Recent Water Damage Posts

Re-Flood In Paradise Valley

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

tile floor with water standing and green fan Extracted, Set Equipment and Next day unit Re-Flooded!

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.

Water Extraction in Paradise Valley

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Potential Flooding

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

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).

Fire Sprinkler Systems in Paradise Valley

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

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!

Slab Leaks in Paradise Valley

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

If your water bill spikes for no apparent reason you should probably call a plumber out before the damage becomes worse. If there is no probable cause like a dripping faucet, running toilet, or a teenager who took an hour-long shower, you might have a leak that is underground, behind a wall, or anywhere you cannot detect. Not only will a leak spike your water bill it can also do severe damage to your home. If the leak is being a wall you are guaranteed to have mold, if it is under your home you will most likely have foundation issues if the leak persists. Either way having peace of mind is always better. Would you rather pay a plumber to tell you nothing is wrong, or wait until something becomes a major problem and pay then? I am not saying if your bill goes up 5 dollars to call a plumber out every time but if it goes up a substantially noticeable amount. The picture shown is one of the many times we have worked on a "slab leak." Slab leak in everyday terms is a leak under the house that is coming through the concrete causing damage to the home. We are here for you 24/7 and we are always willing to answer any/all questions.

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!

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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.

A/C leak in Paradise Valley 85253

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes what may look like a roof leak turns out to be an A/C condenser line leak. This was the case for this Paradise Valley home. There was staining on the ceiling in their home, so they requested our help in finding the problem. That meant going into the attic. Upon first inspection while using the FLIR we saw colder temperatures on the ceiling(pictured with the FLIR). We placed one dehumidifier in the room that had the water staining to try and eliminate the growth of mold because we were waiting for approval to remove the wet drywall. Why were we waiting to remove the drywall? This home was built before 1980 so we had to have asbestos testing done to the home. If you have a suspected roof leak, we are here for you 24/7/365 to find the problem and fix it!

Paradise Valley Business 85253

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Renovating is a stressful joyous process in any home or business. You feel joy because well who doesn’t like new? You may feel stress because it does come at a price, sometimes an unexpected price. That is what happened at the business pictured. They began renovation and shortly after things took a turn for the worst when the toilet supply line broke which started leaking water throughout the building. We were called out and our production crew extracted as much water as they possibly could before setting up air movers and dehumidifiers. With the equipment running we were able to remove excess moisture and avoid any mold problems that could have occurred if not treated. If your Paradise Valley Business has more water inside than what Arizona has outside, give us a call!

Slab Leaks in Paradise Valley 85253

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

The loss pictured may look like it was a leak from the water heater however, it was a slab leak. What is a slab leak? It is a leak that occurs under the foundation of your home. How do you detect a slab leak? There has been a blog already on how to detect leaky pipes throughout your home (not just under your home) which is a similar process. Some of the key detections are huge water bill spike, have water in your home and you cannot find where it is coming from, and limited water pressure. Detecting a slab leak sooner rather than later can save you money and a headache. If you have any questions or concerns about your home potentially having a slab leak we are available 24/7!

Save the Fishies

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Owning a fish can be relaxing, enjoyable, and entertaining (depending on what fish you have and if you have cats who try to get to the fish). What is not relaxing about it is when your tank begins to leak! What is even worse, not knowing your tank is leaking! We recently had a call about someone discovering their tank had been leaking and they requested that we come have a look of the extent. It ended up being something they could handle on their own as there were no signs of mold/carpet was simply damped not soaked. I personally have a fish tank with many different fish and I am actively checking for leaks. Checking it often is mainly since I bought my tank used. I have no idea how it was taken care of prior to owning it. Be sure to check your fish tank often for even the tiniest of leaks. You do not want to put your fish at harm, turtles, or your living space.

Don't Pop the Bubble!

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

I know it may look tempting to see what is happening on the inside of the bubble but most the time you do not want to starting messing with it. Usually it is/was just water buildup that started pooling and making the paint start to sag. Not every time is someone lucky like that! I have personally seen someone tear open a bubble like that causing rats, rat feces, and dead rats start falling to the ground. It is safe to say the rats won that battle until we could get an exterminator out. Maybe this was just an extreme situation but I have learned my lesson. The lesson learned would be to find the source of the problem first and then move on from there! If you do not want to do it call someone out to assist you. It is always better to be safe than sorry (in my opinion at least)! If you discover one or multiple of these “bubbles” chances are it is just a water issue that can easily be fixed. If you need someone to fix/find the problem we are here to help!

Toilet Disaster

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Broken toilet lines are easily our most common water loss source. The picture shown shows how much water can spew out of the line even with the tiniest of cracks. This picture was taken only 45 minutes after it happened but you can still see about a centimeter of water on the tile. That was even after it traveled everywhere it could in the house. In this case the water had traveled to every room except the kitchen because the kitchen was higher up compared to the other rooms. After we took necessary photos of the damage and the source we got to work extracting the water. Once we were done with that we set up fans and a dehumidifier to help prevent mold growth. Be sure to check your toilet supply line consistently especially if it hasn’t been replaced for a number of years.

Checking your water heater

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Unfortunately our most prized possession for taking an enjoyable bath or shower gives out on us. The water heater is something that is often times overlooked and not well maintained. If something is out of sight, it can definitely be out of mind. A leaking water heater can cause serious damage to your home/office. It is recommended that someone checks it at least once a month. If you detect a leak early enough the only services that need to be done is fixing the water heater and having SERVPRO of Paradise Valley set up fans to prevent mold. Even the smallest amount of water can wreck havoc on your home or office if it is left untreated. We are here for you 24/7, do not hesitate to call as it is always "better safe than sorry."

Dont Wait - If you see it, WE will come!

11/10/2013 (Permalink)

* Lack of early detection of water leaks can reduce your ability to collect from your insurance company. Insurance claims for water damage are frequently denied if the cause of the damage has existed for more than 24 hours.