Fire Damage Restoration in Paradise Valley
SERVPRO of Paradise Valley is equipped with the tools and skills to help you successfully recover from fire damage to your home or business. We understand the amount of stress any loss (water damage, mold mitigation, fire damage, etc.) can have. That is why we are more than willing to answer any of your questions you may have about our services. Pictured is a residential home garage fire. Unfortunately, this loss happened as a result of a single firework that wasn't fully put out. This caused the bucket it was sitting in to catch fire. Thankfully no one was injured in this fire and it was contained to the garage only. With that being said there were a lot of items being stored in the garage that were impossible to restore. Some examples are childhood pictures, children's clothes, old electronics, and important documents. Although a lot was destroyed a lot was also saved like pictures, clothing and important documents. We removed everything affected like the drywall, insulation, and contents as you can see in the picture. If your home or commercial property is affected by fire damage we are here for you 24/7/365
We are often asked, "What is the difference between Residential and Commercial restoration?" Although there are a lot of difference, there are also a lot of similarities. The biggest difference is the size of the properties. Commercial buildings can be the same size of a decent size home or they could be thousands of square feet. The bigger the size the more equipment/materials required. Another major difference is the requirements. One of the requirements is being asbestos tested. If a building is deemed "commercial" it is required to have asbestos testing (apartment complexes with 5 or more units, office buildings, condos, warehouses, etc.). While in a residential home if it is older than 1981 it is required to be asbestos tested. We treat every job like it is our home, or our office and treat every customer with respect and care. If you have any questions about our commercial services do not hesitate to call!
Asbestos in Commercial
Restoring a commercial property has different standards than restoring a residential home. The quality of the work does not change we just simply need to do more work. What sort of work? The biggest difference is that it is mandatory to do asbestos testing. For a residential home we only have to do asbestos testing if the home was built before 1980. While commercial needs to be asbestos tested no matter what year the complex was built. Why? Commercial materials can be stored in warehouses for who knows how long until they are finally used. This poses a risk not only for us but for everyone in the office/apartments/condos. What is asbestos? Asbestos is a natural material (rock) that is used with materials such as cloth, paper, cement, and plastic that is great for insulation. Asbestos became popular in the 1940’s and was used heavily in buildings until the 1980’s. Now it is required that products in the United States contain less than 1% of asbestos. Why is asbestos so dangerous? It causes Mesothelioma. That is why it is taken so seriously by restoration companies and reconstruction companies.
Conflict of Interest Regarding Mold
I have been recently asked why we do not do our own mold testing. Well, by reading the title you can assume that it is a conflict of interest. If we did our own mold testing why would our customer 100% trust us with the results? Would we get greedy and just say the house was positive for mold or even asbestos? I truly believe we would not lie about the results of a test (if we were to do our own testing) but to ensure our customers have 100% trust in us it is easier to have a third party do the testing. If you believe you have mold in your home do not hesitate to call! Why? SERVPRO of Paradise Valley provides NO-cost estimates for your home or business. We are one call away to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Apartment Fire in Paradise Valley 85253
To start this blog off I will say that no one was seriously injured in this fire. The only damage done was to this single apartment which everyone one involved is lucky and thankful.
Now let us get into what happened and how we helped with the cleanup of the apartment. The source was believed to be from an electrical wire that sparked for on reason or another causing the fire. The first responders did an amazing job (as usual) of putting the fire out and making sure no one was injured. How did we help? We removed all the effected content and sorted it between salvageable or unsalvageable. Unfortunately, almost everything in the apartment was unsalvageable but thankfully the tenant had insurance to cover their belongings. By no means does that mean it is easier going through any loss, but it can give you a slight relief knowing you are covered. With the contents that were salvageable we will be cleaning them and getting them back to preloss conditions.
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.
One of the ways we are always prepared is having SERVPRO Storm. This division of SERVPRO is made up of highly experienced personal in case of a natural disaster, or a large loss that franchises normally do not see. One example would be if there was a fire in a hotel or apartment that damaged more than 300 rooms. SERVPRO Storm gives SERVPRO franchises peace of mind knowing if they ever need help, it is just one phone call away. If you are currently watching the news you have probably seen SERVPRO Storm in states affected by Hurricane Michael.
Some of the commercial properties we have done work for are retail facilities, education, property management, hospitality and healthcare facilities. Pictured is a Doctor’s office that was flooded by our heavy storms last week. We extracted the water/mud and placed fans to ensure there would not be severe mold growth. If something happens to your commercial property SERVPRO of Paradise Valley is here for you 24/7 making it “Like it never even happened.”
The Speed of Mold
The general "rule of thumb" for mold beginning to grow is 24-48 hours. With that being said there are a lot of other factors that can play into this. One of which being how humid the area is. If the area that is affected has a small amount humidity it most likely will have less mold growth than a place that has a lot of humidity. Just because you cannot see it does not mean it isn't there, but if you see it here are some tips on what to do.
If you see visible signs of mold in your home in most cases, you can easily clean it off. Some of those few cases would be if it is on tile/grout, on metal or plastic tubing (toilet supply lines), and on concrete. However, bleach should NOT be used. Your safer bet would to be used dawn dish soap. Note, you should only wipe the mold away it is a small amount, if it is large scale you are going to have an even bigger problem on your hands. You should always find the source of the problem when discovering mold, if you cannot find the problem you should hire a professional, so you do not have a reoccurring problem. Mold is not a major problem at small quantities, however, not knowing the source and having a reoccurring problem can be a major problem in the long run.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Paradise Valley for mold remediation services.
- Don’t stress!What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
Costco is one of the best places to shop, why? They have everything that usually comes at an amazing price! That is why when we received a call from Costco we were glad we could finally help them instead of them helping us! Unfortunately for them they had a sewage over flow that was causing problems in the tire shop and break room. We removed all the standing water and began removing the affected drywall. Why did we have to remove the drywall instead of dry? Whenever there is a sewage issue it is always considered CAT 3 water no matter how “clear” the water is. What is CAT 3? CAT 3 is how we describe water that contains chemical, physical, or biological contaminates. For example, think about your toilet. We must use the restroom, in order to keep our toilets clean we use bleach or other chemicals, does that sound like water you want flowing through your home? Of course not! All those pollutants can easily lodge themselves on drywall, carpet, wood flooring and any porous material. That is why we recommend removal instead of drying. If you have been to the Costco off Hayden, you can probably see where we were/are working. We removed anything that may have had Cat 3 water on it and are now in the process of rebuilding.
Open 24/7 to better serve YOU!
SERVPRO of Paradise Valley is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. We are available 24 hours on weekends, holidays, Super Bowl, and every other day of the year. We are truly 24/7/365!
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today (602) 341-6737
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Paradise Valley has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions like:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Paradise Valley
SERVPRO of Paradise Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.
Mold Under a Microscope
We often post pictures of what mold can look like in your home. What you do not see is how tiny mold spores can be and how they can be such a hassle to clean up. The picture is at a 100X magnification under a microscope if that gives you an idea of how small mold spores are. This is one of the many reasons why it is safer to remove drywall and other affected materials from a home then replacing our cleaning. Although it is impossible to remove every mold spore in a home we can remove enough to make your home safe and healthy!
Some health problems mold can cause or irritate are wheezing, rash, watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, can trigger asthma symptoms, can weaken your autoimmune system. Getting your ducts cleaned can help prevent the spread of mold and can also give you warning signs. If there is visual signs of mold that can mean multiple different things. 1) You may have a water issue (leaky pipe, or had a flood that wasn’t properly dried, etc.), your home is too humid, carpet in bathrooms, and so on. If you see visual signs of mold it is better to act sooner rather than later! If you think you have symptoms of mold exposure visit your doctor and give us a call.