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Emergency Mitigation Is Essential To Restoring Your Tucson Home After A Fire

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Emergency Mitigation Is Essential To Restoring Your Tucson Home After A Fire You can contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson 24 hours a day at (520) 760-9352.

The Essential Role Of Emergency Mitigation Services For Fire Damage In Your Tucson Home

There is a distinguishable difference between emergency services and restoration services. In medium-scale fire-related incidents, emergency services can be provided in the immediate aftermath of the event to minimize disruption to the homeowner, reduce the claim expense, and reduce potential damages to property. Some of these can be as simple as a homeowner placing old linen or colorfast towel onto carpets to prevent cooling soot from falling directly onto it and causing further losses.

A property requiring emergency services for fire damage in Tucson may show signs of structural weakness or need a major reconstruction effort to get back to its preloss condition. During this period, a restorer needs to perform several duties to ensure the safety of anyone entering the property as well as to reduce the potential claims expense by performing small, but vital, mitigation tasks.

Among these vital mitigation procedures, is the securing of the immediate structure. SERVPRO can conduct a thorough safety inspection then board up areas of the home that may have become exposed to avoid intrusions into the home overnight. Water used in firefighting procedure must be urgently dried to prevent soots from settling or microbial growth issues. We may need to deodorize the affected area and restore power to the property.

Initial cleaning may be beneficial to structural contents like carpets as well as salvageable possessions. Some smoke residues may be acidic, which can cause permanent damages to surfaces throughout prolonged exposure. Cleaning methods SERVPRO can employ may include pre-cleaning carpets or clearing away soots from areas that are most heavily affected during this procedure we can also dispose of charred materials that may cause you distress.

Emergency restoration procedures involve stopping further damages as well as preparing the structure for the remodeling, repair, or reconstruction tasks required to get it back to a preloss condition. You can contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson 24 hours a day at (520) 760-9352.

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What is the Best Equipment to Dry Water Damaged Tucson Homes?

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What is the Best Equipment to Dry Water Damaged Tucson Homes? Sometimes seemingly small water damage is really a big restoration job. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to dry your home.

The Equipment You Need to Dry Your Tucson Home 

DIY restoration is becoming more and more of a standard response to unexpected emergencies that threaten Tucson homes. With the unpredictable and widespread effects that can result from situations like water loss incidents, homeowners must work to address these concerns immediately to prevent further structural deterioration or secondary damage like mold and microbial growth. Our SERVPRO professionals have a ready team prepared to help at a moment’s notice. We also want those in our area to understand the best approaches to recovering their property without our guiding hand. 

As detrimental as water damage in Tucson homes can become, this situation can become exponentially worse without the appropriate mitigation and recovery solutions starting immediately. Much of the restoration of damaged homes and houses begins with choosing the right equipment and deploying it in the proper places in your property. Here are some of the tools that our SERVPRO team uses, and that you too can find to rent or purchase: 

  • Wet/Dry Vacs 

Often drying out your home is an overwhelming challenge if you have not first addressed any standing water and saturation present in the house. Wet-vacs are a useful extraction tool for smaller loss situations, but there are more powerful and more efficient machines available as well should they be necessary. 

  • Air Circulation Fans 

Our professionals utilize air movers on every single water damage recovery project, as they circulate air and work to quickly and effectively dry out a damaged home. The placement of these tools can even effectively dry saturated materials, flooring, ceilings, and other surfaces or contents in the property. 

  • Large-Capacity Dehumidifiers 

Our professional restorers have a broad inventory of dehumidification units. These are very helpful in drying your home. You can find large-capacity units for rent in home improvement locations. 

These are a few of the essential tools that can help you to recover your saturated and water-exposed property after a loss incident. If you get overwhelmed or need a professional approach to complete the task quickly, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson team at (520) 760-9352.  We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Tuscon Home

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Tuscon Home Our team uses our specialized equipment to restore your property to pre-damage condition.

Differences Between DIY and Professional Flood Damage Cleanup in Tucson

Did you know unexpected flash flood damage is more likely to happen in areas with less annual rainfall? The reason is when the ground becomes very dry, and it hardens; it has less capacity to absorb rainwater. This surface condition causes rain to run over rather than into the soil. In heavy rainstorms or microbursts, this can quickly turn into a flash flood situation.

When flood damage occurs in Tucson homes, some property owners choose to clean up the water and damage themselves. When it is only a little rainwater, and there are no indications the water has migrated more in-depth into the flooring or walls, in most cases the cleanup efforts are adequate.

The seriousness of a groundwater flood within the property requires professional assistance for cleanup due to the possibility of contaminants, and until tested, humans and pets should not come into contact with it.

Other differences between DIY cleanup and professional restoration services include:

DIY uses mops and household wet/dry vacs to remove water. SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment to perform thorough water extraction from every part of your home.

DIY uses household fans to dry water-affected areas; this action only addresses moisture at the surface. Our certified Applied Structural Drying Technicians use industrial air movers that are so powerful, the high-velocity airflow causes embedded moisture to rise, where it is ported away by our dehumidification equipment.

There is no way to know if water migrated behind walls or in ceilings and floors without scoping it with moisture detection equipment. If left, excessive moisture can create mold issues or foul odors in the home leading to potentially costly remediation.

Post drying, it is vital to disinfect all water-affected surfaces with antimicrobial cleaners to ensure the residence returns to sanitary conditions for habitation.

SERVPRO technicians are committed to assisting homeowners in saving as much of the structure and possessions as possible from flood damage. We perform controlled demolitions as needed to cut away damaged sheetrock and get the room ready for restorative efforts.

After the completion of restoration services, we give the homeowner a comprehensive report including before and after photos to expedite the insurance claims process.

SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson stands ready at (520) 760-9352 to help local property owners with flood damage in their homes. We are available 24/7 and arrive soon after your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Your Commercial Property In Tucson Can Be Returned To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Commercial Property In Tucson Can Be Returned To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire Even if you have suffered only minor fire damage to your commercial property, call us today for a professional inspection and estimate.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Tucson

Tucson business owners may occasionally dislike the weather this time of year, but once the sun goes down, the crowds do come out, especially for restaurants and other eateries.

For commercial fire damage in Tucson, time is often more of a factor than it is with residential properties. Every day a restaurant is closed means a loss of income for every employee as well as the business owner. Suppliers stop making deliveries, which impacts their financial health as well. SERVPRO response teams understand that even a small cafe can affect dozens of people and other businesses if it is closed for too long. That doesn’t include the customers who have to find another place to eat and may not return if the doors do not reopen soon.

Much of the effort for Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) is cleaning equipment and structural property after disposing of wall panels, tables, seating, and ceiling tiles. Team members use cleaners with a deodorizing agent that not only break up layers of smoke residues but also neutralizes the particles which generate the malodors.

Wiping down metal surfaces after cleaning is a simple task, and FSRTs accomplish it quickly for ovens, refrigerators, and serving racks. For residues covering the ceiling, they use cleaners and long-handled mops and squeegees to break up and remove them. In the kitchens, after cleaning, team members use a sterilizer to ensure everything is clean enough for food preparation again. Floors also require a strong cleaner and a sterilizer. All SERVPRO work is designed to meet the standards and requirements for local and state health agencies.

In the customer serving areas, team members quickly dispose of any items physically damaged by the heat and flames. Each team leader is trained to work closely with owners and insurance representatives to ensure they expend time and effort only on items allowed for repair or restoration and dispose of everything else.

For our business, the goal of SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson is to help other businesses here, Catalina Foothills, Mt Lemmon, and Redington provide a clean, safe environment for customers and employees. Even if you have suffered only minor fire damage to your commercial property, call us today at (520) 760-9352 for a professional inspection and estimate. We are here for you.

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Get Effective Water Removal for Your Tucson Residence After an Appliance Leak

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Get Effective Water Removal for Your Tucson Residence After an Appliance Leak Moisture meters and thermal imagers can help our technicians see water damage behind the walls.

When Appliances Cause Water Damage, Call SERVPRO

In the average home, a good deal of water-based appliances exist to make life easier for the residents. For instance, in the kitchen, it is common to have a dishwasher and a refrigerator. In the utility room, garage or utility room, there is a washing machine or water heater. Unfortunately, these appliances can malfunction, and if this happens when you are away, you can come home to find standing water in different rooms. 

When an appliance leak occurs, it is necessary to contact a company that provides water removal services in Tucson to prevent further primary and secondary damage to your home and its contents. While waiting for emergency restoration services, you may handle some simple tasks yourself without worsening the situation, such as; 

  • Turning off the water from the main valve.
  • Shutting off utilities if the appliance leak has caused flooding in your home.
  • Air out your home by opening windows and turning fans on within the affected rooms.
  • Reducing humidity by placing a dehumidifier in the affected area. 

Outsourcing the water removal task to SERVPRO can ensure a professional job. Regardless of the appliance leak you have, we can extract the water using pumps or wet/dry shop vacuums to minimize the risk of permanent destruction occurring to carpeting, drywall, hardwood flooring, wood furniture, and other items. Removing the water also helps prevent mold growth, which can occur in damp areas. Our technicians have Applied Structural Drying (ASD) certification and can evaluate the scope of the destruction and offer full cleanup and drying. 

Drying surfaces thoroughly is what makes a house safe from long-term damage to building materials. We use industrial grade drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers because it dries a building safely, quickly and effectively. This equipment works together to dry the structural materials and eliminate moisture from the air. Sometimes, water loss incidents leave moisture inside walls. Our ASD technicians can use moisture meters to check for moisture inside walls. If wall cavities are wet, we can remove the baseboards and drill holes between each stud. We can then force air through the holes into wall cavities to speed up evaporation. 

Our SERVPRO technicians communicate with the customer and the insurance adjuster before drilling holes in walls. Once the wall cavities are dry, we patch up the holes and replace the baseboard. We also monitor and document the drying process to validate that a home is dry. 

If your house has water damage caused by a leaking appliance, call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 for prompt water removal services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We are glad to serve the residents of Catalina Foothills, Redington, and Mt Lemmon. 

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Why Professional Water Restoration is Necessary for Flooding in Tucson

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Professional Water Restoration is Necessary for Flooding in Tucson Are you ready for the summer storm season? SERVPRO is always on call to handle any storm damage that comes your way.

Flood Damage Experts In Tucson Describe The Role Of Water Restoration Technicians

In the summertime, it is possible for thunderstorms to hit the Tucson region. When a storm makes its way into your neighborhood, many conditions present can cause your property to suffer from flood damage. High-speed winds can cause objects like rocks or tree branches to become airborne and fly into the exterior of your structure. When things like rocks or branches strike weak spots of your walls or your windows, the instance can create a hole in the outside of your house. Whenever the exterior of your home gets breached, it is possible that moisture can make its way into your building and cause you extensive flood damage.  

Once rainwater makes its way into the interior of your structure, it is prudent to contact a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our water restoration technicians or WRTs have experience in dealing with flood damage inside your Tucson home. Whenever items get wet inside your home, anything that comes in direct contact with water is susceptible to primary problems. When things inside your house stay wet, the moisture can start to soak into your building materials and contents. Water then evaporates and fills the air in the form of vapor.  

This vapor can then cause other issues that are considered secondary problems. The main goal when mitigating flood related issues is to prevent secondary damage from taking place. We train and certify our WRTs by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification or IICRC. During this certification program, the WRTs learn how to use industrially advanced equipment to remove moisture from your home as quickly as possible.  

The WRTs also know the best methods on how to return your home to its preloss conditions “Like it never even happened.” Before any work begins, our WRTs take moisture readings of your building materials and contents. We first test the affected areas and then compare the readings with areas in parts of your home that did not get affected. We do this to determine a final drying goal, so we know when our applied structural drying or ASD process is complete.  

If you ever have moisture get into your house during a storm, call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 any hour of the day.

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We Will Get Your Tucson Office Restored To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Will Get Your Tucson Office Restored To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 when you need commercial fire damage cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO Helps Physician’s Office In Tucson Recover From Commercial Fire Damage

Commercial fire damage is a devastating event for a business, especially so for a company that serves customers on-site. Even with the cleanup of charred materials and a fresh coat of paint, clients will not want to frequent an establishment that smells like a fire happened there.

There is a lot our experts need to consider when dealing with commercial fire damage in a Tucson business. An excellent example of this is a physician’s office where an employee’s lunch, a double-beef burrito in the microwave caused a fire in the breakroom.  The staff used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire quickly, and the flames did little structural damage. There was minor discoloration to the ceiling, slight charring around the cabinet area and microwave and a very noticeable pungent odor.

Protein-based fires tend to leave little in the way of actual smoke damage but plenty of odor. Removing the charred cabinet door and cleaning away the soot left on the surfaces with the fire extinguisher residue goes a long way to lowering the odor levels in the affected areas, but more than merely removing burned items needs to be done to ensure the neutralization of smoke odors.

In cases where a fire is limited to a single area of a building, we usually contain the doorways and vents to stop the spread of soot. In this case, due to the odor being spread around the entire facility through foot traffic and having the HVAC on, we needed to treat the whole premises for fire odors.

Soot, which can be smaller than the human eye can see, carries significant odors. We use air filtration devices that include HEPA filters to capture particles, then we disinfect and sanitize the premises.

The final step in fire loss restoration for commercial properties involves total odor control. It sometimes takes multiple applications to neutralize fire odor completely. When our technicians complete the mitigation, we give a list of the final repairs needed to return the office to its preloss condition such as painting the walls, and the office can get back to seeing patients again in an office where there are no reminders of an unfortunate fire.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 when you need commercial fire damage cleanup and restoration. Our technicians arrive quickly and use our proprietary methods to save as much of your property as possible from fire loss. With our restoration techniques, we make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

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What's Cooking in Your Tucson Kitchen ... Fire Damage?

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What's Cooking in Your Tucson Kitchen ... Fire Damage? Fires frequently start in kitchens.

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Tucson Home

The most common kinds of fires in Tucson homes, kitchen fires are usually triggered by cooking. Your oven and stove are two substantial potential sources of fire since they generate heat with electricity or gas. Fires originating in your oven can happen in various ways relating to cooking, the condition of the appliance, and cleanliness.  

If you're dealing with fire damage in your Tucson home because you've left something to bake without monitoring it regularly, you are not alone. Many fires occur when someone turns an appliance on and then leaves the room for an extended period. A common mistake, but when it has happened to you, the help of a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO is needed to restore your home. With our expertise and experience, we can have your home looking as if nothing happened in no time.  

Often, oven fires occur from a buildup of grease and other byproducts from cooking if you don't clean your oven regularly. Even dust can spark a blaze if it's thick enough. Keep your oven clean, specifically if something spills or food boils over inside of it, and make sure only to use the appropriate cleaning products.  

Kitchen fires require SERVPRO technicians to clean oily soils. We can remove them in different ways. Some are light enough to be emulsified in water-based detergents. Water-based detergents can dissolve in water, and they also can attach to oil-based soils. The detergents pull the oil-based soils away from the surface so we can extract the soils with the detergent.  

Other oil-based spills can be too heavy for this and need dissolving with oil-based solvents. These solvents can be used in situations where water could damage materials or in removing soils which are not water-soluble.  

Your oven can malfunction and spark a fire, especially if it is aging or not maintained properly. The heating elements in electric ovens can spark a blaze, while gas ovens can develop leaks which can lead to explosions.  

When an oven fire has broken out in your kitchen in your home in Redington, Ventana Canyon, or Bonita Ridge, SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson is standing by to help. Give us a call right away at (520) 760-9352 so we can get everything cleaned up for you.

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When Floodwaters Check Into Your Tucson Hotel

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial When Floodwaters Check Into Your Tucson Hotel SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson is always available to keep you hotel dry.

How to Deal With Commercial Flood Damage in Your Tucson Motel

Flooding is a common occurrence, and it can happen during the main rainy seasons like the monsoon season and the winter rains. It can make roads impassable and can flood even the most well-maintained and modern motels. If flood water enters your motel, quick extraction is essential.

Water can ruin many types of floors from tiles, vinyl, wood floors and the wood subfloor beneath the carpeting. To deal with commercial flood damage in your Tucson Motel, you can call the water damage remediation specialists at SERVPRO. We can assist you to extract the water and then dry and dehumidify your motel. 

Apart from ruining the floors, flood water can ruin other surfaces and areas like walls because of their porous surfaces. You may need to repair the bottom section of the water-damaged walls. Water can ruin electrical wiring which can cause fire and electrical hazards to your guests and staff. Water damage can also affect the contents of the building, including the furniture, valuable works of art, and antiques. It can also ruin the personal possessions of your guests, which is a big concern as you may be liable to pay for the ruined items. Further, the guests may post negative reviews of your motel online.  

Our SERVPRO technicians can arrive at your motel quickly after receiving your call. We can evaluate the structure and contents to determine which ones can be decontaminated and restored and which items need replacing. The decision to replace or restore depends on the porosity of the materials, the contaminants, and the pretest results. Because we cannot disinfect porous items like carpets, we remove and discard them.  

We can use powerful truck mounted or submersible pumps to remove the standing water. Our technicians can then use air movers to circulate air in the affected areas to speed up the drying process. We also use dehumidification equipment to remove the moisture from the air. We check our work by using moisture meters to check the moisture content of damaged materials and then eliminate the moisture.  

If your motel has flood damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson can assist you to extract it and dry the affected areas thoroughly. Contact us today by dialing (520) 760-9352 for fast remediation. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Latest Technology And Advances In Tuscon Fire Damage Restoration

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Have The Latest Technology And Advances In Tuscon Fire Damage Restoration This fire started in the attic and caused damage to several rooms, we arrived quickly and restored the home back to new.

Removing Soot and Greasy Residues from Fire-Damaged Items in Tucson

When you experience a kitchen fire, getting it put out quickly comes as a great relief. Cleaning things up afterward can get quite messy, in any case. Homeowners in Tucson often discover that the residue from a grease fire is not only greasy but sticky, too. Cleaning up after a non-protein-based fire comes with many challenges, and one that started on the stove-top creates more difficult ones.

SERVPRO's specialists are up for the challenges of helping residents in Tucson restore their homes and belongings after fire damage occurs. One of these involves ridding different items of a layer of sticky residue that permeates into the tiniest grooves and indentations. Designed to provide a grip when wet, these same surfaces can seem impossible to clean thoroughly.

We can easily clean items with smooth surfaces that do not provide anything for soot to grab onto, but when textured surfaces make using brushes and cloths unproductive, we inventory and then box these items up and take them to our facility.

We use ultrasonic baths to remove soot from surfaces, including any hidden areas that might reduce the life of an item, and make it clean and safe to use again after fire damage. Other substances that might have settled on your belongings between the fire and the time we arrive, such as microbes, also get stripped away by the cavitation process. The microscopic bubbles produced by the ultrasonic mechanism in the bath burst open and push soot and other grime away from the items in the water.

SERVPRO specialists are dedicated individuals, trained in the most effective ways of helping you make things “Like it never even happened.” We know that a fire, no matter its size, can cause enormous amounts of stress and affect other areas of your home and life. Smoke travels far and wide within a home and settles everywhere it goes. Getting your belongings clean again makes things less stressful, less costly, and more like home for you and your family.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 when you need your home and possessions restored, cleaned, and back to normal. We can help residents in Ventana Canyon, Bonita Ridge, and Mt Lemmon with the latest in ultrasonic and other technologies that eliminate the effects of smoke, soot, and the fire that causes them.

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