Dry Heat Vs Humid Heat Arizona topics
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Simple Remodel.... Right?
Before we began cleaning
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!
Are you Prepared for a Fire?
No one wants to think a fire could happen to their home/family. The shocking reality is a fire can happen to everyone especially during monsoon season! In fact last monsoon season my fathers home was struck by lightning. Thankfully the lightning did not spark a fire but it did leave burn marks on the roofing tiles. If the lightning caused a fire would my dad and the kids have been ready? The answer is YES! In every room of the house their is a smoke detector (aside from the kitchen of course) and the kids are constantly being asked "If there is a fire what do you do?" This clearly annoys them after the 100th day in a row of asking but the more you talk about it the more confident you can feel that your children know what to do.
Some quick tips :
1. Always provide your children with a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, and even a Plan D. You never know where I fire could originate so depending on the source of the fire you may have to take another route out of the home. Our Plan A is to exit the home through the garage door (if the fire is happening in the kitchen or living room areas). The garage door is the closest door to all the bed rooms and will also allow us to safely get our animals out as well. If the fire originates in the garage either the front door or their windows is the next option.
2. Always feel door knobs with the back of your hand! You do not want to burn the palm of your hand while trying to escape from a fire.
3. If you have animals in your home try to give them at least one way to escape. Whether that be an open door, open window, doggy door, etc.
4. It may seem repetitive to go over the fire plan at least once a week but in a real situation you wont have to stop and think about what to do. Every second counts when getting out of your home during a fire!
If you have anymore questions about fire safety give us a call at 602-341-6737
SERVPRO of Paradise Valley has the knowledge for even the worse of the worse! We have the most advanced technology in detecting water, removing moisture in the air/behind the walls, cleaning/removing damaged drywall or other materials from mold and anything in between. We are licensed and certified in Water removal, mold mitigation, document drying, smoke/soot removal, biohazard, vandalism and more! In Arizona the only required certification is water removal and dehumidification. With that being said we are certified in all the services we provide. In order to get most certifications, the company will need to take a 3 to 5-day course to how to best treat each situation. In most cases there is a “dummy” house that is used to show different techniques. If you have any more questions about our license and certifications do not hesitate to call today at 602-341-6737.
Water Extraction in Paradise Valley
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.
With monsoon season just 5 days away it is time to start prepping for potential flooding now. Flooding is the covering or submerging of normally dry land with a large amount of water. More importantly the way most if not all insurance carriers see flooding is water coming into your house on the ground level. This is why in most policy's you will need to get an addition flood coverage.
How can you prepare yourself?
Know your coverage! If for one reason or another your home floods you need to know if it is insured or not (or you will be paying out of pocket to remove any damage). If your home has had a flood in the past from the monsoons taking extra precautions could avoid some if not all damage. Some of those precautions are getting sandbags, digging trenches to catch water/pull the water away from your home, and sealing all doors/windows with proper sealant.
If you need more tips on how to protect your home call us today and ask us about our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP).
Monsoon Season is Coming!
Monsoon season is slowly creeping up on us here in the valley. To be exact monsoon season officially begins on June 15th. Have you ever wondered why Arizona has monsoons? Or what monsoon season means? Well, monsoon seasons can be defined as high temperatures, high winds, and high moisture. So why do we get monsoons in Arizona? There is a shift in wind patterns which causes the moist ocean air to now flow into dry lands such as Arizona. This is also why there is a potential to have funnel clouds/tornadoes during monsoon season in Arizona (warm moist air, cool dry air). It is important to note that during a monsoon if you can stay indoors to avoid the potential haboobs, lightning, and flooding you should! It has been reported that since 2009 26 were killed due to flooding, an unknown amount of car accidents due to dust storms/haboobs and 14 were killed due to lightning. We have the tools and knowledge to assist you if your home is damaged by the ruthless Monsoon weather. The biggest weather killer in Arizona is the heat. Check out our new blog coming in a week discussing heat safety!
Fire Sprinkler Systems in Paradise Valley
Lately a lot of our water loses have been from a fire sprinkler system. Fortunately, it is not because a fire was started but instead someone either bumped into it to break the sprinkler head, or some sort of other malfunction. These systems even with their flaws/malfunctions can be extremely helpful to avoid serious fire damage or injuries from fire. The only difference in having a fire system installed in your home is you will need to be mindful of them when installing a new fan/light, working in the attic (do not want to step on the supply lines), or if you have kids whom love to play ball in the house no matter how many times you tell them no. Of course, they could naturally wear down and cause a leak but majority of the time we find the leaks from theses sprinkler systems are from accidents. If your fire sprinkler system has sprung a leak we are here to help!