business needs storm restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooding in Tempe?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

A storm drain is shown emptying flood water into a drainage area. We are trusted leaders in emergency storm damage mitigation in Maricopa County.

Flood Preparedness Tips 

The City of Tempe’s website has a whole section on floodplain management and is enforcing floodplain management ordinances to reduce future flood damage. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East has a team of storm mitigation technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to flood damage emergencies in Tempe. Here are some tips from the City of Tempe to prepare your home and streets for a flood: 

Prepare Your Home 

  • Trim trees so they are away from windows and roofs 
  • Clear debris from your roof drainage system, including gutters and downspouts 
  • Pre-treat pools with a chlorine shock to help prevent algae growth. 
  • Do not 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 

Keep Storm Drains Clear of Debris 

The flooding of streets, sidewalks, and homes can be much worse if the city's storm drains are blocked by debris. This can be prevented by disposing of yard waste in trash receptacles. If excessive amounts of debris are collecting near a storm drain, call 480-350-4311.

Call Us! 

When your home or business experiences a storm damage emergency of any size, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East is Here to Help.® Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll mitigate and remediate your storm damage in Tempe, “Like it never even happened.” 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated. 

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

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

If you have storm damage in Tempe, don't try to deal with it alone. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000


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

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


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


Within Minutes


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


Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.


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


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


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


About SERVPRO of North Tempe


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


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


Shut off the water valve

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


Appliances and more

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


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


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

Tempe Storm Damage Can Harm Your Business

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

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

Tempe 24 Hour Emergency Storm Damage Service


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

1. Protect Windows

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

2. Ensure Important Documents Are Safe

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

3. Inspect the Exterior of Your Business

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

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

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


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

Storm damage And Your Commercial Property

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Tempe Is Ready Help After The Storm

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

Acquire Flood Insurance and Maintain the Building

Not all regular insurance policies in Tempe, include flood protection. Examine your policy to see what it covers and determine if flooding is likely enough to purchase flood damage insurance.


It is also important to assess the state of the building’s exterior and make repairs as needed. Make sure all gutters, downspouts and other drainage systems are fully functioning and clear.


Move Furniture and Equipment

If you are informed ahead of time about significant flooding, move furniture and sensitive equipment away from potential flooding areas.


Utilize Sandbags or Urethane Foam

To ensure water does not enter into the building through cracks such as around doors, you can utilize sandbags to anchor plastic sheeting onto each door. Use duct tape to keep the plastic attached to the door and wall and extend the plastic sheet to the ground in front of the door. Pile sandbags in the same pattern that bricks are laid, out past the edges of the door, in three or four layers.


Urethane spray foam can be found in many hardware stores and can be sprayed in the cracks around the bottom of each door or other openings such as low dryer vents, about two to three feet high. A putty knife can be used to remove it later. This could leave residual damage when removing it, but this would likely be less damaging than a foot of flood water sitting inside the building.


Protect Your Tempe Business

Being fully prepared for a major flood can save you a lot of headache, time and financing after a flood. If you have experienced storm damage, a flood restoration company can clean up and restore any building while installing systems that help to prevent future damage.


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

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


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

Flooding Damage From Storms Can Be An Issue Throughout Tempe

3/22/2021 (Permalink)


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


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

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


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

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


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


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

Storm Damage In Tempe Requires Professional Response

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

Experience And Training

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

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

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

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


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


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

If You Have Storm Damage Know How To Select The Right Company For Help

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a restoration company to handle storm damage on your 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 of our employees are subject to thorough background checks. 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 are just a few of the things that make SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 the best choice when choosing restoration company after your property is damaged from storms and flooding.

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 will be quick to assist you in your time of need and get the help you need to your property. 

Make Sure Your Home Is Ready Before The Storm

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Tempe is ready to help you recover from storm damage call our team, anytime 24/7 - (480) 456-0000.

When storms roll through Tempe, there can be significant damage. Know how to get ready and who to call. SERVPRO of North Tempe is ready to help you recover from storm damage. 
We work with your insurance.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO of North Tempe can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. 
Checking off the following tasks, including gutter cleaning and water pipe repair, before a storm can ease your.
Inspect
A good way to protect your home is to make sure everything is in working order. While you are planning what to pack, you should also walk through and inspect the areas where water can invade your home: 
Are hoses and supply lines to appliances such as washing machines and ice-makers free of visible damage? 
Are pipes under the sinks leak-free?
Are windows sealed against outside leaks?
Is the water heater free of rust and cracks?
Does the sump pump operate properly?
Are pipes well-insulated against freezing temperatures?  Take the time before you leave to fix any problems. Preliminary water pipe repair keeps you from coming home to a mess.  Clean  Many homeowners return home to find that their houses are flooded due to clogs. Make sure rain gutters and downspouts are clear of debris. Clear out your sump pump so that it runs efficiently, if needed. Regular inspection of sewer lines lets you know if you need repairs before you leave to keep those pipes clear.  Delegate  Despite your best preparation, a broken pipe can still cause damage when you aren't home. It's smart to have trusted neighbors check on your home while you are on vacation. Make sure they know how to turn off the water main and which water remediation specialists to call if a problem happens. If no one is available to watch your home, it's best to turn off the water main before you leave. 
Highly trained specialists are ready to respond quickly to your storm damage emergency. 
Our technician team understands the emphasis on priority responding, and making sure your property is well taken care of. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call our team, anytime 24/7 (480) 456-0000.

What To Do If You Suspect Water Damage After A Storm

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

You have many responsibilities for maintaining your home in Tempe, AZ, and inspecting your home after a storm can be the one of the most important. Checking for water damage and mold after a storm is critical. Understanding mold and how it can grow in you home can save you time and money.  1. Mold spores are everywhere.
Most people store their bread in a plastic bag, yet mold will still grow thanks to the fact that spores are lightweight and travel through the air. The little bit of exposure your bread gets from opening the bag is enough to allow spore-containing air to enter. This is similar to the way mold spores get in your home: traveling on the air and entering through doors, windows and vents.  2. Mold grows in a moist environment.
You don’t see croutons covered in mold and that’s because there is not enough moisture. People love bread when it is soft and moist, and that moisture is exactly what fungus growth needs to thrive. That’s why controlling relative humidity and repairing water leaks are both important jobs to prevent mold growth in the home.  3. Mold needs a food source.
All mold needs an organic food source, and most molds have favorites. When it comes to bread mold, there are certain varieties that tend to colonize on bread. This is also true for homes, since most building materials are made from cellulose-based materials, and the molds that prefer that food source tend to colonize there.
Can’t You Just Change the Temperature?
While most molds prefer a warmer temperature, many varieties can handle a cooler environment, which is why you find fridge mold. You can prevent mold by freezing bread, but you can’t freeze your home.  With the lessons learned from bread mold, you can see that moisture control is the key to preventing household mold problems. If you already have mold, it’s important to get help fast since mold multiplies rapidly. Expert mold remediators are knowledgeable and use a variety of techniques to help prevent the further spread of mold during the clean-up process.  SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help in any of those situations to make sure you are taken care of quickly and efficiently. Our team is available 24/7, and here to help 365 days a year. If you have a storm that causes damage in the middle of the night call us at (480) 456-0000.
We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

Storms and Insurance, What You Need To Know

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Our team is available 24/7, and here to help 365 days a year. SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000


Insurance claim services can feel overwhelming, especially after experiencing a major disaster.  Unfortunately, the claims process is necessary for comprehensive restoration to begin. SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help in any of those situations to make sure you are taken care of quickly and efficiently. Our team is available 24/7, and here to help 365 days a year. If you have a storm that causes damage in the middle of the night call us at (480) 456-0000.  It is best to speak with qualified individuals who can help to walk you through the restoration process as well as what to expect out of the claims procedure. While your insurer can help with some of this information, you can also speak with disaster restoration specialists. These companies are experts in the processes and bureaucratic procedures, and they follow a strict routine to ensure your claim is accurate.  1. Mitigation As Protection  The first goal of emergency response is to prevent further loss through a process called mitigation. This process entails the use of plywood, tarps, and fencing to protect your property against weather, vagrants, animals and any number of other issues. Also, mitigation reduces the chances of your claim being rejected due to negligence.  2. Cleanout for Accurate Proof of Loss  Claim services are a procedural service, meaning that there is a designated path to approval. Any adjustments made to a claim can send it back to the beginning, prolonging the approval process and postponing restoration. Disaster response companies specialize in rapid cleanup, making all damage apparent and allowing for an accurate proof of loss statement the first time around.  3. Controlled and Monitored Restoration  While an insurer bases claim value off estimates, those assessments do you no good without a company that stands by its prices and services. SERVPRO is a leader in the restoration industry, and it has built that reputation on its ability to accurately control and monitor costs. Review the database of claims for the Tempe, AZ, area to get a rough ballpark estimate of what your project may cost. 
We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. 
While it may seem unlikely, a disaster restoration company can be your biggest ally as you work through the claim services process of your insurer. These companies want to help you get back in your home by ensuring your claim is protected, accurate and honestly executed. 
Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of North Tempe can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country.

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)

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.

Different Types of Flooding Require Different Levels of Cleaning

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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.

How To Clean Sewage Backup in the Bathtub

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Before you start, make sure to put on goggles, coveralls and rubber gloves and boots

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

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.

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.

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.

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.