Archived Water Damage Blog Posts
You May Have Water Damage in Your Home and Not Even Know It
Water can seep undetected into your home after a storm, pipe leak, or slow dripping cracked appliance hose issue. Left unaddressed, these small leaks can become big problems, but how do you know that you have a leak if water isn’t visible? Identifying signs of water damage to your home can make a difference in lessening the damage and the costs to repair and restore your home back to normal. By identifying and treating problems earlier, we can help to prevent situations such as mold growth and severe oxidation from causing damage to the structural components of your home. Here are a few signs that may indicate water damage in your home.
Discolored walls or materials
Many items common in homes show water damage through discoloration. Pigments used in fabrics, paints, flooring, ceilings, and other surfaces can change color when they come in contact with water. The shape, spread, and specific color of these spots can vary depending on how much water has been released, and what materials it has already come in contact with. One of the most destructive processes in a water-damaged home is color bleed from one fabric to another, but a call to SERVPRO can help to avoid color bleeding by addressing issues as quickly as possible. If you notice an odd change in colors in walls, carpets, etc. you may have water damage.
Unusual or musty odors
Several results of water damage can create unusual and off-putting odors, sometimes very soon after the damaging water incident happens. Oxidizing metals, freshly soaked wood, other materials, and long-term mold growth can all create unique and pungent odors in your home. While smells can be useful to identify a problem, you don’t want them around forever! If you notice an unusual smell in your home, call the pros to get the problem handled quickly! SERVPRO technicians use multiple deodorization methods to rid your home of any unwanted smells and approach each unique situation with action needed to address the odors.
Unusual sounds in walls and floors
Unusual sounds behind walls and below floors could be indicative of a water leak or other plumbing issue in your home. Drips may be obvious when you hear them but be alert for other unusual sounds as well. Water at high pressure inside pipes in your home can create unique sounds when something is amiss. It might be a whooshing sound or even a hum. If you hear anything unusual behind those walls, give us a call! Even the smallest of leaks can create an unusual sound and should be addressed immediately.
Buckling or indentation
Water that has been present for some time can lead to structural damage in your home. If you notice unusual cracking, buckling, or indentations in your walls or flooring, it’s a good idea to call in the pros to check it out. It may be undetected water damage and needs to be remediated as quickly as possible.
SERVPRO of Phoenix helps homeowners who experience water leaks, floods, and other disasters in their residences, helping get their homes back to normal. SERVPRO technicians are ready 24/7 to respond quickly to floods, burst pipes, and other mishaps, saving time and money by getting to the job site faster. Call us at (480-503-2090 if you experience water damage of any kind.
Suspect a Water Leak? Here Are the Signs to Look For
Water leaks can be insidious in that they can go on undetected for days, weeks, or even months before you discover them. Identifying signs of water damage to your home sooner rather than later can make a difference in lessening the damage and the costs to repair and restore your home back to normal. Here are a few signs that may indicate water damage in your home.
Many materials common in homes show water damage through discoloration in various degrees. Colorants used in fabrics, paints, flooring, ceilings, and other surfaces can change color when they encounter water of any kind, often turning a darker shade. The shape, spread, and specific color of these spots can fluctuate depending on how much water has been released, and what materials it has already come in contact with. One of the most damaging processes in a water-damaged home is color bleed from one fabric to another, but a call to SERVPRO can help to avoid color bleeding by addressing issues as quickly as possible.
Odd earthy or musty odors
Numerous complications of water damage can create unusual and off-putting odors, sometimes very soon after the damaging water incident happens, and sometimes only after a period of time. Corroding metals, soaked wood, other materials, and long-term mold growth can all create exceptional and pungent odors in your home. While smells can be useful to identify a problem, you don’t want them around forever! That’s why our trained technicians use multiple deodorization methods to do away with the odors in your home of any unwanted smells. If you observe an unusual smell in your home, call the pros to get the problem handled right away!
Unusual sounds behind walls and below floors could be symptomatic of a water leak or other plumbing issue in your home. Drips may be obvious when you hear them but be alert for other unusual sounds as well like whooshing. Water at high pressure inside pipes in your home can create unique sounds when something is awry. It might even be a hum that you hear. If you hear anything unusual behind those walls, give us a call and we’ll come to investigate.
Call in water remediation specialists when you need help
SERVPRO technicians are ready 24/7 to respond quickly to floods, burst pipes, and other mishaps, saving time and money by getting to the job site faster. By identifying and treating problems earlier, we can help to prevent situations such as mold growth and severe oxidation from causing damage to the structural components of your home. SERVPRO of Phoenix helps homeowners who experience water leaks, floods, and other disasters in their residences, helping get their homes back to normal. Call us at (480-503-2090 if you experience water damage of any kind.
Protecting Your Home from Water Damage During Remodeling
Bathrooms are one of the most popular remodeling projects for homeowners. An old, outdated bathroom can be a real eyesore, so getting a facelift or even a more substantial update can make a big difference. Unfortunately, sometimes even experienced plumbers make mistakes that result in water damage in your home. A bathroom remodel that results in leaking or poor drainage requires professional help to resolve the situation and prevent further damage from happening in the bathroom and adjacent rooms. SERVPRO technicians receive training to detect where the water intrudes as well as how to return your home to preloss condition.
How renovation errors can cause water damage
Water damage after a remodeling of your bathroom is an unexpected and disappointing outcome. Situations such as a decision to use a diverter spout to add a handheld shower in your classic tiled bath area can cause a blowback issue resulting in water spraying inside your wall as well as through the showerhead; not ideal! Even a small amount of water results in significant harm over time if left unchecked. Errors large and small can cause damage to your home so obviously, it’s best to avoid them. If you can’t avoid the errors, our technicians can help pinpoint the problem if one develops and devise a plan to restore the bathroom and surrounding areas pre-damage. Sometimes a desire to retain the character of the original bathroom drives the decision to add to existing plumbing rather than tear out and replace it. Unfortunately, the older pipes need help to connect with modern fixtures. If the connections added fail to seal and balance water pressure correctly, leakage occurs. This can be a huge mess and result in water damage.
How SERVPRO can help after a renovation gone wrong
SERVPRO locates the water problem and takes steps to dry out the wet areas. Many bathrooms have a large access panel in an adjacent room, closet, or hallway that we can open to find the leak and then keep open to direct air flow that removes the moisture more efficiently, making the job a bit easier to do. We work with plumbing contractors to resolve a blowback problem as we dry out the area behind the bathtub and shower to make sure the problem doesn’t arise again. We also follow the path of the water to uncover any migrating moisture causing damage to the walls or ceilings below. Older homes often have plaster construction which sheds water more easily than drywall so we’re ready for any situation. SERVPRO water damage technicians still develop drying goals to avoid secondary damage like mold growth or disintegration even if the dampness is somewhat minimal because of the material.
Removing moisture after water damage
In the case of a misaligned plumbing part, air movers, supplemented with dehumidifiers, do a comprehensive job of removing the moisture once the spout is re-installed with proper taping, and caulking, or other safeguards preventing further water damage. Bubbled paint or staining is restored to the pre-water leak condition when touched up after drying is complete. Our technicians know it’s critical to find and stop the leak, remove the moisture, and ensure no further damage occurs to get your house back to normal. We’re trained to do just that!
SERVPRO addresses water damage issues
If a remodeling project takes an unexpected turn, we’re here to help. SERVPRO of Phoenix has the staff, experience, and equipment to get things back on track. Call for an appointment at (480) 503-2090.
Handling the Damage from an Overflowing Toilet
Water damage from an overflowing toilet can be a big mess to clean up. However, for those who only live in the Valley for part of the year, coming back to your winter home to find the results of an overflowing toilet can be even more stressful as the elapsed time between the incident and cleanup leads to additional damage. Here’s what you should know and what you should do.
How much damage can a toilet really cause?
When a toilet in your home overflows, the damage can be immense, whether the tank malfunctioned or there was a clog in the bowl. Damage can be compounded when the bathroom is located on the upper floor of your house since the water can seep down to the lower levels, often undetected. Water can affect flooring systems, ceilings, wall cavities, and possible insulation in a case like this. It’s good to remember that not all the water damage from an overflowing toilet can be seen, so it’s good to call in the pros at SERVPRO, especially if the damage happened while you were away.
What to do when a toilet overflows
An overflow from a toilet in your home requires water removal and help from a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. You must act fast in a water emergency such as this to prevent further damage, and we understand that. We are always standing by to help you with the knowledge and the tools that are needed.
How SERVPRO helps
Restoring your home to pre-damage conditions involves the removal of water, decontamination, and drying of the home and materials. When it comes to water extraction, we use vacuums and pumps to get rid of all the standing water. We start this step as soon as possible to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold and degradation of building materials and furnishings. Of course, we will take into consideration if the water damage has been sitting for a while and will act appropriately to address long-standing damage. Drying and dehumidification can begin once water is removed This step gets rid of any remaining moisture. It can take several days to complete, and we monitor our equipment daily to ensure an optimal drying time. Thermal sensors and moisture sensors and infrared cameras can help detect hidden pockets of moisture. It’s critical that all moisture is removed to prevent mold and odors. Any belongings that were affected must be cleaned and sanitized to stop any bacterial and mold growth. Antimicrobial treatments are given to draperies, carpeting, and clothing. This also helps stop odors from forming.
The restoration process after water damage
The final step is restoration. Restoration is a significant step in the process. It may involve replacing materials such as insulation and drywall that got wet and were torn out. Sometimes, it is merely replacing a few panels of drywall. More severe cases need entire walls replaced. We call certified contractors in for help with this process. SERVPRO technicians will consult with homeowners every step of the way, and do their best to restore all belongings, walls, carpeting, etc. to pre-damage condition. In some cases, building services may be required depending on the extent of water damage and possibly mold for long-standing water damage issues.
Call SERVPRO of Phoenix for water damage
SERVPRO of Phoenix wants to ensure your home is fully restored and safe again for you and your family. When you have a water damage emergency, no matter how long ago the damage was, reach out to us right away at (480) 503-2090, so we can help you clean up your home as quickly as possible.
Residential Water Damage Requires Professional Help
Residential water spills require professional assistance to limit staining to furnishings, walls, and flooring as well as guarding against potential mold growth. Excess water in the home can be the result of a leak after heavy rainfall, a burst pipe, or a malfunctioning appliance. In some cases, the amount of liquid can cause problems with your subfloor or move underneath fittings. SERVPRO of Phoenix has trained technicians who can help to clean staining and remove water.
Water cleanup is our priority
One of the primary jobs we do is water cleanup homes. SERVPRO equips our technicians with a full range of cleaning agents that can help to get your home back to pre-damage condition. We mainly use sanitizers, disinfectants, and antimicrobial treatments to keep your property safe during service.
All types of water contain some microbes. In the circumstances of a burst pipe or broken appliance these microbes can cause odors and staining; mainly if the water is stagnant. Other times, odor particles are released from furnishings which are loosened after coming into contact with moisture. Using a combination of cleaning sanitizers and drying techniques SERVPRO can limit the presence of odors in the home.
Our cleaning process
The first stage of our cleaning process is to clean staining from fabrics or walls while the surface texture is still damp. The likelihood of a successful restoration of upholstery and other items is higher before stains are allowed to set. Using certain cleaning methods along with foam cleaning for sensitive fabrics, we can target the damage before it becomes a permanent issue.
The second stage of the process is to dry the affected area thoroughly. Lingering odors commonly disperse once the area is dry. We use portable extraction units to remove and dry water. Dehumidifiers can help to replace moisture with drier air as well as removing it from fabrics. Finally, we can use spray deodorizer on surfaces to ensure the offending odor is neutralized while they disperse.
Contact SERVPRO for water damage in your home
Professional water remediation services are the best way of getting your home back to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Phoenix 24/7 at (480) 503-2090 to arrange service and help restore your home after water damage.
Work with the Pros to Address Water Damage in Your Home
The holidays were a bit wet in the Valley, bringing substantial rains that soaked homes and yards. Water damage to your home can be a complete disaster, but with the help of professional water remediation services, you can overcome both immediate and long-term problems with relative ease and minimal costs.
How does water remediation work?
With the help of a company like SERVPRO that is certified to restore your home after water damage, all signs of the damage should be eliminated within a few weeks for even the most extensive problems. Many smaller restoration procedures take only a few days, but the result is the same: your home looks just as good as it was before the incident took place. SERVPRO removes any water remaining in the house, drying your home out from walls to carpeting to furnishings, and then work to repair any structural or cosmetic damage the moisture may have caused to your home. We follow a tried and true water damage remediation process to ensure the best outcome possible.
What are the risks if homeowners forgo water remediation assistance?
With the holidays, most homeowners aren’t interested in spending money on water cleanup, assuming they can likely sop up the water and dry out the damage on their own. However, if you choose to go without the aid of a professional damage restoration service, the problems can compound and cost you much more in the long run. Excess water can seep into the foundation and structure of your home like walls and flooring, potentially requiring reconstruction efforts. Your home could also develop a mold problem, as fungal spores grow quickly and easily in climate-controlled environments with plenty of moisture and humidity. That damage may not appear for days or longer after your water issue and go unnoticed until there’s a musty smell or mold appears. You might still end up making a call to us, but for a much more involved and costly set of issues. Such damage is not worth the risk, which is why it’s best to call in the professionals at SERVPRO.
Call SERVPRO for water damage needs
SERVPRO of Phoenix helps homeowners around the Valley take care of their homes after a water damage incident occurs. If you suffer water damage this holiday season, call us 24/7 at (480) 503-2090. We’re here to help!
How Does SERVPRO of Phoenix Handle Your Water Damage Issues?
Residential water damage requires professional assistance to limit damage to furniture and other belongings, as well as guarding against mold growth and odor issues. Excess water in a home can be the result of a leak after heavy rainfall, a broken pipe, or a malfunctioning appliance. In some cases, the amount of water can cause problems with your flooring or other structural components of your home. SERVPRO has trained technicians who can help to remove water and address the damage.
Water damage assessment
When you call in the water remediation specialists at SERVPRO, we immediately get to work assessing the extent of the damage. We determine if damage is limited to belongings, or if the damage is more widespread such as walls, flooring, roofs, etc. We determine the scope of your water damage, inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and establish how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
Water removal and extraction
Because time is of the essence to keep damage to a minimum, the water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water that is visible. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove substantial amounts of water from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth. Once the water is removed, we then focus on drying.
Drying impacted areas
The goal of the drying process is to dry the affected area thoroughly. We use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business. Lingering odors commonly dissipate once the area is dry. We use portable extraction units to remove and dry water. Dehumidifiers can help to replace moisture with drier air as well as removing it from fabrics. Finally, we can use spray deodorizer on surfaces to ensure the offending odor is neutralized while they dissipate.
Cleaning damaged items
The cleaning process comes next. We focus on cleaning fabrics, rugs, or walls while the surface texture is still wet. The likelihood of a successful restoration of upholstery is higher before stains are allowed to set. Using agitative cleaning methods, alongside foam cleaning for sensitive fabrics SERVPRO can target the damage before it becomes a permanent issue. We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
Addressing remaining damage
In some cases, the water damage is substantial and restoration to get it back to what it was pre-water damage. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet or may entail reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home. A SERVPRO professional will review all substantial damage assessments and recommendations prior to any work beginning so homeowners are always in the loop.
If you experience water damage, it’s important to call professionals who follow a tried and true water repair process. Contact SERVPRO of Phoenix at (480) 503-2090 to get the help you need. We’re available 24/7 to serve you.
Fight the Flood Damage in Your Home with Professional Water Damage Remediation
Water can be quite merciless in the amount of damage it can do to a flooded home. It can seep through solid materials like concrete or blocks if given enough time and make its way into any crack or crevice found on your property. If you experience a flood in your home, it’s important to work with professionals to get it addressed immediately.
Professional water damage restoration
A professional water damage restoration specialist in Phoenix can help you fight back against water issues damaging your home. With a variety of tools, experience, and training a quality SERVPRO technician will work hard to produce the results you deserve. There is no reason for you to take problems like this on alone, in fact, it is likely better that you seek help from the start. With years of experience, SERVPRO can remove water from your home and address the resulting damage.
How water can damage your home
SERVPRO technicians respond to a variety of water intrusion situations and provide custom solutions to make sure it’s addressed. Since flooding can happen to homes for a variety of reasons, addressing the source of the water, removing the water, and repairing the resulting damages takes expertise to handle each unique situation. During the winter months, you may have problems with frozen or broken pipes depending on the weather. When a pipe bursts, you can easily find your home filled with over 6-inches of water within minutes. Though not typical in Phoenix, unusual winter freezes do happen, leaving homeowners unprepared. Some homeowners have had issues with their pool. If allowed to overrun while refilling your pool, water can quickly fill a basement, flooding storage and causing significant damages. SERVPRO also responds to a variety of issues concerning washing machines or dishwashers. A malfunctioning appliance can flood your home within minutes, leaving little time to react. Causing serious damage to your flooring, furniture, and belongings, or even leading to additional hazards that make it hard to recover.
How water is removed and damages addressed
It takes industrial-grade water extraction equipment and infrared moisture detectors to get water out of every nook and cranny where water seeps into. While homeowners mistakenly feel they can clean up water on their own, without a thorough job, other issues such as mold and odors can occur. Cleaning, deodorization, and sanitation technicians with the proper training provide you with your best opportunity for recovery after a home is flooded. We follow a specific water restoration process to ensure the best outcome.
All you have to do is contact SERVPRO of Phoenix to receive quality one-stop solutions; we can help you recover from most of the problems that occur in your home, call us today at 480-503-2090.
Bathrooms are a Typical Source of Water Damage in Phoenix Homes
Many instances of the flooding and other water damage experienced in Phoenix homes start in the bathroom. Bathrooms are a common source of water damage which can be created by overflowing toilets, overflowing sinks, under sink pipe bursts, overflowing bathtubs or water pipe leaks underneath the flooring. SERVPRO of Phoenix has water restoration specialists to help recover from the water damage cause by any issue in your bathroom.
Finding the source of water damage
While an overflowing toilet or bathtub is never easy, homeowners are usually immediately aware when the damage happens, unless they aren’t home at the time of the flood! Unfortunately, there are leaks that can happen behind the walls of bathrooms that can go on for days, weeks or even months without being suspected until the damage is significant, including the presence of mold. That’s why water damage in bathrooms can cause considerable damage. Even the more obvious issues can go undetected if the homeowner is out of town for any significant amount of time. Other times, an exceptionally high water bill is the only thing that alerts a homeowner something is amiss. Regardless, water damage needs immediate attention to help restore the bathroom quickly.
What to do after your bathroom floods
While you’re waiting for SERVPRO to arrive, here are a few water damage tips:
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Remove wet area rugs
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry area
What happens when water damage specialists arrive
When the SERVPRO water damage team arrives, they get to work to immediately assess the damage. They’ll inspect the damage and make an assessment in order to rectify the situation. Next, they’ll use their expertise with advanced equipment to extract the water using pumps and vacuum units to rapidly remove water from your bathroom and surrounding impacted areas, which helps prevent further water damage and mold growth. Then comes drying and dehumidification to help prevent odors and mold from growing. Next, they’ll clean all the restorable items and structures damaged by the water as well as sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property. Finally, there’s restoration, restoring your home to its pre-damage condition which might include minor repairs like replacing drywall, tile floor repair, painting, or installing new baseboards in your bathroom. More significant repairs may include tarping, boarding up, packing, and moving, or other repairs. SERVPRO of Phoenix can simplify the restoration process by handling the initial water damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas that will bring a building back to full functionality.
Bathrooms are a common area when it comes to water damage and flooding but choosing the best water damage restoration company can make the recovery process easier. Contact us at (480) 503-2090 to get your water damage handled quickly and professionally.
How to Handle a Water Main Break to Minimize Damage
It’s unfortunate and overwhelming, but when a water main breaks, causing potential water damage, how you react is critical. A break in a water main typically affects roads and the surrounding properties, causing water damage to residential and commercial property. If you live or own property near a water main, you are also at risk of costly. What are the common signs of a break, and what should you do after it happens?
What is a Water Main?
A water main is the main pipe that provides water throughout the city or town. Usually, most water mains and other pipes are all underground. Nowadays, water mains are constructed of concrete cement, but many older ones were constructed of cast iron or galvanized steel. Though sturdy upon installation, when a water main breaks, thousands of dollars in water damages caused by the water main break can be overwhelming.
What to Do After a Water Main Break
One of the first things you should do after the main water line breaks is call the local Water Department and report what happened. The sooner they are aware of the issue, the sooner services will resume normally, and the extent of water damages are mitigated. Limit the amount of water you use while the water main break is releasing. Don’t drink the tap water and avoid using the bath or shower, laundry machines, or the dishwasher, or any water source if possible. Inspect your property to see if there is any water damage. Be thorough in your inspection to include basements and crawl spaces impacted by water. Be sure to document any damages from the water main break that you find. Depending on the damage, contact your insurance agent and SERVPRO of Phoenix to assist with water removal and remediation. When the water main break has been repaired or replaced, run all faucets and hoses until the water is clear. Flush out your hot water tank by opening the hot water tank faucets and let them run until the water turns cool. Repeat this process a second time after about an hour so that the sediment inside will clear out. Inspect the aerator on all faucets for any debris. You many need to replace some of the aerator screens, but make sure they are all clean of any debris. Any under sinks or house water filtration systems should have their filters replaced also. For refrigerators, run the water for several minutes and then change the filter. With ice makers, let it continue to make ice, but refrain from using any of it for several days.
What Causes a Main Water Line Break?
One of the more common reasons that mains break is due to the age and the environmental temperature surrounding the main. Since installation, a water main goes through a lot of wear and tear which can lead to a failure. When colder temperature begins to freeze the ground, the ground begins to harden and contract putting immense pressure against the water main. The water inside can freeze which as well then adds pressure pushing out from within the water main. While freezing isn’t usually an issue in Phoenix, water temperatures do cause damage too. Warmer and drier temperatures tend to make the grounds shift, crack and settle which causes some twisting and the water main breaks spraying water until help arrives If you live or work near a water main, keep an eye out for any signs of it breaking and be sure follow these tips to prevent and mitigate water damage. Most importantly, be sure to contact a water remediation company like SERVPRO to address the situation as quickly as possible. We can be reached 24/7 to help if you experience any kind of water damage. Call us at 480-503-2090 to get help quickly.
What Is Water Damage Restoration?
Most homeowners don’t think much about water damage restoration until they need it. We took the time to explain answer the question of what water damage restoration is and how you can benefit from it if you experience water damage in your home.
What is a water damage restoration service?
A water damage restoration service is the kind of professional service that no one wants to call, but when they are needed, the service they provide can greatly reduce the damages from water in the home. Homeowners know that moisture can cause destruction, capable of penetrating into just about any space and taking advantage of every little crack and a structural problem. No matter how moisture gets into the building, the response should be the same. Bringing in a certified firm as soon as possible to clean the home, dry it, and ensure there are no lingering health threats once the moisture is gone is critical. Water restoration is a specialized service that removes water from your home and restores it to a livable, pre-damaged condition. Water damage restoration can also be known as water remediation, water removal, water extraction, water mitigation, or flood cleanup.
Why is water damage restoration so important?
If water has entered the home, don’t try to handle it on your own, especially if the water is from a potentially contaminated source. Floods and sewage water should only be handled by a professional who knows how to handle the contaminated water safely. A certified water damage restoration service not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, but they also have the protective equipment to remain free from harm. Even if the water is not contaminated, it’s important to remove all water present completely and thoroughly in the home, and address materials damaged by water. Not handling water-damaged belongings correctly, such as damaged documents, can cause further harm. It can also result in mold and odor issues if the water isn’t completely removed and the area dried.
How does water damage restoration work?
Restoration technicians have a lot of technology at their disposal. These include powerful vacuums and pumping systems, high-volume air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture meters, and a number of detergents formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats. While the technicians work on the building, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also destroy all mold and microbial colonies. Their job is to completely address the water damage and any impacted materials left behind. SERVPRO’s water restoration process is extremely specific and effective. It includes inspection and damage assessment, water removal and extraction, drying and dehumidification, cleaning and sanitizing, and any further restoration needed such as minor repairs to drywall, carpet, ceilings, etc.
If your home experiences any kind of water damage, don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Phoenix. We’re available 24/7 to help you with any kind of water damage you’ve experienced. Contact us at 480-503-2090. We are here to help!
Frozen Water Pipes Can Cause Significant Damage
While the likelihood of water pipes freezing in some parts of Arizona is minimal, there are indeed areas, even in the Valley of the Sun, that can get cold enough for pipes to freeze. There are also a lot of people in the Valley for the winter that have summer homes in northern Arizona, which is also at risk when it comes to frozen pipes. See how to prevent frozen pipes and what to do if you do experience damage.
What causes pipes to freeze and burst?
Frozen pipes can be a damaging and expensive issue. Extremely cold temperatures of the winter months create a substantial risk for burst or frozen pipes. Being prepared and informed may help minimize the risk of frozen pipes and prevent extensive damage and repairs. How exactly can you prevent pipes from freezing and subsequently bursting? The American Red Cross provides several preventative measures to help reduce the chances of freezing pipes:
- Drain water from swimming pools and sprinkler supply lines.
- Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses of any kind.
- Insulate exposed water pipes.
- Open cabinet doors to allow for warmer air to circulate around the pipes in your home and garage.
- Let cold water drip from the faucet that is served by the exposed pipes to make sure they’re empty.
Doing these actions can greatly reduce the chance of pipes freezing. Though not bulletproof, these steps can certainly help! Make them a part of your winterizing activities before cold weather hits.
What to do if you suspect you have frozen pipe
If you neglected to protect your pipes, or perhaps the weather was more biting than you anticipated, you may still get a frozen pipe, unfortunately, despite your best efforts. Once again, the American Red Cross has suggested steps if frozen pipes are suspected in your home or garage:
- Keep the affected faucet open. As the pipes begin to thaw, the running water will help melt the ice.
- Apply heat to the frozen area of the pipe using a hairdryer, heating pad, etc. until the full water pressure is restored.
Following these steps will help thaw the suspected water quickly without causing a mess or worse, damage that requires water damage restoration.
What to do if your frozen water pipes burst
If you experience burst water pipes due to them being frozen, your first priority is to prevent more water from flooding your home. Find your main water valve and turn off your water supply as quickly as possible and contact SERVPRO of Phoenix. We’re available 24/7 to assist with any kind of water damage your home may experience, including flooding caused by burst water pipes. We’ll come out, assess the damage, and tell you what we suggest to address the issue and prevent further damage from happening. For any potential damage emergency, keep our number on hand to contact us quickly, and time day or night: 480-503-2090.
Signs That You May Have Hidden Water Damage in Your Home
Identifying signs of water damage to your home sooner rather than later can make a difference in lessening the damage and the costs to repair and restore your home back to normal. SERVPRO technicians are ready 24/7 to respond quickly to floods, burst pipes, and other mishaps, saving time and money by getting to the job site faster. By identifying and treating problems earlier, we can help to prevent situations such as mold growth and severe oxidation from causing damage to the structural components of your home. Here are a few signs that may indicate water damage in your home.
Many materials common in homes show water damage through discoloration. Pigments used in fabrics, paints, flooring, ceilings, and other surfaces can change color when they come in contact with water. The shape, spread, and specific color of these spots can vary depending on how much water has been released, and what materials it has already come in contact with. One of the most destructive processes in a water-damaged home is color bleed from one fabric to another, but a call to SERVPRO can help to avoid color bleeding by addressing issues as quickly as possible.
Unusual or musty odors
Several complications of water damage can create unusual and off-putting odors, sometimes very soon after the damaging water incident happens. Oxidizing metals, freshly soaked wood, and other materials, and long-term mold growth can all create unique and pungent odors in your home. While smells can be useful to identify a problem, you don’t want them around forever! That’s why SERVPRO technicians use multiple deodorization methods to rid your home of any unwanted smells. If you notice an unusual smell in your home, call the pros to get the problem handled quickly!
Dripping or other water sounds
Unusual sounds behind walls and below floors could be indicative of a water leak or other plumbing issue in your home. Drips may be obvious when you hear them but be alert for other unusual sounds as well. Water at high pressure inside pipes in your home can create unique sounds when something is amiss. It might be a whooshing sound or even a hum. If you hear anything unusual behind those walls, give us a call!
SERVPRO of Phoenix helps homeowners who experience water leaks, floods, and other disasters in their residences, helping get their homes back to normal. Call us at (480-503-2090 if you experience water damage of any kind.
Stages of Water Damage Repair for Your Home or Business
If you experience water damage in your home or business, you will likely need to have water restoration done. What this entails can vary depending on the severity of the damage, but the general process remains the same. While your house is being worked on, you can expect a restoration company like SERVPRO of Phoenix to follow these fire restoration stages.
Inspection of the water damage
Before restoration can begin, the property will need to be inspected to understand the extent of the damage and how to address it. Skilled water restoration technicians will look at each area of your home or business to determine the extent of the damage done by the water, whether it was from a storm or other flood in your building. This allows them to determine the best way to move forward with their work and create a water damage repair plan.
Mitigation against further damage
Once the inspection has been completed, SERVPRO technicians will move on to mitigation. This step is essential to prevent the damage from getting worse. Unfortunately, many people miss this step and end up making matters worse by not preventing further damage from happening. For example, if there are holes in the walls from water seeping through or issues with the roofing or broken windows, these will need to be boarded up or covered with a tarp to keep the area safe and prevent further damage. Water damage will be removed as well, with each object treated based on what it’s made of. It will also include removing excess water and drying the building to prevent mold or mildew growth. Unpleasant odors will be removed as well. By identifying the odor's cause and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace, such as mold or mildew that has already started to grow.
Restoration of your home or business
After damage cleaning is complete, the final stage, water damage repair, and restoration can begin. During the restoration, SERVPRO technicians will begin to return your home to its previous condition, endeavoring to make it "Like it never even happened." In the case of severe damage, this can include rebuilding walls, roofing, or even whole rooms. SERVPRO offers a variety of building services to address this. Smaller tasks, such as replacing carpets and repainting walls, will be done as well. All repairs will be covered with the home or business owner before starting. Once this stage has been finished, your house or business should look as good as it did before the water damage occurred!
Whether the water or flood damage was large or small, water damage restoration is a necessary part of returning your home or business to normal. A water damage remediation company like SERVPRO of Phoenix has the equipment and professional training necessary to do this quickly and thoroughly. We will be able to repair your home and can salvage many of your damaged belongings as well. If you’ve experienced any kind of water or flood damage, contact SERVPRO 24/7 at 480-503-2090.
How Remodeling Mistakes Can Cause Water Damage to Your Home
When homes are being remodeled, there are a lot of moving parts happening, especially if the project involves multiple professionals such as plumbers, electricians, painters, etc. Even with the best intentions and most professional contractors, mistakes can happen. These remodeling mistakes can cause water damage to your home which can undermine all your remodeling efforts if it requires a substantial repair.
Plumbing mistakes during remodeling
Even the most experienced plumbing professionals make mistakes that result in water damage in unexpected places. A bathroom remodel that results in leaking or poor drainage requires another look at the plumbing renovation and restoration of damage done to your home should a leak occur. SERVPRO of Phoenix technicians can detect where the water leak is coming from as well as how to return your home to preloss condition. Water damage after a remodeling of your Phoenix bathroom is a frustrating outcome for the homeowner and the remodeling professional.
Common plumbing errors during remodeling and reconstruction
There are several errors that can happen during remodeling that can result in water damage. A decision to use a diverter spout to add a handheld shower in your bathroom causes a blowback issue resulting in water spraying inside your wall as well as through the showerhead. Even a small amount of blowback results in significant harm over time. A desire to retain the character of the original bathroom, or a desire to save a little money, drives the decision to add to existing plumbing rather than tear out and replace can cause issues. Unfortunately, the older pipes need help to connect with modern fixtures. If the connections added fail to seal and balance water pressure correctly, leakage occurs. Significant plumbing upgrades such as adding a bathtub or shower where one didn’t exist before can cause potential issues too if not done right. Slab leaks, misaligned pipes, or insufficient plumbing can all occur if a plumbing professional isn’t careful. These types of leaks often go unnoticed until significant damage occurs.
What to do if you have water damage during remodeling
If you or your contractor notice a leak, the first issue is to address the cause of the leak immediately, While the responsible plumbing contractor will likely address this, it’s a good idea to contact SERVPRO. They can find and address the leak, and then address the water damage caused by the leak to prevent further issues such as mold growth. SERVPRO can locate the problem and take steps to dry out the saturated areas. An older bathroom, for example, has a large access panel in an adjacent room, closet, or hallway that our technician can open to find the leak and then keep open to direct airflow that removes the moisture. We work with plumbing contractors to resolve the blowback problem as we dry out the area behind the bathtub and shower. We’ll follow the source of the water to discover any migrating moisture causing damage to the walls or ceilings below. SERVPRO water damage technicians still develop drying goals to ensure any leaks behind the plaster avoid secondary damage like mold growth or disintegration. Air movers and dehumidifiers do a thorough job of removing the moisture once the source of the leak is fixed. Damaged paint or staining can restore to the pre-leak condition when touched-up after drying is complete so the remodeling job can continue to move forward.
If a remodeling project takes an unexpected turn, SERVPRO of Phoenix has the staff, experience, and equipment to get things back on track. Call for an appointment at (480) 503-2090.
How to Spot Water Damage in Your Bathroom
The worst water damage is the kind you don’t detect until significant damage is done. Water can leak slowly and silently, and bathrooms can be notoriously hard to spot because it tends to be a room with moisture anyway. As it turns out, these quiet drips can cause extensive water damage with time. What are some common causes of water leaks in bathrooms? Here are three typical causes:
- Grout deterioration around showers
- Broken faucet in sink, bathtub or shower
- Damaged drain in bathtub or shower
While damage can be hard to spot in a bathroom, here are a few things to look for; sure signs that you have water damage that needs to be addressed.
Mildew or Mold
The first sign of a hidden leak is usually mold and mildew on the outside of the tub, shower or wall. While it might not be a sure sign of significant water damage, it does indicate that something is off and that it might be time to call in a water damage specialist to check it out. To be sure, dry any moisture that appears on the outside surface of the tub, shower or wall. If water reappears shortly after you use the tub or shower again, you’ve got water leaking from somewhere.
Damaged Walls or Ceiling
Water gets splashed on bathroom floors now and then, and that should not be a problem as long as it’s not substantial. Bathrooms are built to take occasional water exposure. However, if you see a patch, stain or crack on the ceiling below the washroom, there’s an issue. You are likely dealing with a shower pan leak or broken drain line. Of course, if you’re in a one-story home, there won’t be a ceiling below your bathroom, so you may have to rely on mold or mildew appearing or an odd odor.
Mold has a distinctive earthy smell that is fairly easy to detect. It is a clear indication of hidden leaks in the house, which can be hard to track down. Water can drip at one point and move to damage another part of the house, leading to a misdiagnosis. If you suspect a water leak, it’s best to call in a trained water damage professional to help track down and address the leak to avoid significant damage.
If you’ve experienced a leak in your bathroom, or suspect you have water damage, contact SERVPRO of Phoenix at (480) 503-2090 to get the issue resolved immediately. We’re here 24/7 to help you. Call us today!
Protect Yourself Against Water Flooding in Your Home
You can’t prevent every catastrophe that might come along, but we pulled together a few solid tips to protect yourself against water flooding in your home. Take a moment to check these out to minimize your flooding risk.
Clean your downspouts and gutters
Many of us in Phoenix are transplants from other states were gutter cleaning was a once or twice a year task. For some reason, we left that habit behind when we moved to the desert, but homes in Phoenix need this task done just like back home! Make sure to clean out your gutters at least once every six months or more often if you have a lot of trees near your Phoenix home. When water collects in the gutters it can cause damage to your roof and the gutters themselves. Down-spouts that aren’t clean and checked to ensure the water is running off properly and is running away from your house can cause damage to walls and even your foundation. At SERVPRO of Phoenix, we see this issue surprisingly often. Clean those gutters and spouts!
Switch off the mains
If you are going on vacation or you are going to be away for a length of time, switch the water off at the main. This will stop any dripping or other water issues while you are away. You wouldn’t want to come home to water rushing out your front door to greet you! Unfortunately, our parched ground often absorbs the water so at first you may not even know you have a leak but at some point, the ground becomes saturated and then you have a big mess on your hands! If you have a drip system or sprinkler system, it may make sense to ask a neighbor, house sitter or your landscaper to turn these on and off manually. There are some systems you can control from your phone to water your landscaping too!
Keep your garden in check
While we’re on the topic of landscaping, trees and shrubs can cause damage to your pipes from the roots wrapping around the pipes. Keep your garden maintained and avoid planting large plants near piping if at all possible.
Take care of those small leaks immediately
Found a little leak? It may seem like a harmless drip, but a small leak can become a big water damage problem if not dealt with as soon as possible. Even tiny drips can cause mildew and mold in your home and even lead to structural damage and dry rot over an extended period of time. If you fix the leaks as they occur, you have less likelihood of the small issue becoming a huge problem later. If you have a sudden spike in your water bill, make sure you investigate for underground water leaks as well.
Check the appliances
Most people think toilets are the cause of most home floods but don’t forget about your appliances! Monitor appliances for leaks and replace any cracked and brittle piping. Things like a dishwasher or washing machine can flood your house out quickly if the appliance is not maintained adequately.
Flood damage in our homes is something most of us experience at some point in our lives. It could be caused by something as simple as an overflowing bathtub or something more serious such as a burst pipe or sewerage pipe rupture.
Flood damages to your home can range from minor to severe and dealing with the issue can be overwhelming. While some water issues cannot be foreseen, there are a few things you can do to prevent flood damages to your home from factors you have some control over. If you experience flooding in your home, call the water damage experts at SERVPRO of Phoenix immediately at 480-503-2090 to get the help you need.
How Your Phoenix Home Benefits from Water Damage Restoration
No one wants to deal with water damage in their home. There is not only the damage you can see but also underlying issues behind walls and under floors that may cause even more problems down the road. While you might be tempted to deal with the aftermath of water damage yourself, learn how your Phoenix home benefits from water damage restoration from the pros at SERVPRO of Phoenix.
Quick water removal reduces damages
Several issues can arise by failing to address the water damage challenges as soon as they happen. For instance, your contents may suffer costly damage if left unchecked. With time, what was salvageable may end up with permanent damage such as warping, tearing, mold or mildew. Electrical hazards may also show up unexpectedly, and therefore we always advise homeowners to work with professionals even when they think the situation is not that serious.
Find what’s causing the water damage first
Identifying and stopping the source of the water damage in your Phoenix property is the first step that our SERVPRO technicians perform. After that, we use detection equipment to determine the degree of water penetration. For general moisture detection in walls, carpets, and other areas, we use moisture sensors. However, for an accurate moisture reading and monitoring of the drying process, we use a moisture meter.
When there is some standing water in your structure, we must extract it using the appropriate extraction equipment. With the help of portable or truck-mounted extractors, water removal is possible. Usually, our SERVPRO team uses moveable types when removing water from areas with limited access. Apart from removing the water, the extractors are also helpful when cleaning upholstery and carpets.
Create a drying environment
Creating an environment where the rate of drying is faster is necessary during the restoration. That is why our team enhances airflow using air movers. After the water evaporates, it increases the air's moisture content which after some time cools and settles on areas. To prevent that, we perform dehumidification to address this and to lower the humidity of the air using desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers.
When some contents absorb the water, they rot, and after some time unpleasant odors result. Where possible, we remove the sources of those smells and after that administer deodorants by using ULV foggers or thermal foggers to neutralize them.
SERVPRO of Phoenix is a proven leader in water damage restoration. Call us at (480) 503-2090 to get the help you need when you experience water damage in your home.
Your Best Water Damage Detection System is You
When it comes to water damage, the speed of water removal is the key. The longer it lingers undetected, the worse the problem can be. Problems from faulty plumbing can escalate very quickly. Not only can the water destroy your furnishings and property structure, but it can lead to mold growth. The best way to detect water damage in your home is to be vigilant and aware of changes to your home. At SERVPRO, we believe in vigilance to detect water damage quickly.
Watch for water damage after storms or a plumbing leak
As a homeowner, it’s important to check your home thoroughly after a major storm or a plumbing leak. Many people make the mistake of assuming that once the water stops flowing, you’re in the clear but that’s not the case. Step one is to stop the water, but then look for further damage. Indications of possible water damage may include cracks or seams splitting in walls or the ceiling, tiles or wood floors lifting, or a musty odor. If you have any of these, call in a pro to make sure you get the damage handled quickly. Monitoring your water bill is another option you can consider. If you become accustomed to performing the usual, then you are aware of water usage. Keeping an eye on the monthly bill can reveal a sudden increase in usage from a leak.
Move quickly when you find water damage
To prevent further damage and protect the safety of your family, you need a company that can help avert further water damage to your Phoenix property. When damage strikes, quick mitigation from our experts can prevent further damage giving you peace of mind. Also, it can save you money associated with extensive and expensive repairs to your property. As a homeowner, there are a few actions you can take to prevent a water loss to your property. Storms happen and plumbing leaks; it happens to everyone. When you experience an incident, call a professional ASAP and do a few things to stop further damage:
- Start by disconnecting outside hoses immediately after use. Water pressure buildup can lead to ruptured plumbing lines within the structure.
- Check the connections to your appliances and fixtures for drips and leaks. Look for water spills and listen for drips or gushes so you can show the technician when they show up.
Why call SERVPRO
SERVPRO of Phoenix technicians are IICRC certified and can clean up and restore your home. We utilize state of the art water extraction equipment and monitor the drying process to ensure we achieve our drying goals. This protocol is done to ensure your property is dried to standard levels of moisture content which helps prevent the growth of mold. Whether it is day or night, our highly trained team is always ready to respond to emergencies and reduce water damage to your home.
Partner with a pro you can trust for water damage restoration
Even the smallest of water leaks can worsen the condition of your house. Quick repairs reduce the damage and the expense associated with restoration, so have your local SERVPRO number handy to get any damage handled quickly. Talk to our SERVPRO water damage specialists about other methods of preventing future water losses to your property. After removing the unwanted water and moisture using industry-leading extraction and dehumidifying equipment, we can document the results to help with your insurance claim. You can depend on SERVPRO of Phoenix to respond rapidly to your water issues. Call us 24/7 at 480-503-2090.
Water Damage Restoration for Your Phoenix Home
After your residential property in Phoenix has experienced water damage, finding a professional restoration service is very important. Learn more about what the water damage restoration process entails and how to choose the right professional for the job.
Water Damage Restoration Guidelines
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) have outlined standards that can be used as guidelines when dealing with water damage. In most cases, companies like SERVPRO of Phoenix use the IICRC's set of procedural standards. However, the standards do not to teach people comprehensive procedures for water damage restoration itself. Individuals and companies who utilize these standards must be aware of contemporary techniques and must also abide by all regulations and procedures by local, state, and federal laws.
Loss Assessment and Evaluation Process
The loss assessment and evaluation process is most effectively completed by a trained water damage restoration technician. A SERVPRO of Phoenix expert will utilize the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) form. This technician will document all the personal possessions affected by water damage. This document will help you in your communications with your insurance company concerning your Phoenix home.
Water Damage Restoration Services
Services offered by a SERVPRO of Phoenix water damage specialist will be customized to get your residential property back in order. One service that is available is the use of water sensing equipment to inspect areas of the home that have been affected by water damage. Tools and equipment used for this purpose include probes and infrared equipment. After the inspection is complete, our water remediation specialists will then dry out your home and sanitize any contaminated areas. These areas of the home will also be deodorized if necessary. Throughout the cleaning process, the remediation specialist will use equipment such as dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, air movers, and floor drying systems to optimize the restoration process and preserve structures and contents. Moisture meters measure specific water content in affected items which can help keep any future mold issues that may arise to a minimum.
Even after the entire process of water damage restoration is completed, it’s important for an expert to visit for a follow-up inspection. Your property will be monitored for moisture content, humidity, and temperature of the treated areas to ensure there is no risk for mold damage.
Final Inspection and Completion
Once the moisture content, humidity, and temperature are within acceptable industry standards, the water damage remediation specialists will any remaining equipment from your property.
Let The Professionals of SERVPRO of Phoenix Assist You
While handling the aftermath of water damage can be challenging, we are here to help. The trained professionals of SERVPRO of Phoenix have extensive industry experience and operate in compliance with all rules and regulations outlined by the IICRC S500. We offer 24/7 services from a crew of trained professionals.
Locally Owned and Operated
Our SERVPRO of Phoenix team has various recovery equipment at hand, designed to reduce any water damage threat quickly. You can count on our IICRC-certified professionals to respond 24/7 to any water damage restoration need and make it “Like it never even happened”. Give us a call today at (480) 503-2090.
Water Damage Document Drying & Restorations in Phoenix, Arizona
Files that have been affected by water damage.
When commercial water damage happens, the floors, ceilings and furniture are commonly compromised, but documents also become susceptible to water damages leaving them in desperate need of immediate document drying and restoration. Water damage to commercial property is one of the most difficult things for a business to recover from. Paper-based items and documents are at risk of being completely ruined if not immediately attended to after the fact, so timing is everything.
Restoring Paper Documents from Contamination
SERVPRO of Phoenix uses an innovative vacuum freeze-drying method along with a gamma irradiation process to sterilize, as part of the document restoration process. We are a full service document restoration company that includes drying, cleaning/disinfecting, rejacketing, digitizing, and deodorization to get documents back to their preloss conditions.
Some water damages are caused my contaminated flood waters or a sewage back up, which exposes the documents to harmful chemicals, bacteria, and viruses. At SERVPRO of Phoenix, documents are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected when they go through the gamma irradiation process.
From Document Restorations to Digitizing
SERVPRO of Phoenix will also digitize all your documents, converting all important paper documents and photos to digital formats which can save an immeasurable amount of space as well as providing a secure back up to all your sensitive information.
It’s always best to have an emergency plan of action in place in the event of an emergency disaster such as water damage from a flood, but there is no guarantee that company assets won’t be affected. SERVPRO of Phoenix takes getting your business up and running very seriously, and with the advanced techniques and state of the art technology we use for document restorations, your business will be back to running smoothly “Like it never even happened.”
Phoenix, Arizona Paper Document Restoration Services
Give us a call at 480-503-2090 if you are or ever find yourself looking for document restoration services in Phoenix, Arizona. Our technicians are master-certified and well trained and available 24/7 every day!
The Phoenix Monsoon and Flood Damages
Fortunately for us who live in Phoenix, the only whether that threatens us are the storms that roll in come Monsoon time leaving behind a lot of storm damages.
Though we all seem to escape any harm, our cars and properties are not so lucky. Not only do trees get uprooted, but structures are knocked down and flood damages occur every Monsoon season.
When dealing with storm damages such as flooding in Phoenix, it's key to understand the service you will require to get back to the way things were. Things like water extractions, mold remediation as well as structural repairs and complete reconstructions may be necessary.
Flood damages in your property, if not attended to immediately will leave behind dangerous mold conditions that require professionals, like those at SERVPRO of Phoenix, who are well suited up and highly trained to come in and do a thorough mold remediation and cleanup.
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Regardless of whether water damage hits you from above or below, contact SERVPRO for effective water damage remediation services today.
Rapid Solutions for Standing Water in Your Phoenix Home
When water loss incidents threaten your Phoenix home, getting the right professional assistance responding quickly to the disaster is critical to protecting both your property and its contents. Effective solutions for removing standing water and drying out saturated elements is only the beginning to fully recovering your property exposed to higher volumes of spreading water. Our team has a 24/7 response to these emergencies, arriving with the full measure of our recovery equipment and experienced technicians to begin effective mitigation tactics right away.
There are many steps to water loss recovery in your Phoenix home, but water removal is among the priorities for technicians responding to the emergency. Standing water can pose significant risks to exposed materials including flooring, walls, and ceiling spaces. Without adequate removal and drying techniques to follow, you can find this water damage continuing to spread throughout your home and degrading construction materials, weakening structural elements, and facilitating the growth of hazardous secondary effects like mold.
From the time that our SERVPRO professionals first arrive at your home, we work to establish the full scope and spread of the water damage. We can utilize moisture detection equipment for areas difficult to see clearly. We must gain a fast understanding of affected materials and determine when flood cuts and other controlled demolition techniques are necessary to gain access to damp or highly saturated areas of your property.
With industry-leading extraction equipment like our extractor trucks, wet-vacs with wands, and portable submersible pumps, we have a variety of options to handle standing water we encounter in your home. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly to remove all excess water to ensure that we can get to critical drying efforts as promptly as possible.
While standing water might be difficult to see in your home, our SERVPRO of Phoenix professionals have a broad inventory of recovery equipment designed to reduce this threat quickly. You can count on our IICRC-certified professionals to respond 24/7 to this water loss emergency and make it “Like it never even happened. Give us a call today at (480) 503-2090.
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SERVPRO Says--Save Water, Save Money and Fix that Leak in Your Phoenix Home--Or Call Us for Water Removal
How Much Damage Can a Faucet Leak Cause Your Phoenix Home?
As a Phoenix homeowner, you are all too familiar with the long list of potentially damaging occurrences that could affect your home and cost you money. While you might work to restore and repair some of these concerns on your own as they happen, the effects of these leaks continually get worse the longer they contend with your busy schedule to get replaced or fixed. Leaking fixtures and faucets are one such problem that can be a common threat to homes if the situation does not get resolved quickly.
Understanding the water damage that a leaking faucet can do to your Phoenix home begins with an appreciation of water spreading farther than your eyes can see. Often affected materials nearby might be as far as damage evaluation and assessment goes. Failure to identify the full problem ultimately allows for more significant concerns to worsen in unseen areas or deeper into the exposed materials themselves. Our SERVPRO professionals have the equipment and expertise to help.
While a leaking faucet might not immediately appear to present significant water damage to the surrounding materials and areas of your home, a persistent leak can saturate cabinetry, counters, and drywall quickly to risk secondary effects like mold growth on top of structural concerns. With the right levels of saturation, drywall can become unsalvageable after only 24 hours, requiring demolition and replacement to restore this area of your home.
It is vital to reach out to qualified professionals like our SERVPRO technicians immediately when you discover a water damage incident in your home. Our IICRC certified technicians arrive with moisture detection tools that can identify pockets of dampness to focus drying efforts to follow. If caught early enough, many of these exposed materials can get saved by our drying and cleaning efforts. Why throw money away? Give us some, and you keep the rest!
What might appear like a small leak can produce a substantial problem for your property without the appropriate cleanup and restoration. You can count on our qualified SERVPRO of Phoenix team to arrive quickly with effective mitigation and restoration tactics that can protect your investments. Give us a call anytime at (480) 503-2090.
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How SERVPRO Restores Your Water Damaged Phoenix Home
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Outsourcing Your Home Water Removal Task in Phoenix
The most common reasons for needing water removal in a home range from burst pipes to the failure of household appliances such as a dishwasher or a water heater releasing gallons upon gallons of water. No matter what the cause, the water spreads quickly and needs removing with further steps taken to avoid secondary damage to the home and belongings.
The process of returning your home to its pre-water damaged state begins with a call to SERVPRO. Our expert technicians quickly access the situation to thoroughly address the water in your home and formulate an individualized plan of action to remove the water and moisture from your Phoenix home. To remove standing water, we use powerful pumps, and if the job requires large-scale extraction, we have truck mounted units to get the task handled.
Drying the affected areas is paramount to inhibiting the growth of mold as well as avoiding possible damage to floors, walls, ceilings, and belongings. SERVPRO utilizes powerful air movers along with industrial humidifiers. Our technicians gauge the process carefully watching for any warping of walls or floors. We also use moisture meters to measure accurately any remaining areas that need additional drying.
Before restoration can occur, the areas and objects where water removal occurred need to be cleaned and sanitized. Our technicians specially trained for the signs of mold growth and both preventing and because it sets up quickly in ideal conditions, treating it. We use specially formulated cleaners that not only inhibit mold, bacteria but also deodorize and eliminate odors from the home.
Restoration returns your home to its condition before the water damage occurred. Our team quickly packs and moves out your undamaged home contents if necessary to preserve them. Then if any minor repairs such as replacing damaged drywall, floor repairs to tile or hardwood are needed, we offer those services. Carpet suffers the most during a water damage incident as the padding acts like a sponge intaking water and may need replacing. Letting us handle your water cleanup from start to finish ensures nothing gets missed.
A home that needs water removal needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible to mitigate the damage. Let our expert technicians at SERVPRO of Phoenix handle the removal and restoration for you. We are available at 24/7 at (480) 503-2090 to return your home and life to normal.
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You Need Our Crew At SERVPRO When Your Phoenix Home Requires Water Cleanup Services
Water damage to your Phoenix home can be a complete disaster.
A Comparison Of What Can Happen With Or Without SERVPRO In Phoenix
Water damage to your Phoenix home can be a complete disaster, but with the help of professional damage mitigation services like SERVPRO, you can overcome both immediate and long-term problems with relative ease and minimal costs. However, if you choose to skip out on a certified restoration service, you could end up with much more serious issues that take significantly more time and money to fix. If you have more questions about what SERVPRO can do to help your issues and how much your insurance can cover, get in touch with one of our representatives.
What Happens With Help?
With the help of a company like SERVPRO that is certified to restore your Phoenix home after water damage makes its mark, all signs of the damage should be eliminated within a few weeks for even the most extensive problems. Many smaller restoration procedures take only a few days, but the result is the same: your home looks just as good and possibly better than it was before the incident took place. We remove any water remaining in the building, dry your home out down to the deepest reaches of its materials, and then work to repair any structural or cosmetic damage the moisture may have caused to your home.
What Happens Without Help?
If you choose to go without the aid of a professional damage restoration service, the problems can add up and cost you much more in the long run. Excess water can seep into the foundation and structural elements of your home, breaking them down and necessitating expensive reconstruction efforts. On top of that, your home could also develop a mold problem, as fungal spores grow quickly and easily in climate controlled environments with plenty of moisture and humidity. You might still end up making a call to us, but for a much more involved and costly set of issues.
SERVPRO of Phoenix helps homeowners around the Valley take care of their finances and belongings after a water damage incident occurs. Call us 24/7 at (480) 503-2090.
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Avoid Making the Phoenix Water Damage Situation Worse By Compromising Safety in Your Home
Regardless of how the water entered your home, contact SERVPRO to remove the water and remediate any damage.
How to Safety and Efficiently Clear Out Water Damage in Phoenix
A burst pipe, broken laundry, plumbing issues, or horrible weather can result in massive amounts of water entering your establishment. It can be frustrating trying to get all the water out of your home. You want to do it as soon as possible because water damage can lead to some costly repairs. Plus, if you are not careful, you can get hurt or electrocuted.
Water damage in the Phoenix area can be hazardous. It is essential to disconnect the power, unplug any electronics, and remove furniture and electronic items as soon as possible. The faster you take these items far away from the water damage, the more likely they can be salvageable. Plus, it can be safer for you when you clean and clear out the water. Electrical appliances can be a hazard when it touches the water. Once all your electrical devices are far from harm's way, and that your family is in a safer area, then it is time to call in the technicians. Water damage is no joke, and it is not something that you want to handle alone.
SERVPRO technicians can come in and inspect your place. They can begin the mitigation process immediately to get rid of excess water. The faster you extract the water, the less damage that you have to deal with in the future. The SERVPRO tech can also inspect your carpet to determine if you might need to replace it or not. They can also utilize the moisture meter to check the humidity level in the air. They want to make sure that the environment is adequate for efficient drying time. You might not have the skills or the equipment to dry and get rid of the excess water properly, which is why it is best to have a water damage expert to do the job.
If you are ready to clear out water damage safely and effectively, then give SERVPRO of Phoenix a call at (480) 503-2090 for a consultation with our skilled technician.
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Why DIY Water Restoration is Inadvisable for Your Phoenix Home
Water damage can come from many directions. Contact SERVPRO and we will remediate the damage regardless of the source.
SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Dry Out Your Water Damaged Home After an Event
While your Phoenix home might get threatened by several potential sources throughout its lifespan, learning how to take care of these emergencies or disasters as they happen is critical. The faster that you can respond to an issue with your plumbing or a malfunctioning appliance, the better able you are to lessen the effects of these occurrences to your home.
In this same sense, you need to understand the importance of getting to restoring the water damages in Phoenix that your home could experience right away. Many homeowners believe that they can dry and clean up water loss incidents in their home on their own, but this is not always the case. Water damage can spread quickly and affect areas and materials of your home that you cannot see or adequately dry without specialized equipment.
Our SERVPRO technicians have industry leading equipment and training to help you determine the full extent of the damage that your home has sustained and the best approach to restoring this damage. For instances of pipe bursts, our leak detection equipment, and moisture detection equipment can help to narrow the area of drywall or paneling to get removed so that the damage can get repaired.
As you might have anticipated, water spreads far beyond the initial source, saturating materials. When areas like wall cavities and subflooring become saturated and damp, this often gets overlooked by the DIY homeowner. Not only can this persistent dampness adversely affect the strength and integrity of the materials it comes into contact with, but it could also lead to compounding conditions as well. With a dark and damp space, it takes as little as three days for mold spores to seat and colonize, leading to widespread secondary damages which require our SERVPRO remediation specialists.
As tempting as it might be to attempt to remedy water damage in your home on your own, most of the time, these situations are best left to our certified technicians at SERVPRO of Phoenix. With our commitment to respond quickly and our expertise in water restoration, we can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (480) 503-2090.
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Water Damage Behind the Kitchen Sink Can Travel Around Your Phoenix Home
The moisture coming from a leaking pipe under your sink can easily spread throughout your home.
SERVPRO Can Help You Get a Handle on Water Damage in Your Home
As busy as our lives might become, eating well and preparing our meals in a clean environment helps protect our health. Phoenix residents often understand the dangers that pathogens and other microscopic organisms can pose, but the one thing that these organisms need the most often comes from the cleanest place in the home - your kitchen sink.
When your Phoenix home's kitchen faucet, sink or drain leaks, water damage can develop behind it, running all over the cabinet's interior, down the back of the wall, or underneath it into the subfloor. This can lead to problems with microbes growing out of control and health effects.
Water never disappears. Even if something dries out after a spill, that water merely went into the air, only to reappear elsewhere in the form of condensation. Until then it stays suspended as increased humidity in the air your family breathes. Having a dehumidifier in your home can help significantly in many situations.
The technicians at SERVPRO can help you protect your home from all types of water damage before they become a reality. Preventative work protects your home's contents, as well, and keeps them dry and undamaged. Restorative work always comes with an increased cost, plus some contents can never become undamaged again after becoming ruined. Replacement costs can never bring back memories associated with keepsakes, in fact, many mementos might no longer have replacements that you could buy, especially if older or one-of-a-kind items face damaging water, moisture, or humidity.
Solving the problem involving your kitchen sink prevents additional water from entering your home. Drying your home out prevents any already-present and existing moisture from continuing to damage your home. Repairing any damage that already exists helps keep your home in perfect shape, and safe for your family.
SERVPRO of Phoenix assists homeowners to deal with water damage whenever it affects their homes and causes property loss. Helping prevent this in the Dove Valley and Taturn Ranches and around the surrounding locales, we help support our communities by helping ensure their homes remain safe and healthy places. Call us at (480) 503-2090 to reach our 24-hour customer service line.
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Water Damage Cleanup in Your Phoenix Home
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Can A Skylight Cause Water Damage in Your Phoenix Home? Yes, It Can.
Skylights are a great addition to your Phoenix home. The added natural sunlight makes your home brighter and feels more spacious. However, if your skylights start leaking, it can take all the beauty of them away and replace it with various problems. You can even be looking at severe damage to your property. Leaking skylights need to be fixed as soon as possible to minimize this damage and to keep the leak from getting larger.
Professionals should also be used to install your skylights to ensure they are put in correctly, but even then, things can still go wrong. Water damage from a leaking skylight in your Phoenix home can be surprising, but don’t hesitate to act fast to correct the issue. Hiring our experienced staff at SERVPRO to clean up the water mess left behind is the smart thing to do. We have all the tools to get the job done right and in a timely fashion, avoiding additional problems, such as mold growth.
In a situation like this, we may need to take a look at water-soaked carpeting. Our primary goal when restoring water damages is to protect and preserve your structure and its contents. One of the first concerns is carpeting and padding. The construction of carpet presents two fundamental problems – latex deterioration and backing separation, or delamination.
Carpet always has a primary and secondary backing. Latex is the material that adheres and holds the carpet fibers to the primary backing. It also holds the secondary and primary backings together. SERVPRO techs realize that latex begins to deteriorate once the carpet is installed. It can break down from gases in the air, plus sunlight and traffic.
There are several grades of latex. The higher ones contain additives which slow the process of breakdown. Less expensive latex compounds have fillers to take up space, however, offer no adhesive properties. The more fillers there are, the less adhesive power there is, and the sooner breakdown happens. The process causes a separation of the two backings which is known as delamination. It usually appears in the form of bubbles. High traffic areas are more likely to delaminate.
We look out for this pre-existing conditions when we are restoring your home from water damage. We often discover it when we pull the carpet up, and it, unfortunately, cannot be fixed. The carpeting may need to be replaced if the damage is severe enough.
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SERVPRO of Phoenix works with you to restore your water-damaged home in Biltmore, Carefree, or Paradise Valley after your skylight has leaked and your possessions. Give us a call right away at (480) 503-2090 when you realize there is a problem so we can help.
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Water Damage from Failed Garbage Disposal in Your Phoenix Kitchen
If your garbage disposal causes a mess in your kitchen, call on the professional at SERVPRO for quick and thorough water damage restoration.
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Garbage disposals are useful tools to have in your Phoenix kitchen. However, if they are not used correctly, they can create massive amounts of water damage in your kitchen and surrounding areas from a clog, leak, or burst pipe. Plus, it is usually not only water which leaks from a garbage disposal. It is also food and whatever other waste you have tried to dispose of.
When your disposal fails and creates water damage in your Phoenix home, you can be dealing with extensive damage from a significant amount of water. The kind of mess water can leave behind is a lot to handle on your own, so trusting our technicians at SERVPRO is your best bet. We deal with water damage every day and have the tools and training to get your home back to normal as soon as possible.
Our priority is to contain the damage and extract any standing water. All wet materials in the floor such as throw rugs are removed from the affected area. After we have the water extracted, we also remove any wet surfaces on the flooring or your cabinets. Baseboards sometimes are removed as well, and cabinet drawers and doors are opened. All these things help to accelerate the drying process.
Once SERVPRO techs have extracted all the wet materials, we can begin the drying process. Commercial grade equipment, such as dehumidifiers and air movers are used to generate dry air and increase evaporation and air circulation. We monitor the environment daily during the drying process and record the results of the progress. At this time, we also move the drying equipment if needed for the optimal drying time. Average drying time is around two to four days depending on the materials impacted and how severe the water damage was.
When your structure is dry, we inspect to make sure there are no hidden moisture pockets that could result in more damage such as mold growth. We then restore or replace any building materials that were damaged, so your home is fully returned to a healthy and safe dwelling place.
SERVPRO of Phoenix wants to make sure your home is back to the way it was before the water emergency, so we make sure we are thorough in our process of remediation. Give us a call right away at (480) 503-2090 when you need help cleaning up a water damage mess.
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Water Removal After a Toilet Overflow in Your Phoenix Home
Water Leaks from Toilets, Pipes, and Appliances in Phoenix Get Help from SERVPRO
Many Factors Lead to Water Problems in Homes
When a toilet in your Phoenix home overflows, the damage can be immense, whether the tank malfunctioned or there was a clog in the bowl. It is even troublesome when the bathroom is located on an upper floor of your house since the water can seep down to the lower levels. Water can affect flooring systems, ceilings, wall cavities, and possible insulation in a case like this.
An overflow and massive mess like this in your Phoenix home requires water removal and help from a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. You must act fast in a water emergency to prevent further damage, and we understand that. We are always standing by to help you with the knowledge and the tools that are needed.
Restoring your home to pre-damage conditions involves the removal of water, decontamination, and drying. When it comes to water extraction, we use vacuums and pumps to get rid of all the standing water. We start this step as soon as possible to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold and degradation of building materials and furnishings.
Drying and dehumidification can begin next. This step is essential to get rid of any remaining moisture. It can take several days to complete, and we monitor our equipment daily to ensure an optimal drying time. Thermal sensors and moisture sensors and infrared cameras can help detect hidden pockets of moisture.
Any personal belongings that were affected have to be cleaned and sanitized to stop any bacterial and mold growth. Antimicrobial treatments are given to draperies, carpeting, and clothing.
Restoration is a significant step in the process. It may involve replacing materials such as insulation and drywall that got wet and were torn out. Sometimes, it is a merely replacing a few panels of drywall. More severe cases need entire walls replaced. We call certified contractors in for help with this process.
SERVPRO of Phoenix wants to ensure your home in Desert Ridge, Tatum Ranch or Deer Valley is fully restored and safe again for you and your family. When you have water damage emergency, reach out to us right away at (480) 503-2090, so we can help you clean up your home.
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Water Damage in Phoenix from a Leaky Water Heater
SERVPRO Says Phoenix Water Damage from Water Heaters Gets Mitigated Quickly with Our Help
SERVPRO TIP: Inspect Your Water Heater Periodically to Avert Water Damage
Have you checked your Phoenix water heater lately for signs of suspicious moisture? It can take the form of excess condensation on the heater’s surface or drops of water on the floor around it or in the catch pan. The team at SERVPRO is often called in to deal with a flooded basement caused by a worn out water heater.
The useful life of a water heater is about 8 to 12 years, according to experts. At that point, tiny cracks develop, metal deteriorates, and rust forms. A wise homeowner regularly inspects the heater for signs of wear and the basement for evidence of water damage in Phoenix.
Standing water is a sure sign of a problem. But you can catch a leak in its early stages by checking for less obvious indicators, including:
Moldy, musty smells along the walls or coming from boxes stored on the floor
Telltale stains on floors, walls, and ceilings, including rust
Warped, lifted floor tiles
Excess condensation on the water heater
If you see any of these danger signs, call SERVPRO. We have the expertise and the equipment to remove the water, dry and dehumidify your rooms, and then clean, repair and restore them to make them livable again. We start with a comprehensive inspection and assessment of your basement.
Water damage can be so pervasive; it takes professional equipment to get your home dry. Our industrial strength pumps extract the standing water quickly. By removing as much water as possible, we speed up the drying time significantly.
After extraction, we deal with the moisture in the air. Powerful air movers blow damp air out. These are used in conjunction with dehumidifiers that remove water vapor and reduce humidity. Once the basement is dry enough, we clean up the damage, restore wherever possible, and replace when necessary. The result looks “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Phoenix is here to help with your water damage problems and other water, fire and mold emergencies. Call us 24/7 at (480) 503-2090. We are centrally located, serving Phoenix, Dove Valley Ranch and Tatum Ranch.
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Remodeling Misstep Means Water Damage Issues in Phoenix
Shower Leaks Lead to Water Damage, Call SERVPRO to Check Your Phoenix Home
SERVPRO Steps In to Mitigate Damage Caused by Leaks
Sometimes even experienced plumbers make mistakes that result in water damage in unexpected places. A bathroom update that results in leaking or poor drainage requires another look at the plumbing renovation and restoration of damage done to your home’s structures. SERVPRO technicians receive training to detect where the water intrudes as well as how to return your home to preloss condition.
Water damage after a remodeling of your Phoenix bathroom is a frustrating outcome. A decision to use a diverter spout to add a handheld shower in your classic tiled bath area causes a blowback issue resulting in water spraying inside your wall as well as through the shower head. Even a small amount of blowback results in significant harm over time. Our technicians help pinpoint the problem and develop a plan to restore the damage.
A desire to retain the character of the original bathroom drives the decision to add to existing plumbing rather than tear out and replace. Unfortunately, the older pipes need help to connect with modern fixtures. If the connections added, fail to seal and balance water pressure correctly, leakage occurs. SERVPRO locates the problem and takes steps to dry out the saturated areas. Often an older bathroom has a large access panel in an adjacent room, closet or hallway we open to find the leak and then keep open to direct air flow that removes the moisture.
We work with plumbing contractors to resolve the blowback problem as we dry out the area behind the bathtub and shower. We also follow the path of the water to discover any migrating moisture causing damage to the walls or ceilings below. Older homes often have plaster construction which sheds water more easily than drywall. SERVPRO water damage technicians still develop drying goals to ensure any lathes behind the plaster avoid secondary damage like mold growth or disintegration.
Air movers, augmented with dehumidifiers, do a thorough job of removing the moisture once the spout is re-installed with proper taping, caulking or other safeguards preventing further water damage. Bubbled paint or staining restore to the pre-leak condition when touched-up after drying is complete.
Do not despair if a remodeling project takes an unexpected turn. SERVPRO of Phoenix has the staff, experience, and equipment to get things back on track. Call for an appointment at (480) 503-2090.
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SERVPRO: Your Experts in Commercial Water Damage
Flooded Hallway At Commercial Water Loss
If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space. Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration before you enter your commercial space, or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space. Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible. Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present. Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installation must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.
What does it matter if I dry a water loss or not?
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In the 90’s Mold became the Cause Celeb, especially that strain of “Black” Mold, Stachybotrys, that struck fear in the hearts of thousands of Americans. Even though that hysteria has passed, it is no joking matter to have mold growing in your home. It is true that mold spores are everywhere, but for mold to grow you have to have two things: 1) food; and 2) water. There is very little you can do to remove all “food” sources in a house, but you can eliminate the water factor. When you have a water loss, and once the source has been repaired, it is incredibly important to completely dry the area affected so mold will not grow. If you try to take care of it yourself, you run the risk of giving mold a chance to infiltrate your house. Why would you do that when you can call SERVPRO® of Phoenix at 480 – 503 - 2090, and make sure your house is dry.
Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.
Here are the key principles homeowners should know about sewage back-ups:
Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.
Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.
It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly. This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too. There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.
Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work.
Why use a certified technician
Why use a certified technician?
Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. Certified restorers have the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their pre-loss condition.
Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.
More than just removing excess water, certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to pre-loss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.
Certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.
TAKE THESE STEPS TO PREVENT FROZEN PIPES THIS WINTER
TAKE THESE STEPS TO PREVENT FROZEN PIPES THIS WINTER
If you’ve never experienced the disasters frozen pipes can cause, such as bursting and flooding, you probably don’t pay much mind to taking care of your water pipes. But ask anyone who has ever dealt with frozen pipes, and they’ll tell you the preventative maintenance is definitely worth it. In a modern age where almost everything is climate controlled, it’s easy to forget that pipes run through spaces that can get chilly enough for them to freeze.
Frozen pipes can cause costly water damage.
The last thing you want is costly water damage caused by burst pipes. So make sure you take the following steps in order to prevent frozen pipes this winter.
Preventing Frozen Pipes and Water Damage
Be well-versed in these steps, and you won’t have to worry about a pipe catastrophe when the temperatures drop.
Insulate: Insulating the spaces your pipes run through, such as attics, crawl spaces and basements will prevent those spaces from dropping below freezing. If you can’t insulate the spaces, consider insulating your pipes. Insulation is the easiest step of preventative maintenance against frozen pipes.
Climate Control: If you leave your home for an extended period of time, you might think to turn off the heat if no one will be there. However, if temperatures drop low enough, your home can become cool enough for frozen pipes. So if you do leave, keep the thermostat on at least 55°F so that you don’t come back to unsightly water damage.
Faucets: When you know temperatures are below freezing outside, open your facets just a bit to allow them to drip. Running water through the pipes will help prevent them from freezing.
Seal: Make sure your doors, windows, and foundation are sealed against air leaks. Besides driving your energy bill up, letting the warm air out can let the temperature drop low enough (in some areas) for pipes to freeze.
Why you should call a professional restoration company for water damage.
A water damage restoration service is the kind of professional that no one wants to call, but when they are needed, it is important not to delay. Homeowners know that moisture is often the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space, and taking advantage of every little crack and structural problem. No matter how moisture gets into the building, the response should be the same. Bring in a certified firm as soon as possible to clean the home, dry it, and ensure there are no lingering health threats once the moisture is gone.
If water has entered the home through a contaminated source, don’t try to handle it on your own. Floods and sewage backflows contain a cocktail of deadly bacteria, viruses and fungi, and even momentary skin contact can leave a person seriously ill. A certified water damage restoration service not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, they have the protective equipment to remain free from harm.
Restoration technicians have a lot of technology at their disposal. These include powerful vacuums and pumping systems, high volume air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture meters, and a number of detergents formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats. While the technicians work on the building, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also destroy all mold and microbial colonies. This is the only way to ensure a home is safe to live, and a business safe to work in; any other cleaning method is a dangerous gamble.
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Sometimes water damage is not obvious with the naked eye. Here we use an infrared camera to detect moisture behind the wall. Our advanced equipment and techniques allow for a complete inspection and assessment of a loss site.
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