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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.

Sweet Candle Smell

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Who can resist relaxing, reading a book, and having your favorite candle lit? I know its hard resisting the temptation to drive home right now and do that myself. Have you ever caught yourself falling asleep or leaving the house when you never blew out that candle? I have done this myself and nothing happened. This was not the case for this house. The daughter accidently left a candle in her room lit while she went to school. It didn't take long for a fire to start and even though it wasn't lit for long it damaged the whole house. Obviously, the house didn't get burnt down in flames but the smoke traveled throughout leaving its burning smell and residue on the walls. When we talked to the family members they were obviously upset but were thankful that everyone was safe and only material "things" were damaged. In the end, always be safe around fires and appreciate life! We are here for you 24/7, always trying to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Leak Outside Mold Inside

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Sometimes when things (especially leaks) are out of sight they are out of mind. When it comes to water, this should never be the case. If you see even the tiniest of leaks fix it or have someone fix it for you unless you want a new kitchen. Just know that new kitchen is coming out of your pocket because most insurance companies do not cover mold. In the picture shown you can see that there was some sort of leak because of the ground being muddy, the wall being discolored, and the wall having moss. The moss/moisture then went to the inside of the home undetected for who knows how long. Roughly half of the kitchen cabinets, flooring, and some appliances were removed. Moral of this job is do not put something off if you notice something is wrong. If you fix it now you won’t be paying for it later.

Electrical Fire in Paradise Valley

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fire in Paradise Valley Electrical fire at a Paradise Valley home

Electrical fires are the leading cause of house fires in the United States. Often, we are forgetful when it comes to unplugging cords or we are simply too lazy to. I am guilty of this with both being forgetful and lazy. But, how do we know which cords to unplug? The saying “Better safe than sorry” would be a great one to use in the situation of unplugging something or not. There are many reasons why you should unplug an electric cord. Whether that be because of saving money, flooding/any water damage, wires are exposed, or because you no longer need to use what was being plugged in. Also, be sure to know the correct wattage that appliances need so you can plug them in to appropriate outlets. Although you cannot control what is behind the wall you can control what is in front of the wall. With cords plugged in you are at a higher chance of inadvertently starting an electrical fire. For more information please visit firerecruit.com or NFPA.org

Leaky Pipes

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Leaky Pipes Slab leak in a Paradise Valley home

If your water bill spikes for no apparent reason you should probably call a plumber out before the damage becomes worse. If there is no probable cause like a dripping faucet, running toilet, or a teenager who took an hour-long shower, you might have a leak that is underground, behind a wall, or anywhere you cannot detect. Not only will a leak spike your water bill it can also do severe damage to your home. If the leak is being a wall you are guaranteed to have mold, if it is under your home you will most likely have foundation issues if the leak persists. Either way having peace of mind is always better. Would you rather pay a plumber to tell you nothing is wrong, or wait until something becomes a major problem and pay then? I am not saying if your bill goes up 5 dollars to call a plumber out every time but if it goes up a substantially noticeable amount. The picture shown is one of the many times we have worked on a "slab leak." Slab leak in everyday terms is a leak under the house that is coming through the concrete causing damage to the home. We are here for you 24/7 and we are always willing to answer any/all questions.

Moldy Bread

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Who has cut mold off bread and continued to eat the "non-moldy" part? I'll admit I have done this before. Sometimes money is tight and you have to do what you have to do. I mean come on! You just bought the bread what feels like yesterday! It is only on one slice too! This is where many of us have had the misconception that if mold is only on one slice of bread you’re okay. Mold in bread can spread very easily compared to other foods like cheese. With that being said that means just because you cut off what you can see; that does not mean the roots of the mold have not spread to other parts of the bread.

Why should you worry about it?

Well you do not have to “worry” but you certainly do not want to eat bread after it has been moldy. Many will say “Well penicillin comes from mold so it is okay.” While that is true, you do not know what mold is on your bread. There are hundreds of thousands of molds in the world, that is not very good odds. In the end, trying to save yourself a couple dollars could cost you more if you get sick.

Storm Damage in Paradise Valley

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

A monsoon storm can be unpredictable and scary. This storm was both of those. As you can see in the picture the water reached roughly 16 inches high around the front entrance of the house. The water eventually started making its way throughout the home effecting every room with muddy water. We began by extracting the muddy water. Next, we began removing furniture, belongings, carpet, etc. Once most the water was removed and the furniture was out of the way, we started cutting/removing the drywall/installation. When I stated the whole house was affected it truly was. Every room had water extracted, carpet padding removed, and some cutting even if it was minor. We even had to pressure wash the garage, patio, and the front walkway to make it good as new! The homeowner enjoyed our work so much that he called us again when something went wrong with his home!