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Importance of Smoke Detectors

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever had a smoke detector go off when you have been cooking, or randomly in the middle of the night causing everyone to wake up? A smoke detector that is not functionally properly can be extremely annoying. This can cause someone to take the battery out, not have a smoke detector to begin with, or (hopefully) replace the battery. If the smoke detector randomly goes off without being prompted by smoke, it is probably time to replace the batteries. With a working smoke detector, it not only can save lives, but it can also reduce the damage done to a home/business. The faster you catch a fire, the faster it can be put out.

To find more information about the importance of a smoke detector you can visit:

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/smoke-alarms

            The link provided gives eye opening facts about fire related deaths, injuries, and smoke detector neglect.

In addition to a working smoke detector, be sure you have an escape plan that everyone in the household knows. For tips on making an escape plan please visit the National Fire Protection Association with the link listed below.

http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/safety-in-the-home/escape-planning/basic-fire-escape-planning

Whether the damage is big or small SERVPRO of Paradise Valley can help!

Mold & Containment in Paradise Valley

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Remember our light to medium rain (depending on where you are in the valley) we had on June 16th? Unfortunately, this family remembers as they are currently having their kitchen rebuilt because of mold. Water found a hole and began wreaking havoc without the family’s knowledge. The affected area was behind the kitchen appliances, cabinets, and was only discovered when a child’s toy went under the oven. Naturally to retrieve their beloved toy they moved the oven only to find a lot more than a toy. We setup containment and got asbestos testing done before we began removing anything in the kitchen. We will be posting a before and after shortly so stay tuned! The picture shown isn’t even the worst of it so be prepared! We are here for all your remediation needs but hope you will never need us!

Biohazard in Paradise Valley 85253

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard just like floods, fires, and mold losses happens. It is usually when you least expect it but sometimes you see it coming. That is the case for one specific business we have worked with on various occasions. As you can see in the picture it is the clean version of what happened on the table, bench, and wall. Don’t worry this biohazard loss did not happen because of the loss of a life. I will simply say it was gross for a place that someone eats at. How did we clean? Power washer and chemicals! We removed the hazard from the premise then we sprayed our chemicals and lastly repower washed the area. Think of what we did and compare it to when you spill something on your floor. First you remove whatever was spilled, then you get your choice in cleaning supplies spray affected area, so it is not sticky, and lastly remove the cleaning supplies so your floor looks new! SERVPRO of Paradise Valley can help your business with biohazard inside and out.

Summer Damage in Paradise Valley 85253

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is here, and the heat is back. This means swimming, water parks, fishing, and many other fun activities. With the heat also comes the not so fun side of Arizona. Snakes, heat stroke, and monsoons all begin to make their appearance potentially wreaking havoc on our bodies and homes. All three we can take proper steps to prevent or minimize the damage. First, snakes, keeping debris like dead leaves, tree limbs, left over wood and trash can be a place for snakes to hide. Limiting how much is lying around outside can help prevent snakes from appearing in your backyard. Second, heat stroke, drinking plenty of water, being indoors, or finding shade to take a break from the suns rays are all ways to prevent heat stroke. Finally, monsoons. Monsoons, along with the heat, can damage your roof causing your home to now have water or potentially mold. If you already have damage to your roof we give free estimates for your internal damages that you have been pushing aside. Also, we can give you our recommendations on who we trust to repair your roof. When it comes to owning a home it is better to be safe than sorry!

Remodel in Paradise Valley 85253

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

This home in Paradise Valley was recently renovated but it had one minor problem before the flooring could be installed. The problem was a dirty floor. There was dust, overspray (from installing the drywall, you can see the overspray near the base of the drywall), and very minor mold in one of the bedrooms. The homeowner requested we cleaned as much overspray and dust that we possibly could in the rooms not containing mold. In the room containing mold she wanted it long gone! We took care of all her needs and wants quickly, effectively, and what the homeowner thought was a fair price. If your home needs a quick clean or in need of mold remediation we are equipped with knowledgeable staff and the tools to get any size job done right!

Fresenius Desert Valley Care Center 85032

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

It is always an honor to be trusted by someone in a time of need especially a health center. We had received a call from the Fresenius Desert Valley Care Center and we were told that they had a bit of a water issue. We rushed over and began extracting the water on the floor. Note: While we worked there were nurses, doctors and patients needing to get from point A to point B. This made us try and work faster than even our fastest speed to get out of their way. We were told by the Care Center to prioritize the patients room and the server room(pictured). Once the water was extracted we began placing fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers strategically to avoid tripping, infringing movement, and to properly dry the rest of the space. We are proud of the services we can provide to help others in need!

Peak 16 Fire

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Having a fire is something you always hope and pray will never happen to you or anyone you love. We hope and pray whenever we go to a fire loss everyone is okay. Thankfully out of all our fire loses no one has been hurt aside from being slightly stressed about the situation they are now in. The loss pictured was at an apartment complex and that room was currently being remodeled. There were plumbers there to fix the plumbing issues which caused them to be using a torch. I am sure you can guess what happened next. The wood caught fire and damaged the outer drywall, the support, and smoked spread throughout the apartment. Accidents happen, we witness car accidents daily, send a text to the wrong person, pipes break and so on. Although we can not help with every accident in the world we can help you with the ones with your home.

Water Extractor in Paradise Valley 85253

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most common water loss occurrences is because of the toilet supply line. That is why we recommend replacing them every few years and to get an excellent quality one rather than the cheapest you can find. Spending the extra 15 dollars is well worth spending (in my mind) to prevent a water loss in your home. Although, a water loss certainly isn’t the end of the world, but it can cause a lot of stress, sadness (if something gets ruined), and sometimes maybe even anger. In the picture you are looking at our portable water extractor. This job was an emergency call that came in around 8 pm on a Saturday night. We extracted as much water as we could, removed the carpet pad, placed equipment, and removed toe kicks. These are all necessary steps to limit the damage the water can do and prevent the growth of mold.

Mold in the Attic of a Paradise Valley Home

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes what may look like a roof leak turns out to be an A/C condenser line leak. This was the case for this Paradise Valley home. There was staining on the ceiling in their home, so they requested our help in finding the problem, that meant going into the attic. Upon first inspection while using the FLIR we saw colder temperatures on the ceiling and then we found the mold(pictured) in the attic. We placed one dehumidifier in the room that had the water staining to eliminate the chance of mold growth in the living space. Then, we removed the insulation, wet drywall, hepa vac affected area (including studs, drywall(that wasn't removed), and the A/C itself), and upon homeowners request we sprayed antimicrobial. If you have a suspected a problem with your roof or in your attic, we are here for you 24/7/365 to find the problem and take steps to properly fix it!

Average Rainfall in Phoenix

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Having a roof leak, if you were to have one, is better now rather than later when monsoon season hits. That is what happened to this Paradise Valley home. They were understandably upset but were also thankful that they knew they had a problem before the damage could be worse. On average during the month of July we receive just over an inch of rain. The most rainfall we have had in a 24-hour period was September 8, 2014 which we received 3.29 inches of rain! If you lived in Arizona at the time that was an unforgettable storm in the Phoenix area. The 3.29 inches dropped in that one day is close to Washington’s month of May average. Arizona has the potential to have a lot of rainfall in such a brief amount of time. If you are in a flood zone or are unsure about the strength of your roof start preparing now.