Recent Storm Damage Posts

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

Monsoon Season Missing in Paradise Valley? The Cause and Effects by SERVPRO

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Dry monsoon season has hit Arizona Monsoon season caused drought conditions in 82% of Arizona including Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix. SERVPRO says to be wary of storm damage.

The monsoon has been generally inactive so far this year, which has led to an expansion of drought and record heat in the region. August 2020 took the title for the hottest month on record in Phoenix since tracking temperatures began in 1896 beating out July, which is typically a hotter month than August in Arizona. The average temperature in August was 99.1 degrees with the highest temperature reaching 110.7 degrees. As of September 27th,  this year had the second most days at or over 100 degrees in Phoenix and was the fifth hottest year on record so far. The lack of precipitation has resulted in growing and worsening drought. As of August 4th, 82% of Arizona state is experiencing drought conditions. July and August are typically the wettest time of year for much of Arizona so it can be worrisome to see dry conditions at this time of year. Additionally, Arizona receives over half of their annual precipitation from the monsoon season, so when the monsoon is a no-show it can really impact reservoir replenishment, vegetation, and wildfires. Less rain has contributed to these high temperatures and with less water vapor to heat up, the sun’s energy heats up the air instead. The vast areas of concrete and asphalt soak up heat from the sun during the day and radiate it at night, pushing temperatures higher than in other undeveloped areas.

Over the past 30 years, heat has been the cause of more deaths on average than any other natural disaster in the U.S. according to the National Weather Service. This year alone, 55 heat-related deaths have occurred in Maricopa County and 266 are under investigation, according to the Maricopa County Public Health Department data. In 2019, the county saw 197 heat related deaths. These heat waves are no joke and should be taken seriously. Temperatures this hot can be dangerous and result in heat illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Signs of heat illness include confusion, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, heat rash, and headache. Additional symptoms of heat stroke include high body temperature, change in sweating, rapid breathing, and a racing heart rate. If these symptoms begin, it is imperative that you practice heat safety and get out of the hotness, stay hydrated, and rest as much as possible. Seek medical help if heat stroke is suspected.

Please also keep in mind that drought conditions increase usage of water, which could lead to unwanted water damages. On top of that, there is potential of leakage from AC units because the system has been running more often and for longer periods of time during these extreme temperatures. We recommend checking and servicing the AC unit regularly as well as checking plumbing fixtures as a proactive measure to avoid any sudden and undesirable water damages. Regardless, SERVPRO of Paradise Valley is here to help you 24/7 and can be reached at (602)-341-6737.

For more information as well as tips to navigate the heat wave, please visit the following links:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-weather/2020/09/05/phoenix-august-summer-2020-hottest-history/5729955002/

https://weather.com/forecast/regional/news/2020-08-10-southwest-monsoon-missing-no-show-drought-expands-record-heat

SERVPRO To Paradise Valley Residents - Are You Prepared For Monsoon Season & Potential Storm Damage?

8/1/2020 (Permalink)

Monsoon Season, Flooding, Paradise Valley, AZ Storm Damage, Flooding, Monsoon Season, SERVPRO of Paradise Valley. Water Extraction & Restoration

Monsoon season is officially here and we need to be ready and prepared now more than ever. Here are some basic safety tips to ensure you and your family stay safe BEFORE disaster strikes!

PLANNING AHEAD

The best way to stay safe, avoid lightning, flash floods, and other dangerous conditions is by not being in danger in the first place. Take a minute to research the weather before heading out, this may include:

  • Scan the skies overhead before leaving a safe location
  • Watching current weather forecasts on TV or the internet
  • Listening to weather reports on the radio 

EMERGENCY SUPPLY KITS

Every family should prepare a family emergency supply kit in the event of severe weather conditions. The emergency supply kit should contain essential items such as food, water, and sturdy clothing, to sustain a family for up to three days since electric power, gas and water services may be interrupted. Some items we recommend in your kit can include:

  • Three gallons of water in clean, closed containers for each person and pet
  • First aid kit
  • A stock of food that requires no cooking or refrigeration
  • Portable and working battery-operated radio, flashlights, and extra batteries
    (Candles and oil lamps are fire hazards)
  • Necessary medications
  • Back-up power source for life support or other medical equipment that requires electricity to function

FLASH FLOOD SAFETY

More deaths each year occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm-related hazard because people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles that are swept downstream. Some basic safety tips for flash floods are:

  • If you live in a flood prone area have an evacuation plan.
  • Store materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber for protection from floodwaters and to make quick repairs after a severe storm.
  • Store materials above flood levels.
  • Secure wanted objects to prevent them from floating away.
  • Learn where to find high ground, which is safe from flooding. In a flash flood seek high ground quickly.
  • Contact an insurance agent to discuss flood insurance coverage. Flood losses are not covered under normal homeowners' insurance policies. Flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program. Get coverage early-there is a waiting period before it takes effect.

TURN AROUND & DONT DROWN!

  • Driving around barricades is illegal and dangerous.
  • Do not let children play near storm drains or washes after a heavy rain.
  • Avoid low-water crossings.
  • Avoid camping in a wash or in the bottom of a canyon with steep side slopes.
  • Be especially cautious at night. Flood dangers are much more difficult to see in the dark.
  • Even a less serious urban flood can be dangerous. Driving too fast through standing water can cause a car to hydroplane. The best defense is to slow down or pull well off the road (with the lights off) for a few minutes to wait out heavy rains.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast.
  • Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
  • Do not camp or park a vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc.
  • Roadbeds may be washed out under floodwaters. Never drive through flooded roadways.
  • If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
  • If a traffic signal is out, treat the intersection as a 4-way stop.
  • As little as ten inches of water can float average-sized cars, mini-vans, SUVs and trucks. Strength of the flow is the critical force.

If you only take away ONE thing, please remember:

When in doubt, wait it out, or find a safer route! 

For more information on Monsoon Season, safety tips/tricks and preparedness, please visit:

https://www.monsoonsafety.org/safety-prep/index.htm

SERVPRO Has the Answers for Flood Damage Cleanup and Disinfection in Paradise Valley

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Paradise Valley Paradise Valley, AZ. SERVPRO services also available in Phoenix and Scottsdale for mold removal, fire repair, water damage restoration and more.

Storm Damage to Your Paradise Valley Home May Require Professional Flood Restoration

The end of winter and the onset of spring often brings storms in the Paradise Valley area that leave a lot of precipitation and damage. If your home is subjected to high winds, snow, sleet, and rain, you may have to call the professionals for restoration. Our team at SERVPRO understands how unpredictable the weather can be, which is why we have specialized processes in place to tackle all your flood mitigation needs.

Should you have flood damage in Paradise Valley, taking quick action to mitigate appropriately is critical. Even though the floodwaters recede, they leave behind sludge filled with bacteria and other contaminants. Known as black water, floodwater must be addressed carefully so that you and your family can get back to life as usual without potential health hazards. With a simple phone call, we deploy a team that comes out to your home, perform an assessment, and put cleanup measures into motion to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Initial Restoration Measures

Any carpeting throughout your home impacted by floodwater is usually discarded if it is unable to be cleaned thoroughly and restored. Our skilled technicians know how to quickly perform pack-out services that help remove electronics, furnishings, and other belongings from areas near moisture. Items must be relocated to dry, safe places so that moisture does not take hold. Any damaged items that can be restored are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, followed by deodorization. Items that are not salvageable can be replaced.

Controlled Demolition

Our trained technicians go through your home to determine the best places for flood cuts in the drywall. Floodwater gets behind baseboards and starts to wick up the drywall, so cutting away enough drywall several inches above the area of saturation helps to prevent mold infestation. Flood cuts allow SERVPRO technicians to speed up the drying process by setting up air movers to get into the wall cavities. We also use dehumidifiers to help further removal of vapors from the air.

SERVPRO of Paradise Valley is available whenever you need assistance with flood damage restoration. Give our team a call at 602-341-6737, and we send out a team to begin the assessment process. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency service.

5 Tips to Prepare Your Phoenix Home From Storm Damage According to SERVPRO

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage in Phoenix AZ that can be restored by SERVPRO. Storm Damage can be devastating in Phoenix AZ. Call SERVPRO of Paradise Valley for water damage restoration and roof damage repair.

Preventative measures are necessary, especially when it comes to storms. In case you aren’t aware, storm season is March through June. During this three-month period, you want to be prepared at all times. The heroes at SERVPRO of Paradise Valley want you to always be prepared for any storm damage. Preparation is always key. Here are 5 tips to prepare your home for storms.

Seal Your Roof

Storms can be highly unpredictable. You never know the severity of damage it can cause to your home, your belongings, your roof. It’s critical that you hire a professional to reinforce your roof well before strong winds hit. A professional can seal your roof to help protect it from those strong storms. According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), “seal your roof deck using “peel and stick” tape along your roof seams, or a “peel and stick” membrane over the entire roof deck, or apply polyurethane foam.” If you invest in this now, this can save you hundreds, perhaps thousands, in the future.

Secure Your Windows & Doors

Your windows and doors of your home can be damaged when high winds from storms hit. Ensure you secure your windows and doors. When it comes to your doors, here are some things to check for:

  • Hinges
  • Screws missing
  • Door threshold

According to Nationwide, “be sure the door threshold is tightly screwed into your house and not just the door frame. You may want to consider installing new wind-resistant doors with a high design pressure (DP) rating. The DP rating is a measure of the level of wind force a door system can withstand without failing.” Do you know if you live in a region that’s prone to hurricanes and storms? It’s encouraged that you know this information, especially for preparation purposes. Here are the top five cities most vulnerable to hurricanes. If you live in one of those areas, or an area that is prone to these types of storms, you should heavily consider installing impact-resistant windows. These windows are specifically designed for these very purposes: to withstand forceful windows.   

Secure Fences

When strong winds strike your home, it can strike down fences and other objects that can cause more damage to your residential property. Before this happens, you want to ensure you secure fences to minimize the risk of further damage to other things or worse -- people. When investing in a home -- or if you’re replacing a fence -- factor in the strength and resilience of your fence. Weigh all your options, and make an educated decision. Don’t base your decision to buy a fence on how inexpensive it is. Because that factor alone can be much more expensive for you in the long-term, especially if a storm damages it and your home.      

Create a Family Emergency Plan

With any storm, preparation is key. Now -- not then -- is the time for you to create a family emergency plan so you, your family members and fur babies are well-equipped when a storm strikes. A family emergency plan can help save lives. Here are just a few items to include:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Batteries
  • Communication plan
  • Phone and/or walkie talkies (some form of communication device)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency supplies
  • Important phone numbers

Anchor Loose Objects

If objects, such as grills, bikes, deck furniture, trash cans, etc., are loose when a storm hits your residential property, it can cause windows to break, damage to your vehicles, your home or a human being. It’s vital to anchor loose objects to help minimize the risk of outdoor threats. By adding shrubs of varying lengths, fences, trees in a row are ways to help block high winds. Utilizing landscaping and yard objects can be beneficial in this case.   


We hope you found these 5 tips to prepare your home for storms to be highly beneficial. Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and apparatus. When a storm hits your home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Paradise Valley can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. When a storm emergency occurs, we’re here for you 24 hours of the day, 365 days of the year. Just contact us at 602-341-6737.

History of the Monsoon! Call SERVPRO of Paradise Valley for storm damage repair in Phoenix

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Powerful storm that can cause water damage Arizona monsoons are sights to be seen, however, they can cause damage to your home or business. Call SERVPRO for Phoenix water damage restoration.

In Arizona we now celebrate (or dread) the Monsoon season starting on June 15th, every year the news channels start the monsoon watch and daily rainfall totals on this date. Commercials for the news channel apps talk about how to get warnings for heavy downpours, flash floods and haboobs (or dust storms if you remember the news pre 2008). 

We look outside though and see beautiful sunny days, no clouds in the sky and surely don't see any monsoon storms coming. So what really is the deal with the "monsoon season"?

In 2008 the National Weather Service changed the season to have specific dates from June 15th to through September 30th. Pre-2008 the monsoon season started when there were three consecutive days with an average dew point temperature of 55 degrees and ended when the storms stopped. 

Why the sudden change? 

It made keeping track of monsoon data easier and more consistent. 

No matter what date the monsoon starts or ends, you can always count on SERVPRO of Paradise Valley to be there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. If one of our beautiful but powerful storms makes its way into your home or business call and we'll show you why we are "faster to any disaster" 

For immediate help call 602-341-6737

Summer brings the monsoon season and storm damage - Call SERVPRO of Paradise Valley for Phoenix water damage restoration

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Sudden Downpour Sometimes a sudden downpour of rain can overwhelm the water resistance of a home. SERVPRO does water damage restoration in Phoenix AZ.

At SERVPRO of Paradise Valley, we love living in the desert, warm winters, golf courses open year round, cactus blossoms, Spring Training baseball. What's not to love? Sure it gets a bit hot during the summer months but there is always a pool or a lake nearby for a bit of refreshment. 

We even love the thunder and rolling rain of the monsoon, they can be magical storms that end just as soon as they roll into the valley. 

What happens though if there is a sudden micro-burst and your neighborhood gets flooded, or your roof can't handle the sudden downpour of rain that is common with a summer monsoon storm?

We are ready to help, on any size disaster that a storm might bring. If your pool takes on too much water that floods your entire bottom level or if you have a small roof leak that damages one room in the house, our trained professionals have the knowledge and experience to make it "Like it never even happened."

If you do find yourself in a situation where the storm has been too much, call SERVPRO of Paradise Valley at 602-341-6737, we are faster to any size disaster!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Monsoon Season is Coming!

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

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!

Rain in Paradise Valley

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

After dealing with the hot Arizona sun over the weekend and Monday it was nice to wake up in the morning to a cool breeze with a light drizzle. At the office today we kept the doors open to allow that cool breeze to flow throughout the office. Even with the lightest of drizzles the rain could wreak havoc on your home. If you notice even a tiny leak it is best to get it repaired ASAP and have a professional access the amount of water in your attic/home. Why? Even the smallest amount of water could lead to mold. You are probably thinking why does mold in my attic matter? Increased mold spores in your attic can potentially go into your air conditioning unit (If it is in your attic) or it can get in your vents and then into your home. Remember it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Don't Let Storms Bring you Down!

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Paradise Valley are the experts in storm and flood damage restoration! Our dedicated teams are highly trained and use specialized equipment to restore your property (Commercial OR Residential) to its pre-storm condition; Therefore, making it "Like it never even happened."

Faster Response  

SERVPRO of Paradise Valley is locally owned and operated and therefore 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!

Mold & Containment in Paradise Valley

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Remember our light to medium rain (depending on where you are in the valley) we had on June 16th? Unfortunately, this family remembers as they are currently having their kitchen rebuilt because of mold. Water found a hole and began wreaking havoc without the family’s knowledge. The affected area was behind the kitchen appliances, cabinets, and was only discovered when a child’s toy went under the oven. Naturally to retrieve their beloved toy they moved the oven only to find a lot more than a toy. We setup containment and got asbestos testing done before we began removing anything in the kitchen. We will be posting a before and after shortly so stay tuned! The picture shown isn’t even the worst of it so be prepared! We are here for all your remediation needs but hope you will never need us!

Average Rainfall in Phoenix

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Having a roof leak, if you were to have one, is better now rather than later when monsoon season hits. That is what happened to this Paradise Valley home. They were understandably upset but were also thankful that they knew they had a problem before the damage could be worse. On average during the month of July we receive just over an inch of rain. The most rainfall we have had in a 24-hour period was September 8, 2014 which we received 3.29 inches of rain! If you lived in Arizona at the time that was an unforgettable storm in the Phoenix area. The 3.29 inches dropped in that one day is close to Washington’s month of May average. Arizona has the potential to have a lot of rainfall in such a brief amount of time. If you are in a flood zone or are unsure about the strength of your roof start preparing now.

Leaky ceiling in Paradise Valley 85253

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Now is the time to inspect your roof/ceiling for any signs of leaking. Some of the biggest warning signs on the ceiling/walls in your home are discoloration, wall being droopy or sagging, cracking and mold. If you have any of these signs, we recommend calling a roof specialist to your home and having it thoroughly inspected before our monsoon season hits. We also recommend having us come out to allow us to take “readings.” When we use the term readings we are referring to how much moisture is in the air or in your walls. Why SERVPRO of Paradise Valley? We strive to have excellent customer satisfaction, have a trustworthy staff, and we give no cost estimates! If you have any signs of mold or discoloration in your home, you may have a continuing moisture issue that can be easily assessed.

Supporting from afar

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Living in Arizona has its many benefits:

  1. Do not have to worry about tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes (major tornadoes at least), earthquakes (although we have them occasionally), or really any major disaster.
  2. Doesn’t often get below 20 degrees in the winter (Phoenix area)
  3. Heat really isn’t too bad (considering we have A/C’s in every building)

Living in Arizona has some cons as well:

  1. Fires
  2. Flash Floods
  3. Heat (at times)

I pray for everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey and cannot imagine what Texans are going through now. What I do know is how much support, help, prayers and love they will receive from everyone living in America. I am following JJ Watt on twitter and he has said that he has raised 10 million dollars to help those in Texas! Absolutely incredible if you ask me! I don’t think that number will stop there either! While Arizona has its benefits, we should not be blind to the world and help when/if we can. Many SERVPRO’s across the nation including those in Texas will be helping families in need with restoring their home and providing assistance with water, food, or wherever they can. "United we stand, Divided we fall." Stay strong Texas!

Solar Eclipse

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Experiencing a solar eclipse in the United States is a once in a lifetime occurrence. Here in Arizona we will not see “totality” but we will still be able to see a partial solar eclipse. It is estimated that we will be able to see about 66% of the eclipse which still sounds cool to me! With that being said, make sure you use protective sun glasses! Basic cheap sunglasses will not prevent your eyes from getting damaged! There are solar eclipse glasses that can be pricey but there are also some that cost only a few dollars. NASA has given some tips on why you should get solar glasses and how to spot fake glasses, I have provided that information in the link https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety for your viewing! You do not have to spend a lot of money to see something educational and awesome when viewing the solar eclipse!

Storm Damage in Paradise Valley

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

A monsoon storm can be unpredictable and scary. This storm was both of those. As you can see in the picture the water reached roughly 16 inches high around the front entrance of the house. The water eventually started making its way throughout the home effecting every room with muddy water. We began by extracting the muddy water. Next, we began removing furniture, belongings, carpet, etc. Once most the water was removed and the furniture was out of the way, we started cutting/removing the drywall/installation. When I stated the whole house was affected it truly was. Every room had water extracted, carpet padding removed, and some cutting even if it was minor. We even had to pressure wash the garage, patio, and the front walkway to make it good as new! The homeowner enjoyed our work so much that he called us again when something went wrong with his home!

Monsoon Season

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Monsoon storm in Arizona

Even though monsoon season is over a month away you should start preparing now. Why? The more you prepare the less stress you have would be the easiest answer. There is so much to get done inside and outside of the house.

First, we will talk about everything you can/should get done outside. The most obvious would be a roof inspection. Even if you just replaced your roof last year there can still be hazards that can damage your roof/home. If tree branches are stuck on top of your roof that can affect the natural flow of water your roof is designed to make. That then can cause leaks because water is “standing” causing deuteration. Leaky roofs can mean you might have to call us. When it comes to your roof you would rather be safe than sorry.

Next, what can you do on the inside? You should always be prepared for the power going out. How? By having bottled water, packaged/canned food that does not need to be cooked to eat, sand bags (to keep the water out), and a safety plan you will be better prepared. This is a very brief list but if you would like more information you can visit: http://www.monsoonsafety.org/safety-prep/

Lastly, have a restoration company in mind if water/fire were to damage your home. Make sure you have their phone number written down and/or saved into your phone. Being prepared can save you money and from feeling stressed.

Cold Air Funnels

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

(Source: azfamily)

As I was watching the news Sunday night they began talking about cold air funnels and my immediate thought was "I'm glad that is not where I live;" That's when I realized I was watching a local news station. I knew very little about what the cold air funnels were and what they could potentially do. So I decided to google what cold air funnels are and how they develop, which I'm sure many others did as well. I went to many different websites and all of them stated one very specific fact; Cold air funnels rarely touch the ground to become a tornado. However, even if they never become a tornado, the storm they are apart of can still cause damage to a home. With a proper working roof rain isn't a problem at all, but if a leak goes unnoticed that is when the damage can begin. Overtime the small leak can turn into a much bigger leak which can eventually lead to mold. Be sure to check your ceiling after a heavy rainstorm to see if there is a possible leak.