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Don't Pop the Bubble!

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

I know it may look tempting to see what is happening on the inside of the bubble but most the time you do not want to starting messing with it. Usually it is/was just water buildup that started pooling and making the paint start to sag. Not every time is someone lucky like that! I have personally seen someone tear open a bubble like that causing rats, rat feces, and dead rats start falling to the ground. It is safe to say the rats won that battle until we could get an exterminator out. Maybe this was just an extreme situation but I have learned my lesson. The lesson learned would be to find the source of the problem first and then move on from there! If you do not want to do it call someone out to assist you. It is always better to be safe than sorry (in my opinion at least)! If you discover one or multiple of these “bubbles” chances are it is just a water issue that can easily be fixed. If you need someone to fix/find the problem we are here to help!

Fun Fact

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that moldy bread was used by the Ancient Egyptians to put on their wounds? This is a fact I just learned recently about mold. After learning about it, it completely makes sense! The Egyptians did in fact use moldy bread to treat their wounds to get rid of any bacteria that could cause infection. Why does this make so much sense? Well if you know where penicillin comes from then you can understand why it makes so much sense. However, this practice was used long before the drug penicillin came about and the discovery of penicillin was kind of accidental! There are so many more questions that will go unanswered after I read about this. Like why didn't we test mold further for its benefits, or did we test further? I think I know what the rest of my day is going to consist of... Doing extensive research about mold and the many benefits it has. As well as looking at the timeline between The Egyptians using moldy bread and then the discovery of penicillin to see if there is any correlation. Or perhaps did we think they were crazy for doing that but didn't realize the benefits until after we discovered them ourselves? So many unanswered questions. Time to do some research to answer all these questions! I would not recommend testing this fact at home! There are so many different kinds of mold! We are here for you 24/7 if you encounter mold in your home/business

Restoring your Commercial Property in Paradise Valley

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring your Commercial Property in Paradise Valley FEDEX water damage

Flooding and water damage events at Paradise Valley commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. As you can see this FEDEX had some severe water issues. The whole front of the store had water in all the "nooks and crannies." We were notified as soon as the manager opened the store (happened overnight) and we assisted them quickly and effectively. We began by setting up equipment in areas that would allow the store to stay open during the day but would also dry the store properly.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Paradise Valley

SERVPRO of Paradise Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO of Paradise Valley is dedicated to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Supporting from afar

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Living in Arizona has its many benefits:

  1. Do not have to worry about tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes (major tornadoes at least), earthquakes (although we have them occasionally), or really any major disaster.
  2. Doesn’t often get below 20 degrees in the winter (Phoenix area)
  3. Heat really isn’t too bad (considering we have A/C’s in every building)

Living in Arizona has some cons as well:

  1. Fires
  2. Flash Floods
  3. Heat (at times)

I pray for everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey and cannot imagine what Texans are going through now. What I do know is how much support, help, prayers and love they will receive from everyone living in America. I am following JJ Watt on twitter and he has said that he has raised 10 million dollars to help those in Texas! Absolutely incredible if you ask me! I don’t think that number will stop there either! While Arizona has its benefits, we should not be blind to the world and help when/if we can. Many SERVPRO’s across the nation including those in Texas will be helping families in need with restoring their home and providing assistance with water, food, or wherever they can. "United we stand, Divided we fall." Stay strong Texas!

Solar Eclipse

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Experiencing a solar eclipse in the United States is a once in a lifetime occurrence. Here in Arizona we will not see “totality” but we will still be able to see a partial solar eclipse. It is estimated that we will be able to see about 66% of the eclipse which still sounds cool to me! With that being said, make sure you use protective sun glasses! Basic cheap sunglasses will not prevent your eyes from getting damaged! There are solar eclipse glasses that can be pricey but there are also some that cost only a few dollars. NASA has given some tips on why you should get solar glasses and how to spot fake glasses, I have provided that information in the link https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety for your viewing! You do not have to spend a lot of money to see something educational and awesome when viewing the solar eclipse!

Red Cross

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

In a previous blog I have stressed the importance of smoke detectors. Well now instead of just speaking about it we can act on it. The Red Cross has launched the "Home Fire Campaign." The goal for this campaign is to reduce home fire death/injury by 25%! How can you help? Or do you need help? If you visit http://www.redcross.org/local/az-nm-el-paso/home-fire-safety you can volunteer to help install smoke detectors, request a detector be installed in your home, or you can donate. Instead of just "talking" let us all do something about it! "Actions speak louder than words" in almost all cases (that is what I believe at least). SERVPRO of Paradise Valley is acting on October 14th to help those in need. If you can/want to volunteer please do not hesitate.

Flood Zones

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Why does Arizona flood with minimal rainfall? Should you get flood insurance?

Arizona averages between ten and twenty inches of rain a year. That number compared to other states who have a lot more and little flooding almost seems laughable. So why do we flood? Arizona has a lot harder ground than that of say Louisiana, New York, Chicago, etc. Living and traveling in Arizona you see how dry riverbeds and run offs are. Since they are so dry when it rains the water does not get absorbed in the ground as quickly as it needs to. This causes the water to keep flowing (downhill) until it eventually has somewhere to go... usually the most inconvenient of places!  

Now should you get flood insurance. Ultimately that is up to the homeowner but if you are in a flood zone I would say definitely! If you would like to know if you are in a flood zone you can visit: https://www.fema.gov/states/arizona

Commercial Cleaning/Restoration

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Paradise Valley has done work for numerous amounts of commercial buildings. We have done carpet cleanings, water removal, mold removal, fire restoration, biohazard, and anything we would do at a residential property. No matter how big or small we are always prepared. SERVPRO provides us with a “Large Loss Division” in case we need more equipment, trucks, or just flat out more help. Of course, we are well equipped for anything to happen but that just gives us a “just a case.” Some of the commercial properties we have done work for are retail facilities, education, property management, hospitality and healthcare facilities. If something happens to your commercial property SERVPRO of Paradise Valley is here for you 24/7 making it “Like it never even happened.”

Church Carpet Cleaning in Ahwatukee

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

We received a call from Mountain View Lutheran Church requesting a carpet cleaning. We happily obliged and scheduled to get the service done the next day (when they requested to get the service done). We cleaned the four rooms in the office area which included the carpet/tile and the furniture. In the picture shown you can see the crew chief cleaning the carpet. What you do not see is how much effort it took them to get out one pesky little stain out. Unfortunately, that is the way it goes sometimes, some stains are harder to get out than others. Some stains that are the hardest to get out are red Kool-Aid and cat urine. One stain that may surprise some of being the easiest to get out would be blood stains. If you need your commercial carpets cleaned give us a call today and we can schedule a time and day to get it done!

Toilet Disaster

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Broken toilet lines are easily our most common water loss source. The picture shown shows how much water can spew out of the line even with the tiniest of cracks. This picture was taken only 45 minutes after it happened but you can still see about a centimeter of water on the tile. That was even after it traveled everywhere it could in the house. In this case the water had traveled to every room except the kitchen because the kitchen was higher up compared to the other rooms. After we took necessary photos of the damage and the source we got to work extracting the water. Once we were done with that we set up fans and a dehumidifier to help prevent mold growth. Be sure to check your toilet supply line consistently especially if it hasn’t been replaced for a number of years.