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When it Rains, It Pours... Literally - Scottsdale 85255

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mold In Water Heater Closet Water Heater Closet In Scottsdale, AZ 85255 with Mold Contamination

An apartment complex in Scottsdale, Arizona experienced a strange phenomenon of water heaters leaking one right after the other. The water heater closets at this apartment complex couple as extra storage space for the tenants, often times not being accessed for long periods of time. 

When multiple tenants started to complain their water was not heating up as quickly or not at all, the Property Manager knew something was awry.

In each of the rooms inspected, the drywall was wet and mold (pictured) had begun to form.

We (SERVPRO of Paradise Valley) jumped into action, performed Mold Remediation by removing the drywall and inspecting the studs/inside of the walls to make sure there wasn’t a hidden mold issue behind the drywall.

Thankfully the mold stayed on the exterior of the wall (mold spores could have been throughout, so we hepa vaccuumed the studs and the interior of the drywall on the other side to make the area as clean as possible). The Property Manager was extremely happy with our work and even called us out the very next week for a separate issue!

Where is Arizona's Monsoons?

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

town with dust clouds rolling over it Photo of a Haboob in Southern Arizona.

9/13/2019

Can you believe it is already July 8th and there still hasn't been a monsoon? Do you know why there has not been a monsoon yet? It is understandable if you do not know the reasoning behind a monsoon as it is not often talked about. So how is it truly decided when monsoon season "starts?" When 3 consecutive days reach a dew point of 55 degrees or higher. This is the main reason why we have not had a monsoon this year.

There are also two different types of monsoons, wet and dry. "Dry monsoons" occur during the months of April, May, and June. While "wet monsoons" occur during the months of July, August and September. What is the difference between the two? During the dry monsoon months we receive about 6% of our yearly rainfall. Wet monsoon months usually bring around 32% of our yearly rainfall.

Here are some interesting facts!

Did you know if someone is struck by lightning they do not carry any additional electrical charge? This means you can perform CPR or touch the person right away without worrying if you will become electrocuted.

The most consecutive days of having a Monsoon in Arizona is 72 which happened in 1984.

The average number of monsoon days is 56.

Why can't things be easy?

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Debris Cleanup From Remodel Remodel Mess Cleanup

Almost every home remodel has its set backs. Whether it be from the age of the home, the contractors (making simple mistakes like stepping on a water supply line that wasn't disconnected), or the discovery of mold behind cabinets. 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!

Re-Flood In Paradise Valley

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

tile floor with water standing and green fan Extracted, Set Equipment and Next day unit Re-Flooded!

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. There are multiple types of ways to extract water. There are extractors to extract the standing water in carpet, tile, wood surfaces and etc. While dehumidifiers are used to reduce the excess moisture from the air.

Commercial Emergency Readiness Plan

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research? Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. What are the main points of an ERP? Knowing where the correct shut offs are which include the main water supply line, electric, sprinkler shut offs and more! If your employees do not know where the water shut off valve is how can they prevent excessive damage to your business caused by water. If you ask your employees right now would they know where that valve was, would they know where the nearest fire extinguisher was? These are some of the many questions that an ERP(Emergency Ready Profile) will cover.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.  
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.  
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.  
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.  
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. You can approve work based on cost, whether it is fire, mold, water, biohazard, vandalism, etc. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.  
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
  • Phone App OR a printed portfolio. For your convenience you can have your profile printed and/or you can install our ERP App on your phone!

Best of all, it is of NO cost to you and you can finally take that dream vacation!

Where are the Arizona Monsoons?

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Can you believe it is already July 8th and there still hasn't been a monsoon? Do you know why there has not been a monsoon yet? It is understandable if you do not know the reasoning behind a monsoon as it is not often talked about. So how is it truly decided when monsoon season "starts?" When 3 consecutive days reach a dew point of 55 degrees or higher. This is the main reason why we have not had a monsoon this year.

There are also two different types of monsoons, wet and dry. "Dry monsoons" occur during the months of April, May, and June. While "wet monsoons" occur during the months of July, August and September. What is the difference between the two? During the dry monsoon months we receive about 6% of our yearly rainfall. Wet monsoon months usually bring around 32% of our yearly rainfall.

Here are some interesting facts!

Did you know if someone is struck by lightning they do not carry any additional electrical charge? This means you can perform CPR or touch the person right away without worrying if you will become electrocuted.

The most consecutive days of having a Monsoon in Arizona is 72 which happened in 1984.

The average number of monsoon days is 56.

How Can We Help With Wildfires?

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know about 84% of wildfires are human caused? There are many ways humans can cause fires including arson, improper camping techniques, vehicles (trailer chains, flat tire sparks, oil drips etc.), fireworks, and more. How can we help prevent these fires? Pay attention to posted signs about fire hazard when going to light fireworks, target shooting, off-roading, camping or other potential fire causing activities. When you are leaving your campsite you should be able to grab the coals without being burned; The coals should be cool to the touch. If you smoke cigarettes/cigars/other smokable substances be sure to not liter and to be 100% positive that it is put out. This may have been information you have heard a 100x times before but it really can prevent fires.

How do you help first responders/those affected by the fire during and after a fire? There are many "go-fund me" pages to help not only the first responders who lost their homes but also the civilians who lost their home. If you do not feel comfortable with go-fund me there are many foundations including the Red Cross that accept donations. You can also go to a fire station and donate blankets, food, water, clothing, toiletries, etc. for not only the firefighters but the families displaced by the fires. If you ever have questions about how to help during a wildfire give local fire departments a call and ask them what they need or what the best way to help them is!

Dry Heat Vs Humid Heat Arizona topics

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

In a previous post about summer weather I discussed some tips on being prepared for the summer weather. The Arizona heat is often not taken into high regard from states that have heat and high humidity. This blog is going to discuss why many claim dry heat is more bearable than humid heat.

Dry Heat:

Our bodies have adapted to try and regulate body temperature in a few different ways. The most important way being sweat. Once you step outside after sitting in air conditioning all day you begin to sweat to try and cool your body temperature down. The sweat is often evaporated very quickly (depending on how much you are sweating). Even though this does cool our bodies down it also brings a major issue if you're not staying properly hydrated. Because the hot air is taking moisture from your body it is a lot easier to become dehydrated in the desert.

Humid Heat

We discussed dry heat being able to cool down our bodies by sweating so how do our bodies react to humidity? The same way, but because the air is already full of humidity/moisture it does not take the excess moisture from the sweat on our skin. Therefore, you may feel slightly more miserable in a humid environment because your body cannot regulate your temperature as effectively in a humid environment than a dry environment.

Of course, there are many other reasons/details that can go into this blog but sweat is one of the key points. If you have been in both a humid environment and a dry environment, you know both are equally as horrible.

Commercial Biohazard

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

A biohazard loss just like floods, fires, and mold losses happens. It is usually when you least expect it but sometimes you see it coming. They happen at your home, place of business, and even sometimes in your vehicle. Biohazard does not just mean the loss of a life. We deem biohazard as anything hazardous to the health and safety of others. For example, dirty needles in a drug addicts home/car, human/animal feces/other bodily fluids, chemical spills and anything along those lines. How can we help your business with these types of losses? We have the knowledge, equipment, license and insurance to correctly/legally get the job done. If you have feces on a table, wall, or chairs outside your business we can remove the feces and use a power washer to remove any unwanted particles/stains while using our all-natural chemicals to clean the affected areas. This is just one example of the many ways we can help your business recover from a biohazard loss.

How to Prepare for Summer in Arizona

6/17/2019 (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.

How to prepare for 110 degree heat:

1. Knowing the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. In the summer you should try to avoid the feeling of being thirsty. How do you do that? Drinking 2.7L to 3.7L will ensure your body is staying hydrated and will help your body not feel as thirsty. REMEBER: If you feel nausea, dizzy, having trouble breathing, weak pulse, or any similar symptoms you need to get in an air controlled environment immediately and call 9-1-1 (or have someone drive you to the nearest hospital).

2. Do not leave animals, people(especially babies), or any other living thing in the vehicle with it shut off. Temperatures can easily reach 150+ degrees inside a vehicle.

3. Be ready for extra car maintenance due to the heat.

4. As stated with the Monsoon season blog be prepared for flash floods. If there is rain in any part of the valley riverbeds and low ground should be avoided if at all possible. If you already see water on a street and you are unsure of how deep the water is and there are signs stating do not cross while there is water... do not cross it. "The Stupid Motorist Law" will not treat you kindly if you do enter one of the flooded areas.

5. More tips to come later!