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SERVPRO of Paradise Valley's 365 Day Dedication in Phoenix

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned service Call SERVPRO of Paradise Valley for COVID cleaning in Phoenix or Scottsdale.

Why SERVPRO you may ask? Well for starters, SERVPRO offers 365 day dedication. Yes, that means SERVPRO is available on any day of the year, including holidays. The SERVPRO of Paradise Valley is fast to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Paradise Valley utilizes highly trained technicians and advanced technology to ensure a quality restoration process. SERVPRO offers mold removal, fire repair, water damage restoration, roof damage repair, and storm damage repair along with many other various services. SERVPRO also offers a professional COVID cleaning service, perfect to ensure safety within your residential or commercial buildings. SERVPRO of Paradise Valley's COVID cleaning strives to provide a higher standard of clean. If any of the services that SERVPRO of Paradise Valley offers are needed do not hesitate to give us a call @ 602-341-6737

SERVPRO of Paradise Valley - The Refrigerator Educator to Avoid Water Damage in Phoenix

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

A flooded refrigerator Call SERVPRO of Paradise Valley in the event of a refrigerator flood. SERVPRO of Paradise Valley provides high quality water damage restoration.

You may have never thought that your refrigerator could be the cause of a catastrophic flood in your Phoenix home. SERVPRO is here to make sure you know the dangers of refrigerator floods and what causes them before it is too late.

#1 - Too Much Condensation

The drain pan at the bottom of your refrigerator is there to catch condensation where it can then evaporate. However, there are cases where too much condensation can build up causing an overflow of water out of your fridge. Make sure to check your drain pan and make sure the water level is not too high.

#2 - Drain Line Clogs

Your refrigerators' drain lines are susceptible to clogs. This means little pieces of food can work their way into your fridges' drain pipes causing a build up of water. Make sure to check the fridges drain lines for clogs to avoid a potential flood.

#3 - Ice Machine Supply Line

The water supply line that connects to the ice machine has the capability of coming loose and wreaking havoc in your home. If the supply line comes loose it will let water out in inappropriate areas of the fridge causing a flood. Check to make sure the supply line that feeds the ice machine is properly connected.

Now you may know the possible dangers associated with refrigerators and how they can cause an unwanted leakage or flood of water in your home.

Call SERVPRO of Paradise Valley @ 602-341-6737 for water damage restoration.

SERVPRO's Three Signs of Faulty Smoke Alarms in Commercial Phoenix Buildings

2/20/2021 (Permalink)

A broken smoke alarm Call SERVPRO of Paradise Valley for any fire-related damage or fire repair in Phoenix or Scottsdale.

Smoke alarms are crucial in any commercial building as they can very well be the difference between surviving or not. Here are three signs of faulty smoke alarms that commercial buildings should take note of.

#1 - False Alarms

If the smoke alarms in your commercial building have been triggered by the presence of humidity or dust, consider giving them a change. False alarms are a major red flag when it comes to having safe smoke alarms in your commercial building.

#2 - Chirping After Battery Replacement

Smoke alarms emit a chirping sound when they are low on battery. However, if you replace the battery in a smoke alarm with a fresh one and it continues to chirp, replace it. It is not healthy for smoke alarms to chirp when they are not low on power.

#3 - 10 Year Shelf Life

Smoke alarms, like most things, do not last forever. It is recommended that smoke alarms be changed every 10 years to ensure that they are working properly. Check when your smoke alarm was made to ensure that it is less than 10 years old.

Those were three signs of a faulty smoke alarm that plague commercial buildings. It is important that the tips listed in this article be followed to ensure the best quality of smoke alarms in your commercial building.

For any fire related damage call SERVPRO of Paradise Valley @ 602-341-6737.

SERVPRO of Paradise Valley's Tips on Abiding by Fire Regulations for Commercial Buildings

2/20/2021 (Permalink)

A fire SERVPRO of Paradise Valley offers the highest quality fire damage repair in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Arizona's fire regulations are in place for a purpose. They serve to provide guidelines on what is most effective and necessary to keep people safe in case of a fire. Commercial buildings should be especially aware of Arizona's fire regulations and should make sure they are following them accordingly. The following three points are regulations that are commonly looked over in commercial buildings. However, it is crucial to look within your own commercial building and make sure that these three things are adequate so that all residents of the building may be safe.

#1 - Window Opening Mechanisms

Many older models of windows did not include window opening mechanisms. It is crucial that windows can open so that they can be used as exit points in case of a fire. Make sure every window installed in the commercial building is equipped with opening mechanisms.

#2 - Exit Signs/Exit Lights

Exit signs/exit lights are very important in the event of a fire. When the alarms sound and the panic sets in, people will look for the exit signs to find their way out. It is especially important that multi-floored buildings have signs pointing to the nearest stairwell, as well as notices to not use the elevator in the event of a fire.

#3 - Decluttering Walls and Doorways

Clutter directly fuels the fire. It also prevents easy passage through halls, rooms and doorways. It is absolutely crucial that walls and doorways remain absent of clutter to allow for the smooth evacuation of a building.

These were tips on the importance of abiding by fire regulations in commercial buildings. For more information on Phoenix fire regulations refer to this website.

Call SERVPRO of Paradise Valley for any fire damage/fire repair in Phoenix or Scottsdale @ 602-341-6737

SERVPRO Helps With Storm Damage From Flash Floods In Scottsdale

2/20/2021 (Permalink)

A flash flood in Arizona Contact SERVPRO of Paradise Valley for storm damage repair, water damage restoration or roof damage repair in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Flash floods are a very dangerous and unpredictable act of god. They come quickly and are quite unrelenting. Flash floods are especially dangerous in deserts such as Arizona and the cities of Scottsdale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley. Arizona falls victim to monsoon season yearly. Monsoons are a big leading cause of flash flood within the state. The barren desert sands are not able to soak up water fast enough, causing for intense flash flooding. Flash floods sweep away rocks and sediments that rush along with the current, damaging everything in their path. Fun fact, cars can be taken away with just a mere 2 ft of flowing flash flood water. The severity of flash flooding and the storm related damage they cause can not be overlooked, especially in the state of Arizona. If you have experienced flash flooding or similar storm damage contact SERVPRO of Paradise Valley @ 602-341-6737 for quick and quality storm damage repair.

For more resources on flash floods visit: this website

SERVPRO Commercial Building Water Restoration in Phoenix

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fans drying water on the floor/ceiling of a luxury high rise in Phoenix SERVPRO fans being used to dry water located within the floor and ceiling of one of the luxury high rise's condominiums in Phoenix.

Recently, SERVPRO of Paradise Valley helped a luxury high rise located within Phoenix, Arizona. Within the luxury high rise's 14 stories and 56 units, tragedy struck that was less than luxurious. Rumors of water damage were being heard around the building. A leak was found towards the top of the structure and was working its way down to the other units. Residents of the condominiums were noticing leaks coming from their ceilings. Water was seen causing paint blisters on the walls throughout many floors in the building's stairwell. Many luxurious units were being flooded or were seeing signs of water damage. Something had to be done to prevent further damage and restore the damage that was already done. SERVPRO has much expertise with both water restoration and commercial work and was called for the job. The luxury high rise was able to be restored in part by SERVPRO’s water cleanup and restoration services.

SERVPRO Tips On Electrical Fire Prevention in Scottsdale

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Power cord is on fire while plugged into outlet. SERVPRO of Paradise Valley wants you to remember these tips to prevent electric fires: Do not overload wall outlets. Insert plugs fully into sockets.

The following information was reported by the U.S. Fire Administration.

Between 2014-2016 an estimated 24,000 residential building electrical fires were reported by the U.S. fire departments annually. Electrical fires have the potential to spread farther and cause more damage and injuries. In addition, electrical fires can be particularly problematic to extinguish. Using water to put out the fire can cause electrocution unless power is reliably disconnected.

Electrical Fire Safety

To help keep your home fire safe, make sure all electrical work in your home is done by a qualified electrician and follow these electrical safety tips:

Appliances:

Always plug appliances, such as refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, directly into a wall outlet.

Never use an extension cord with a major appliance — it can easily overheat and start a fire.

Always plug small appliances directly into a wall outlet.

Unplug small appliances when you are not using them.

Keep lamps, light fixtures and light bulbs away from anything that can burn.

Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.

Check electrical cords on appliances often. Replace cracked, damaged and loose electrical cords. Do not try to repair them.

Outlets:

Do not overload wall outlets.

Insert plugs fully into sockets.

Never force a three-prong cord into a two-slot outlet.

Install tamper-resistant electrical outlets if you have young children.

Extension cords, power strips and surge protectors:

Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away.

Use extension cords for temporary purposes only.  

Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug.

Do not overload power strips.

Use power strips that have internal overload protection.

For additional electrical home fire prevention tips and information, please visit the USFA’s electrical fire safety outreach materials webpage at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/electrical.html

You can also find information on home electrical safety and workplace electrical safety, as well as resources to educate communities, at the Electrical Safety Foundation International, www.esfi.org.

SERVPRO of Paradise Valley wants everyone to stay as safe as possible. If you experience any fire damage, our team can help restore your home. Give us a call at (602) 341-6737

Why Choose SERVPRO For COVID-19 Cleaning Services in Paradise Valley

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Shop owner standing in front of his business that has a Certified SERVPRO Clean decal on the front window. Give your customers a new level of security by calling SERVPRO of Paradise Valley for a "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned" COVID-19 service. (602) 341-6737

When you choose SERVPRO for your COVID-19 cleaning services, you will be receiving a higher level of clean. Whether it’s a home or business, SERVPRO has you covered. Our team of experienced professionals will meet your specific needs.

"Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned" is our specialized viral pathogen cleaning program that prevents the spread of COVID-19. We will perform an expert deep clean using our proprietary EPA-approved, hospital-grade cleaning solutions, always adhering to the CDC standards.

SERVPRO offers "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned" decals that can be posted on the front windows of businesses, along with digital emblems and other collateral to represent their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers and community.

Choose the #1 choice in clean up restoration!

Please call us at (602) 341-6737 for more information or to get a free quote.

Click below for CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/clean-disinfect/index.html

Mold VS Mildew - Know The Difference To Protect Your Phoenix Home

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is growing behind a leaking dishwasher in Phoenix. SERVPRO of Paradise Valley was called out to a Phoenix home after a dishwasher leak caused mold to grow behind the unit.

Mold and mildew are two different types of fungi that can be dangerous and destructive. They have some similarities, which can make them hard to differentiate between the two. However, in order to properly treat affected areas, it's important to identify the type of fungi. So, let's take a look at what they have in common and what sets them apart.

Similarities

- Thrive in moist environments

- Grow rapidly

- Can have a musty smell

- Live on a variety of surfaces

- Can cause structural damage

- Can cause health effects

Differences

- Size and color

- Pose different health effects

- Respond to different treatment

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that grows from microscopic spores. It can have a fuzzy appearance. Mold is typically green or black; however, it can also be brown, yellow, white, blue, or gray. Mold can penetrate beneath the surface of the affected material. 

How to Treat Mold

Due to health effects, it's best to leave it to the professionals. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Paradise Valley have the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), cleaning equipment, supplies, skills, and experience to get the job done. We will have mold samples taken and tested by a certified hygienist. Once the job is completed, a hygienist will return to test the air quality. If any structural damage from the mold or water has occurred, our in-house reconstruction team is available for repairs. From the beginning to the end, we will be there to assist you.

What is Mildew?

Mildew is a surface fungus. It's often found on damp surfaces. Humid areas are most commonly affected by mildew, including bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and attics. Mildew has a powdery or downy texture. The color starts off white, but can turn yellow, brown, or black. 

How to Treat Mildew

Mildew can be treated by scrubbing the surface with a mildew cleaner. Make sure to follow all of the instructions on the product's label. It is advised to work in a well-ventilated area. Wearing a mask may help to avoid breathing in fumes and spores. Protect your hands with rubber gloves. Once you have removed the mildew, rinse the area well with water.

Mold and Mildew Prevention

Prevent future occurrences by keeping areas clean and dry. Fix any leaks. A dehumidifier or exhaust fan will help to maintain proper indoor humidity levels. Keep you air ducts clean. SERVPRO of Paradise Valley offers duct cleaning services. 

Resources:

https://www.hgtv.com/design/remodel/interior-remodel/mold-vs-mildew

https://www.goldeagle.com/tips-tools/mold-vs-mildew-what's-difference/

https://molekule.science/mildew-vs-mold-difference/

https://aerindustries.com/blog/2019/05/08/mold-vs-mildew/

SERVPRO Tips To Prevent Your Scottsdale Home From Flooding While You're On Vacation

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded Kitchen The SERVPRO tips can help prevent your Scottsdale home from water damage and from looking like this while you are on vacation.

How devastating would it be to come home from vacation and find out that your Scottsdale home has flooded? It happens more often than you would think. Thankfully, there are actions that you can take to help prevent this common disaster. Here are some tips from USA Today.

https://traveltips.usatoday.com/prevent-water-damage-vacation-1660.htm

STEP 1

Check your home for leaks before you leave. Look at the pipes under all sinks, and check your water heater for cracks and rust. The seals around your windows must be in good condition, and check that there are no dislodged or damaged shingles on your roof. Re-caulk seals and replace shingles if needed.

STEP 2

Inspect the hoses that connect to major appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerator ice-makers. Make sure there are no kinks; replace any old or damaged hoses.

STEP 3

Clear all the debris out of your rain gutters, and check the downspouts for any blockages.

STEP 4

Examine your sump pump and check that it is in good condition and clear of debris by filling the sump pit and running the pump. Listen to the motor for strange sounds and watch that the water is going outside. Install a battery-powered backup source in case there is a power outage while you are gone.

STEP 5

Insulate exposed pipes to keep them from freezing in the winter. Hardware stores sell foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that fit right over the pipes. Protect outdoor spigots by removing any hoses and covering the spigots with bib protectors. Leave the heat on low while you are gone to also prevent freezing pipes.

STEP 6

Ask someone to check your house periodically while you are gone. Show him where the thermostat is so he can ensure the heat is always on in the winter. He should also know where the water main is located in case a pipe leaks or bursts. The water main shut-off valve is usually in a home's basement, garage or outdoors near the foundation.

STEP 7

Turn off the water at the main if there is no one to check your house. Drain the pipes to keep them from bursting in freezing weather by running the water and flushing the toilets after you shut off the water. Leave the cupboards under sinks open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.

It's always good to plan ahead. However, if you do experience the unfortunate circumstance of a flood in your home, you can count on our team at SERVPRO of Paradise Valley to restore your home and your belongings.

More information and resources at:

https://traveltips.usatoday.com/prevent-water-damage-vacation-1660.html

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/6-ways-prevent-water-damage-your-home-while-you-are-away.htm