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Tucson Property Owners Appreciate SERVPRO's Efforts to Minimize Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration Effects and Disturbances

1/11/2020 (Permalink)

boarded up door passage in a fire damaged kitchen SERVPRO Mitigates Fire Damage to Structures in Tucson with Board-Up Services

Reducing Inconveniences After Fire Damage Incidents in Tucson

A fire incident in Tucson can have different outcomes, including forcing occupants to vacate the premises for cleanup, repairs, and other restoration steps. These movements create inconveniences and introduce additional costs to the original loss. A professional fire damage restorer like SERVPRO can help reduce the costs and nuisances.

Boarding up the premises
After the blaze that leads to fire damage loss in Tucson is put out, many homeowners believe the worst is over. However, deterioration is likely to continue and especially when the property is unoccupied. Some actions such as, heat from the flames that shatters windows or holes punched through the walls by firefighters to access the seat of the fire, leave openings around the property. Through these openings, weather elements can damage the interior of the house. Our SERVPRO technicians can prevent such problems by immediately boarding-up the property after the loss. We prefer more secure options such as bolt with tension board up instead of just covering openings with plywood under extreme weather or damage.

Restoring power
Unless it is a catastrophic fire incident, there is a need to run utilities such as heating in the house. Unfortunately, since fire is likely to damage cable insulations leaving bare wires, restoring power takes more than just flicking a switch. Our SERVPRO technicians can inspect wires for physical damage. We also use circuit checkers to verify normal current flow before reconnecting appliances. Safety always comes first.

Protecting surfaces
Apart from severe damages, minor issues can develop in the aftermath of a fire incident. Residues such as soot can stain some surfaces deeply, causing permanent damage. Stone surfaces such as granite countertops and metal finishes like chrome are susceptible to this type of damage. Our SERVPRO technicians prevent on-going damage by pre-cleaning surfaces and applying a thin film of lubricant. Such steps also help reduce the work needed to restore the property, thus improving the turnaround time.

A fire loss can cause many inconveniences. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 to help take steps that deal with the damage, "Like it never even happened."

Fast-Track Your Tucson Water Damage Remediation Success With Team SERVPRO

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking from ceiling in a home The water damage situation in your home can quickly get worse. Contact SERVPRO to find the source and remediate the damage.

Using Air Filtration to Tackle Water Damage Odors Lingering in your Tucson Home

With all types of water containing at least some types of microbe, there is a real risk of unpleasant odors permeating your home after a water incident. Sometimes cleaning and drying the property does not remove the odor that has become air-borne or settles into fabrics and upholstery. As most homeowners do not own specialist deodorizing equipment, these issues can be hard to remedy with the professional assistance of a restorer. 

You may want to take a pro-active approach to water damage in your Tucson home. Allowing maximum airflow into the structure can lower drying times while also helping to ship out unpleasant odors. Household cleaning products like disinfectant or bleach can further ensure that the odor-causing elements are destroyed. However, issues like rising humidity and problems with indoor air-quality can resist the everyday air-fresheners found in your home. 

While specializing in water damage restoration (WRT) many SERVPRO restorers are also qualified odor control technicians (OCT.) Odor control is a multi-faceted skillset covering cleaning, drying as well as deodorizing properties. There are also scientific considerations for restoration. The human nose picks up odors intensely when there is lots of moisture in the air. Since water issues can raise humidity levels, it is not uncommon for odors to become more noticeable in the aftermath of a water incident.

Reducing relative humidity as well as odor-causing particles, is slower than drying or removing water. SERVPRO can tackle this issue efficiently by using air filtration devices (AFD.) AFDs circulate air while filtering out unpleasant elements. Often, SERVPRO AFDs use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove odor particles from an indoor space. Equipment which combines air circulation with filtering can be exceptionally efficient in areas of the home that have a restrictive flow like staircases, hallways, or a storage area. By using them, we can restore your home quicker than you might expect. 

Maximum efficiency in restoration is what allows homeowners to get with their everyday lives regardless of the emergency at hand. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352.

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Slow Ceiling Leak Causes Water Damage in Tucson.

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

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A slow leak in your Tucson home can cause more damage than you realize.

It is never a good sign when water spots appear on the ceiling. It is a safe bet there is some level of water damage that has occurred.

In the case of a home in Tucson, water damage caused by a slow leak in the ceiling accumulated over time until it ruined the sheetrock panels and the taped seams. This resulted in the need for controlled demolition in the form of a partial tear-out of the ceiling down to the raw joists and sheathing so the necessary plumbing repairs could occur.

Purpose of Controlled Demolition

When building materials require removal from the home, SERVPRO technicians cut them cleanly away to make the repairs as fast and easy as possible for both the plumbing and the cosmetic renovations necessary to restore the ceiling to its preloss condition.

Drying the Water Loss Area

To be sure all areas of excessive moisture get attention, SERVPRO technicians use their advanced moisture detection equipment to scope the room and make sure there are no other areas that show elevated water vapor levels. After removal of the damaged sheetrock panels, the technicians use air movers aimed upwards to dry the ceiling and also drying mats above to force warm, dry air downward to ensure the affected area dried completely. 

Mold Treatment

SERVPRO technicians found no signs of mold growth, but when a surface has exposure to water over a lengthy period, proactive treatments to avoid mold are a smart course of action. The techs used an antimicrobial sealant on the joists and open area as soon as it was dry to inhibit any mold growth. 

Assisting Homeowners After Completion

A standard part of service is ensuring homeowners are happy with the work done. Once the mitigation completes, a technician walks the homeowner through the process and shows them the necessary actions. They also note any necessary repairs needed to restore the home entirely. 

When water damage happens to your property, call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352. The certified technicians can clean up and restore the home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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Some Ways to Avoid Issues with Fire Damage Remediation in Tucson

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Techniques for Fire Damaged Surfaces in Tucson Homes

Cleaning is a vital element to the recovery of your Tucson home after a fire. As challenging as existing in the residence can feel after even mild structure fires have occurred, effective cleaning and restoration practices can make you homeowners more comfortable. Our SERVPRO professionals have practical techniques and potent products to return damaged surfaces in your home to their preloss condition.

Depending on the severity of threats like smoke and soot residues, various cleaning practices are necessary to restore fire damage in Tucson homes. Abrasive techniques like media blasting can remove set-in soot from surfaces like countertops, and also help to reduce present odors, but agitative cleaning techniques are better suited to the needs of other surfaces and contents throughout the damaged residence.

The choice made in the type of cleaning practice our SERVPRO team uses depends on the thickness of soot residue on the surface. Because this film is acidic, sensitive materials can quickly become marred and stained under direct exposure to soot particles. Addressing these concerns begins with loosening the layer of soot and smoke sediment using agitative cleaning practices.

Preconditioning or pre-cleaning are the terms used for loosening and removing the majority of residues and oils from a designated surface or material. Dry cleaning processes like vacuuming, brushing, and the use of compressed air can have an effective result in removing most of the damaging layer of acidic soot. Abrasive cleaning techniques, including soda blasting, can have a more direct approach on lingering grit, carbon, and smoke particles. Given the specific surface in question and how severe the layer of soot particles is, various techniques might get employed to regain control of a fire-damaged property.

Cleaning is a necessary component to making fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Despite how devastating these disasters can be, our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson team has the training and the cleaning agents to help. Between our agitative cleaning techniques to break residues loose from surfaces to foam, wiping, and abrasive methods, we can restore the look and feel of many damaged materials after a fire. Give us a call anytime at (520) 760-9352.

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Some Steps to Water Damage Remediation Success in Tucson

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

leaking sink drain pipe Whatever the source of the water damage incident in your home, SERVPRO can help! Call right away for best results.

Why Extraction is Vital to Water Recovery for Tucson Homes

Water loss incidents vary from one Tucson home to the next, but substantial losses require immediate responses from qualified professionals. Situations like plumbing breaks or appliance failures can leave hundreds, or even thousands, of gallons of water on the floor of your house. Extraction is a vital element to restoring the property after this incident, and failure to do this efficiently can become a costly situation for area homeowners.

Removing any excess water from a structure is essential to reducing the time the drying of water damage in Tucson homes ultimately takes. When a need for water removal exists, we can rely on our extraction and evaporation approaches. Extraction is a favored option because of its versatility in application and equipment. Evaporation is still a standard element to drying and restoration of water loss incidents but rarely applied when standing water still exists. Our SERVPRO team must assess the situation to determine the best approach for water removal.

Pumping is one of the first approaches that can begin extraction work, as this is ideal when standing water conditions exceed two inches in depth. Above this level, the submersible point of the pump can pull in water and discharge it through the drain hose to a designated place. At two inches and below, the air becomes a factor with the performance of these pumps, and prime cannot stay engaged to pull new water from the damaged area.

Wet-vacuuming is a popular option for removing excess water as well, and one that follows pumping. This practice is ideal for depths below two inches, as you do not need a primed pumping machine. Instead, you have stationary and portable units that work like a vacuum’s suction to remove standing water from any flooring type. We have specialty tools and accessories for vacuums that can work to make moisture removal from carpets more efficient, as well. 

Our professionals must work quickly when faced with substantial loss incidents that deposit excessive water throughout your home. Through facets of extraction, we can quickly reach a point where drying options are possible. Give our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson team a call anytime that you need us at (520) 760-9352.

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Commercial Water Damage in a Tucson Hospital Calls or Effective Restoration

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water splash with water droplets isolated on light background When water splashes into your hospital, call SERVPRO!

Water Damage Restoration With SERVPRO

Hospitals work with accreditation organizations, professional groups, and quality experts to provide a safe environment for patients and their families. They ensure that their patients are safe by investing in the latest technology, hiring competent staff, and keeping floors and other surfaces clean. If a water loss issue occurs, the hospital's facilities management needs to look for an experienced restoration company to help restore the facilities to normal and safe operations as quickly as possible.

Several factors can cause commercial water damage in a Tucson hospital, such as equipment defects and corroded pipes. A hospital should hire a certified restoration firm that has experience with hospital procedures and guidelines to complete the water restoration project. Restoring a hospital after a water loss problem is more stringent and involved than other commercial projects. Our SERVPRO crew can help you restore your hospital after a minor water loss.

It is crucial to handle water damage within the first 24 hours to prevent mold growth that can affect the health of patients. Our crew can use equipment like electric submersible pumps to remove the water.  These pumps eradicate the suction lift limitations and offer continuous, quiet operation, which is welcome in a healthcare facility. We can also clean, sanitize, and disinfect the water-damaged areas because clean water can turn into gray or black water, leading to health risks.

Our team can also dry the affected areas properly to avoid structural damage and mold growth. We have the technical know-how to dry affected surfaces using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. We can complete the water remediation task efficiently to ensure that the hospital is clean, safe, and protected throughout the entire process. We can keep the hospital's heads of departments and infectious control updated about the restoration process.

SERVPRO remediation experts understand that certain areas need to meet high standards of restoration for surface cleanliness and air quality authorization to return the ruined areas of the health facility to full operation. When completing restoration work in a hospital, it is necessary to call in an industrial hygienist to determine if any health and safety concerns are present and design solutions to prevent them. The hygienist can examine the areas we have worked on for legal reasons and to ensure the safety of patients.

We can work with your insurance firm and bill it directly. We know the detailed documentation and remediation procedures insurers expect to see to ensure hassle-free contents and property claims processing.

After a water intrusion incident in Catalina Foothills, Redington, or Mt Lemmon, you need professional help. SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson can assist you to remove the water, dry and sanitize your hospital, making the damage seem "Like it never even happened." Contact us at (520) 760-9352.

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Why SERVPRO is the Choice for Water Damaged Floors in Tucson

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors Water damages hardwood floors fast, but not all is always lost. SERVPRO has the equipment to dry your floors and restore your home.

Specialty Drying Tools for Cost-Effective Restoration in Tucson 

Many homeowners have a rudimentary understanding of our drying and restoration process after water losses in Tucson residences. We do not deviate significantly from a winning formula that has allowed us to help hundreds of households over our time serving the area. Also, we have many lesser-known recovery tools for specific situations to maximize our progress even more.  

The bulk of recovering water damage in Tucson homes hinges on the use of our high-velocity air movers. We also use a combination of dehumidification units. Desiccants and low grain refrigerant machines can help to pull moisture out of damaged areas and even replace this moist air with drier, warmer exhaust. The fast turnaround of this combination of machines and tools has made this approach the standard response of our SERVPRO team for much of the water restoration tasks that we face. When certain materials get affected, or unique situations arise, we must utilize a selection of our specialty drying tools to help.  

Large Drying Mats 

Drying mats are an ideal choice for the hardwood that becomes saturated by standing water and underlying leaks. Because this damage can penetrate more deeply than the planks itself, Drying mats get placed perpendicular to the seams of the flooring planks to maximize the draw of moisture from the wood and the support beneath it. 

Injecti-Dry System

Structural cavities can often contend with the brunt of water loss effects, especially if the origin of these damages began with plumbing breaches in this same wall space. To reduce the need for tear-out and reconstruction, we can remove baseboards and insert hoses into drilled holes to force heated air into these cavities to aid in drying efforts. 

Weighted Extractor Ride-Ons

These devices are essential when carpeted flooring has become saturated by standing water. Because there are several layers even beyond the surface carpet, weighted extractors force water and moisture to the surface from subflooring, padding, and the carpet itself. An onboard vacuum can remove this moisture and speed up further drying efforts.  

Water loss incidents can be a challenge, but our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson team is up to the task. Let us show you how we can make this emergency “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (520) 760-9352. 

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Our Certified Experts Respond Quickly To Tuscon Water Removal Needs

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Can We Protect Saturated Carpets in Your Tucson Home?

Severe water loss incidents can be challenging to sufficiently address, especially for Tucson homeowners that wait prolonged periods before reaching out to professional restoration teams like ours. With standing water quickly becoming a widespread concern throughout the property, our team must find the best solutions to address these conditions without wasting more time. When removing water and moisture from the carpets, we have a specific approach that has proven effective.

Water removal for Tucson homes can be especially difficult when attempting to reduce moisture levels and saturation in flooring materials like carpet. Even with short pile options, the fibers, subflooring, and padding can all absorb more substantial amounts of water damage. Reducing this damage comes down to the specific equipment and techniques used by our qualified SERVPRO professionals. Between our Carpet Cleaning Technicians (CCT) and our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) endorsed through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we have the right personnel that can protect the integrity and appearance of a wet, soiled carpet.

Carpets might not always show the severity of their damages, especially when they can absorb considerable water before standing water begins on the surface. We have numerous extraction options that can help with damaged carpeting like this, beginning with our ride-on weighted extractors. These remote-controlled options can carry a technician in continual motion across the damaged areas of the carpet. The objective of this heavy unit is to force moisture and water up from the subflooring level to the surface. Our extractors have an onboard vacuum system to pull the uprooted water away from the area.

These efforts do not always ensure that we can protect your carpeting in the house, however. In truth, there are many situations in which the damage is too severe to protect the flooring, and the only acceptable solution for our SERVPRO professionals is to remove it and set the area up for reinstallation of new materials after drying has completed.

With carpeting being such an everyday staple in modern construction, homes that experience substantial water loss must often contend with its effects on this flooring. No matter how severe, our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson team can make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (520) 760-9352.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Water Removal Restoration In Tucson

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

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What to Do Before Help With Water Removal Arrives at Your Tucson Home

It can be hard to think straight when you suddenly have gallons of water gushing in your home. Whether it is a pipe break, water heater tank failure or other cause, there are ways to minimize loss before help arrives.

SERVPRO arrives quickly after the call for water removal at a Tucson home, but during the time in between, homeowners can take action to assist with the cleanup. If it is safe to do so, moving furnishings or items on the floor to another area unaffected by water helps in limiting loss.

Why SERVPRO?

The equipment makes the difference in an “okay” cleanup job and a thorough one. If any moisture remains, it has the potential to create problems ranging from unpleasant odors to mold infestations. The technicians scope the property before, during, and after to confirm complete water extraction occurred.

Specialized Water Extraction Equipment

Cleaning up a water loss involves more than mopping up water and setting up fans. The removal of water requires different kinds of equipment, such as weighted extractor heads for carpeting and squeegees for tile. Attachments for use on upholstery help remove the bulk of water enabling restoration of furnishings that may otherwise have been a loss.

Ceilings and Floor Joists with Water

When water damage comes through a ceiling to the story below, it is a good bet there is water in the floor joists or space between floors. SERVPRO technicians use techniques such as drilling weep holes to allow drainage and cut away damaged sheetrock for greater airflow during drying. Targeted drying equipment such as drying mats assist with forcing air into spaces such as wall cavities and floor joists to ensure they dry completely.

Drying the Home Thoroughly

Centrifugal air movers deliver air at speeds that cause a reaction making embedded moisture rise. Any water left within floors, walls, or ceilings after extraction gets removed in this manner. The result is an arid area ready for hand cleaning and disinfection.

When you need fast water removal from your property, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352. The technicians are ready 24/7 to handle any size water spill in your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Hazards Your Tucson Home Faces After Flood Damage

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Post Flooding Threats Your Tucson Home Might Face 

Many Tucson homeowners believe that the bulk of the issues that their home faces during an emergency happens when exposure initially occurs. Instances like flooding can continually affect your home long after the disaster, and without the appropriate professional intervention, can reach a point where contamination and degradation are too severe to overcome with our initial recovery efforts. Understanding the ongoing threats that your property faces can help homeowners to appreciate the expertise and experience of our professionals during this crisis. 

Flood damage to Tucson homes can come in a variety of severities, and many of even the most threatened of these properties reached this point without pursuing adequate extraction and cleaning for the house. Regardless if you have insurance coverage that helps with flooding and the restoration of this disaster, professional recovery teams like our SERVPRO water restoration crew can help to keep the costs to a minimum but still offer effective extraction and drying for compromised structural elements. 

Some homeowners have insurance coverage for flooding or storm damage, but this is a situation that you must discuss directly with your provider. An agent can take you through the process so that you are aware of what can get covered by your plan and the role of professional restorers in helping to meet the standards of this insurance provider. 

Contamination is also a threat that many homes and houses might have to contend with, especially in the monsoon season, when flooding can occur from the rise of water bodies surrounding a home in the area. We have a full-service division of licensed contractors that can help with cutting and removing trees, emergency construction solutions, and complete build back once mitigation completes. 

As much as standing water and potential contamination might seem overwhelming and hazardous, our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson team can help. You can count on our fast response with skilled personnel that can help to reduce these pressing threats and get your home back to preloss conditions as promptly as possible. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we show you if you give us a call at (520) 760-9352. 

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