Recent Posts

Conflict of Interest Regarding Mold

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Commercial loss

10/19/2018 (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.

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

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

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 85260

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

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!

9/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

9/1/2018 (Permalink)

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.

One After Another in Paradise Valley 85253

8/25/2018 (Permalink)

A local apartment went through an unfortunate stretch of water heaters leaking water for one reason or another. The water heaters rooms at this apartment complex can be used as extra storage so they usually are not opened often. With that being said multiple tenants started to complain their water was not heating up as quickly as it usually did or if at all. In each of the rooms the drywall was wet and there was mold (pictured). We removed the drywall and began looking at 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 vacced 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 next week for a separate issue!

Don't Let Weather Bring you Down!

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Paradise Valley specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition; Therefore, making it "Like it never even happened."

Faster Response  

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Another bonus is we are 24/7/365. What does that mean for you? You do not need to wait until a weekday or during office hours to get a fast response from us! Monsoons can strike at anytime, we are ready, are you?

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms 

When storms hit Paradise Valley, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. 

http://www.SERVPROparadisevalleyaz.com/disaster-recovery

SERVPRO of Paradise Valley specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition; Therefore, making it "Like it never even happened."

Faster Response  

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Another bonus is we are 24/7/365. What does that mean for you? You do not need to wait until a weekday or during office hours to get a fast response from us! Monsoons can strike at anytime, we are ready, are you?

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms 

When storms hit Paradise Valley, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. 

http://www.SERVPROparadisevalleyaz.com/disaster-recovery

Accidents happen, will you be prepared? Ask us about our Emergency Response Plan so you, your business, and your loved ones can be just as prepared as we are!

AZ Monsoons

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Can anyone guess what is on this roof? I will give you a hint, it is a type of solar. In this case the solar energy is used to heat a pool. This is one of the many common ways to heat your pool and one can argue it being the most effective way. I only know this information because 1. I worked at a pool store for awhile 2. At said pool store we had a vendor come in and explain the system to us. To get to the real problem at hand this roof had a leak. With monsoons tearing through the valley all last week water began pooling on the roof with nowhere to go (drains were clogged with debris). Be sure to check your gutters, drains, and your roof for anything you see out of the ordinary (missing tiles, cracks, etc.). If you feel something is wrong or just doesn’t feel right, trust your gut feeling! No matter how big or small we are here for you 24/7/365!